O'Neill's (pub chain)

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O'Neill's
Type Subsidiary
Industry Hospitality
Founded 1994 (Aberdeen)
Founders Bass Brewery
Headquarters 27 Fleet Street, Birmingham, B3 1JP
Area served UK
Products Irish-themed pubs
Parent Mitchells & Butlers
Website O'Neill's

O'Neill's is an Irish-themed pub chain with 49 outlets in the United Kingdom. The chain is operated by Mitchells & Butlers, one of the largest pub companies in the UK. Pubs are located across the whole of the UK, except for Northern Ireland, where there are none.

The chain's focus is on Irish music, an Irish inspired food menu and Irish drinks such as Guinness, Jameson and Baileys.

History[edit]

O'Neill's on Cannon Street in the City of London

The first O'Neill's was opened in Aberdeen in 1994 by Bass, the largest pub company in the UK at the time.[1] A second O'Neill's opened at Covent Garden in 1995. By 1996, there were 52 and it was Bass's most successful pub chain. By 1996, Bass was opening more than one a month, and had spent £40 million on the pub chain. Ten opened in September 1996 alone. Bass owned Caffrey's, which was launched by the company around the same time as O'Neill's. By late 1996, Bass was opening a branch of O'Neill's every week.

By the end of 1997, Bass had over 250 Irish-themed pubs. Bass acquired the 40-strong Scruffy Murphy's Irish pub chain from Allied Domecq in 1999.

By June 2003, Mitchells and Butlers had 91 O'Neill's.

From 2012, M&B began to rebrand some locations as "O'Neill's Irish Pub & Kitchen". By 2013, the chain's estate had reduced to 49 public houses.[2]

Operation[edit]

The pubs specialise in Irish music, food and drinks, especially Guinness, Smithwick's (for which it has exclusive rights in Great Britain), and, until early 2013, Caffrey's Irish Ale. On St. Patrick's Day, they sell over 71,000 pints of Guinness.[2]

Estate[edit]

O'Neill's on Hannover Street in Liverpool

Scotland[edit]

  • Aberdeen
  • Glasgow, Merchant Square
  • Glasgow, Sauchiehall Street

North West England[edit]

  • Liverpool
  • Didsbury, Manchester
  • Preston

North East England[edit]

  • Newcastle upon Tyne
O'Neill's on Grant Street in Cleethorpes

Yorkshire and the Humber[edit]

  • Cleethorpes
  • Leeds
  • York

East Midlands[edit]

  • Leicester
  • Northampton

West Midlands[edit]

  • Broad Street, Birmingham
  • Moseley
  • Worcester

East of England[edit]

  • Brentwood
  • Peterborough
  • Southend on Sea
  • St Albans
O'Neill's in Winchester

South West England[edit]

  • Bournemouth
  • Cheltenham

South East England[edit]

  • High Wycombe
  • Oxford
  • Reading
  • Winchester
  • Woking
O'Neill's on High Road in North Finchley
O'Neill's in Muswell Hill

Greater London[edit]

  • Beckenham
  • Bromley
  • Cannon Street
  • Carnaby Street
  • Clapham
  • Earl's Court
  • Finchley
  • Harrow
  • Ilford
  • Islington
  • King's Cross
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Leytonstone
  • London Wall
  • Muswell Hill
  • Richmond
  • Soho
  • Sutton

Wales[edit]

  • Cardiff
O'Neill's on Euston Road in King's Cross, London

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