An O’Connor family business since his great-grandfather bought the bar in 1907, Aiden took over from his dad in 2014. A chance meeting with the Frank & Walters after a Carter USM gig in London led to the Cork legends performing the inaugural gig at the venue. Since then, Mike The Pies was recognised as one of the top gig destinations in the country at the 2017 Hot Press awards, and earlier this year they even scooped the prestigious National Live Venue of the Year gong at the IMRO Awards.
With Heineken onboard as sponsors, among the wonderfully eclectic array of artists to have performed at the venue are Declan Synott, the Original Rudeboys, the Complete Stone Roses, John Spillane, Damien Dempsey and Mundy. Originally hosting a gig once a month, Mike The Pies now stages shows weekly. O’Connor cites Dublin rockers Fangclub as an example of a band who’ve originally played the venue as support. “They’ve sold out the place twice since, and when they come back down here shortly, the place will be jam-packed. Several bands have played support slots and played to bigger crowds each time, before they become headliners in their own right.”