“ Address: 44 West George Street / Glasgow G2 1DH / Scotland „
Waxy O' Connors is quite a popular Glasgow pub which can be seen quite clearly on your right as you walk up Buchanan Street by Nelson Mandela Place. The 'flames' outside it are eye-catching and piqued my interest in the pub. There is also another entrance to it down the side street that leads to Queen Street train station.
It is open until 11pm Sun-Thurs and to 12pm on the weekends and also serves food during the day until 8.45pm.
I've been here often just for drinks and once for food so can comment on both. The pub, as the name suggests, has an Irish theme but what is most striking about Waxy's is the layout. Inside the seemingly innocuous looking building there is no less than 6 separate bars! They are all sort of vaguely themed eg. Church bar or Guiness bar but all fit in with the overall theme of the pub, too. If you can imagine what a pub would look like in Lord of the Rings or some sort of fantasy novel along those lines, then you're probably close to imagining what Waxy's is like. It has a surreal, subterranean feel about it, like you're a Hobbit in a hole somewhere and I think this is probably what attracts people to it. It is mainly all wood decor inside but made to look quite natural such as tree shaped walls etc. To get a real idea of what it looks like, though, take a virtual tour on their website:
Not all the bars are staffed all the time, although I would suppose at the weekend they are, but you can sit drinking in one bar area but buy your drinks from another bar area (as long as you don't get lost and, believe me, there's a very real possibility of this in Waxy's)!
As you might guess, it isn't a particularly cheap bar but then most bars in Glasgow are pretty expensive. If you're drinking beer then you probably won't end up too out of pocket but if you're drinking spirits you might feel the pinch. I'm sure that a double rum and coke cost my boyfriend over £6. So, it isn't extortionate by Glasgow standards but certainly not Wetherspoon's prices, either.
It tends to have a relaxed atmosphere here and doesn't tend to be full of hyper-active barely legal to drink sorts or loud groups of drunken lads. It's the sort of place that you can quite imagine lager lout, over the top types being asked to leave which is quite nice, especially in Glasgow! As it shuts relatively early, too, I guess a lot of people at the weekend will choose to drink somewhere that stays open later.
The food varies seasonally and is on the posher end of the pub grub scale, selling things such as Steak and Guiness Pie, Mussels, Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini but also selling standard pub fayre such as Scampi and Burgers. The food is higher quality than most pubs serve, though, so you pay a higher price but it isn't over the top. Expect to pay round about £10 for a main course. I've ate here once and the food was definitely good quality, well presented and worth the asking price. The menu is fairly small, though, as compared to cheaper places like Wetherspoon's but then that suggests that things are freshly made by a chef and not just vacuum-packed microwave meals that get bunged in by any old member of staff.
It really is a very nice place to be and I only have one very small gripe with the place. I don't drink and my boyfriend does so often at the end of a day spent together we'll head to the pub (there isn't a great deal else to do in Glasgow at night, anyway). Clearly, if we're going to spend a good 3 or 4 hours in the pub chatting, I don't want to be drinking fizzy juice for that length of time so will usually end up having a tap water by the end of the night. Most pubs don't have a problem with this at all (since my boyfriend is drinking, anyway and it isn't like we're going in and ordering two tap waters) but when we last went to Waxy's the barmaid gave me a bit of a dirty look when I ordered a tap water alongside my man's beer. Oh well, though, on the grand scheme of things this isn't a major drama and overall, it is a very good pub.
I've walked past here many a time on my way up Buchanan Street, always noticing the fire they have at the front door. I've never really known what it was until I went with my friends to lunch there the other day and I was so impressed! I had such a lovely time and wanted to stay in there, out the cold, all day. But sadly, I had to come home and write this review!
Waxy O'Connors is a chain of Irish pubs, I'll of course be reviewing the Glasgow pub. The pub is open on Monday and Tuesday's from 12pm to 11pm, Wednesday - Saturday from 12pm to 12am and Sunday's from 12.30pm to 11pm. They serve great food from 12pm to 8.30pm (it says 8.45pm on the website, but we asked when we were there and the guy said 8.30pm) and you can also go there to have a little drink. They state on their website that it's strictly over 18s only, which I'm quite chuffed about as I never got ID'd (I'm 20, but regularly get ID'd for lottery tickets...). The also have a dress code, which is smart casual.
As soon as I stepped into this place, I was in awe. It's an actual maze of different levels full of chairs, sofas and tables! I was sure I'd walked up loads and loads of stairs, only to find myself sitting next to a window at street level. I think this because the pub is situated on a hill. It looks quite Harry Potter-esque... it's all wooden, with organs and trees - it's very strange! You can go on the website and take a 'virtual tour' if you'd like to see it for yourself, but then you'd be missing out on the delicious food!
We went in for lunch and a bit of people watching out the window! The menu's quite impressive and I found that it had a good selection for meat eaters (like my friends) and vegetarians (me) alike. You can go online and take a look at the menu yourself;
The menu changes seasonally, but there's always a good variety of food. They use fresh, local produce - so you know what you're eating is good! You can get sandwiches, salads, steak, fish and loads more. There is a good selection of sides (try the soda bread, it's amazing!) and also deserts.
To order your meal(s), you just go to the bar and ask for it and you pay for your meal at the bar when you're ordering. I think on Friday and Saturday nights it's different, but it does tell you on the menu. I can't quite remember.
I had the Soup of the Day which was vegetable soup and this came with stone baked soda bread, which was absolutely delicious. I really enjoyed it and felt it was of excellent quality. One of my friends had Sun Dried Tomato and Red Chilli Penne Pasta and as I was still a little peckish after my meal, I had a little taste of this and it was gorgeous. I wouldn't have gone for this from the description on the menu, but it tasted amazing and I'll definitely order it next time I'm there! My other friend had the Irish Stew which also came with soda bread. Sadly, I couldn't try a bit of this, but it looked delicious and my friend certainly enjoyed it!
Our meal was quite cheap, with my soup being only £3.50 and my friend's meals being around the £6.50 mark. The portions were really big, so it was well worth the money!
The atmosphere of the place was really nice, it was quite laid back and you didn't feel pressured to leave as soon as you had eaten. It was quite quiet, although I've never been here at night so it possible could be a little livelier! It was really relaxing and I could imagine myself coming here alone to read a book or something. The staff are all very pleasant, they didn't come over and interrupt our meal asking if we were OK, etc which I liked, they just tidied up when we'd finished. Overall, they were very helpful and I didn't feel intimidated to ask them a question.
The place was very tidy, clean and well-kept which is very unusual for a Glasgow pub! I didn't personally use the toilets, but I heard no complaints from my friends about them.
Overall, it's such a magical place. I really enjoyed my time here and can't wait to visit again. It's easy to find, serves amazing food and is just generally brilliant! I really can't wait to find myself here again and I hope that you get the chance to visit this place too. If you're ever visiting Glasgow, you should take a wee stroll up Buchanan Street and get yourself in here! Although, there are also Waxy O'Conner pubs in London and Manchester.
4 West George Street,
0141 354 5154
Every once in a while, my Better Half will take a flexi day from work, to allow me time off my parenting duties to go into Glasgow and do some shopping or whatever. Now, I'm not really a fan of shopping and I have a short attention span when it comes to wandering round the city centre. I am, however, a fan of sitting in a quiet corner somewhere, reading my book, while drinking wine preferably.
And that is where Waxy O'Connor's comes in. I have adopted it as my city centre bolt hole, somewhere to relax for an hour or two (or a whole afternoon!), to enjoy a tasty spot of lunch and people-watch.
Waxy O'Connor's is situated right in the city centre. A stone's throw from Queen's Street Station, Buchanan Bus Station, Buchanan Street Underground Station and George Square, at 44 West George Street, it also has an entrance on Dundas Lane.
It is a maze of a place inside. It has nine bars spread over various levels, lots of seating and eating areas. It is cavernous inside in place, almost cathedral like (the faux-organ pipes on one wall adding to this sensation). The décor includes wood panelled walls and stained glass windows, comfy leather sofas and a bewildering number of staircases. There is, thankfully, a distinct lack of "Oirish" memorabilia in evidence - so if it's leprechauns and road signs telling you how far it is to Limerick you're after, you'll be disappointed. If you really want to get a picture of the place check out the virtual tour at http://www.waxyoconnors.co.uk/glasgow/vtourf2.asp.
I have always found the staff at Waxy's to be polite, efficient and friendly. They provide table service for both food and drink during the day and in the evening for those eating.
The food is delicious and not overly pricey considering the city centre location. Service is efficient but food tastes freshly cooked as opposed to re-heated. My favourite is the HUGE terracotta crock of mussels cooked in white wine with cream and shallots and served with wedges of stone-baked soda bread (£7.95), but I have also been impressed with both the rib-eye burger and breast of chicken in a bun (both £7.50). Both of these are served on a square wooden platter and are accompanied by a pot of delicious rustic skin-on chips. Something lighter, may be? A ciabatta sandwich or tortilla wrap, perhaps then - I can recommend the wrap with shredded beef and sweet chilli sauce served with parsnip crisps (£4.95). I have been tempted to try some of the other varied dishes on the menu; haggis, neeps and tatties, the warm chicken and chorizo salad or the king prawns, but I just seem to go back to the mussels.... They also offer a selection of sharing platters if you are being more sociable when eating (as opposed to me, with my nose stuck in my book) and I can confirm that the Nachos are very good, with an extremely generous smattering of jalapeno peppers (£5.85). (For full details of the menu to see if anything takes your fancy see http://www.waxyoconnors.co.uk/glasgow/menu.asp)
My experiences of Waxy O'Connor's in Glasgow have been mainly during the day, however I have been there in the evening when the atmosphere has been lively but not rowdy. It is possible to reserve areas of seating for groups or small parties, and it is a popular place for office/leaving nights etc for this reason. They also offer buffet options for such gatherings - and it's not your bog-standard crisps and sausage roll offering either, but homemade fishcakes, Italian salad, fried Sicilian rice and lamb samosas. Yum!
The Church Bar, downstairs in Waxy's, shows most big sports events on their big screens. I have been there during a rugby game and the atmosphere was brilliant.
They also advertise live music in the Dundas Bar on Thursdays and Sundays, and a DJ on Fridays and Saturdays. Unsurprisingly they were advertising their St Patrick's Day party when I was there recently!
On the occasions I have visited, the ladies toilets have been clean and well appointed, with a wonderfully fragrant air freshener. It's possible that standards slip at weekends when it is a lot busier, but personally I have nothing to complain about on this front.
I like Waxy O'Connor's as it is somewhere I feel comfortable going on my own, or to meet friends, to eat good food and take a break from shopping. I can camp in a quiet corner with my book and no-one is going to bother me. And sometimes all you want is somewhere to have an afternoon of "me-time".
(Waxy O'Connor's states on their website that they are strictly over 18's only)
I was meeting up with some friends I hadn't seen for many years and was looking for somewhere to take them that provided drink, food and pleasant surroundings. Our meeting point was Queen Street Station so I suggested that Waxy's be our first port of call for the day. The plan was to have a couple of drinks and then go somewhere else for lunch - however the ambience and service provided in Waxy's made us decide to stay put and have lunch there - the food was FANTASTIC...and tonnes of it - none of your namby-pamby 'tea-plate' portions here! We moved on to several other 'establishments' during the course of the day but either the music was either too loud that we couldn't hold a conversation without employing the use of lip-reading skills or there was no atmosphere at all! So - when it came round to FOOD TIME again we decided to go back to Waxy's!! In fact we should really just have stayed put from the word go!! It was the same chap behind the bar and he remembered our round from when we had been in earlier - now you don't get that very often in a city centre pub! Might I recommend the Mussels - which arrive in what can only be termed as an enormous Grecian Urn!
This pub is like a labyrinth inside. There are various different levels and a number of bar/restaurant areas. After a few pints it is very possible to get utterly lost on the way back from the toilet. Its definitely worth taking a ball of string with you and leaving a trail behind you. Otherwise you may never see your pint again! Plenty of secluded areas for getting close to your lady and plenty of atmosphere in this Church-like pub. Beer is good but the service can be a little slow at busy times - which seems to be always! Could do without the cheesy Irish poetry and voices over the tannoy. Haven't tried the food but it certainly looks good. Definitely one of my favourites in the City Centre. Give it a try.
Perfectly situated next to Queen Street station in Glasgow this hostelry performs several functions. Firstly as a quick stop for a pint on your way home from a hard days drudgery in a city centre office. Secondly as a meeting point at a start of a big night out Thirdly if you are not inclined to move from pub to pub you could make do with sitting in various parts of this pub – it’s big enough. I enjoyed a Friday night out here recently and I didn’t feel that I was entering the “how many people can you fit in a phone box competition” which you can do in some other Glasgow pubs. The food is also reputed to be good my husband enjoyed a bar meal there recently while visiting me at a nearby maternity hospital (I incidentally had to make do with the hospital grub), he recommend liver and mashed potatoes with gravy.
After one particularly heavy session someone once described this bar to me as “like the inside of a tree”. Having never drunk inside a tree I can’t comment on the accuracy of that simile however if drinking inside a tree involves getting lost because of the size of it then I am in full agreement. This place is huge. Found at 46 West George Street ( just next to Queen Street Station ) it doesn’t look all that large from the outside but once you go through the doors it’s like stepping into a different world. Waxy’s is a labyrinth of bars and hidden seating areas on about four different levels. At last count I would hazard a guess at there being about seven separate bar areas each with a distinctive name. If you intent to meet a friend in here don’t say, “I’ll get you at the bar” – they could be anywhere. The largest bar is found downstairs and is called the Church Bar. This is in the heart of the maze and can be looked down on from four or five different vantage points. This bar contains a massive church organ and pulpit. The seating area contains a number of church benches which have been adapted to be a wee bit more comfortable. Fortunately there is no priest to warn us of the dangers of drink and a lovely pint of Guinness can be had for about 2 quid. Waxy’s is called an Irish bar but I wouldn’t think of it as a tacky sham – mock type boozer. It reminded me of a couple of pubs in Galway – The Quays and The Skelf. Like these excellent pubs Waxy’s main attraction is the quirkiness of its layout. It’s all over the place. Due to the diversity in its layout Waxy O’Connor’s attracts all sorts of punters – from those straight from work types looking for a good session at the bar to couples wanting a quiet, intimate space to conduct their business. Food is available and is mostly traditional Irish dishes but it is slightly on th
e dear side. One final point – the stewards who greet you underneath the flaming torches at the entrance seem to have something against those in trainers. Ah well decent shoes are a small price to pay to have a drink in such a cracking bar.