Party Earth Review With its castle façade, iron chandeliers, and Celtic artifacts, Waxy O’Connor’s is clearly shooting for a medieval motif, an effect somewhat undermined by the cacophonous Irish music and the blaring of a giant projection... ... read full review
14-16 Rupert Street
London W1D 6DD
Bakerloo, Piccadilly Lines: Piccadilly Circus
020 7287 0255
M–Tu noon–11pm, W, F, Sa noon–midnight, Th noon–11:30pm, Su noon–10:30pm
Central London, London –
With its castle façade, iron chandeliers, and Celtic artifacts, Waxy O’Connor’s is clearly shooting for a medieval motif, an effect somewhat undermined by the cacophonous Irish music and the blaring of a giant projection screen, not to mention its location in the heart of tourist-heavy Piccadilly Circus.
An energetic atmosphere, throngs of beer-guzzling university students, and four bars spread over six distinctly-themed floors are the main hallmarks of the sprawling venue, which centers around the Tree Room with its massive trunks and the limbs of a preserved beech tree that rise up the walls.
Barhoppers averse to nature can make for the Church Bar with its flagstone flooring, stained glass windows, and high-backed church seats offering plenty of room to rest a Guinness, or join the chatty groups lounging in front of the fireplace in the Cottage Bar.
The joint tends to be fairly relaxed during the day, but quickly transforms into a rowdy party hub when young professionals, sports fans, tourists, and post-grads flood in for the evening.
Voyeurs can snag the best views of the crowd from a mezzanine overlooking the Tree Room, or retreat to the Dargle and Rupert Street Bars, which tend to be the last to fill up.
Patrons looking for cutting-edge music or a particularly fashionable set probably won’t find them at Waxy O’Connor’s, where the order of the day is easygoing conversation, Irish tunes, football, and plain old good company.
Non-clubby and unpretentious international crowd of expats, travelers, students, and young professionals, early 20s and up.
Live music every other Wednesday around 9pm and live Irish music Sundays at 7:30pm. Ambient classic rock otherwise. Major sporting events, rugby, and Gaelic sports broadcast on a large projection screen.
Full menu including smoked fish cakes, mussels, and Irish breakfast served all day.
Appetizers £5+, entrées £7+. Beer £3+, wine £4+/glass or £17+/bottle, cocktails £4+, champagne £4+/glass or £17+/bottle.
Casual. Dress code: no football colors, no open-toed shoes on busy nights.
During the day for a mellower vibe, during any big sporting events, Friday and Saturday nights for a loud, young, and drunken show, and Sundays for the live Irish bands.
Bar Rumba (36 Shaftesbury Avenue) features loud commercial pop and funky house until 3am, as well as a crazier party scene with more skin and more dancing.