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Day 173: Meet Me at the Finn

Outdoor seating is available at BlackFinn

BlackFinn American Saloon located at 4901 Fairmont Ave in Bethesda offers a nice, upscale bar menu and a host of options for your entertainment pleasures – everything from a nice happy hour to a popular weekly Ladies Night to a lively late night party scene.  Plus, word has it that the bartenders are “the best” at BlackFinn!

Their menu is more extensive than the typical bar menu offering an array of great appetizer options, burgers of all kinds and some interesting entrees such as shrimp & grits, bacon-wrapped meatloaf and pecan-crusted rockfish to name a few.  Plus, don’t miss the dessert sliders!  Here is some of what you can expect from this local Bethesda fixture:

  • Happy hour is held Monday – Friday from 4 – 8 PM and offers $3 drafts (wow!), $4 wells and $5 wine/flatbreads.
  • Weekly lunch features are offered for $7.99.  You can checkout their website for the feature of the day.
  • SIN Mondays from 9PM – close featuring $3 U Call It drink specials for service industry employees.  That includes bartenders, wait staff, retail, salon/spa and other service industry employees with proof of industry employment.  They even include real estate agents amongst the list!  Sweet.  We get to enjoy SIN too and there’s no need for confession afterward!
  • Wednesday evening is Trivia night.  These days it seems every bar has trivia night and BlackFinn is no exception.  They even have an entire Facebook page devoted exclusively to their trivia night.
  • Bubbles at BlackFinn is the weekly Ladies Night event held every Saturday from 10 – 11 PM, June 7th – August 27th.  It’s becoming quite the rage!  In fact it is recommended that you book in advance for this event, especially if you have a large group.  This weekly party features a guest sponsor who offers great prizes to attendees while BlackFinn provides free champagne, fresh fruit with chocolate (yum!) and a $5 martini menu.  If you’re interested in checking it out, make your reservation with Nicole at
  • Private parties at BlackFinn are reportedly a great success.  The staff is friendly and outgoing, the food is tasty and the experiences we have heard about were very positive overall.  You get 10% off your next private party if you join The Finn Club.
  • The Finn Club is free to join on their website and if you’re planning to visit BlackFinn, there’s no reason not to sign up.  When you do, they send you a $10 gift card, discounts and VIP offers.

BlackFinn offers a nice environment to enjoy a drink after work or to share game day with your buddies.  You can wear just about anything you want to BlackFinn (except perhaps your birthday suit) and you’ll fit in just fine.  The late night scene is definitely a younger crowd and the place can be incredibly packed.  If you’re interested in that scene, check it out but if you prefer to avoid a sea of humanity, stick to visiting in the afternoons or early evenings for a more relaxed experience.  Personally, I am looking forward to stopping by there to watch my beloved Steelers play football this season where BlackFinn is a hive of black and gold!


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