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Published January 29th 2013
How pubs should be
In a city overrun by pubs, like London, it's easy to fall into a sort of pub monotony, in which they all start to look and feel similar. Once in awhile, however, a pub will stand out from the general 'pub'lic.
One such pub is O'Neill's in Earl's Court, which brings a few things to the table that set it apart.
First, O'Neill's has a brighter, more open atmosphere than many other pubs, which can often be dark, windowless and claustrophobic. With its large windows, fairly high ceilings and open layout, O'Neill's gives customers plenty of room to enjoy their drinks without feeling closed in.
The eatery also has an impressive drink menu. It is not a particularly large selection of alcoholic beverages, but the drinks they do offer are creative and delicious. Drinks range from different types of cider to exciting combinations of liquor and fruit juice. My personal favourite is the 'Clover Top,' which combines vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and a hint of hard cider. It's absolutely scrumptious, and the price isn't bad either: £12.50 for a large pitcher of your favourite cocktail.
The food at O'Neill's is good too, which is more than can be said for many of London pubs. The "starters" and "sharers" are a solid way to go if you just want a little something to munch on, but don't want to spend much money. Split the chicken wings or nachos with friends, and receive a substantial amount of tasty food.
Finally, the music at O'Neill's is phenomenal. They play an unbeatable blend of classic and contemporary rock hits, which appeal to listeners of all ages and with varying tastes.
When you get bored of the pub monotony and want to try something new and different, be sure to check out O'Neill's. Your faith in London pubs will be restored.