Our Lady Manager Fiona has just left O'Neills in Bridgend South Wales (it's been sold) to take over Brighton (she was fab!!!) ......the previous writer "Supergreat" is extremely negative, you can't say the Guinness or bottled beers / cyders ie: Bulmers is bad, unless of course he is a Lager drinker, I've been to loads of O'Neills pubs. The food is good, unless you just had a bad day....music can be brilliant too!!! Eating a sandwich in the street???? you'll be drinking on the park bench next at 50p per can, have you tried Wetherspoons mate ?????? LOL!
Since writing my review of the font I found this 4 year old pub crawl review of 5 pubs and Ive decided to update the reviews for how the pub has changed. Ive lived in Brighton all my life and I think this would be a great service.
ONeils has also changed management since the last review however I think it got a way with it. Its an ONeils and the fore theirs not much else to say about it. Like all ONeil pubs it has slightly cheaper beer never tastes quite right but gets away with it through the use of fake Guinness memorabilia. The staff change every five seconds (I dont know what Michel and Buttler do to their staff to drive them out of ONeils pubs but the staff always seem to be new in every ONeils pub Ive ever been in).
The pub opens late on Sundays, no idea if that will change when the new licences come in next week. Music is always poor, but it can quite often be a nice place to watch the rugby or football.
The food has always been very bad there but on a good note its right next to a great sandwich shop, if you dont mind wolfing down a dam fine sandwich in the street then you can always eat just outside.
It does have an occasional habit of filling with stag or hen dos as most pubs in Brighton but they seem to leave quickly and can be heard from the street, thus easily avoided.
This is the second pub in a series opinions telling of my short pub crawl around 5 Brighton pubs / bars. If you wish to read the whole series please read my opinion on the Font and Firkin first. ******************************************** After leaving the Font and Firkin we saw O'Neils. It was playing loud Ricky Martin when we entered and all of the time we were in there the music was either Modern Spanish, 70's Spanish (La Bamba etc.) or Irish music. It sounds like a strange selection but they went well together. This pub is quite large, with the bar spanning 2/3 of the pub. There are various classic Guinness ads decorating the walls. The ceilings were very high and very decorated indicating that it was once one posh house. The general atmosphere was good and I would imagine the perfect venue for a group of drunken Irishmen, or a group of any drunken race for that matter. They didn't have any bitter on (apparently) so my mate had to get a Guinness (I'm not sure how this is any different, but according to him is does). Prices: Guinness extra cold (pint) £2.55 JD & coke £2.45. The tables seemed to be mostly square, I'm not sure that this matters, but you can only fit so many people round a square table. The barman wasn't as friendly as you might have expected, he seemed to be trying to rush us to order our drinks even though there was hardly anyone in there. Games in the pub were limited, just a who wants to be a millionaire quiz machine (I don't remember there being an upstairs). We drank up and headed off to the next pub, The Cricketers. Please rate this opinion and move on the Cricketers opinion :o)
A pub with an irish theme and decor to match. located just on the outskirts of the lanes near the post-office in ship street. Fairly lively place with good mix of people, with music of a general party type mix and not forgetting the odd irish song thrown in for good measure. Sometimes a bit hard to get served, and watch out for the names on the toilet doors or you could find yourself going into the wrong one on your first visit. Open till 12pm but get there at before 10pm or you will have to start queueing. Top end of the bar slowly becomes a dance floor the closer to 12pm you get. A definate must for a later than normal night out without going clubbing.