Headed into town last night to continue the Munster Pubs alphabetical pub crawl. Since we finished with The Gables bar we started at H and Hi B bar on Oliver Plunkett Street. From the stories that i have heard and read about this bar it is most certainly a Cork institution. We went in last night just after 8pm. We followed a big group of people up the stairs and into the bar. First impressions: my grandmothers sitting room! The Hi B bar is just basically a one room bar that is like no other that i have visited in Cork. The smallest pub that we had been to is Pat Buckleys on Mulgrave Road but this pub is as small. We got a seat just inside the door on the left as that was the only seat available. The place was very busy and there was a mixture of younger and older people here. The red leather seats are interesting as is the memorabilia on the walls. I ordered a Murphy’s and a draft Bulmers and the Murphy’s was not great but ok.
I was wary heading in with a mobile phone in my pocket as the owner apparently doesn’t like them! I actually switched it onto silent just in case. I have heard many stories about Brian (the landlord) and his rules. The toilets are absoloutely tiny with one cubicle available. I was talking to a local and he told me that there would be uproar if anything in the pub was changed, it just wouldn’t be accepted. If you want a very different experience in a Cork city centre pub then check out the Hi B bar across from the GPO.
Toilet rating: 6.5/10
Pint rating: 6/10
Overall rating: 7/10
Final comment: I have wanted to visit this bar for a long while and enjoyed the experience. i didn’t find it to be the friendliest bar around but it is worth heading in for a pint.