Waxy O’Connors one of Manchester’s best-loved Irish bars has closed its doors for good, leaving another gaping hole in the city centre. O’Connor’s, in the city centre, has shut its site after almost two decades of being open, leaving a rather large unit in the print works vacant, with ‘to let ‘ signs now displayed within the windows on Corporation Street. The Irish pub was one of Manchester’s more unique bars, with a maze of different areas connected by staircases and passages, while a centuries-old tree brought over from Ireland stood proud as a focal point within the bar.
The bar served a menu of hearty pub fare combined with Irish classics like fish and chips, sirloin steaks, sausages and mash, Irish stew pie, soup and soda bread, bacon and cabbage and cottage pie. As well as this, Waxy O’Connor’s frequently hosted live music as well as big sports games played on screens across the bar.
Although the Irish pub still has branches in London and Glasgow its Manchester site has been removed quietly from the Waxy O’Connor’s website, with their facebook page also confirming the closure of the venue.
Many pubs across the country are struggling as forced closure through Covid lockdown regulations meant many have not traded for months. Those that have been able to trade have experienced reduced turnover and an inability to pay bills.
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