Party Earth Review Located in the always vibrant Chinatown section of Soho, O’Neill’s is a bustling Irish pub that offers visitors homey grub, live music, and more draft beers than Ireland has potatoes. A late liquor license and classic... ... read full review
33-37 Wardour Street
London, W1D 6PU
Northern, Piccadillly Lines: Leicester Square
020 7494 9284
M–Tu noon–2am, W–Sa noon–3am, Su noon–12:30am
Covent Garden / Soho, London –
Located in the always vibrant Chinatown section of Soho, O’Neill’s is a bustling Irish pub that offers visitors homey grub, live music, and more draft beers than Ireland has potatoes.
A late liquor license and classic rock music six nights a week means the bar draws a steady stream of stout lovers and Stones fans ready to get sweaty on the dance floor.
Packed to the rafters with local workers and pub denizens who want no part of London’s exclusive club scene, the O’Neill’s crowd might not know Louis Vuitton from Louis Pasteur, but they are happy to share a shepherd’s pie and a pint of Guinness with a new acquaintance.
The décor is just as low-key as the clientele, with beige walls, basic wooden tables, beer banners, and the requisite Emerald Isle kitsch creating a comfy, unassuming atmosphere.
Later in the evening, the crowd shifts its focus from the downstairs bar to the second floor, where bands take the stage to belt out Who and Kinks classics, before passing the baton to the in-house DJ, who keeps the increasingly rowdy music lovers bopping long into the night.
A classic pub with a modern twist, O’Neill’s provides an upbeat respite for West End revelers who prefer festive pubbing to manic clubbing.
After-work Soho locals, Guinness and football lovers, classic rock fans, and travelers, 20s to 50s.
Live music every night but Sundays, featuring bands playing classic rock. DJs spin rock, pop, and disco nightly before and after the bands take the stage.
A menu of Irish favorites, steaks, burgers, and desserts. Weekly grill Th 3–10pm includes steak, fish, or chicken with sides and a beer.
Cover £4+ after 10pm Th–Sa. Appetizers £2.50–£5.50, burgers £6–£8, entrées £6–£12.
Beer £3+, wine £3–£6/glass or £10–£17/bottle, cocktails £4/glass or £12/pitcher, champagne £16–£43. Grill nights £9–£12, includes complimentary drink.
Casual: jeans, tennis shoes, t-shirts, hoodies, sandals.
Thursdays for grill night and Fridays and Saturdays for the biggest crowds.
Once a favorite haunt of Jimi Hendrix, Ronnie Scott’s (47 Frith Street) is one of London’s (and Earth’s) best jazz clubs, drawing the most talented musicians to its stage since 1959 – making it a pitch-perfect place for music lovers looking to branch out from O’Neill’s solid classic rock foundation.