44 West George Street,
The ViewGlasgow Review
Fairyland furnishings, lots of space and a friendly atmosphere make Waxy O’Connor's a hit with its playful punters.
Here, the Irish theme is done to excess but with surprisingly good results. Walking around Waxy O'Connor's (or climbing up and down the stairs) you get the feeling you're either climbing up an elfin tree house or ducking through a hobbit hole. And you're quite sure you going to find a Leprechaun peeing in the toilets.
If you liked Lord of The Rings you're going to love this place. The stairs are surrounded by tree branches, there are light panels with colourful Irish motifs, painted organ chimes, medieval lanterns, carved wooden structures resembling bits of a church, suspended staircases and, well, it's more than you can grasp on a short visit. The place looks as if it's hopped out of a fairy tale, and it's beautiful.
There are nine rooms, six bars and three floors. Due to its size and sprawling layout, people are spread throughout and remain somewhat isolated from one another. It's actually a good thing as birthday parties have their privacy and you will never be bothered by the game on screen if sports are not thing. You can also decide to watch the live music sessions or not, depending on your mood.
Waxy O’Connor's is very popular, mainly with people who are in their thirties. It's a casual environment, more of a tavern than a lounge bar. You can find a quiet corner to sit, and with its many secluded rooms Waxy’s is very popular for small private parties.
The drink selection is not very special but it caters to most tastes. You can find a couple of interesting imports like Miller and Peroni or opt for the usual suspects on draught or in bottles. To go with their food, they offer a selection of wines composed by a dozen bottles from the Old and New World.
There's nothing particularly remarkable on the list but you can get a decent white or red at an affordable price. Bottles are priced at £13 to £19, while the 250ml glasses are £4.25 to £5.25. There's everything else you'd expect from a pub, with liqueurs, spirits with mixers and a selection of coffees and teas at £1.30 to £2.
The best of Irish and Scottish cuisine makes up most of the menu of Waxy O’ Connor's, but there are foreign influences, especially in vegetarian dishes. From the starters (£3.25 to £7) you can choose oysters, seafood chowder, an open sandwich of smoked salmon (Scottish, of course) or the Italian bruschetta with mozzarella cheese.
For a light bite opt for a sandwich (£4.55 to £5.50), such as the chargrilled sirloin steak with sauteed mushroom and onion. And for mains (£4.50 to £12) you can pick between Scottish classic haggis neeps and tatties served with whisky jus and Scottish oatcakes, crock of mussels, sirloin steak, sun-dried tomato and red chilli penne, chargrilled vegetable lasagna, fish and chips, Irish stew and a few more pub favourites.
The Last Word
Waxy O’Connor's is highly recommended for its decor alone. The fact that you can get decent food, drink and entertainment is a bonus.
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