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Callaghan's Irish Bar, Piccadilly

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Whole building shut down because of Asbstos!!!!!!

RIP Callaghans, with your sticky floor and manky beer.
psplay - 25 Jan 2007 15:26
This pub has closed down now along with the hotel although some may say that's no big loss.
david737 - 9 Jan 2007 19:07
Dreadful hotel, even worse pub
atsoutar - 20 Dec 2006 15:38
Callaghan's is about as Irish as chicken tikka with with basmati rice. It IS a plastic paddy bandwagon joint. Yes nomild_walkout_mac. I did say PLASTIC PADDY. Don't try playing the race victim here. If you're that sensitive you shouldn't go near a pub. The Guinness here is not worth mixing cement with and they didn't have pint bottles of Magners (Bulmers) when I dropped in. I can understand why they serve baseball cap chavs. The overheads on a pub like this in the heart of the West End must be huge, thus anyone over 18 with a wallet will be served. In fairness when I was in here (early evening Monday) the clientele seemed ok and the staff were friendly but not overly efficient. I've been in worse pubs but there is nothing about Callaghan's that will entice me to return in a hurry.

Having read some more comments by nomild_walkout_mac I can safely say, if he walked into a pub I was in I'd get up and walk out. Get a life.
The_Inspector - 7 Aug 2006 06:31
The pub may be plastic irish but the term plastic paddy is a little unfair in this case as feck all irish people ever go to this pub.

The guinness is woeful with almost no head and is poured into a pint glass which is not tilted, hence the bad taste from it.

This pub has been full of plastic chavs anytime i've been in - not a pleasant experience. If you want authentic Irish, hop across the water.

anonymous - 24 Jul 2006 16:33
Sorry I mean the old china hand apologies again
juzza - 11 Jun 2006 22:43
For the attention of no mild_walkout_mac Im from Thomastown in Kilkenny Ireland perhaps you can explain to me how on earth my previous comment is racist both Irish friends of mine and family have used this term about bars such as Callaghans or O Neils I didnt mean any offence to anyone Irish or anyone English have a look at one of your previous comments about the Hand of China before you have the audacity to make comments like the one abovexxxx
juzza - 11 Jun 2006 22:41
The only difference is that it doesn't travel very well......
squatter - 9 Jun 2006 08:42
Good News: all the Guinness in the UK (and, indeed, all of Europe and the US) is now brewed at St James's Gate, Dublin. There is no longer any brewed in the UK.

Bad News: all Guinness (even, shock horror, in Ireland) is now pasteurised.

There is No Difference between Irish Guinness and English, it is exactly the same.
Biggles - 9 Jun 2006 08:34
Irish unpasteurised Guinness takes about 10 minutes to pour. Guinness in this pub or anywhere else in Britain is pastuerised and takes about 2 minutes to pour. The two versions do taste different. Either way Guinness is a keg beer, not a real ale.
Now whats all this racist stuff, I'm English and proud of being able to turn the other cheek, if I'm called a pale face, a brit, a limey or anything else I'll take it like water off a ducks back. If any one is offended by such so called racist comments they need some sort of counselling. Sticks and stones may break my bones .....
anonymous - 9 Jun 2006 02:08
"The stout was OKish but not a patch on what you would get in a proper pub in Ireland"

I'd bet my bottom dollar the stout you had was Guinness or Murphys. In which case it would be exactly the same as in Ireland ...
anonymous - 8 Jun 2006 21:21
I guess this is fairly typical of what the English think an Irish pub should be.
The stout was OKish but not a patch on what you would get in a proper pub in Ireland.
Moreover the atmosphere is definitely not Irish - too many noisy baseball cap wearing lager louts on the night I was in.
As for a previous poster (Juzza) referring to "plastic paddy pubs", as an Irishman I find such racist comments offensive.
nomild_walkout_mac - 8 Jun 2006 21:00
bar staff are alright . . a lot of eastern europeans with not much understanding of people skills. Beer was good with a small selection.
The band were crap . . this bar doesn't really make you want to stay, lot of chavs on football night. stay clear . .
anonymous - 8 May 2006 18:04
Agreed . . Absolutely! bad bands , bad food and management. My wife asked for a simple G & T and got something completely different, so she asked for another and got a look of ???? from a bar person who could not understand english [ eastern european I think ] so asked for the manager, a little Irish pwurp, who couldn't had cared less and said that her drink was alright . . really sunshine! we all left and will never be back.
Take a wide berth of this plastic pub.

anonymous - 1 May 2006 12:56
Hateful. Avoid at all costs. This is an extreme distillation of the oirish bar. Full of tourists who know no better and non-tourists who should know better.

If you like this bar you have no soul.
bobzilla - 28 Apr 2006 08:47
Avoid . . at all cost. Went to this place with friends, the service was scarce and the music was dreadful. We were told not to go but decided to give it a go as we were in the area. A short little irishman [with no personnality] served us . . . finally . . . and wasn't to pleased with the effort. We left after we finished our drink and went to the sports bar down the road where things were a lot more enjoyable.
Give this bar a big miss . . .
anonymous - 23 Apr 2006 10:22
Great bands, excellent bar staff, except for the Manager, if he can call himself that - needs to work harder on communication skills.
ladyjaneg - 21 Apr 2006 09:39
ordered what the menu said was a half pounder and got a plain quarter pounder plus the burger looked like it came out of a tin,guinness below average for an irish pub,try the irish pub on nearby cork st which is 10 times better as this place is a tourist trap rip off
anonymous - 7 Apr 2006 19:47
Im not really a fan of plastic paddy pubs but this i have to say isnt a bad place to have a few beers one of the more reasonably priced places as well
juzza - 29 Mar 2006 13:42
In agreement with the previous comment, a very pleasant pub with a good friendly atmosphere. Will definetely go back soon !
lennie384 - 29 Dec 2005 03:03
Pleasant pub. Good for sports.
Beer of reasonable quality, but you may have to stand whilst drinking it.

Visited on a Saturday evening, and good, friendly crowd.
tomevans4 - 20 Dec 2005 15:42
nice pub for afterwork drinks on a tuesday, guinness tasted fine but was poured by a moron , nozzle into the beer and only a 20 second wait till the top up , spilt all down the sides. then again how should a latvian girl know how to pour a guinness correctly? will try again only to hope for redemption
kiwiphil - 12 Oct 2005 10:17
Good: Went Friday night, found seats, maybe as it was b.h. weekend. Nice mixed crowd, young and older. Liverpool match was on the huge screen - nice atmosphere. Then a live band came on, who were good. No charge

Bad: Lazy barmaid behind the bar, standing playing with her nails, and answering her mobile, not serving until asked to do so. Sort it out manager.

jayshat - 27 Aug 2005 21:09

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