“ O Neill's bar / Irish Bar (chain) „
O'Neill's bars, as the name may suggest, are a chain of Irish pubs/bars that were once only common sight in Ireland but are now found in nearly every town or city in the UK and are opening up all over the world.
The success of these bars can be attributed to many factors, none more so then the lively, friendly atmosphere you find an O'Neill's always has. As nation the Irish are renowned for being happy, friendly people who definitely know how to throw a party and the owners of O'Neill's certainly have managed to pass these qualities onto their staff and customers alike. However O'Neill's are not just about getting hammered and partying. In the day you will find these bars have a comforting, homely feel to them. They serve traditional Irish food and will always be showing sport.
The food is traditional and in my experience always cooked well; kind of like your mums home cooking. Its often great value for money as well; you can pick up a burger and chips for £3 or a steak for £6. sides are cheap and I have never waited for too long for a meal.
O'Neill's sell a wide range of beers, spirits and wines all again at very reasonable prices; they cater for all needs. Their prices are not the cheapest on the high street but by no means the dearest.
Generally the staff are very helpful and friendly and always know how to pour a decent pint (however this can vary can't comment on every O'Neill's member of staff). Most O'Neill's have live music playing at least once a week (Friday or Saturday) and have a late licence. These bands tend to be very good and generally just play covers so everyone always enjoy them.
O'Neill's bars are a chain of bars that have an Irish touch too them. With Irish writing on the walls and old pictures of Guinness everywhere you look, you may think you have walked off your local high street and into Ireland itself. Most big towns and cities have an O'Neills, and they are good bars to have a drink or three in of a night time.
As with most other bars, O'Neills offers plenty of choice food wise, including burgers, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, etc. But what they include in meals that most other places don't is traditional Irish food, such as colcannon and Irish sausages. This always goes down superbly with a pint of Guiness or an Irish Whiskey!!!!!
Prices are quite fair. In the day, they offer 4-6 meals for £2.99 including burger and chips amongst other things which is a bargain (half the price of what McDonald's produces on a daily basis and a touch nicer). You can also get larger meals like fish and chips and sausages and colcannon for around £5-6. They also offer crisps and nuts from behind the bar.
The O'Neills bars don't just offer Irish drinks of course. As well as Guiness and Magners, you can also buy standard 'pub' drinks like Carling, Fosters, Strongbow and of course the usual bunch of spirits too, as well as soft drinks. The prices are a little higher than say a Wetherspoons pub, but they are by no means the most expensive in any town expensive.
In some O'Neills bars, they have live music every Saturday, and they also show live football and rugby. Of a weekend, they have a great Disco going on and with a late licence, the bars are normally a great place to go to to have a good night and dance the night away.
O'neils never fails. There is a trusty o'neils in nearly evert big town. They provide a large selection of alcholic and non-alcholic drinks, with usually a fair few decent beers to draft. The prices generally are a bit higher then some bars i know however the atmosphere is much nicer.
I tend to go to watch the football as they generally put up large screens when there is a big match on. They also do the place up on special occassions such as halloween and st Patricks day (however i live in a student town so it may not be the same for every branch).
On friday nights they get a live band playing (again, this may not be the same for every branch) which always provide some good entertainment whilst drinking.
Now for the important bit...food. They have a extensive menu ranging from pasta to reibs. It is not your traditional pub menu but i like having a large choice. They also have a seperte menu, a taste of Ireland, which has a selection of about 5 or 6 dishes all for £2.95. I usually go for this menu, getting a bacon cheese burger and chips, which is actually very nice.