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Hibernia Pub Irish Tavern, Good Food and Service, Little Rock, AR

Updated on December 27, 2014
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Lori has traveled Arkansas from the backwoods to the Capitol. She knows the confusion of multiple road names and designations. Frugal travel

A Wee Bit O' Ireland, in Arkansas, North America

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Over the Bar! hiberniairishtavernlittlerock | Source
Enter the tavern, and this is to the right, looking toward the open seating area.  hiberniairishtavernlittlerock
Enter the tavern, and this is to the right, looking toward the open seating area. hiberniairishtavernlittlerock | Source
Did I mention the Ribeye?
Did I mention the Ribeye? | Source
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Table shot | Source
Ribeye for Brunch!
Ribeye for Brunch! | Source

Hibernia Irish Tavern, Little Rock, AR

Upon entering Hibernia, the foyer is a large and comfortable waiting area. Artwork and books by Irish writers, are visually displayed around Hibernia. Through the waiting area into Hibernia Irish Tavern, there is a Doorway, that I refer to as an arch, but it is squared. This may seem like a standard architectural entryway, but I assure you it is not. It is a Portal.

There is a defining moment from when you leave the foyer, and enter the Tavern via the Portal, there is a feeling of transportation..."Scottie has beamed you to Ireland". It is funny, because when you are on the way in, it is as if one must be invited over. Whoever is at the Bar, will give you are hearty, "Come on in". He has an authentic Irish Brogue. At first my Arkansas hearing said, huh?, then I got the drift, "come on in"!

There is a big sign indicating it is always 5:00 o' clock. (see photo) That is a good thing, because I was there for an early lunch. In Arkansas, 5:00 is usually no earlier than 3. As you come through the Portal, you come face to face with a Full-Bar. One of the owner's "Gerry", welcomed me last Saturday, when I first visited. He had another bartender, and one customer at the bar. You can choose where you want to sit! I like it.

It was early, 11:00 a.m., and I had a choice between seats or a booth. Booth! Big comfortable Green booth, thank you. There are enough tables and chairs to allow for sizable groups or families. In-house, and other Catering is available. It is also roomy enough for a couple or two to break out in an Irish Jig. (see photos of dining area)

The music was playing as a quiet backdrop to the early lunch crowd. It was a mix of different kinds of music. I appreciate this subtly. I want to hear Celtic and Irish tunes, but I like my an eclectic mix of rock, country and pop. Hibernia offers that.


A Treasure Map - Hibernia Irish Pub - Little Rock

A marker9700 Rodney Parham, Little Rock, AR -
9700 N Rodney Parham Rd, Little Rock, AR 72227, USA
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In the Galleria Shopping Center

Hibernia Near Treasure Hill

9700 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72227 - Phone (501) 246-4340

Okay - the suspense is too much: Here is the best part. Last Saturday Food -

B). Fish and Chips: Our Chefs incredible batter encrusts this succulent fish that comes unhooked with home cut fries. Served with tartar sauce and malt vinegar (stays on the table!)

13). Curry Chips: Traditional Irish favorite. Imported curry straight from Ireland served over our house chips

I wanted to try as much as possible, because I wanted to write a review on this new business. (And, I read the menu several times, trying to decide what to get next time). So, I got Brew, with Curry Chips. Two Paws Up!

To Drink: Guinness on Draft!

Dessert: Chocolate Bally Lava Cake: Topped with a chocolate and garnished with fresh red berries.

I tip 15 - 20 % + for average to good service .

My mouth and belly were happy! I must come back to check out more things on the menu. (check link to Menu)

Hibernia Revisited!

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This is from the "Brunch" menu! A Feta Spinach, Omelet, with Potatoes, Bacon and Brown Bread   9/19/10Brunch Menu
This is from the "Brunch" menu! A Feta Spinach, Omelet, with Potatoes, Bacon and Brown Bread   9/19/10
This is from the "Brunch" menu! A Feta Spinach, Omelet, with Potatoes, Bacon and Brown Bread 9/19/10 | Source
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Brunch Menu | Source

Update! Hibernia Where it is Always 5:00 p.m.

Shout Out to Elizabeth my Server today!

Shout Out to Sam!

Shout Out to our chefs!


Return Visit

What we had :

Expert Ordered: 9). Hibernia Party Platter : This delicious hodgepodge combines our Angel wings, Tipperary tenders, Duffy's sticks, Murphy's skins, Jurassic Wings and our signature Curry chips. Choice 3 Sauces.

G). Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Fries Hibernia Chicken Sammie: Succulent grilled chicken breast served on our toasted house bun with honey mustard, sautéed onions, mushrooms, lettuce and tomato.

2). Miller Light on Draft .

I ordered:

A). IRIS COTTAGE PIE : Irish Cottage Pie: Unlike its cousin Shepherd's pie which is made with lamb, this family secret is a favorite and is as Irish as you can get. A deliciously fresh all beef filling topped with mashed potatoes.

2). Guinness Draught ! 1 Shot of Bailey's Irish Liquor, and Irish Whiskey, makings for a "car bomb" (It is a drink, but I was hesitant to bring it up .)

We believe in Tipping your Server . Hopefully, she is happy.. A family of 4 could have eaten this meal! Excellent! Two Paws Up and a Four Leaf Clover -

We pigged out, and brought food home, and continued riding herd on that very good and delicious food. We keep studying the menu, trying to decide what to try next!

Hibernia Irish Tavern, est. 2010 , was a deeply hidden treasure. It was by word of mouth, that I tried this newly opened experience. No passport needed, just be hungry and thirsty. The rest will take care of itself. Enjoy.

Grand Opening 9.9.10 - Jurassic Wings are a Hit!

Everything is Delicious! Yummy! We Will Be Back to Uncover more Hidden Treasure.

Update! Last Night 09/09/2010 Was Hibernia's Grand Opening. The place was hopping and the natives were piping and playing.

It was rush hour, and the Galleria Shopping Center was full, and what did my wandering eyes behold? Men dressed in traditional kilts and playing bagpipes. Outside...Inside, it put me in the mind of a Family Reunion.

The band (Beyond the Pale) was steadily streaming in, I got there as soon as I got out of traffic hell, because I wanted to make it early and watch the excitement build. I ordered a mixed beer; the Blacksmith - Guinness and Smithwicks! It was very good.

To show my support, I ordered the Hibernia Party Platter, and since I am attempting to do a good service to Hibernia, by trying new dishes each time, I ordered The Irish Breakfast: This one comes straight from the motherland. A Gaelic treat of Irish sausages, rashers (Irish bacon), fried eggs, black and white pudding, fried tomatoes, mushrooms and fried spuds. Served with toast and Irish butter. I have to say I nearly wept as I tasted this wonderful fare. Don't worry, I did not eat all of the food myself, I brought it home, shared, then took the rest for lunch today. I am still so full, I will not eat again until tomorrow!

Hibernia has a new Chef on the premises, Chef Justin! . He came out to meet and greet customers, and to inquire as to the quality of the food! Excellent

Oh, yes...When Chef Justin came to visit my table, I inquired as to whether or not they had Sweet Potato Pie...Yep! I felt I should have a few more vegetables, so I took the Sweet Potato Pie home.

With all the madness; and by the time I left it was getting Fun, the waitresses did an excellent job. How they kept track I will never know. Gerry, Gerry and Chef Justin...I will be back soon, so much to try, so little time.



The Front of the Menu - Lady Hazel Lavery (1880 - 1933)

On the front of the Hibernia's Menu, there is a photo of Lady Hazel Lavery. Considered the icon of "mother Ireland", this portrait was on all of the Republic of Ireland's Banknotes in the years of 1928 to the 1970s. She was famous for her friendship with Michael Collins. Many credit her with setting up the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

After Michael Collins assassination she continued supporting Michael Collins cause of Nationalists. Lady Hazel witness the dismantling of the treaty she had worked so hard to establish. Hazel died in 1935 at the age of 55, believing her life to be completely without purpose. The one honor bestowed posthumously was being a "ghostly watermark" representing Love and Freedom.

The Message under the beautiful portrait of Lady Hazel is this welcome:

Céad Mile Fáilte...A hundred thousand welcomes to our home away from home. Whether you want to enjoy traditional Irish dishes, local or international fare, or just relax at the bar or in our snug, we hope that the time you spend with us is a pleasant and memorable one.

We take pride in our authenticity, excellent service, food quality and warm family atmosphere.

Ceol, Caitn Agus Craic (Music, Chat & Fun) await you...at Hibernia Irish Tavern.

SlÁinTE

The Republic of Ireland

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      DKM Thank you for your interesting Comment. Glad you stopped by. I am working this mystery even now! Oh, we are coming to huddle next to the fire soon!

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      DKM 6 years ago

      I see our money goes a long way.Answer that LillyGrillzit if you can,if not ask Gerry, nice Job G and good luck.I hope G you wearing your schweisspatch,

      and have enough RUMPEL in the frigde and the days are not as long as they used to be.We will drink a Pitch and Jaeger to that.Prost, HE,HE,HE

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      RunAbstract, Thank you for your heartfelt comments! This does mean a lot to me. If you do come for a visit, maybe we'll all meet at Hibernia! Peace... :0)

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      LillyGrillzit, well I'm sold! I have a cousin who lives in Arkansas that I haven't seen in awhile. Maybe I need to plan a visit, and hit this enchanted tavern on the way!

      I really like the way you used your words in this article! The portal was fantastic! And who wouldn't love to have the Chocolate Bally Lava Cake, (calories be damned!) along with music, chat, and fun?!

      Nice.

      p.s. Thanks for the gaelic, and the translation of the same! Wonderful touch!

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank you Ingenira! Please do! I cannot wait to go back.

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Sounds like a great place to hang out with friends ! I want to try that Curry chips too !

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Right On gg.zaino! Thank you so much for the vote and feedback. I love that spot, they just opened Aug 20th, my first time was the 25th! A hidden treasure. Thanks for the tip about RI! If I ever get that way, I'll look them up!

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      greg g zaino 7 years ago from L'America- Big Pine Key, Florida

      Being from Rhode Island I sure can appreciate a good plate of fish and chips, some crispy curly fries and a three dollar Guiness!:]

      Back home in Newport RI, the place to go is Billy Goodes on Marlborough st. Billy was a Rum Runner during prohibition when Joe Kennedy was competition.

      Sure do miss a good pub like this Hibernian getaway you've described Lori... I'll be sure to look it up if we take our road trip this year. great hub! voted "UP"

      Peace - greg z ;]

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank You! Patty Inglish, MS. Thanks for stopping by and your great comment! (Turkey Wings done right!)

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      Patty Inglish 7 years ago from North America

      Jurassic Wings! Alton Brown once inmplied on air that if chickens were related to pterodactyls, we should be able to breed them bigger now for larger hot wings. Much fun. Sounds like good food in Little Rock.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank You Traya O'Kelley! I plan on attending the Grand Opening, I will be seeing you at Hibernia! It is our families; "New Favorite Place to Eat"

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      Traya O'Kelley 7 years ago

      I've been here several times already and the food is to die for! I've had the Bacon and Cabbage (my personal favorite), the Fish n Chips, as well as the Cottage Pie! The wait staff was very responsive and the food was delivered quickly and accurately! My glass seldom reached half-empty before my waitress refilled it. Wonderful service! The Smithwicks beer has been my overall choice (Guinness is a little too strong) although the Shocktop and Cider are my next favorites. Very reasonable prices for such a large plate/bowl of food! The atmosphere is great and I feel like I'm sitting inside a pub in Ireland with the brogues and the music playing! Certainly a nicer feel for an Irish pub than other establishments hyping the "irish" vibe. Hibernia has become a favorite of mine and we will certainly continue to go back! Plus I hear the grand opening is the 9th of September with a live band!! Can't wait!!

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      kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

      We have a lot of great Irish pubs in Massachusetts, but I never would have though of one being in Central Arkansas. Nice work!

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Thank You! This Hub is a Labor of Love, and I haven't heard from the Owners yet. I did send them a Copy! If you do come to Arkansas, Hollar! We can take the whole family and have a Big Time. Erin Go Braugh!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      WOW this is amazing, A real Irish Pub right in the heart of Arkansas, WHO would have ever dreamed of such a thing. I love pubs as I'm a wee bit Irish and well we Scots are famous for our pubs as well. If I'm ever in Arkansas I'll def give this Pub a go! Thanks for the very interesting facts.

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      Lori J Latimer 7 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      Well, if you come, you know where to go! Thanks for the read and comment!

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      Nice! Don't know when I'll ever get to the Rock again, but to be sure now I'll be yet keepin' this in me mind if ever I do lassie!

      (Sorry, me ancestery is Welsh/Irish!and me mum's grandparents came from Ireland straightway to America,and then me grandpa was born nigh three years after)

      Really, that has to be the reason, I feel "ataken away" when I hear Celtic music or bagpipes! My grandfather's bother was born in Ireland, and we loved his brogue!