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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
318 South Main Street
phone: (734) 665-2968
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
So my friends and I were looking for a good place to watch the World Cup Finals, we didn't know of any good soccer pubs in the Detroit area, so we decided to head to Ann Arbor and go to Conor O'Neills because we heard it was a great soccer pub. The place is packed, as is expected to be during the biggest sporting event in the world. So we immediately order up 3 pints of Guinness, which takes like 5 minutes due to the gratuitous amounts of people and the bartenders ignoring us. The selection was actually pretty good, they had the usual Irish brews on tap, Guinness, Murphys, Harp, Smithwicks, etc. They also had Hacker-Pschorr (surprisingly), Oberon, Two-Hearted, Labatt, and Hoegaarden to name a few. I do have to say that the interior of the place was a little ridiculous and over the top, like an Irish Applebees or something. The beers were a little expensive, they probably raised the prices for the Cup. One thing that didn't really make sense to me was that a pint of Guinness was $5 and Labatt was $5.50. Its an interesting place, and we had a pretty decent time, had some pints and watched the Dutch unfortunately lose. I'll probably go there a couple more times, but it won't be a regular experience.
07-28-2010 06:52:57 |
More by JLeineke
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Revisited Connor's last night for the first time in a while. It being summer, the place wasn't as packed as on a weekend night when school is in. As such it wasn't that bad atmosphere wise. There was a band playing a mix of cliched old-time pop music and Irish tunes, which my visiting Irish friends from Boston seemed to enjoy. The place is a bit over-done with its attempts to look 'Irish.' Lines from James Joyce, Yeats and other classic Emerald Island authors plaster the walls, along with soccer (oops, I mean football--hey they're trying to be authentic) shirts and other items meant to bring the 'old country' to mind. To me it just seemed to make Connor's a faux Irish Pub, but about the closest you'll get in AA to the real thing.
Table service was non-existant. We had to go to the bar to get any help. Bartender was friendly. When I've eaten in the past the waitresses have always done a pretty good job and will get answers about beer from the 'experts' at the bar.
Selection is again typical, with all the old Irish/English standbys. Murphy's Red and Stout, Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Bass, Newcastle, Boddingtons and Strongbow are on draft along with Bell's seasonal. Probably a couple others I've forgotten. Not very imaginative and pretty standard. Yawn!! Food at Conner's has always impressed me, especially the shephard's pie. My friend was also pretty happy with the Whiskey selection, although I know nothing about that. All in all, I'm continually unimpressed with Conners, even on a tame late summer night. During the school year: fuggetaboudit.
08-19-2005 20:08:46 |
More by macpapi
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
College town, Irish bar - what else is new? This place is more than a little popular with the undergraduate folks in Ann Arbor, and a sucker of a draw for the adult Applebee's crowd. If-its-beer-it-must-be-Irish idea is played worse here than a lot of places, not so much in the amount but the style of faux-Eire touches. This could be a set for Office Space its so over-the-top cliche and plastic.
Taps are the same damn thing - Smithwicks, Bass, Murphy's, Guinness, blah, blah, blah. Probably some Bell's Oberon in there, too, because why not its the great beer of the unwashed. I have no clue what is up with the service - it yo-yo's depending on the time and how distracted the junior communications majors get when another ship of fraternity fools blow through. I heard the food is good, but finding pub food is not exactly hard to do in this town.
This is probably the most chain-looking pub I've ever seen that actually is not part of a chain. I'm sure they're making a killing on Main St., every circus knows location and commotion reels the suckers in.
08-18-2005 13:08:49 |
More by nomad
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
This isn't a bad little spot in downtown A2. It's a tad over the top to be perfectly honest though. It seems like they tried so hard to appear Irish that they just blew it. The atmosphere isn't bad though, not unlike any other middle-range restaurant though. Service was great, very attentive and helpful. The beer quality and selection is well above most restaurants, having Guinness, Beamish, Boddington's, GLBC Edmund Fitz, Bell's Oberon and few other well quaffables. The food was quite good, a tad pricey, but not overly so.
Worth a stop if you are in the area.
04-06-2005 09:12:35 |
More by Gaisgeil
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4
I have been here a few times, usually for dinner. The food is pretty good, and not overly expensive. However, the beer selection is nothing special, about what you would expect from an Irish pub. They had Guinness and Murphy's but not Beamish or Guinness Extra Stout. They did impress me with GLBC Edmund Fitzerald porter on tap though. I have been there on nights when they have traditional Irish music, which is pretty cool. On every other night I've gone, its been college kids watching a game on the big TV in the center of the pub and being loud. The tables and chairs/benches are comfortable and have a nice look, but the writing on the walls is a little corny. The staff is more or less attentive, but nothing special. The atmosphere would be much better if the TV was gone, since the place seems like more of a sports bar with an Irish theme rather than a traditional Irish pub. Even though its not the best bar in Ann Arbor, I still enjoy coming here occasionally.
02-06-2005 21:37:04 |
More by BeerFink
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
The good: The chow is pretty good, albeit expensive. And they do have a good number of appropriately themed beers (Guinness, Murphy's Stout, Murphy's Amber, Newcastle, Bass, and maybe 2-4 others) as well as a scotch list.
The bad: Imagine a 50s diner today. It's overdone and over the top in a lot of ways. Well, Conor's is very much the same. It's an Americanized pub with all kinds of random Yeats quotes painted on the walls which are faux finished to look old. The decorative shelves are filled with fake books and books no one reads. I thought nothing of it until I went to a small pub in Dublin a summer or two ago that actually had a lot of real books that patrons would read. It gets crowded in a hurry, and the tables and stools are all pretty uncomfortable.
The ugly: If you enjoy wading through a few sorority girls and waiting 20 minutes for a server to notice your glass has been empty for ages, you'll probably be fine. Otherwise, head over to Ashley's for selection, the Heidelberg to meet people, or Arbor Brewing for a less-crowded but still fun atmosphere.
02-02-2003 20:34:32 |
More by marburg
Conor O'Neills Traditional Irish Pub in Ann Arbor, MI