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For the Multiplayer Level of The Fighting McDonagh's Tavern, see Fighting McDonagh's (BioShock 2 Multiplayer).
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The Fighting McDonagh's Tavern Entrance

East meets West: Chinese lanterns at an English pub.

Fighting McDonagh's it'll be called. After me old man; he was a boxer in his youth
― Bill McDonaghBookicon?

The Fighting McDonagh's Tavern is a rustic bar located within the Upper Wharf area of Neptune's Bounty.



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The Fighting McDonagh's Tavern building.

Owned and operated by Bill McDonagh, the establishment was designed to emulate the cozy pubs and taverns of his native England. With McDonagh's skills as a designer and general contractor as well as the respect of many of Rapture's laborers, the Fighting McDonagh's was built to last. The bar's design was spacious and relaxing; laborers from the nearby fisheries could enjoy their cool refreshments in peace after work. Upstairs, three of seven rooms were available for those who need accommodations for the night. Notable tavern patrons included Mr. and Mrs. Lutz, Chief of Security Sullivan, and Andrew Ryan. The tavern's operation was interrupted by the Rapture Civil War and has suffered damage since.


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A Vita-Chamber and Gene Bank are among the machines in the entrance.

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Peach Wilkins barters entrance into Fontaine Fisheries in exchange for research information on three Spider Splicers. Jack journeys here to find and photograph one of them.

Tavern EntranceEdit

The McDonagh's operated out of the Upper Wharf just across from Jet-Postal Substation II. The tavern features a large entrance simulating the appearance of a typical wharf adorned with the bar's iconic crest and decorated with Chinese lanterns. Though McDonagh had reservations about the growing Plasmid business, a Gene Bank was set up for customer use on the right wall and a Circus of Values is on the left. A drainage well designed to help prevent the basement from flooding empties into a small pool in which a Vita-Chamber is set up. As Jack passes through the bulkhead, a Spider Splicer jumps up into a hole in the ceiling and crawls off into the bar. A Leadhead Splicer can be seen trying to use the vending machine and another one walks out through the doorway shortly after Jack enters.

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The bar remains largely intact…

First FloorEdit

The tavern's nautically decorated first floor bar featured ample seating for customers and looked out over one of the best views of Rapture. The tavern features a good deal of advertisement for various brands of beer and ale, such as Ryan Club Beer Ale and 123 Beer. Similar to the rest of the establishment, the first floor features some cosmetic damage but the structure remains largely intact. The bar itself is, for the most part, depleted of alcohol save for a few bottles of Old Tom Whiskey, Arcadia Merlot, Chechnya Vodka, and Old Harbinger Beer. While Jack explores the tavern, he sees several kinds of Splicers surveying the many piles of rubble. Audio Diaries left by Ryan and Sullivan are found at their favorite tables.

Beyond the bar lies the McDonagh's restrooms. In life, Bill McDonagh once bragged about the pride he took in his plumbing construction by claiming that his pipes would never leak. While that was likely true, he'd never considered the damage the Civil War could do as the lavatory is swamped from busted water pipelines. A Nitro Splicer waits in the flooded and damaged room.

Second FloorEdit

When Jack climbs the stairs to the second floor, he spies a Spider Splicer running into room #5. A Leadhead and Nitro Splicer patrol the second floor hallway. A Health Station is located by the back window.

Room #5Edit

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Room #5.

Upon entering the room, Jack hears a loud clanging overhead and sees dust falling from a hole in the ceiling; the room features a western view of the city. At some point, room # 5 became a storage space for seized smuggler's contraband as the room is stacked high with crates of crucifixes, Bibles, newspapers from the surface, and other evidence. The room also contains a safe.

When Jack leaves, he is ambushed by the Spider Splicer, who fights to the death to protect his territory. Jack is successful in combat and defeats the Splicer. Atlas then reminisces of the time he took Moira on their first date, remarking "You must think I'm a fool, taking a fine lady to a dump like this,…".[1]

Room #6Edit

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Room #6.

The door control to room #6 has a short and needs a blast of Electro Bolt to open. The room is a disorganized, grisly sight and appears to have been used for one of Sullivan's enhanced interrogations. An audio diary lies next to the corpse handcuffed to the bed frame. Upon approaching the victim, a Leadhead Splicer will emerge from behind the plywood board. When Jack steps behind the bed, two Splicers will enter the room, both Leadheads.

After walking out of room #6, a Nitro Splicer accompanied by a Security Bot can be seen patrolling the first floor bar area.

Room #7Edit

The Fighting McDonagh's Tavern Room 7

Room #7.

Room #7 is secured by a combination lock; the code 7533 can be entered or the keypad can be hacked. The room is a sparse foreboding place lit only by a television set. The window has been boarded over and a large hole in the ceiling allows water to drip into the space from the leaking pipes. Most tragic of all are the corpses of Mr. and Mrs. Lutz embracing each other on top of the mattress. The couple apparently gave in to despair and committed suicide by overdose. Besides them lie the remaining pills, an audio diary, and a photograph of their beloved daughter Masha. A pile of dollars lies in front of a poster of Jasmine Jolene in the back corner of the room. After playing Mrs. Lutz's diary, the television set will short out plunging the room into darkness and cause the poster to fall off the wall revealing a hidden compartment containing the Shorten Alarms Tonic.

The keycode to the room can be found in Mariska Lutz' audio diary "Masha Come Home".


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The cellar could use some bailing out.

The cellar behind the bar is used for storing alcohol and food. The door to the cellar has malfunctioned and needs a jolt of electricity to open. The main part contains the wine and alcohol storage as well as a Health Station and a Security Camera. A waterfall of water leaks out of a large pipe and has caused this area to flood. In the west wall of the cellar, there is a small drainage system that empties into the entrance. Two Leadhead Splicers are located in the main part of the cellar upon first entering.

A desk is located in the side room used for tavern management. Within this room is a smaller room that has been barricaded off; the only way in is through a crawlspace that has the smuggler's symbol next to it. The space contains a Machine Gun Turret, a safe, and a Splicer corpse. Immediately after hacking the Turret, a Leadhead will enter the room. A Big Daddy walks just outside the window after Jack crawls back out of the smaller room.

After taking any remaining photographs and exploring the rest of the area, Jack may leave the tavern.

New DiscoveriesEdit

New Tonics (found)Edit

Audio DiariesEdit

  1. Bill McDonagh - Meeting Ryan - In the drainage well.
  2. Sullivan - Smuggling Ring - First floor, on a table under a 123 Beer sign.
  3. Andrew Ryan - Working Late Again First floor, on a table by the windows.
  4. Bill McDonagh - Arresting Fontaine - Second floor, Room #6, near the handcuffed corpse.
  5. Mariska Lutz - Saw Masha Today - Second floor, Room #7, on the bed.
Items found in The Fighting McDonagh's Tavern
  • Items
    • Tavern Entrance
    • Tavern (1st Floor)
    • Restroom
      • Found on the ground
    • Tavern (2nd Floor)
      • Found on the ground
        • 00 Buck x 9 (Found in the Shotgun)
        • Auto Rounds x 38
        • Chechnya Vodka x 1
        • Old Tom Whiskey x 1
    • Room #5
      • Found on the ground
        • 00 Buck x 10 (Found in the Shotgun)
        • Armor Pricing Pistol Rounds x 5
        • Electric Buck x 6
        • EVE Hypo x 1
        • Proximity Mine x 1
      • Safe
        • Armor-Piercing Auto Rounds x 45
        • Electric Buck x 3
        • EVE Hypo x 1
    • Room #6
      • Found on the ground
        • Arcadia Merlot x 1
        • Armor-Piercing Pistol Rounds x 5
        • EVE Hypo x 1
        • Film x 4
        • First Aid Kit x 1
        • Nico Time x 1
    • Room #7
      • Found on the ground
        • Dollars x 31
    • Tavern (Storage)
      • Found on the ground
        • 00 Buck x 6
        • Arcadia Merlot x 7
        • Bandages x 2
        • Film x 4
        • Frag Grenade x 1
        • Pistol Rounds x 2
    • Tavern (Drainage Space)
      • Found on the ground
        • 00 Buck x 4
        • Pistol Rounds x 1
    • Tavern (Management Room)
      • Found on the ground
        • Chechnya Vodka x 1
        • Film x 3
        • First Aid Kit x 1
        • Frag Grenades x 3
        • Old Harbinger Beer x 1
        • Potato Chips x 1
      • Corpse
        • Old Tom Whiskey x 1
      • Safe


Behind the ScenesEdit

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  • In Room #6, there is a strange notice on the wall that appears to be addressed to non-spliced citizens. It is unsure what this notice was for as the writing is too difficult to read.
  • There are a number of minor design errors at the Fighting McDonagh's:
    • Due to its diagonal placement, the rug in room #5 extends out past the window and into the ocean.
    • The hanging barrels in the bar are not connected to the chains they are suspended from.
    • When the player looks out the wide, lefthand windows, they should be able to see the Lower Wharf of Neptune's Bounty. Instead, all one can see is the general skybox depicting an empty void and some of the city in the distance.
  • The Andrews Sisters' "Bei Mir Bist Du Schon" will play after exiting the Lutz' room.
  • In the BioShock 2 Multiplayer version of the tavern, the area features a fighting ring where boxing matches would take place regularly. There is no indication of this or any blocked-off entrance to a ring in the BioShock version of the tavern.


  1. Radio Messages: Atlas - First Date
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