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O'Neills Irish Bar
72a Friargate || Telephone 01772 250190 || Date visited: Sept 2005
The barstaff are well trained to welcome you to the pub like an old friend. The Guinness is immaculately served from a choice of either standard temperature or extra cold versions. After being poured in two sessions, (with a shamrock on the head), the staff will bring your drink to your table if you like. On most days attentive barstaff patrol the pub watching for 'empties' offering a waiter service.
Excellent live acts. There's usually an Irish music tape on most of the time. You can also play giant versions of Jenga or Connect 4, or watch the giant TV screen at the far end of the pub.
Some of the food has an Irish theme. Colcannon, Boxty, Soda bread etc., but they also offer other dishes such as Chili, Vegitariaon Combos (mixed snacks types) etc.
The O'Neill's menu also has that classic Irish flavour. There are lots of good value dishes to choose from including black pudding melt, O'Neill's burger, sausage and colcannon, as well as a number of snack and share dishes for those who want to share a meal.
Locals to student ratio 30% to 70% respectively.
2004 - Refurbished over the summer. walls and woodwork painted and small bar to the left of the main entrance has been removed. The 2 small alcoves to the right of then entrance are now one room with seating along the wall and tall tables (rather than regular tables and chairs).
2002 - The interior is decked out like a traditional Irish pub with posters of local shops, hardware items in the shop-style window and painted wooden cupboards / panels.
Did you know?
The first O'Neill's Irish bar opened in Aberdeen (1994) and is a subsiduary of the Whitbread Pub chain.
Visit The Railway for if you're looking for a genuine Irish pub (with real Irish locals) in Preston.