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Date: 23/06/00, updated on 14/11/03 (126 review reads)
Advantages: Great music, great atmosphere, really cheap.
Disadvantages: really hot and sweaty
There are O'Neills pubs and clubs all over the UK - are they as popular anywhere as they are in Aberdeen?
There is one O'Neills in Aberdeen, right off Union Street. You go in for lunch - the prices are dirt cheap and the food is excellent. You end up staying for a pint - the barmen are sexy and there's a band coming on later. You watch the place fill up, and suddenly you're trapped, which is quite convenient, because you never wanted to leave anyway.
There's good bands playing Irish folk-pop frequently. The place is tiny, and hot, but everyone is so friendly, that it's just cosy.
By the time upstairs opens you're desperate for a boogie,and that's what you'll get. Go upstairs as soon as it opens and bag yourself a seat - there aren't many to go around.
Although the club is crowded, there's always room to dance. The music is a mixture of everything you'll ever want to dance to, from the Irish Rover to Fatboy Slim to Beastie Boys to Madonna. The DJ is okay - if you ask him to play something you might get it, especially if you're a regular.
The people are so friendly, everyone is sweaty and nobody cares.
If you want to go out and have a really good dance, not care about your shoes or mascara, and meet cool people, then O'Neills is the place to go.
If you're into rave, techno, men in suits, stilletto heels and pretentious clubbers, don't bother.
I pay my £3 entry, buy one drink and dance the night away, I don't have time to soend loads of cash on drinks because I'm getting on down - so it's cheap too.