CONWAY — If you haven’t visited The O Club Bar & Grill in a while, do yourself a favor and check out all the upgrades owners Shawn O’Day and Jess Everitt have made to the club at 2025 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.
They proudly note that they offer the only multi-entertainment venue in the valley and beyond, with billiards, darts, food and dancing,
“We’ve been busy making improvements and we’re excited to invite everyone in. Please come and have a look,” said O’Day, 52, a retired Air Force officer who now works as digital technology leader for Raytheon in the near his home on the south coast of Massachusetts.
O’Day’s fiancé, Everitt, has been helping him with the extensive renovation project for the past three years. In addition to her duties as general manager, Everitt manages social media marketing, website content, event management, live entertainment and customer service.
The O’Club’s bar manager, Rachael Colbath, has been with the club for over a year and is a “great addition to the O’Club family,” O’Day notes. JP Irving has been working at the club as a bartender for almost a year and it turns out he’s quite the chef.
“His expertise has allowed us to reopen our kitchen – and customers can now enjoy his sumptuous starters, main courses and specials such as JP’s Italian sausage, peppers and onions on a hoagie bun. Our kitchen is open Thursday to Saturday evenings, from 6pm hours to closing time,” said O’Day.
The O Club, located across the street from Christmas Loft next to China Chef — is open weekdays from 6pm to midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm to 2am
Buying and establishing the club 10 months before the pandemic has been a challenge.
“We had to close for four months the night before Saint Patrick’s Day, and that was a huge battle, but we’ve since opened completely and are running at full capacity,” O’Day said, giving a tour of his club at a recent event. Saturday.
“We ripped out the old vinyl tile and treated the sheet with epoxy and sealant to give it a really nice shine,” says O’Day.
The club has 10 flat screen TVs showing sports; 12 newly redecorated 9-foot pool tables; a ping-pong table and two dartboards (he hopes the darts and pool competitions start again).
There is plenty of new disco/club lighting for the nightclub area, a 140″ video wall with live video mixing and all the trending hits played through their state of the art sound system – Manchester DJ Mofire runs the club’s weekend music including DJs from all over New England.
The old bar tops have been replaced with beautiful epoxy reclaimed wood sheets, made by Homegrown Lumber of Center Conway.
“We do what we can to support small local businesses as much as possible, so almost everything you see in renovations is all thanks to local businesses,” Everitt noted.
Proud of his 24 years of military service, O’Day has decorated the walls with several vintage artifacts he’s collected over the years, including military aircraft nose art and even a military vehicle hood. “Let me tell you: that took a lot of effort to get that on the wall!” O’Day shared.
Those who purchase an O’Club souvenir cup (cost: $5) will receive $1 off future drinks.
“The name ‘The O Club’ not only refers to my name (O’Day), but also takes me back to when I was on duty — every base had an ‘O’ club – ‘The Officers Club’. I wanted to create that kind of atmosphere in my bar and hopefully, in the future, as word starts to spread, I’d like to see more local military veterans and active duty vacationing in the area come in to check us out. We offer a 15 percent military discount to all military personnel who present a valid military ID. I’ve also reached out to the local American Legion Posts to let them know what we’re doing here and what we all stand for,” said O’Day.
He also stressed that they are family-friendly and welcome families to come and play pool or darts and enjoy the food, as the club is open daily to those under 21 until 9pm.
“We’ve really spruced up the place and we want people to come in and see all we have to offer, so please come down!” said O’Day.