“ Address: The Printworks / Corporation Street / Manchester / M4 2BS / Tel: 0161 835 1210 „
My first experience of the waxy O'Connor's dynamic layout was in the Glasgow branch on Buchanan Street, which in its self is a wonderful original pub with a great atmosphere and brilliant character. I found out that that there was a Waxy O'Connor's in my home town on Manchester so of course I had to see if it lived up to the expectations I encountered in the Glasgow pub.
Waxy O'Connor's is an Irish pub serving a good selection of food including traditional Irish food.
The waxy O'Connor's pubs have an unusual layout which consists of many bars spanning over a number floor. It is all set out in my opinion like a little maze. You have stairways going down to hidden little corners or rooms and through to bars. The décor is made to appear very old and cathedral like with the wooden steps, banisters, beans, spirals and towers.
Certain rooms have their own character like the green room, red room and are acknowledged by a single wall painted in the colour.
~~ Manchester's Waxy O'Connor's ~~
The location of Waxy O'Connor's in Manchester is hidden in the printworks in the city centre. Many times I have been in to the Printworks and have never noticed Waxy O'Connor's. Now I know where it is I will definitely going again. The front of the building does not give much away about the character of the pub; it has the standard logo and a nice seating area at the front which is roped of. When you go through the front entrance it appears very small, with a single bar at the front, then you go past the bar to the stairs and start the labyrinth of rooms and stairs. This appears to be a common factor among the Waxy O'Connor pubs. Each one has lots of Character and is built up of many floors, bars and rooms.
It could be very easy to get lost once you have had a drink or too. As there are many stairs and corners, sometimes you can take a different route to get to one area. On the plus side the toilets are all easily signposted and can be found at various locations around the pub.
We went to the Manchester Branch on Saturday lunchtime and it appeared to be very quiet with just a few people in our area. We decided to go down to the bar located on the second floor, as it was very quiet there was no staff at the bar, however a bartender soon appeared within a couple of minutes; the staff where very friendly, even though the bar was not staffed for a couple of minutes.
The drinks where reasonably priced, and had a wide selection to choose from; including beers, spirits, wine and soft drinks. Once we got our drinks we went and found a quiet corner by a lovely fire which was located in one the rooms. The room simply had the fireplace and about six tables, which could only occupy 4 people so the room was nice and cosy. In the room there where another couple of people but the tables where nicely spread apart that the room felt large and not crowded.
When we were leaving the pub we noticed how busy it had become. We where unaware of how busy it had become because of all the separate rooms; it appeared to be a popular pub to enjoy a nice meal as the majority of the people we saw where eating food.
The atmosphere during the middle of the day was lovely and quiet and you could enjoy a lovely lunchtime drink and meal.
We didn't have food this time put it is a place we would consider going to in the future for food. We saw the food being brought out to other customers and it looked very appealing. The portion sizes also appear to be good value for money.
The menu consisted of Irish food which was reasonable price and had something to other everyone from the Irish stew, burgers to the mussels. The full menu and price can be seen on the website www.waxyocoonors.co.uk Simply click on the location where you are and you are directed to that website there are four waxy O'Connor locations to choose from Glasgow, Manchester, and two different location in London
Waxy O'Connor's in Manchester during a Saturday is a lovely relaxing place to sit down and enjoy a quiet drink; it is not incredibly busy as it appear to be a hidden gem during the day. I presume on a weekend night in the busy Printworks that this Pub would have a very lively atmosphere with lots of people. During the day the staff where very pleasant, and the atmosphere is very chilled out perfect to relax after a busy morning shopping with a nice cool drink and some lunch. This is a place I would definitely go to again and next time I will enjoy the lovely traditional Irish stew.