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O'Neills, Wimbledon

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user reviews of O'Neills, Wimbledon

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If you want to go for a nice drink go somewhere else the frizzle next door does a better job and anywhere in the village is better than this pastiche pseudo Irish chain of badly run pubs!
freebeerforall - 31 Jul 2014 14:43
It's not often I'm compelled to criticise pubs on web forums, however this place takes the cake. The staff here are behave like their on ketamine - I visited about six weeks ago around 6pm on a Friday, ordered a pint of Guinness and watched the barmaid pour half of it - then promptly forget about it. Hence a ten minute wait for a pint of Guinness. I ordered food which in fairness was delivered fairly prompty, but the waitress decided to literally shove it on my table and walk off.

I visited yesterday to see if there was any improvement - sadly not. The girl behind the bar asked snarled "are you waiting?" prior to serving me, at which point I asked if if there was any other reason I'd be stood at the bar - the joke seemingly lost on her, she looked at me like I was something she'd trodden in.

There are numerous better pubs in Wimbledon. Avoid this one and do yourself a favour.
BeerMonster1983 - 2 Jan 2012 15:49
I've been here - it's alright. Drink the Guinness and check the skirt - thats about it.
Mcloj - 12 Jul 2011 12:41
Whats happened to this place??????????
Never go here again, it used to be the place to go....
Great sports.....great food......Great Staff.......Where did the welshman go to...he held this place together and always seemed to be working...where is Ben...where have all the locals gone to....the landlady probably ate them:-).....
Shame this was a great place....was the best place in Wimbledon....now the worse in sw london
juanra99 - 21 Apr 2011 20:34
Okay place, like many other chains. Nothing spectacular. Found the staff to be friendly and attentive, food was promptly served and was quite nice - for a chain. They no longer have Sky Sports so got a rest from the football blaring out elsewhere at the time. The place could do with some T.L.C maintenance wise but that is quite common with many places.
nicktrow - 11 Oct 2010 14:28
definitely one of the scruffier o neils i've seen but it's ok.
last visited about a year ago and found it a bit odd that they advertised guiness red as an upcoming new drink when they've sold it for years and the sun bleached food menu out front was nothing more than a peice of white paper ..... the assumption i made is that the management here isn't very good and if you want clean tables you should probably avoid but if you don't mind roughing it, the pub is a perfectly acceptable place to hide for a few hours.... unless the footaball's on - but that's wimbledon all over.
pubsnstuff - 13 Jul 2010 19:23
Staff in this hole are gorillaz of the lowest order. Real monkey men and (women). Sod of back to meat hood land.
mortimerfluff - 20 Jun 2010 11:52
I like this place. I'm not really a fan of chain pubs, but this particular O'Neill's is a very nice place to go for an affordable (and edible) lunch in a nice atmosphere. The staff are so friendly, I always feel welcome. A few months ago I might have made some comments about the decor and the standard of the toilets, but they redecorated recently and now there is very little I could gripe about, other than how busy it gets Friday and Saturday nights - but I can't fault them for being popular really, can I?
jtana - 11 Jun 2010 12:42
Popped in here for a Sunday afternoon Guinness and thoughtit was a decent shop indeed. Very relaxed, although I guess it's a different story at night.

Love the framed photo of George Best & Mike Summerbee on the back wall... can I have it please?!
shoegazer - 10 May 2010 01:01
Another fantastic night out in this ever reliable chain. Only my second visit to this particular branch and i already feel like one of the boys. The night's most memorable highlight was the effervescent scouse bartender, his charm and wit carried the night along at a gay pace, and he pulled the black stuff like a true pro.
Due to the high concentration of our friends from over the Irish sea living in and around wimbledon there was a definite sense of 'the craic', more so than any other o'neill's branch i have been in and ,dare I say it, most other Irish drinking holes.
With their token Irish bartender, who i beleive was called Pod-rick, (though it was hard to tell through his luscious irish drawl) adding to the charm I look forward to frequenting this establishment in the future, which If I'm not mistaken will be tonight. See you there.
(I'll be in the guinness t-shirt kindly gifted to me by the eccentric welsh landlord, keep up the good work)
oneillsfan - 9 Apr 2010 17:15
Yet another O'Neills, looking forward to what it will be next - although O'Neills may keep going for all I know as they have ridden the fake-Oirish bubble to its end when others have said 'Slan go foill' and gone. I have no idea if they have real ale here or not. They did however have karaoke (thanx Sallie). Also not too far from the tube/railway station.
rainlight - 23 Dec 2009 08:42
The big problem with this pub is the attitude of the bouncers and some of the bar staff. They will happily serve drinks five minutes before closing time, and then kick you out on to the street before customers have barely had time to have had more than a sip. This is not a responsible way to run a busy town centre pub.

Other than, it's no better than your average chain pub with the usual range of flat lagers, each with its own distinctive metallic tang. The live music is good though.
turfbeer - 14 Nov 2008 18:57
Saw a geat band in here Friday night called The Kick...Music was great, good sound and real good vocal on the lead singer!! Bar staff were friendly and good atmosphere in Pub.. ashame about the toilets....needed a pair of wellies to go slash! Definetely keep an eye on when this band are playing next..!>
Bobby_123 - 19 Jul 2008 20:54
A good example of a chain pub that can make it work. Good, professional staff (most of which have been there for ages), and they do appear to look after their pumps more than most on the high street.
But sort the toilets out! What a let down!
anonymous - 23 Jan 2008 22:49
This pub doesn't have so much "something for everyone", but more like "something from everyone"...the toilets were a swimming pool of...well, you know what. That and the beer was pants.
Birchy - 5 Nov 2007 20:39
this pub has something for everyone! they have a lot of regulars and have done for years (me being one of them) staff are friendly, beer good and atmosphere great! fridays and saturday can be busy but thats the weekend for you. they have a host of live bands, some play typically irish music but others play a range of music for people of varied tastes. been coming here for around 8-9 years and has had its occassionally ups and downs with staff but now they have a great crowd in that are very friendly and helpful behind the bar and doing table service. a quiet drink through the week, a night of football or a party atmosphere on a weekend there is really something for everyone!!
snoopypants5 - 9 Feb 2007 10:49
I agree that normally pub chains are a bit 'same ole same ole' but a night is what you make of it. Look out for live music at O'Neils as there will be a wicked 5 piece band playing their not only tonight (1st december 2006) but in the future also. Check out the band tonight - you won't be disspaointed.
ClaireB - 1 Dec 2006 14:02
"Dear anon 27th Sept"
If you are looking for personal space and a place to sit why not stay at home and write a letter to Santa asking for a big shiny abacus!
bruno - 9 Nov 2006 15:23
Not somewhere I would go to on a weekend evening or when there is a footie match on but for a quick drink in the week it is perfectly fine. Beer is standard and the decor is like any other o' Neil's.

I discovered their all day breakfast last week. It has to be said it is about the best you will find in Wimbledon. Black pudding included. Yum yum yum.

Miss_Dinner - 20 Oct 2006 15:09
the food is dreadfull, watch out for table service staff, - u never get the same change even if its for the same round and when the sports on its so packed you cant get a seat nor can you get a decent standing spot, the one great thing about this pub is st patricks day otherwise i would stay well away all other 364 days of the year.
anonymous - 27 Sep 2006 22:29
Does exactly what it says on the tin. No surprises here, but a decent pint and friendly table service. If the 20 minute train journey into town is too daunting, this may be your best bet locally.
LondonWolf - 23 Aug 2006 13:01
Have ye met the manager she has a daughter who is the spit of her they are a lovely pair of lasses, It has to be the only pub in wimbledon where you can get a decent pint with a nice attitude
anonymous - 30 Jun 2006 13:01
oooo, i dont know? fair enough, its a chain..but they are very nice people in there, and full of friendly customers. Very good place to watch the sports...and never any trouble, which cannot be said for other oneills, for example sutton etc.
anonymous - 23 Jun 2006 19:08
I agree, this is an O'Neills, enough said!
Harlap - 22 Jun 2006 16:11
It's an O'Neills. It's indentical to every other O'Neills.
anonymous - 14 Jun 2006 17:37
what is good about bang on the harsh volume at which they play ? at or the dodgy repertoire of recycled cheesey music ? old hat in my eyes, my favourite band is the make they do just a few irish classics but play mostly rock pop covers really well. and most of all they dont offend anyone
anonymous - 5 May 2006 15:39
Absolutely packed in here, so something must keep them coming. Is it the different types of Guinness perhaps? We found ours was perfectly normal.

Live music on Sundays
Will2 - 22 Apr 2006 13:59
This O'Niells is unsuprisingly biased towards guinness
aleman - 22 Apr 2006 10:37
nice pub, pretty well priced and some good music on
brock - 28 Mar 2006 03:46
Nicely decorated. Bar Staff friendly and when Bang on are in there-FANTASTIC! Play some old classics with a modern beat, great for all!! Nice place Nice food, nice staff!
1Boozer1 - 17 Feb 2006 15:04
In here last weekend.Open til 2am fit staff fit birds. Top bar in wimbledon by far good choice of beers
bruno - 16 Feb 2006 17:46
been refurbished and is a GREAT pub
anonymous - 19 Dec 2005 23:43
typical o'neills. Not very interesting but a good pint of the black and white stuff. They could have some different beers though
anonymous - 10 Dec 2005 12:21
rhona is well gorgeous ;-)
anonymous - 1 Sep 2005 18:21
This is probably the least intimidating pub in Wimbledon to meet mates at the weekend & have good a drink. The staff are friendly & all the customers were nice.( Completely chav free ) I dont live in Wimbledon, but came to meet my mate last friday night & ended up staying the whole night. There was a band that rocked, and stayed open until 12. Had a great night!!!
anonymous - 18 Aug 2005 17:23
MUST SEE BAND. If your a Celtic fan, Irish, or up for good music, dancing and singing along to a few songs, get down there on a Sunday evening and witness one of the best Irish bands I've seen in ages. Do a lot of the old favourites with some deeper stuff ranging from the Dubliners to the Pogues, Christy Moore and the Wolfe Tones. The band is a trio, mandalin guitar, bodhran and vocals. The band shows strong vocals and solid guitar from Matt, slick jigs and reels from Brian on the mandalin, and a driving rhythm from Richard on the bodhran. Forget your Sunday roast, Bang-on at O'Neills with BANG-ON. Ignore JP's comment, it's an Irish pub playing Irish music/bands that each week pulls in a crowd, gets them dancing, and keeps them there all night. Irish hospitality at it's best!

celtic_hero - 10 Mar 2005 21:51
It's an O'Neills so you know what to expect before you go in there and it lives up to that really. It's just.. fine. Prob best avoided on Friday/Saturday nights when it gets very busy with ummmm people on their way to Po Na Nas/The Watershed but for midweek footie watching you could do a lot worse (e.g. 'The' Bar or the Walkabout).
MrLash - 22 Dec 2004 15:26
it's my local and it'll do for me son.
letcher - 11 Sep 2004 02:46
great pub been in there a few times now. only bad point a couple of irish girls behind the bar constantly gossiping whilst your trying to get served but all other staff very friendly and helpful

maria - 4 Mar 2004 15:48
Found this place good.good atmosphere. How ever some barstaff a couple of short youngish girls quite rude. not what I expect in a irish bar!
pixie - 26 Feb 2004 12:19
Went there last night (23/1/04) got there about 7 managed to get seats and everything was going well, having a good time, when they suddenly decided to turn the music up to crazy levels, it was then impossible to have a conversation without shouting. Why they needed to this I dont know as there is no dance floor. So we left.
Mr Vincent Mancini - 24 Jan 2004 17:34
Not a bad Pub but yet another chain. Recently 'applied' for late openings at weekends.. but why! This is a Pub - not A Bar. Forget it! Food not bad though.. but I HAVE heard the Irish music a few times & as I'm not a fan.. sucks.
JP - 25 Sep 2003 16:39
Nice bar staff, nice food - non irritating irish cheese - Gets you merry for preclubbing in central london (should u live here).
Bill - 18 Jun 2003 20:42
I used to live in here, so I suppose I liked it.
Andy - 4 May 2003 01:32
Not bad, centrally located and better than Chumley's next door.
Gary - 28 Nov 2002 06:56

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