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There are no phones allowed.

Once you adhere to the main house rule, you are almost guaranteed to have a fine time at Cork’s Hi-B bar.

Break it, however, and your iPhone may be forcibly removed from the premises via the nearest window.

However wacky the regulations, the Oliver Plunkett Street bar has found itself topping a list of ‘decidedly odd’ pubs to visit in the UK and Ireland.


The Press Association describes the Hi-B as “a small establishment with an expansive beer list and a 1920s-living-room vibe,”

But there’s more:

“A gent’s loo like a sewer, a sound system made up exclusively of vinyl LPs, and a tyrannical owner who has been known to prowl the premises in his pyjamas.

“But the pub’s notoriety rests on one thing above all: On pain of expulsion, mobile phones are banned.


“This could have gone one of two ways: a burgeoning reputation as a popular indie pub with a cool gimmick, or immediate bankruptcy. Fortune, it appears, favours the brave, and Hi-B is now a thriving venue with a regular, and fiercely loyal clientele.”

We’re sure owner Brian O’Donnell would approve. Just don’t text anyone the news while you’re there.

Main image: Gerald G, Tripadvisor 


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