I love this pub.
Although it seems a bit unfair to say this is just 'a pub' when it's more like three or four different bars all combined in one, maze like, layout.
It's cozy, homily, and very relaxed. No music blaring, some areas do have screens showing sports, other areas are like little hidden cubbyholes away from everyone else. So regardless if you want to get a group of friends together for some drinks (prices are about on the cheaper side of average) or want to have a quiet drink with a loved one, it's got plenty of options for you!
I was here for a planned event (office Christmas lunch) so we had an area set aside for us. The staff were excellent, friendly, joined in with the nonsense banter (we now have a tradition for measuring the circumference of people's heads... no I don't know why either!) and the buffet they laid out was excellent!
It was a mixture of hot and cold foods, deep fried camembert, spicy chicken, roast potatoes, coleslaw, smoked salmon on hearty bread, chipolatas, to name but a few. Sweets included mince pies and a wonderfully sticky tiffin-like slice! There was more than enough to feed us twice over, which is saying something!
It's great pub, and don't worry, everyone gets lost in it the first few times they visit!
I visited waxy's this weekend, the first time for 5 years, I forgot why I hadn't been in so long, then I remembered.... Upon walking in there seemed to be an uneasy atmosphere despite the cheery music and the staff seemed less than happy to be there - when I asked for a drinks menu I was told "it's just what you see" - the problem is my eyesights not the best, I'm guilty of only wearing glasses only when I absolutely need to. So I ordered two standard drinks I knew they would have, magners and a vodka and cranberry - £9.75, you would expect for those prices they would be competing with providing an exceptional service although I was left tempted to ask if I could get a smile with that; upon walking away I noticed on the bar there was a list labelled bar tarrif - would have been nice to see before I ordered the 500ml magners (not even the big one I know!)
If you want to be ripped off then this is the place to be, as its right next to the train station I can only imagine they make the majority of their money off unsuspecting tourists and punters who wouldn't get let in anywhere half decent, why anyone would want to drink here regularly is beyond me. AVOID.
I finished my Subcrawl here, so you'll have to forgive this review for being a little vague. I had a distinctive like and dislike immediately. The dislike....well, the staff aren't too friendly. In fact, they're quite miserable. If they looked miserable then smiled as they served customers I'd forgive it, but they don't. They're just miserable.
What I love? That the pub would fit in on Diagon Alley in Harry Potter. It's SO cool inside (so cool that I could easily get lost). They have fire lamps outside and indoors is just a zany style that makes it both cool but comfortable.
I want to go back with fresh eyes and see it again. Hopefully the staff will be happier.
It just doesn't do it for me. After promising so much with an interior that makes you feel like you've just walked into middle earth, Waxy fails to deliver anything more than a bog standard O'Neill's. It tired "i'm Oirish so i am, to be sure" feel does little to add to the vibe and the flippin tree house labyrinth is cool to begin with until you pee yourself whilst looking for the toilet.
This place also suffers from the city centre virus, meaning that on most weekend nights its filled with every dafty and their granny who commutes to the city for a night's drinking.
Over priced, over rated and not a true reflection on the real pubs in Glasgow...do yourself a favour, jump the tube and get your arse to the west end or Charing cross.
It took me a wee while to be enticed in by its fiery goblets, but Waxy's won me over in the end.
Externally, it looks like it might be a swanky chain pub. On the inside, it's more like a glimpse into a Tolkien realm. It is 3 floors of zany madness. I got lost on my way to the bathroom. Maze-y OConnors is something else! Organs carved out of wood and fairylights dangling from carvings of trees, it's a big ole folklore fantasy. It might be gothic, it might be Pagan, it most definitely is other worldly.
I'm a big fan of a nice building, so I spent most of my time star gazing at the ceiling rather than checking out the booze. From what I could see, there were a few well stocked bars, which is all I ask for. What was worth noting was a good selection of 70s rock tunes and its gorgeous interiors. An experience, but also a remarkably peaceful Sunday night of drinking!
Waxy's is like seven pubs in one, it's massive. One of the best Hogmanays I've ever had was in Waxy's a few years ago. I knew some of the staff via friends, so we ended up in one of the lower bars, watching BBC One on one of the big projection screens. It's quite an experience to have a great dram of whisky in one hand, shaking the hands of friends with the other, singing Auld Lang Syne at the top of your lungs, the bar staff up on the bar, and Jackie Bird, the alive one from the Corries and Paolo Nutini on the telly singing along with you.
It's also a good place just to nip into if you're shopping or working in the City Centre and you want to grab a pint and a bite for lunch.
But yeah, it's massive. I defy you to go drinking with friends and see the whole thing in one sitting. They should do guided tours of the place!
ps. Francesca, servers? This is Scotland, get tae the bar yersel!
This place is built for adventure based drinking games a'la Hansel and Gretel. Go ahead, get drunk, then a. go to the bar for another round , or b. go find a toilet.
Now the fun begins... find your friends before you a. have finished all pints you're carrying, or b. have to piss again, or both, as one leads to the other. Sorry, no real winner at this game.
Never did get any food here, it would have served well for leaving a crumb trail I suppose, but, from what I've read, not for eating.
Maybe wheelchair accessible, but not wheelchair friendly. I'm able bodied and had a heck of a time finding my way around. On a Thursday evening we had problems finding anyone to offer a seat and as some have mentioned... it is a bit tricky finding your way around inside.
The guinness with bangers and mash was tasty, the atmosphere was pleasant without being overbearing. Not the best place to go by yourself unless the downstairs bar is open. I found the place to be about average.
Waxy O'Connor's looks cool. It's a giant, labrynthine pub with a big ole tree in the middle that goes up and branches out over the several floors. To that end, it's a great place to go with a group and get some interesting and cozy spot with enough seats for everybody.
The food is the kind of corporate-blah pub whatever-grub you'd expect from a chain. It's reliable but not amazing or remotely healthy.
What I like best about this place--it's cavernous space with pockets of seating areas--is also it's biggest problem. You have to kiss your loved ones farewell and trek to the bar for your round, perhaps never to return before closing. *Edited to add - William's right, of course. No one comes to you, you must go to the bar yourself.
Waxy O'Connors might sound like an Irish pub, and it is. But it has alot more character than your traditional Irish pub.
If The Crystal Maze had a 'forest' zone, it would look like this. When I went in to meet friends "at the front near the window" I stumbled around the labyrinth inside, into an area that was closed off. A member of staff eating his lunch ushered me away, but without being confrontational. If anything, he was amused.
It's a bit overwhelming inside at first, like the inside of a tree carved out by some sort of creature in a wizard movie. It is also very cosy, warm and (once you know where you are going) welcoming.
There is music playing, but not loud enough to annoy you if you dont like it, or quiet enough that you cant enjoy it. You can bury yourself in a corner somewhere and have a good conversation. It is perfect for couples or small groups of people.
The food itself is very good, and reasonably priced, with a generous portion of fish and chips greeting me when I went. You order at the bar which is a bit too Wetherspoon for some people, and the tables dont have numbers. Trying to explain to the barstaff where you are sitting can be a bit confusing.
The prices of the drinks are a bit overpriced, standard Glasgow prices.
I like Waxys. It is warm and allows for a bit of privacy with a small party. It is located near Queen Street and Central Station and the menu caters for anyone in your party. The interior may put some people off, but I quite like it. It has a bit of character!
Definately worth a look.
Oh, the toilets smell good too.
As a fresh-faced teenager from a nearby small town, Waxy O'Connors was one of the first pubs I visited in Glasgow. With it's central location I didn't have to venture out far for my first taste of a Glasgow drinking establishment - ironically in an Irish pub. My older brother who had experienced university life a couple of years before me often spoke of meandering here with friends to relax after lectures and so, from his tales, I conjured up an image of a quirky and charming place for those more sophisticated than I was at the time.
With this impression in my mind, I was quite surprised at how large and yet intricate this pub was once inside myself. Rather insignificant on the outside, it's like a treehouse which opens up into lots of little areas - nine rooms, six bars and three floors - and indeed has a large tree in the centre as a navigational tool.
This can be charming on first impressions but can get irritating when you walk around the same area a good few times looking for an empty seat without realizing that you have already been there twice or thrice within the last 15 minutes and then being unable to find the exit or the toilet.
It can get very busy and on the one occasion that I ordered food here I had to wait almost an hour for it to arrive. Although it was very nice when it did eventually come I had to wolf it down as I was consequently running so late.
Being a stone's throw away from Queen Street station and practically on the shopper's heaven Buchanan Street, I still visit every so often when I'm waiting for a train or need a short rest from shopping. It's pleasant enough but has lost a little of the charm I once associated it with.
Waxy's is by far the best Irish venue in Glasgow in my opinion. I have been visiting it for a few years, despite its expensive drink prices. For example a bottle of Miller and a pint of Stella both cost £3.30 (don't know why anyone would buy the Miller then if they had the choice).
But I feel that the atmosphere inside Waxy's outweighs the dissappointment of the prices. Inside it is modelled like a very big treehouse, which I like very much. There are three different bars, several different floors, narrow staircases, a big balcony, you name it. Run-of-the-mill pub this ain't.
It is a busy and very atmospheric place on a Friday or Saturday night and I often went here with a big group during my student days - it is ideal for this.
Waxy's is definitely a real treasure trove among Glasgow's city centre bars. Irish pubs aren't even my thing but I still love this place. But why why why do the drinks have to be so damn expensive?
Very Irish, very dark, very busy on a Friday after work.
I really liked the inside of Waxy's It looks like he inside of a tree and there is something quite magical and Disneyland-ish about it.
All of the seating areas downstairs were reserved, so we managed to sneak onto a high table which was being taken over by the DJ at 8pm. It was so busy, although we got served at the bar no bother, by very smartly dressed bar staff. You don't get that in Glasgow very often!
Would definitely return, but hopefully next time there will be more seats!
A bit more like a trip to Pan's Labyrinth than your usual pub, Waxy's is a peculiar and in some ways strangely memorable venue. The sheer oddness to be had inside makes it somewhere I'd suggest visiting at least once just to have a look.
It has a sprawling, maze-like layout , with countless nooks and crannies. As a result, finding the toilets, your friends, or even a bar can be a bit of a challenge, but the striking dark fantasy decor of the pub makes such chores a bit more interesting than an average slog.
I find that the atmosphere rarely matches the looks though, perhaps down to it's location as somehow it still seems to exude the somewhat stale atmosphere of a commuter-filled train station bar.
I've never been in on a weekend, but have seen a disheartening amount of hen parties smoking fags outside on Saturdays. I've a feeling the good-looking dullness of the weeknights is perhaps as good as it gets.
I lived in Glasgow for six years. I went to Waxy's twice, spaced several years apart. On both occasions I got food poisoning from the already mediocre and overpriced chain pub food.
Shame on me for giving them another chance. Shame on Waxy O'Connors for taking up a beautiful space in the city centre with healthy & safety issues.
Waxys right in the centre of town is a fab place for a night out! With 6 different bars split over 3 levels and 9 rooms all linked together by various halls and staircases - easy to get lost in if you've had a few! Ideal if you want to hold a private function. Each bar has its own uniqueness and you really feel like you have been transported to the magical world of leprechauns in a story book - with tree branches, irish motifs, light panels and lanterns.
The drink is a good price and the food is typically irish and scottish, think stews and haggis with the odd burger or pasta thrown in for good measure.
One of the most interesting bars in the whole of Glasgow, a must see for visitors
This bar is one of the more unusual in Glasgow with its unique layout. It's worth a visit just for the experience! There is a maze of staircases across the three floors leading to various rooms offering different drinking areas. Somewhat like a human rabbit warren with different pockets of space! In fact, a cross between a warren and, and possibly how it would be to be inside a giant tree with its branches/trunk displays accross the bar and sinewy walls - quite quirky and surreal but nevertheless cosy and welcoming. Each level has a different feel. Downstairs is great for catching some sport, upstairs is good for food or drink. They serve great wholesome pub food.
Handily located in the centre of town, next to Queen Street train station and Buchanan Street, its an easy place to drop into after/between shopping, or before you head to the station.
God this is a nice pub, with loads of crazy stairwells, you should go there is it is amazing place to be in. I felt really lost as it feels like that I am in aLabyrinth maze!
I loved this place, and I still do have difficulties into trying to GET OUT of this place while drunk haha!
It is very warm, and excellent place to drink
Nice place and friendly staff... although it was st.paddys day lol
I couldn`t get a mobile signal in the place or wifi(doesn`t have it)
So i was bored whilst waiting for friends to arrive.
Has a games machine to play and waste some time though if you got some coins to spare.
Chain pub. ps Does Caffereys on tap.
A really big pub, lots of different levels with loads of nooks and crannies throughout the building. Plenty of places to sit and have a quiet nights drinking if its just the 2 of you, to spaces big enough for parties of 20!
It can be VERY busy at the weekends but where isnt at the weekends in the center of town? And this only adds to the atmosphere really. The staff are friendly and there seems to be a good team spirit going amongst them.
The food is good, theres a good selection on the menu and its served with a smile!
The first pub i visited when moving upto Glasgow! I just love the feeling off the place the ambient lighting makes it feel so snug and cosy even though it is a large pub!
I come here often to watch my beloved Liverpool FC when they're on tv- they have plenty of large screens and can play a variety of different matches at once which i thinks great!
I havent tried much on the menu apart from the nachos with chilli on, i like to consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of nachos!! and these lived up to my expectations greatly! perfect for when youre having a few drinks watching football!
They had traditional Scottish food, you'd be surprised how hard it is to find. The staff was so friendly. You can goto Glasgow and not try haggis!! It was so good.
Great pub. Nice cosy feel to it. Its a bit tucked away but nice to come across. Not tried the food, but look like just basic pub fayre.
Massive bar with loads of little knocks and crannies everywhere and a number of bars making it easy to get lost in. Can get really busy so that you can't move. Good atmosphere for a night out however as it is an Irish theme bar.
i like the interior - lots of nooks and crannies, and crafted timber. the booze isn't too expensive, and the food is hearty. not as much fun when it's busy though, as service can tend to get a bit slow.
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