In the heart of the West End, Waxy O'Connors is like no other bar and restaurant you've ever visited. The extraordinary interior has some amazing features including cathedral like timber carvings, stained glass windows, beautifully tiled floors and the trunk and branches of a giant preserved beech tree. Within this are 3 bars and 6 different levels linked together by a warren of staircases and passages. Waxys stage regular live music and promotions, and show all the top sporting events on a big screen.
From either of the pub's entrances, either on Rupert or Wardour streets, O'Connor's hardly seems more than yet another Irish-leaning watering hole. But it's the inside of the pub that matters, and in this Waxy doesn't disappoint.
The pub is made up of several connecting rooms, each with its own cool name to correspond with its cool atmosphere. The Cottage Bar is O'Connor's biggest single bar, and features the pub's quite cozy fireplace prominently. It can be rented out for private functions or shared by the pub's general customers. It seats 60 for meals, 110 for drinks or appetizers, and has access to both Rupert and Wardour streets.
The Dargle Bar, down a half-set of stairs, used to be the pub's restaurant section, but is now used as both bar and restaurant. It seats 50 for meals and 80 for drinks or buffet, and has a fantastic view of the pub's heart, the Tree Room and the beech tree.
Possibly the bar's best spot for you and your group to try to claim is the Rupert Street Mezzanine, which rises above the pub's opening bar and allows the atmosphere, but not the clutter, of the action below to fill the air. It seats about 35 comfortably for drinks, but call in advance, because private groups often book it in advance. If you are interested in booking a room for your own gathering, call the pub and speak with Tara Cronin, the pub's sales manager.
O'Connor's offers a full lunch and dinner menu in addition to its pub services. The pub has TV's scattered throughout for sports fans and enough nooks and crannies to offer plenty to look at during a night's wanderings. A solid Green, White, & Orange experience.
- Patrick Allegri