O’Connor’s Expanding after 79 Years

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A tipster sent this photo of the construction on O’Connor’s, a bar that’s been open on 5th Avenue in Park Slope since 1931. “Looks like they are expanding! My guess would be for arena events,” the tipster writes. This reminded us of Robert Simonson’s A Beer At column for Eater that perfectly captures the O’Connor’s vibe: “It’s always twilight inside. The upper reaches of the narrow, high-ceiling room seem to fade into a dark night sky up near the old tin ceiling, and the lighting below is never too bright.” Simonson mentioned that the owner, “who is not named O’Connor—he died a few years back,” had plans to “spruce up the place and add a kitchen and back party room, ‘so nice people won’t have to see this dirty bar.’ He’s also responsible for the TVs, apparently, and the new awning outside. Why would anybody buy a place like this with the idea of ‘fixing’ it?” GMAP
A Beer At: O’Connor’s in Park Slope, Brooklyn [Eater]

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  • daveinbedstuy

    My guess would be for arena events,” the tipster writes.

    Hope they can afford to wait 15 years!!!

  • I think they mean they will have Arena Football on the 2nd Floor. Awesome!

  • I had heard that the family sold the place after Pat died, and I wanna say it was to the 200 Fifth people, but I could be mistaken?

  • DIBS – the arena will open in 2yrs (give or take) and I for one welcome the economic stimulus that the Arena represents and is demonstrated here.

  • chickenoid23

    O’Connor’s is fucking disgusting inside. always smells like piss and vomit.

  • ditto randolph’s thoughts, but with an overlay of chemical cleaner that didn’t quite do its job

  • infinitejester

    You are truly a loser if you think O’Connor’s is some kind of worthy place to spend your time.

  • “You are truly a loser if you think O’Connor’s is some kind of worthy place to spend your time”

    Yikes that’s harsh, the place had no pretensions about being anything other than a quiet place to get nicely and cheaply drunk.

    I could get a beer and a shot of Jamesons for $6. That’s awesome.

  • Well, this is disappointing. I, for one, will miss O’Connor’s as it is now.

  • infinitejester

    crazypants, you and I are actually in agreement. My local is across the street from here and I see 20somethings going in there like it’s “Alcoholics Theme Park” or something. When I walk by the whole place has the negative force field energy that is totally repulsive.

  • oh you people are terrible. can’t there exist a few places that arent upscale yuppie 20 dollar drink watering holes? jeez. believe it or not some people actually prefer places like this.

    *rob*

  • infinitejester

    rob, I’ve seen you get thrown out of places like this. You have “upscale yuppie” written all over your face.

  • lol jester, im somewhere in the middle..

    *rob*

  • O’Connor’s sucks! With a little luck, it will be seized via eminent domain for Ratner’s next project.

  • East New York

    “Looks like they are expanding! My guess would be for arena events,” the tipster writes.”

    An example of how AY will create economic activity where it did not exist previously.

  • O’Conner’s revival is needed, within reason. I mean, I love crappy bars, but this place is a real dump on a business level. Here’s my thoughts;

    -Drought beers, even if it’s just one – I’m not picky, bud is just fine

    -Some decorations; the walls are bare and lack personality. I’m not talking painting or anything, how about an old stuffed marlin or snarky signs.

    -Maybe some better situated seating; just because you plop a table and chairs in the middle of a floor it doesn’t mean anybody will sit. Maybe some booths?

    -Maybe a dart board.

    What I do like:
    The prices, the liquor selection, the ‘tenders, the bathroom, the black outside that scares away yuppies.

    I’m just trying to say that fixing it up a little, or even maintaining the bar, would be great. I’m not talking changing the bar into a typical area bar, but just a little tweaking. North Park Slope’s last dive is O’Conners and I don’t want to see it changed a lot, jut a little bit so I’ll be more inclined to come there and spend all my money!

    Regarding the [negative]posts above – I like bars because they bring everyone together from all different walks of life. People come to these places to unwind, drink so,me beers, and meet people that they wouldn’t otherwise talk to. And…

    The numbnuts that are nasty on blogs do so because they would get punched in the snozz if they said the same thing in O’Conners, so just ignore ‘em.

  • infinitejester

    “I mean, I love crappy bars, but this place is a real dump on a business level.”

    “numbnuts that are nasty on blogs do so because they would get punched in the snozz if they said the same thing in O’Conners”

    So, therefore, you would punch yourself?