Waxy O'Connor's

Irish Pub
Waxy O'Connor's 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... London England 51.5107301 -0.1324633
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Waxy O'Connor's - Irish Pub in London.
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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

  • Tube:

    Bakerloo, Piccadilly Lines: Piccadilly Circus

  • Phone:

    020 7287 0255

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Tu noon–11pm, W, F, Sa noon–midnight, Th noon–11:30pm, Su noon–10:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Waxy O'Connor's Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Emma:

Sign up on Waxy’s Facebook page to receive regular updates and promos for discounted grub and drinks. Nothing better than a cheap glass of Malbec after a day of shopping in Soho.

  • Crowd

    Non-clubby and unpretentious international crowd of expats, travelers, students, and young professionals, early 20s and up.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu including smoked fish cakes, mussels, and Irish breakfast served all day.

  • Prices

    Appetizers £5+, entrées £7+. Beer £3+, wine £4+/glass or £17+/bottle, cocktails £4+, champagne £4+/glass or £17+/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual. Dress code: no football colors, no open-toed shoes on busy nights.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    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.

Waxy O'Connor's User Reviews

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Descend Into Soho's Finest Pub
Easy T. Apr 22, 2013
"Thanks for making this such a great night, I hope you all enjoy Thin Lizzy and if you wanna catch us soon, we'll be playing at Waxy O'Connor's. Peace!" The Bible Code Sundays finished a tumultuous set of Irish folk / rock, with a rendition of The Who's Baba O'Riley, leaving everybody wanting more. So I was left with no choice but to head down to Waxy O'Connor's, which i'd never heard of, a couple of months later on a Wednesday night. Not to be confused with Waxy's Little Sister. If you approach from Leicester Square you'll find yourself descending through the missable back entrance, which in my opinion only adds to the character of this medieval party pit. Business was reasonably steady on arrival with most tables taken, but there was plenty of space and quick service at the bar area. After making a fleeting tour of the building I decided my best spot was my original one; at the bar, in front of the stage. The choice of ales and lager was pretty good, but I'm not one to quibble with choice when I was in what felt like some ancient underground church. A mixture of celtic framework and rustic colours gave the pub a very traditional feel, but there was never any doubt that this was a place for the young crowds and good times, whether you wanted a table and a catch up with mates, or a party to end all parties. One pint down with some bar food on the way I relaxed in to the hustle and bustle of the fast moving pub. Not long later I noticed a man making his away across the floor with parts of a drum kit. Waxy's was slowly getting busier and I was almost sure by now everyone was here for a similar purpose. The people on table's looking over the bar and stage were in sort of balcony's surrounded by branches and twisting woodwork. These people obviously knew you had to be there straight from work to get a seat but standing is my thing in a pub and the view was no worse, however with all the passageways in this pub I didn't know if I could have directed myself to the V.I.P even spot if I tried. The Bible Code Sundays kicked off around 9pm and played until about 11.30pm, sifting their way through a set of covers and original material including 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' and 'Irish Londoner' respectively. The venue that seemed built around them became a thumping, chugging train ride and we were all on it to the last stop. As the band finished myself and my party all ducked into an absolutely bloody final and managed to offer our personal congratulations to the band. The atmosphere was friendly throughout and ultimately what more could you want from a venue that seemed so alive, yet at the same time had privacy and more nooks an crannies than a Mary Poppins bag.
Drink in a Treehouse in the Heart of London
Amanda B. Apr 18, 2013
Waxy's was one of my favorite spots while studying abroad in London. With four bars on a total of six levels, the space is massive and features winding staircases and a maze of passages that lead to tucked away seating areas and balcony-type overlooks. Tall trees with twisting branches give you the feeling that you're running around a giant treehouse rather than an English pub in Soho.
Go to the adjoining Waxy's Little Sister!
cybil s. Apr 7, 2013
One of the first pubs I went to when I moved to London. It's in China Town, in the heart of London! The pub has great character and atmosphere, you can go to the second floor, write your drink order down on a piece of paper, and send it on a dumb waiter to the bartender downstairs. Great concept! On the second floor, there's lots of comfy chairs and good spots to sit and chat. It gets quite busy as the night goes on, but its still one of my favorite places to have a pint, and the bartenders are super friendly!
lots of character
Sam R. Dec 10, 2012
Not many chain pubs have this much character. I met some former colleagues in a private area, which isn’t private coz there are many levels without really any walls. It was cool to look out over the whole bar from our area coz it felt like we were still involved in the action.
Ridiculous-- in a Good Way
Tara R. Dec 6, 2012
By the time I was several drinks in, I didn’t care whether the tree emerging from the ground was real or not—I just knew it was awesome. I had planned to meet my friends in Soho after work, and finding them was a mission. I had been to Waxy’s Little Sister up the road—a fairly straightforward pub—but the Big Waxy is different: a kind of series of underground tunnels digging deeper and deeper into London, and navigating them after pre-drinks is the opposite of fun. At the same time, it becomes a bit of an adventure, and since the vibe is gremlins-meets-princess bride forest, I kind of wished I had brought a toy sword. The music was rock, the prices weren’t bad, and the drinks flowed all night.
great place to go after work or before a big night out!
Hayden F. Dec 5, 2012
i love this place! my friends and i went here all the time for both a casual drink after work as well as before a big night out. this place gets crowded on any night of the week but has multiple levels and so much fun nooks that you can find a table in or make some new friends. there is also live music multiple nights a week which gives it a really good vibe! sometimes the line at the bar can take a while... but remember there are multiple bars so you can find another in the place! definitely check it out whether youre a local or a tourist
An amazing, and different, night out
Brett C. Nov 16, 2012
Waxy O’Connor’s is easily the most unique watering hole that I have ever been to. Unexcited by the prospect of another night at O’Neill’s, a few friends and I wandered down the street and into Waxy’s. We were immediately struck by its cavernous layout and traditional Irish music. A bar full of tourists this is not. The music varied through the night and included 80’s, 90’s and 00’s pop along with the aforementioned Irish music, drinks were cheap, and the lively crowd made for a truly British drinking experience. Before long, we were dancing and shouting along with the locals, who could not have been more welcoming to a group of Americans. Last call came and went for the rowdy crowd at Waxy’s, and it wasn’t until the music stopped and the house lights came on that everyone made their way to the door. For a standard night out, go to O’Neill’s, but if you want a more local experience, Waxy O’Connor’s is a blast.
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