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Popped in last night for the last 20 minutes of the England game on the tele.

Busy pub that emptied a bit after the game ended.

No ales available but the pints of Kozel I had were perfect.

Not really my sort of pub but not bad
lezford - 16 Oct 2013 14:11
over crowded, very boisterous inside and outside, mind you it was a saturday evening! unfortunately the cask ale was warm! had a similar problem recently too at its sister pub on the Euston Road! Won't rush back again in a hurry.
ng10 - 9 Aug 2012 15:23
What a fail. There's a big guy behind the bar that literally doesn't understand his job. When there are 2 people waiting and one being served in your area, it is not acceptable to not know who's next! He kept serving others before me and even though it was quiet early evening time, it took so long to get served each time even by the other people on the bar, we left straight after our food came and went to the green man, where at least the bar staff have some urgency.

Food was meh, same as all oneils but smaller and not as nice as the oneills in bromley and blackheath - maybe the kitchen staff here care about their jobs as little as the bar staff.

The only reason I can think of to go here is if you're shopping on Carnaby and fancy a beer and can't be bothered to walk to anywhere good.
Zombie - 22 May 2010 08:50
Great bar. Was in there recently and they had a cracking band playing. A bit annoying in that the tourists keep coming in and out, and the pub is also strangely laid out, but overall I would definite return when I next visit London.
john_thomas - 3 May 2010 16:14
I really liked this place when it was the Firkin, . . . but now, thanks to certain aspects its nothing but a grotty little hole!, . . . unpleasent staff who have virtually no experience in customer relations, . . . very overpriced drinks, . . . & as for the food, you can get better in the bins at McDonalds!! - (if you do happen to eat there, at least the public toilets are right outside!)
TattooKell - 8 Dec 2009 13:54
I remember this place being the Dog and Trumpet years ago, changing into a Firkin before morphing into an O'Neills ( I await the inevitable change into an AB1)

It's a bit deceptive here - the front area is spacious enough but along the narrow area to the right of the bar is a pleasant back room with a frosted conservatory style roof that is a nice place for a pint.

The area means that it's a bit touristy but if you can sneak a seat in the back room it's really quite ok.
murgatroyd - 21 Jun 2009 21:37
REWARD-- TOTAL long shot- I was there on Friday night (3rd October)- one of a pair of american sisters. we were there 1 am till closing and then took a cab to our rented flat. it was an unmetered taxi, driven by a londoner of asian descent. I left my camera in the car.

it's a canon sd750 digital elph in a black case with a Mt. Fuji sticker on it. I am offering a reward for the camera and/or the memory card- a good one. please please please contact me if you happen to chance upon it. you will get money and eternal good karma.

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deebruschi - 7 Oct 2008 18:31
Great Night in here Sunday,rather rough looking crowd LOL
A London skinhead reunion made sure the Barstaff earned their Money,i don't think the tills stopped ringing.
tottenhamsean - 26 Aug 2008 08:40
For an O Neills this is a quality pub. Really nice in the summer with the big windows open, ideal to people watch whilst having a swift pint. People immediately think bad things just because it's a 'chain pub' but give it a chance, it's not half bad.
2005CLfinal - 5 Jun 2008 20:58
This place isn't bad for an O'Neills and it's probably the best one I have been to. Good location and in agreement with one of the previous comments you always get a seat!
lennie384 - 18 Sep 2006 05:10
another nice offering from o'neills
My Rating 8/10
fat_beer_badger - 1 Jun 2006 14:30
WOW!!!!! saw the most amazing live duo down here on a friday, they were really good, a must see.The piano player is HOT!!!!! and the singer had a great personality he reminds me of myself. Refreshing for a west end bar to see good live music.
davebrunel - 2 Sep 2005 17:19
It's in Carnaby so you get a tourist crowd, I prefered it when it was the Firkin.
anonymous - 9 May 2005 20:18
This is one of the few places in Central London I ENJOY going to, because..........
(1) You'll always get a seat
(2) Brilliant lively atmosphere
(3) Large bar area with EXPERIENCED staff
(4) Un-smoky
(5) Plenty of room - you're not cramped in with tables all around you.
GREAT PUB - give it a try!!!!!
mycomments - 13 Jan 2005 00:08
Way too expensive, DJs can't even mix properly, crap music... Total rip-off!
TrulyJuly - 13 Nov 2004 14:35
Change the name and pub sign back to the Dog and Trumpet!!
Roni King - 15 Jun 2004 02:06
Absolutely dreadful, dingy hole. The epitome of chain pub chain-pub naffness. Bar staff have no concept of customer service and satisfaction. And why should they? In this location, the mug tourists will keep on coming in droves.
RickL - 3 Mar 2004 13:43
Bloody awful just like pretty much every other O'Neills pub in existant. Carnaby street is not the best place to drink - draws an odd crowd. Should head over to Berwick Street if in the area.
Good for: Pretending to be Irish. Yeah right.
thenationofjames - 11 Dec 2003 15:22
Wonderfull pub, great atmosphere, fun staff and loved by many (expect a few below)
Calum - 12 Nov 2003 19:42
change the name back to the dog and trumpet. It became famous all over the world with that name. Now, as O Neils, Nobody even cares to go out of their way to visit it.
jacko - 30 Oct 2003 22:14
i am quite a fan of odd shaped pubs and this is a wedge shaped pub, with an extremely narrow bit on the end facing great marlborough st. Ok, so its another o neils which was in its day a firkin...fact is the place lost its individuality when the dog and trumpet packed up-it was a punk and biker joint as late as 1993/4...ish...bikers carried on frequenting, but when it became o, neils it turned designer-ironically signalling the death of carnaby st...2 alternative shops left! rawhide and gear...compared to 1990 when it was radical and different.

The drinks standard fare food awful ambience standard fare proices standard fare-go for a quiet drink -not one for a major night out on town.
belgrave square boy - 9 Jul 2003 14:19
I loved this bar. There were so many men and great prices on drinks. I spent many nights and many pounds here.
Danielle - 18 Jun 2003 14:12
We visited it on a 'Monopoly' crawl as well, on August 17th. Can't remember much except a long walk downstairs to the loos...
Piers - 24 Sep 2002 19:00
This used to be a the fanfare and firkin. As such it was rubbish, but in a friendly way like an old friend. Now its just a nasty corporate oneills. Same rubbish music, far worse beer selection, just usual commercial junk. Budweiser instead of budvar. An attempt at sophisticatino with unnecssary table service and frankly disgusting food. DONT EAT THE BURGERS unless you like a plate of grease with a side order of fat...
angelman - 28 Jun 2002 18:02

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