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“The Superstar of Western Canadian Pubs”
Review of O'Hanlon's Pub

O'Hanlon's Pub
Ranked #102 of 581 Restaurants in Regina
Price range: US$8 - US$12
Cuisines: Irish
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Dining options: After-hours
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Regina
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“The Superstar of Western Canadian Pubs”
Reviewed 7 May 2013

If you are looking for a great pub atmosphere in Regina, look no further. This place is as authentic as they come as it's is owned and run by an immigrant Irish pub manager, the inimitable Nialls O'Hanlon. Under his guidance, this little bar in a little city has become the top-seller of Guinness in Canada and is in the running with bars in Boston (!) to become one of the top sellers in North America.

Ipso facto, this is a beer hall. If you are coming looking for a fancy lounge, go away. Crave or the Hotel Sask, both within a block, can help you there. The reviewers who have criticized O'Hans for being "grungy" are missing the point.

Likewise, those critics who came looking for a restaurant experience were severely misinformed. The criticisms about the food are pretty much accurate. Their pub food - prepared in the Greek restaurant next door - is not great, except for their pizza which is very good.

What O'Han's stand out is its welcoming pub atmosphere. This is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can feel comfortable having a pint and visiting. On a typical Friday afternoon, you'll see tables of business types in suits sharing a laugh with a table of young hippies.

The staff is very efficient at slinging drinks during the peak times i.e. on the weekend and some weekday evenings. I've never been there at any other time so I can't speak to the critics who say they received slow weekday supper service but I find that plausible. Again, this isn't really a restaurant.

O'Han's has grown steadily over the years and now features expanded space and many special nights. Fridays are band night (with a strict no-cover policy); Saturdays are dance nights (which keeps the nightclub crowd from drifting away); and Sundays are their famous alcohol-fueled trivia contest nights. They've also recently started their own microbrewery.

Also on the plus side: very efficient and professional bouncers. I've never once seen a fight or disagreement of any kind (pretty amazing for a bar of this size that serves such a large volume of liquor) and any street people who wander by are unlikely to make it over the threshold before getting bounced.

All in all, a great place, one of the must-see establishments in Regina - if you are looking for a pub.

  • Visited May 2013
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English first
Toronto, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Worst service ever!”
Reviewed 26 March 2013

It was very funny, I entered this place, stayed there for more than 15 minutes and NOBODY asked me if I wanted something! I decided to go to a different place, I can believe they have this terrible service...

Visited March 2013
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3 Thank Edu B
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Regina Sasktachewan
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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“ummm”
Reviewed 13 February 2013

bit grundgy and basic. maybe that is the Canadian version of an Irish pub but definitely a beer swilling, drinkers pub. OK but not my cup of tea

Visited October 2012
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Swift Current
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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“I beg to differ”
Reviewed 17 December 2012

After reviewing on trip advisor, and not being in the mood for a drawn out affair, we visited O'Hanlons on a Monday evening. You could tell it would likely be a great place to be entertained on a Friday or Saturday evening, very authentic and built to entertain. That being said we were hoping for an above average pub meal. Being early Monday evening and not very busy, we thought the service was exceptionally slow. We ordered appetizers which took approximately 25 minutes and came only a couple of minutes before the mains. The mains were very ordinary. I guess from the reviews we expected a hidden gem. I'm sure you would be very entertained on the band nights, but I would not go for the food. The owner did come over and have a chat which was nice but still a very disappointing dining experience.

  • Visited December 2012
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Regina, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
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“Real, real.”
Reviewed 12 December 2012

Some claim to be an Irish pub but this really really is. The operator is right from Ireland and knows what he's doing. Food is also good.

Visited November 2012
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