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Robbie O'Connell' Pub

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6 Ratings
Ratings: 6
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.81
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530 Seabreeze Blvd
Daytona Beach, Florida, 32119
United States
phone: (386) 252-6003

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Photo of richcinct
3.5/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Not a bad bar if you are a smoker or a local, but if you are neither and want a craft beer, walk down a 1/2 a block to the Daytona Taproom.

Photo of BigBlacke
3.6/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

As the name implies, Robbie O'connells is definitely an irish pub. You will not find hardly any AMERICAN craft brews here. Just Magners, Guiness, and quite a few Belgians. If you are older, get there before the sun goes down. It is a nice place to sit and have a beer. When the sun goes down, it really turns into a young adult bar. People play shitty rap music and stuff. My advice is to stay downstairs when it gets late. I will say the service is very friendly. Only thing is,some bartenders try to act like they know everything about beer when you know they dont. I gave the food a 4 to be nice, but this place doesnt serve food. As for value, I think its a little pricey, but not to far off. Good thing is, its right across from a great oyster pub. Have a few beers and then head on over for oysters. You cant go wrong.

Photo of MattiePub
4.3/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I cut my beer teeth a Robbie O'Connell' Pub. I loved this place when I lived in Daytona and I still love it when I visit. I was very surprised to see the last time I was down the amount of Belgian and Micro Beers they have collected in the past two years. Not only is Robbie the bartender so is his Dad and Wife. I love the family vibe and great service. Sometimes the crowd can get a little douchey but thats Daytona Beach fault not the pub. The food is bar food but its perfect for the size of the place. He couldnt get much more in there. Robbie also has a great beer mug club with daily discounts for members and also throws private beer mug club members parties to give back to his regulars. This place is awesome and if your in town I think its the BEST BAR in Daytona Beach. Thank you you Robbie for teaching us what good beer is.
Matt C.

Photo of worldbeer
4.56/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I just got got back from a short post-graduation trip to Daytona Beach. One day, I was looking for a place to have a decent beer while watching the Champion's League Final and settled on Robbie O'Connell's. I'm glad I did.

The place is really small. When I got there at about 2:00 pm on a Wednesday afternoon (they opened it early for the Milan-Liverpool Champion's League Final), the bar was only populated with a couple of regulars (who, by their accents, seemed to be from the other side of the pond). The bartender, David, was very nice and helpful and seemed to know his beer pretty well. Gradually the place filled up a bit with regulars, most of whom seemed to be ex-pats. After the match was over another one of the regulars, Don, I think, bought everyone a round, and my friend and I reciprocated for him. All this put together with the soccer match made for absolutely great atmosphere.

I'm not sure why the last reviewer was so negative about the beer selection. This is definitely a good beer place. They even had proper glassware for their bottled (mostly Belgian) beers.

It's true that they did mostly have the standard tap handles of an Irish bar (Guinness, Murphy's Stout, Boddington's, etc). They did have Blue Moon. But they also had Sea Dog Plue Paw Wheat Ale on tap, which is a microbrew from Maine. Hacker-Pshorr Weisse was also one of their tap selections.

The bottle selection was more impressive. The bartender gave me a list that was 3-4 pages long with bottles organized by country. The list also had the bottle size and price for each beer as well. Bottles included many Belgian selections. They had all the Chimays, Duvel, Satan Red and Gold, Oud Beersel Gueuze, and many many others.

I had a 750ml Saison Dupont, which David served to me in a Saison Dupont glass and kept the bottle on ice until I had finished it.

One of my friends had a Schneider-Weisse, which David served up in a proper weizen glass.

Then, David got my usually cheap-ass friend to pay $10.50 for a bottle of Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA. Yes, that is right they have 120 minute IPA in bottles at Robbie's! How can anyone say this isn't a craft beer place?!

As for the food...there really isn't any. But David gave us a menu for the Oyster Pub across the street and said we could order take-out and bring it back in. Awesome.

So if you are in Daytona Beach, looking for a bar with a good atmosphere and good beer, go to Robbie's. It was the best place I tried.

Photo of Sammy
2.8/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2

This place is not a craft beer place at all, and should not even be on the site as it is misleading. Not one of 7 taps served craft, the manager claiming blue moon was. This is mass UK/Irish. Other than that, it is a fun place catering to the younger crowd whom are up, usually for a short while, in any of the many hotels to catch surf and beach. It is open 3 pm to 3 am. There is a lot of socializing and with me advocating for some craft, and all those who follow, maybe they will catch on. Until then there is nowhere to find craft in this dessert, with only the odd Full Sail amber to be found in bottles down the road at ABC.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.09/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

In town for a conference and of course consulted BA for a place to have a nice brew. I apologize for the delay in this review, but my notes survived the night and bring back the good times.

Nice long bar populated by regulars, buoyant atmosphere as the barmaid (Tania) provides an ear and a cold beer simultaneously. I got there early and watched the after work crowd file in, leave, replaced by a nice mix of locals, a bevy of college reunion women ( The Ohio school shall remain nameless) and others like myself who were lucky enough to find this oasis in Daytona. Walls filled with an eclectic mix of collectables, excellent selection found in a modern juke hanging on the wall. Some tables near the entrance and outside on a rather small patio (though who would hang outside in the humidity of Florida is anyone's guess).

The beer selection was decent, actually quite good for Florida (which I can say, since most of my life was spent in the Sunshine state). Nice selection of draught beers and the cooler I chose to sit in front of was stocked with some rare brews usually not seen in these parts. As an aside, which I think illustrates my point, I did peruse the selection at nearby establishments and noted that O'Connell's had the most variety. You can tell the locals who frequent O'Connell's know their stuff, and enjoy the selection because the bottled beers were fresh, no dust or old labels.

The service, as previously mentioned, was excellent. Tania is easy on the eyes and seamlessly moves along the length of the bar, chatting up the customers and keeping your mug filled. Not an easy task considering the number of locals and conversations that she engages.

The food... not part of this review. In FL, you can smoke in the establishment if your annual revenue is 10% or less from food. So the offering was meager and the tobacco smoke was heavy. I actually was turned on to a Cuban restaurant a few blocks away. We went and brought back take-out to O’Connell’s and enjoyed our bisteck with a nice black and tan. Considering this is an "Irish Pub", the food selection was deridingly American bar fare.

I noted the website was down during my visit and I missed a couple of free brews from the boys in Cleveland. Though there was a nice sign for the upcoming bar trip to Ireland, which brought back memories of Shannon on my way to the Middle East.

Another gripe I had was with the bathroom. Having been to "authentic" Irish pubs, I never had want of hand soap or towels. Maybe it's because I'm in the medical profession, but this and the fact that my eyes became bloodshot from the smoke and lack of ventilation, brings this review down and warns others who have the least bit of lung problems (asthma, allergy induced bronchospasm) to sit close to the door or outside. After all, a bit or perspiration beats a trip to the local ED any day.

Overall, a find in Daytona for anyone who favors good beer, excellent service and can survive the carcinogenic atmosphere.

Robbie O'Connell' Pub in Daytona Beach, FL
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.