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The Causeway & Finn McCool's Opens on Brunswick Street

The Causeway & Finn McCool’s Opens on Brunswick Street

| On 14, Jun 2016

“Whiskey was created to stop the Irish ruling the world.”

Cafe by day, bar by night; The Causeway & Finn McCool’s for all your hunger needs.

A recent addition to the cafe and bar scene, The Causeway & Finn McCool’s arrived with the winter to keep our cheeks flushed and bellies warm. Located in the heart of Fortitude Valley on 295 – 301 Brunswick St, this gem will be the new go-to place whether you need a Sunday brunch catch up with a friend or a Saturday night out with the crew.

Tucked away neatly in a small laneway just off of Brunswick St, The Causeway emits a Melbourne feeling that is scarcely found in Brisbane.  The fleshed out breakfast and lunch menu is available from 7.30AM every day. You can order your regular Haloumi Benedict or go for an Asian touch with the rice paper rolls, and finish off with a good old barista made Irish coffee to begin the day. Choose to eat outside underneath the sunshine and enjoy some precious serenity amongst the city rush.


In the evening, warm fairy lights illuminate the lane to provide a cosy vibe where friends can relax and catch up. Coffee and tea are replaced with cocktails and spirits, which can be ordered through the same open window in the restaurant. Boutique wines, ciders, Guinness, Kilkenny, seasonal craft beers, and a range of local and international beers, are just some of the drinks The Causeway has to offer. You also have the choice of dining outside under the man-made stars or walk inside through to Finn McCool’s where the very audible upbeat house music starts the party.

Conjoined with The Causeway, Finn McCool’s opens on Brunswick St amongst other well-established bars. After a $3.5 million refurbishment, this wine and cocktail bar is furnished with plenty of Irish reminders such as the big beer kegs decorating one wall, and the restaurant’s humorous slogan, ‘Whiskey was created to stop the Irish from ruling the world,’ printed above brick archways. The lovely woodwork of the bar definitely adds to the authenticity of the Irish heritage; not to mention the imported Irish staff! Unlike its seasoned competitors, Finn McCool’s have all the merry alcohol and fabulous food without the overpowering scent of alcohol and sticky floorboards.


Mains were scrumptiously above expectations. With my party of 4, we had the lamb shank, bangers & mash, chicken curry, and chilli seafood pizza. Whether it be Irish, Indian or Italian; Finn McCool’s manages to hit the nail on the head with any cuisine. Ordering tip: the chilli seafood holds true to its spicy name and packs a punch in the taste buds so proceed with caution.

An open kitchen allows for patrons to watch their food being prepared or alternatively, live local music is available Thursdays through to Sundays. Sundays also offer all day traditional roasts as well as trivia and pool competitions. Come as a couple and get cosy with the low couches and tables or get rowdy with a group at the high tables and chairs; just don’t expect a quiet dinner if you dine in. If your company ever gets awkward you can always distract yourself with the free Wi-Fi or the 3 mounted flat screen TVs in the restaurant.


With friendly service, great food, and music, this new slice of Ireland is bound to become a new local favourite.

The details
 The Causeway at Finn McCool’s Irish Bar 
295 – 301 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

images: Judit Losh