Anthony(AJ) and Heidi Jennings count themselves extremely lucky, but not because of the leprechauns! The couple had been regulars at Finbar’s Irish Bar for seven years. They lived on Bribie but “came up the hill” to enjoy a friendly drink, great food and music for years.
“We had three kids, demanding careers and were totally stressed out,” AJ laughed. “This was where we chose to unwind every weekend, with or without the kids.”
Then the bar came up for sale. It seemed to be the luck of the Irish. “It was the perfect chance for us to settle in Maleny and give pub keeping a go – in our favourite pub. Our kids work with us and everyone loves seeing young and old in here. So we are really excited about St Paddy’s weekend.”
For the Jennings, Finbar’s is a bar in the true Irish tradition.
“Finbar’s is a pub, not a restaurant. We do one thing and we do it really well – our best in the world pizza, from a proper wood fire – that we light every morning. “
“We don’t have gambling facilities or things like that because we like a place where everyone can sit at a bar, chat and enjoy music. Just like they do in the pubs in Ireland.”
St Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in 1762 and marks the return of “Saint Patrick” to Ireland after being kidnapped into slavery. But March 17 now represents all things Irish and the Jennings are giving customers and their families three days to let loose!
The celebrations begin on Saturday 15 March. The bar opens at 11am every day until Monday. There will be live music sessions over the weekend (you never know who will perform) and cold Guinness, Kilkenny, and Magners cider will be on tap.
There will be a dress up prize on Saturday for an Irish theme and a draw for a trip for two to Ireland on Sunday. Live bands perform on Saturday and Sunday evening and on Monday, St Paddy’s Day proper, there will be music from 4pm and Irish stew and pizza.
St Finbar’s is a traditional Irish pub and with great music line ups. Why not come along with the family and be Irish for a day, or three?