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O'Neill's (Bar)

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33-37 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1D 6PU
Cuisine: Bar Average Price: £15.00
Tel: 020 7494 9284 | Email to O'Neill's | Transport: Leicester Square | Write review

O'Neill's Review

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In some ways returning from a night out at the pub with nothing to report is quite a good thing. Rarely does the grub serve as anything more than fuel to keep you going through the evening. The pies are often microwaved, the burgers occasionally cold, the chips nearly always overpriced. So when you’ve just nipped to your local for some victuals and a couple of pints, you may not wander home extolling the virtues of the chef but the fact that he kept a clean sheet is good enough.

I didn’t have much to report after my night at O’Neills, Wardour Street. There are plenty of Irish pubs in London, and more than enough of them serve ale and pies. O’Neills does exactly what it says on the tin, serving Irish-inspired dishes at completely reasonable prices, quickly, and with a hint of Irish good humour (nicely done from a waiter of Far Eastern rather than Celtic extraction).

As one O’Neills is much like the next, what often sets them apart is the decor, the location and the music. Wardour Street spreads out over three floors offering a better chance at getting a seat than the Sam Smith’s round the corner. At the very top is an unpleasantly prisonesque ‘roof terrace’ where smokers can indulge their lung destruction in the peace of London’s skyline, surrounded by blue-painted picket fences and heaters that periodically turn themselves off.

As a two-cheese cheeseburger and mixed grill winged their way over to our table, we supped on a not-so-overpriced and rather delicious Rioja waiting to chow down on our chunky chips and the variety of animal products. My two cheeses were nice and cheesy, the grills were all well cooked. Good value, hearty pub fare.

After indulging our red blood cells, we changed floors (because we could) and discovered live bands grace the place six nights a week. Apparently, we had hit the one night without this week, though, and resorted to being mildly entertained by some unobtrusive classics on the sound system.

It’s a nice little break from the hectic tourist-flavoured Soho and crazed shoppers outside but there’s not a lot to write home about. Not that that’s a bad thing. more

Customer Reviews for O'Neill's

Average (based on 23 votes): 23 Atmosphere: Value: Quality:

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“if you get pass the friendly door mans!i will be suprise,the only way in is to have a femail with you,and you cant be taller than 5foot!”
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bobby, london (10 years 4 months 23 days ago)

“We went here on a visit to London and found it to be a fantastic place, great live music upstairs. Sure it was a bit crowded but that's atmosphere. Apart from being the only real Irish people in a Irish bar it was great. I'll defo go back.”
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LMS, Donegal (11 years 7 months 6 days ago)

“Best spot in London by Far! Grounf floor... good food, great atmosphere and the staff are number one! Move upstairs for a lively atmosphere where you can listen to music and then, another floor with the best live bands in London and Dancing til 3! Its a great Location and the best craic for miles! I'll be beck there soon and anybody visiting London should do the same.”
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ronan, leixlip (13 years 8 months 6 days ago)

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“Went here with two mates of mine...atmosphere was great!! Loads of men to choose from too which is always a bonus. Bar staff were really friendly and alert. Definitely would go here again!”
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Hannah.C, London (14 years 10 months 12 days ago)

“I love this bar, we always go here every time I'm in London. It's great!”
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Mike Schinsky, Detroit (15 years 1 months 6 days ago)

“Had a bloody good time with a mate at the bar. We went with some guys and ended up going back 2 more times. Very friendly atmosphere. The bouncers were great to us but then again we are women. Got to meet a lot of interesting people.”
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Michele, Philly (16 years 1 months 26 days ago)

“had a blinding night there, went with my mates gibbo, zoe and claire who were top dog for entertainment. music was cool and was able to swing claire half way across the dancefloor. only thing is they had a power cut not long after we got there, cant wait to go back there.”
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patrick hughes, newry (16 years 2 months 4 days ago)

“Nice pub,good atmosphere,perfect service!”
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Farkhod, Tashkent (16 years 2 months 9 days ago)

“Visited for a couple of drinks on New Years Day and ended up staying for the remainder of the evening. This is a fun pub with friendly people ..... had such a laugh and looking forward to many more trips there.”
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Bryan, Ware (16 years 3 months 6 days ago)

“Hard to beat this spot for totty. All of which is full of the bull. I should know. Spent most of my working time here not to mention any money i earnt. Watch out for the squaddies though them bastards would pick a fight in an empty room. But sure in true Irish fashion so would most paddies. Quote of the day: If my grannie had balls she would be my granda.”
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Paul , Belfast (16 years 3 months 13 days ago)

“I've been to this O'Neils three times and have had a great time on each occasion. Aside from having to pay £8 to get in (a bit much?) I'd recommend to anyone who has not gone already to go - you will have a really good night. And it is full of blokes which is great for girls - just not the other way round.”
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Natalie, leytonstone (16 years 4 months 6 days ago)

“Yes, its true the the bouncers are true w@nkers - good points though - its HUGE and has a great atmosphere, free club if you get there before about 9.00 - bad points, its generally 80% blokes on a saturday night, with groups large groups of Chech workmen and Aussies all looking for a shag.”
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Mark, [ Unknown ] (16 years 5 months 12 days ago)

“If a good Saturday night involves: queuing for 20 minutes in single file whilst constantly fighting to keep your place in the queue, followed by paying £8 to be jammed into a bar like sardines in a manner that is surely illegal, having amourous couples snogging under your armpits, beer being regularly spilt down your back/arms/legs or in fact any part of your body, avoiding the damage caused from the frequent fights and my old favourite - the elbow dance then this surely is this place for you. If not then avoid at all cost. An expensive and nasty venue!”
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Sonia Ford, [ Unknown ] (16 years 7 months 21 days ago)

“Brilliant pub absolutley smashing”
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Richard Honey, [ Unknown ] (16 years 8 months 22 days ago)

“Bouncers unceremonously ruined the night, when one inparticular (number 8308/4) or twat as he must be know to his mates decided to pick a fight with a friend of mine. For absolutely no reason. Avoid this place at all costs”
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MTB, [ Unknown ] (16 years 9 months 2 days ago)

“Ders more to Oirland dan dis!”
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miked453, [ Unknown ] (16 years 9 months 13 days ago)

“the place excellent you mustt go”
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adam rands, [ Unknown ] (17 years 13 days ago)

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Marek, [ Unknown ] (17 years 26 days ago)

“Had a cracking night here! Relaxed and fun not to poncey!! Friendly people! Ideal for drunken nurses up from the country OOh Arr!!”
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Laura, Paula & Clare from Yeovil, [ Unknown ] (17 years 8 days ago)

“Overpriced idenkit Orish bar that could be anywhere and the bouncers are w*nkers...plays a mixture of shite music and more shite music....”
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Trav, [ Unknown ] (17 years 8 days ago)

“excellent is all i can say, after traipsing around london for hours looking for a decent pub with a bit of atmosphere on a sunday after 10pm we came across this o'neils, definatly added to my list of haunts now.”
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laura128b, [ Unknown ] (17 years 3 months 28 days ago)

“Only went once - what a mug. I will never go to a centrally located tourist trap again. Over three quid for a pint? Yeah right!”
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Jabba, [ Unknown ] (18 years 23 days ago)

“Only been there once, and the music was old Abba style. Not exactly something that can be danced easily to....”
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Cupcake, LONDON (18 years 9 months 15 days ago)

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  • Average Price: £15.00
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