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O'Neills, Bournemouth

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Looked tidy for an O'neills pub,nice fresh decor. 3 real ales on and were fine,maybe a little colder than usual. Seemed a popular place but only went in for a pint. Dunno what the food was like as there is a separate dining area.
markredfox73 - 25 Apr 2013 21:27
Second, and this time, negative comment. My wife and I visited again on the following Wednesday evening and had 2 problems. The first was the short measured pints of lager ie huge frothy head. The second, and most important to us, was the smokers outside the front door but the doors were propped open and the smoke pouring in. We moved tables to the back of the bar but that didn't help much. We complained to the barmaid who thought she could solve the problem by outstaring us ( but failed). I then went to the manager who explained that the doors were open "to let some fresh air in"!!!!! In all fairness the doors were closed afterwards but beware of having to get past the smookers to get in.
vauni57 - 26 Sep 2012 21:03
I have 2 comments, one positive and one negative which I will do separately. This is the positive one. My wife and I visited on a Sunday evening, OK no Real Ale but the bar maid was pleasent and welcoming albeit a bit a slow.
vauni57 - 26 Sep 2012 20:56
Great open mic nights on Tuesdays. Dingy and miserable during the day, comes to life in the evenings.
RedHues - 3 Mar 2012 15:07
Can gey busy+odd dodgy person, less friendly than some seem to think,but generally not too bad.
ALTHOUGH..ordered a pint and was handed LITERARLY a glass of HALF beer and HALF foam! Am looking at it on my mobile now while writing and often have to show it to prove my story (yeah, but it wasn't really half head...)
They did sort it, but were happy to give it to me to begin with!
It may be O'neills - EXACT same thing in chain in Cheltenham! (reviewed)

Sorry for caps, but it was shocking!
pintofcase - 20 Jun 2011 00:30
Great pub.Excellent atmosphere,good live music.Always has a good night in o'neils.Can smoke outside in the back court yard.
nige50 - 23 May 2009 19:50
This is one of the better O'Neills I've been dragged into, but mainly because there was a band on who were half decent and the crowd were up for the craic (which in common with all the other O’Neills, was about the only thing vaguely Irish about the place)
Gann - 5 Apr 2009 20:28
I play in a number of Poole/Bournemouth based rock bands so this is the gigging musicians take on this place. The crowd is great. A good mix of students, locals and people who know you will get good music at this venue. The staff are always helpful, drinks seem fine and cheaper than 'trendy' bars that adorn Old Chrisctchurch Rd. This is one gig we always look forward to playing.
Sweepickit - 12 Mar 2009 11:32
This pub has gone through a lot of change in the past few years, not always good but at the moment its great here ! It's not a student bar - price of drinks ensures that and is my only complaint but it is cheaper than a lot of the 'trendy' bars in town. I know I can turn up here any time and its relaxed, normally with good live music and I can have a good time without any hassle. Long may this continue !

We need more proper pubs and live music in Bournemouth !!
FrazerVv - 31 Dec 2008 15:14
Beaver says you can't go wrong with an O'Niels - then says 'good work O'Neils.' Is he talking about O'Neills ? These pubs are closing all the time; for example, O'Neills have left Tunbridge Wells, Brighton, Croydon and Redhill - simply because of a well earned lack of trade.
simwilliams - 9 Dec 2008 11:51
'You just can't go wrong with an O'Neills'

Oh I beg to differ.
ChrisP87 - 9 Dec 2008 11:28
You just can't go wrong with an O'Niels, and this one is no exception!
Great lively place, nice bar staff always up for the crack, not one of those poncy wine bars we see all too often p[opping up in old Banks on the highstreet!

Some of the reviews on this site just don't seem to make sense, as if they have never been there actually! Maybe they are just Bankers down from the city at weekends expecting the same wine bar tat they have in the big smoke.

Keep up the good work O'Neils, Merry Christmas!!!!
i_love_beaver - 9 Dec 2008 10:16
There are certain people who`s comments you take notice of as they use different pubs. All these one hit wonders mean absolutely zilch,so take note theguv your not the first to try a stunt like this and you won`t be the last.If the pub is as good as you say then let genuine comments be posted and not all this bulls```t.
End of sermon. Peace be with you.

ThePilgrim - 9 Dec 2008 09:12
I think that the overwhelming support to these negative comments has more to do with peoples love for the pub and less to do with a publicity stunt. For people to take the time to register and show there support for their local speaks volumes. O'Neills has been mine and my friends local since we started university 2 and a half years ago. The O'neills burger has well and truly sorted us out of a hungover afternoon and the live music and open mic night gives everyone an opportunity to express themselves. And as you all seem to love expressing yourselves maybe you should give open mic night ago. Keep on doing what your doing o'Neills. God bless xx
mmmbop - 8 Dec 2008 19:32
Recently won the Best Pub category in Bournemouth's Best Bar None awards.
theguv - 8 Dec 2008 18:31
Sorry guv have i missed something here, what exactly are You saying about your pub ?? I think your cheap advertising stunt is backfiring,and no i dont think i`m the only clever one on this great site but as there are so so many newbies on this pubs page thort i`d just mention it.
About O`Neills personally i think its got about as much Irish charm as an old wellie and on my next visit to Bournmouth i will make a point of not calling in.
Beersupper - 8 Dec 2008 10:38
A great establishment, friendly staff and atmosphere make an enjoyable experience. Would highly recommend a visit.
thedrinkking78 - 7 Dec 2008 14:51
Another newbie who only writes up this one pub, Get a life.
0/10 for stupidity.
Beersupper - 7 Dec 2008 09:14
I have visited this pub on many occasions when in Bournemouth and the service and atmosphere is great. Food and drink is excellent with that authentic homely Irish feel. 10 out of 10
asgoodasitgets - 6 Dec 2008 22:24
MPD warning and another cheap advertising stunt going on here me thinks it can only be staff/management doing this.Last 3 comments from people or person who joined this site on 6th Dec.and 50 mins of each other.(What a muppet)
1/10 for cheek.
Beersupper - 6 Dec 2008 15:24
This place won an award for being the best pub in bournemouth and Its easy to see why. Nice welcoming atmoshere, lots of music nights, resonable drink prices, friendly bar staff and the best beer garden in the area.
Never get any trouble here either, which can't be said for just about every other bar in bournemouth.

taco - 6 Dec 2008 14:18
Very musical pub - live music every day except for Mondays and Wednesdays, don't think anyone's doing that much music! Love the beer garden( free drink delivery there,maybe that's why;)). Very nice pub,never get tired of it!
ninon_299 - 6 Dec 2008 14:01
very good pub. freindly as hell staff. great live music. guitar hero on sundays where you can win beer! what more do you want from a pub! never had a bad time! massive beer garden and great food. burger for £2.95. again what more do you want from a pub!
Top Class, well recomended
branson123 - 6 Dec 2008 13:27
what a crap pub full of idiots one of them could have been smash.dont waste your time going to this pub if you have a brain.
chairboy - 17 Nov 2008 16:59
boring - another cheap, cant be arsed attitude pub, plenty of other good drinking holes in bournemouth
cj0306 - 2 Oct 2008 22:53
The best beer garden (or outside smoking area) in Bournemouth town centre. Service is usually quite good, I certainly have no complaints about the place.
anonymous - 22 Aug 2008 21:23
Now stocks Budvar dark in bottles (quality Czech lager). Anyone who's been to Prague will testify that this is indeed a very fine beverage!
anonymous - 18 Jun 2008 20:02
Sunny Bournemouths warmest welcome. Traditional Irish pub. Don't make me laugh!!
I visited there saturday 29th March with my sons for a drink and a bit of lunch, it was a joy to get out of the strong winds and rain. After buying drinks and sitting down we were just looking at the menu when the same barman then asked for ID from my sons (20 and 16) I stated it was a bit late as we had already been served and my youngest was with me. My youngest was perfectly legally drinking coke and we were about to order food so he could have legally had a beer!
Neither he or his manager would listen to reason and wanted to throw us out. I said we would leave under protest after we had finished our drinks which wasn't good enough for the landlord of the pub with Bournemouths warmest welcome so he called the police.
1) Traditional Irish pubs welcome families.
2) If this is Bournemouths warmest welcome they can stick it.
3) O'neills have just lost a regular customer, I vow never to set foot inside one again until I receive a full explanation and an apology.
Thanks O'neills for ruining a nice family day out with my sons.
Paul.
paul_c - 31 Mar 2008 13:47
It Has Gone Down Hill Since Mr Matt Stockley Left
Bring him Back
MATT4SAM4EVER - 10 Dec 2007 10:59
WAS MUCH BETTER BEFORE MR M S LEFT
anonymous - 7 Nov 2007 21:42
Been to a few gigs here, never had a bad time. Nice atmosphere
popiellajones - 10 May 2007 10:31
great place, fab atmosphere, down to earth, dont have to dress up to go out here- great! Much better than our one here in Richmond!
anonymous - 30 Mar 2007 16:26
The upper (now non-smoking) bar is a great place to chill out after a hard day in the office. Service, quality of Guinness and food all very impressive!
anonymous - 26 Mar 2007 21:59
i love it, one of the first pubs i actually liked when i came to bournemouth, always have a good night there and the staff are fabulous!
JEANTE - 4 Mar 2007 20:06
O'Neills could be the place to go again, now that the previous manager has gone. Happy days. Dont go to Fruit.
garySP - 20 Feb 2007 11:43
A great pub.Full of life.Good live music and spacious
nigegil - 3 Feb 2007 19:55
i know the new manager and he is not as bad as the last one that was there
SAMLOVESMATTFOREVER - 11 Jan 2007 22:43
this pub is the best pub in bournmouth
SAMLOVESMATTFOREVER - 5 Jan 2007 21:34
Town centre pub which has got it just right. Good bar staff with table service, excellent friendly doormen (and woman – she’s superb) with live music or what I’d class as a ‘decent’ disco.
6bh96 - 5 Dec 2006 21:19
Cold busy and a serious lack of staff at busy times. Young arrogant manager needs someone with more experience.
anonymous - 14 Oct 2006 16:53
Nice pub with good friendly staff. Ate in there recently mid afternoon, hadn't noticed the special offers board they had but the friendly barman pointed this out and put the food through at the lower price for me. They weren't busy but even so I was very impressed with the speed and quality of service. The food was basic but good and the barman happily went back to the bar to get us more drinks and walked back to us with the change etc.
Unusual to find a beer garden in central bournemouth (certainly on this side of town) and although its a bit bland (empty hanging baskets etc look a bit sad!)its got plenty of tables.
bmth123 - 3 Sep 2006 15:57
Great pub,great atmospher and great live music
nigegil - 9 Mar 2006 15:55
Probably the best pub on the eastern side of Bournemouth town centre. Live music, excellent bar and door staff and plenty of Guiness on tap. Used to be known as the Lansdowne when it was infamous for a hostage siege back in the 80's I believe. Seems to attract the more mature pub goers.
emulti100 - 20 Jan 2006 04:43
Do not leave anything in this pub, you will not see it again. I know 2 people who have lost their phones in here. One even phoned up and spoke to a member of the bar staff. He came in at the next opportunity to pick it up only to be told, "oh, we've lost it, sorry - maybe the cleaners nicked it".

Scum. Don't drink here

MrCastle2 - 30 Dec 2005 19:58
I've been coming here most weekends and the odd weeknight since I moved to Bournemouth amd I love the place! Since the Gander died and it looks like the Villa seems to be going the same way, this must be the only real place to see live music in central Bournemouth (not counting the broom cupboard in the Triangle-you know where I mean!)If your a live music fan, like me, then this is the place to come (especially as I heard they're starting live music on more nights soon-maybe every night?) Yeah, it looks a bit scruffy and shabby from the outside; and it's definitely nothing like any of those soul-less trendy style bars (Karma, Toko, Bliss)-THANK GOD! but inside are some of the friendliest people I've ever met (staff AND drinkers!) The people who put that the staff are rude- what did you do to upset them???!!? I have always been treated like an old mate whenever I come here (even the first time!-that's one of the reasons I kept coming back!) and they even serve you drinks at your table something that I've never had in any other pub. I have seen people removed for being downright abusive/violent to the barstaff or other customers, but isn't that how it should be everywhere? At least you know they wont let any idiots bother you (unlike, ooh, every other pub on Old Christchurch Rd, except Fruit and Bar Vin, maybe?)And even when they do remove people, the staff and doormen don't "throw" people out; they just talk them into going, (unlike, ooh, AGAIN!, every other pub on Old Xchurch Rd, except Fruit and Bar Vin!) Oh and the Beer Garden's great on a hot day.
livemusicrocks - 27 Sep 2005 16:06
Nice Pub with good live music at weekends, shame about the staff who are arrogant & confrontational
club45255 - 17 Aug 2005 08:43
Good bands and guinness just a pity about the bar staff and doormen. They are the most miserable bunch of t'ssers in Bournemouth. And I love the goth-girls on Friday night.
Party4ever - 16 Jul 2005 17:38
Usually a good atmosphere, most staff are very friendly here bar the odd exception!
anonymous - 27 Jun 2005 14:44
Good for seeing a band on a Friday or Saturday. Mixed age group - not full of 18 year olds. Easy night out.
BVibrant - 26 Jun 2005 08:47
Really quiet during the week in here and they actually serve drinks to your table which is quite nice.
princess_kaz - 26 Mar 2005 16:37
Better than average for the area. Noisy.
seasiderMM - 17 Dec 2004 05:41
Had a fantastic night in August listening/ dancing to Juice. Fantastic Band.
When are they playing Again??????
Sno - 30 Sep 2004 19:36
Went there Sat 17 April and shook my money maker all night to band ! Excellent night out! Ok - staff not 100% and but I found secuity charming to say the least LOL!
Lise - 20 Apr 2004 08:33
the first time i went to this pub i wasn't impressed.the staff were scruffy,rude and obviously not interested in the customers at all.However i was persuaded by my boyfriend to give it another go.that was mistake number 2.A butch bouncer with an arnie wannabe hair cut threw my b/f out and to the floor BY ACCIDENT!-seems the assistant manager needs a few lessons in description and possibly management.
Claire - haventiseditall@hotmail.com - 18 Mar 2004 04:51
not a place for the student. service is a bit cack but they're all characters at least! the bands that play are all cover bands, although yes, they are good ones. has two seperate bar areas, with the cleintelle in one seeming to be 30+ rockers and the like on live nights, and the other area for your common or garden drinker. not much to shout about, certainly not likely to be on my local crawl, and i only live 2 minutes away.

oh and i went to that Food Sex and Violence thing. erm, !!!!!
Ris - 12 Mar 2004 04:43
ok place, gets really busy though and can take some time to get to the bar!
rebecca - 4 Jan 2004 21:29
Good live bands, but don't complain about being ignored by the bar staff. My friend did (he was not abusive) and we were all asked to leave. Witnessed this overreaction on more than one occasion. Also charge to get in after 10pm on the weekend, which seems a bit rich. You will also wait ages to get in after this time
richy - 23 Dec 2003 21:35
'Food, Sex and Violence'
On Wednesday 28th January 04, Oneills have kindly allowed the Fine Art Degree students to use the venue to host an entertaining evening of art projections, live music and performance art. The entry fee goes to help the Fine art students with their major degree show in London as well as supporting local proffessional artists and performers.
The evening is guaranteed to be unique, with musicians: 'bang lassy',award winning 'lead to wine' and 'lullaby bleu' and professional artwork from major artists and published poets. Tickets are £4 and can be bought on door, please reserve by calling 07973 876192. Thankyou
Jenna Graves, Arts Institute b'mouth - kentucky_fried_graves@hotmail.com - 16 Dec 2003 20:07
Some excellent cover bands play here.. One of a few pubs with a beer garden in bournemouth town centre.
Kev - 26 Aug 2003 17:04
Gets quite busy. Nothing wrong with it really.
Jon - 17 Aug 2003 18:35
very good in the summer in the beer garden. you even get bar staff coming to your table to get you drinks. Excellent.
bexley - 21 Mar 2003 16:07
Concur with the above but the bouncers tend to let too many people in so it goes off fairly frequently.
John - 31 Jan 2003 09:33
Every Friday and Saturday, high quality live music, buzzing atmosphere, rapid and friendly bar service, and open 'til 1AM. How can you resist?
Roj - 30 Apr 2002 16:18

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