O’Connell’s Irish Bar

Meet the friendly faces from behind the bar:


We are the ones you can turn to when you are thirsty, hungry or have something else to ask.

Lost something?

We have a box for lost & found that is emptied every 2 weeks when the items go to Pirkanmaan Löytötavara Toimisto: https://www.plt.fi/en/


Barman, stage tech, owner
simon [at] oconnells.fi

Starting at the bottom way back in ’97, Simon crawled up to the top by 2003 when he and Valtteri bought the place. Simon tries to make stuff sound good on stage and struggles to keep the taps stocked with top quality beer.


Barmaid, manager, owner
ansu [at] oconnells.fi

This dreaded lass joined the boys in 2006 and has been whipping them into shape thereafter. She liked the place so much, she bought herself a slice of the action in 2011 and hasn’t been laughing all the way to the bank since.


Barman, owner

roope [at] oconnells.fi

Valtteri’s son Roope did his internship at the bar and first did a few shifts here and there, but since the Spring 2022 his been on the roster more permanently and doing a great job behind the barcounter for 2-4 shifts a week. Now he has moved to the ownership status after his father sadly passed away in July 2023.


Barmaid, publicist
mari [at] oconnells.fi

Mari was stolen away from a ‘competitor’ in 2007 and operates the social machinery of the bar as well as keeping the boys in line and the bar organised, especially the keg rooms! She’s often to be found mixing a drink or pouring a pint behind the counter too.



Salla did an internship back in 2012 and then forgot to leave. For a while she handled those extra shifts that popped up every now and again but these days she’s hanging around more often charming the punters with her killer wit and award-winning smile!


Sous chef

riina [at] oconnells.fi

This fiery red-head took over the main responsibility for the kitchen for a while, before Alex took over. Now she keeps the pots from boiling over and the stock in check. She’s great with the shopping list too. Also, she’s our head baker! And, over the years, we’ve taught her to bartend too.

When you have a question about food/catering, send her or Alex an email!


Chef de cuisine

oconnelschef [at] gmail.com

Alex is the newest addition to our team and he originates from Poland, but did an impressive career in the kitchens of London over 16 years already. He has been in Finland already since 2020. He took over the responsibility for the kitchen now as the head chef and is planning all kinds of changes to the menu with lots of specials. When you have a question about food/catering, you can talk to him!

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