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O'Neill's, Birmingham

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Ventured in here on a recent evening, and was immediately disappointed on getting to the bar and discovering the real ale offering was Doom Bar or Pedigree. A two further pumps were off. Well by the time you reach the bar you kind of feel committed so I went for the Doom Bar as I haven't had a pint of that for a while. £3.15 for the pint. It took the barman a few attempts to pour it properly and allow it to settle - I thought he was about to tell me it was off but he persevered and I eventually ended up with a pint. It tasted OK, but I would not say more than OK. I perhaps should have gone for a Guinness, which I can only assume is their flagship offering due to the number of pumps dedicated to it.

It's quite a big pub, was quiet on my visit and seemed a bit lacking in atmosphere. I can imagine it gets a bit busy at the weekend though.

Not especially welcoming, the ale selection was poor - nothing for me to rush back for unfortunately.
RealAleRobUK - 27 Nov 2015 18:15
Appalling customer service. The hostile barmaid (dark haired, 30's, northern accent) needs to be relieved of her duties immediately. Incompetent, lazy, and a sense of self-importance...

The female member of security should be removed too..

It is not acceptable that a young couple like me and my girlfriend cannot go to an Irish themed pub (I was born and raised in Galway, pity none of the staff were, they would have learned manners), for a quiet drink on a Friday night without being made unwelcome from the moment of entry.

We left after I was refused service for apparently "falling asleep at the bar", when I clearly walked up to the bar wide awake, spoke to a fellow customer for a couple of minutes (the service isn't exactly prompt), and made my order....

But I understand her point. I mean, you'd never see an O'Neills employee act up in another licensed premises.........
beertalk - 4 Nov 2014 01:25
Having just walked out of Revolution for obvious reasons, we wandered down the road, heard a live band and made the obvious choice of walking into this place.

The previous reviews may well be a little old, but theyíre definitely not off the mark. ĎFat farmí and Ďtanked up lower ordersí cannot be improved upon for veracity of comment, so I wonít try and do any better.

Strangely then, I found it immediately enjoyable. Although I canít decide how much of that was purely down to the fact there was live music. Either way, we got served straight away by amiable enough bar staff and werenít surrounded by annoying poser City Boys, so I think that counts as a successful trip to a pub on Broad Street.

I know Iíll return to this place, so thatís gotta get a 6/10 for above average, right?

EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 26 Mar 2012 14:25
Glad to report after months away from this place that the hen/stag parties of drunken revellers, Barry the DJ, bloke selling perfume in the gents, middle aged men checking their watches `cause the missus don`t trust them to be out after 12.00 is all still in place.
Blastbeat - 25 Jan 2011 12:51
Ok during the week, does the standard JDW meals and must say the Thursday night hot chicken massala is, with a side portion of bombay spuds is better, in terms of price and quality than some of the balti houses nearby.
Avoid at the weekend, has a bloke in the gents selling toiletries, and it attracts the tanked up lower orders, having a cheap pre Flares pint, who are too tight to go in the Walkabout, O'Neills or the Sports Bar.
son_of_odin - 12 Oct 2010 15:32
Barry also shouts `Sing a song` and warbles along to the bargain bin hits of the day.....full credit though he also takes the mick out of all the demented beer lashed stag do`ers trying to impersonate Michael Jackson. Yup, pile up car crash of a boozer, see you there Saturday!
Blastbeat - 23 Aug 2010 10:32
Lively "fat farm" pub in the centre of the Broad Street meat market. Saturday night is party night, Chesney Hawkes, Tiffany and The Grease Medley rule the roost. If a hen party walks in, Barry the DJ, will turn down the volume and shout "nurses in the house" or "policewomen in the house" etc.
If you do have the misfortune to end up here, say, on a works night out or a stag crawl, then bottled beer recommended over draught.
Toilets are as per usual O'Neills standards.

son_of_odin - 18 Aug 2010 07:27
my girlfriend and myself cant think of anything decent to say about this place it is without doubt the most vile place on broad street and thats saying something considering the rubbish thats here. The barstaff are at best useless at worst totally incompetent. The doormen are total jobsworths and as for the beer it is totally undrinkable which is probably the worst thing you can say about a pub. But i would not recommend this hovel to my worst enemy and we have been in some awful places.
mollyp - 1 Jun 2010 00:45
is gerry still the manager? :)
awamutu - 26 May 2010 13:46
Pleasantly surprised to find real ale in an O'Neills bar with a good pint of Landlord. Lively in the evening though managed to get served OK several times as others came and went. Good DJ with the odd Irish tune thrown in as well. Toilets OK too. Pricey though!
keith253 - 18 Aug 2009 09:52
I've only been in here during the day but for a pint of Guinness on an afternoon it#s not bad really. Better than a lot of Oneills, not as "Oirish" as a lot of them, although still pretty forced. The G is alright, i've had better, but for a pub on Broad Street it's not bad. I would'nt venture in her of an eving though, ooooh no.
mattyboy - 26 Mar 2008 13:36
One of the better O'neill's I've been in. Not quite the most amazing compliment.. but I do mean it. The bar is large, pleasantly decorated and very welcoming. Not to mention alot cleaner and generally fresher than a number of other O'neills I've been in. The staff were pleasant, polite and helpful, and the drinks and food we had were fine. All in all, fine to pop into, but certainly doesn't have enough real character to make me want to call it my local
alistair_cross - 21 Nov 2007 21:56
Nice during the day, gets exremely busy on weekends. Not a bad pub and good food during the day. In contrast to another poster (unless things have changed recently) the DJ is completely unoriginal and has a really annoying habit of singing over all the songs he plays. Personally theres much better places on a friday/saturday night
anonymous - 8 Jun 2007 18:36
had a wicked time in there, lovin the dj
anonymous - 16 May 2007 22:59
we work across the road and always eat in o neill's. Good food, good staff and its always good for a drink after work,,
anonymous - 26 Dec 2006 16:22
Very handy if you are staying in the Travelodge across the road (which we were!) 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 9 Dec 2006 13:19
Gerry is in charge so of course the place is doing well! Keep up the great work :-0
anonymous - 8 Dec 2006 03:03
Was in O'Neills last weekend and had a top night. It looks like it's been done up since I last was in and is loads better, lots of seating. The DJ was on top form and there was a really good atmosphere, alot nicer crowd than some pubs on Broad Street. Didn't have to wait long to be served at the bar, the staff were really quick and polite. Nice pint - I'll be back.
anonymous - 5 Jun 2006 13:04
Had our Christmas party there and it was brilliant. We had the function room upstairs to ourselves and the food was really good quality. The management are irish too, a tall girl and a bloke with glasses, they were really caring and helpful and made sure we had a good night. We would definitely hold it there again.
Rory - 23 Jan 2006 14:30
Glad to say this is now the better oneills in birmingham, not by much, but better than arcadian, as if you want lunch there, you need to take at least two lunch hours, to be able to order and eat your lunch
laura dale - 4 Nov 2004 19:53
Good range of beers and free live bands on Thursdays from 9pm - saw Chandella there last night - really great entertainment.
Pete - 20 Aug 2004 13:34
Better than your standard O'Neills , recently "done up" with a good pint of caffrey's when it's on !!!
John - 20 May 2004 17:19

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