It's been a while since I did the last one of these posts in my list of the ten rough bars and pubs of Leeds. That's because the last one was my first, and I wasn't all that keen on doing the next.
Second up: Hoagy's... and doesn't it look great!
Once again, no pictures of the inside, I wasn't getting anything shiny out in the actual place. I dressed to fit in this time to try and blend in - beanie, rough hoodie, tight jeans and some Adidas shoes...
I rocked up at the bar, eyes down, and tried to survey the scene. Seemed this was kind of a third rate Spoons of a place - lots of very old, gangster looking type pensioners, and lots of 20-30yr olds in a collection of tracksuits, cheap bling and all the sort... all there to grab a big cheap meal and get blathered. Wall to wall gamblers, huge plasma screens blearing out a different sport on each - you know the type of place.
I considered asking if they had any Craft Beer available, but then thought better of it...
"Half a lager please mate" I asked the landlord. No suggestion of which was asked, just half of the very cold stuff placed in front of me. No lies here when I say that while the server poured my drink, he also poured himself a half of lager and proceeded to drink it at quite a rate. I did the same... it was cold, and I didn't plan on sticking around. Straight sided tumbler - same as the last pub.
The place was quite large, but seemed to be pretty busy. I can't really say that I'd like to spark up a conversation with anyone there though. This was all on a Tuesday afternoon too! Call me yella, but I wasn't about to rock up on my own on a Saturday night - I've heard some pretty interesting stories.
That was Hoagy's then. Pool hall they might have upstairs, but to me that's just more ammo for people to use on a Friday night brawl.
I've started this little list with a couple of easy pubs. Rough Hoagy's may be, but it's not that rough - I'm saving the best for last...
...And the last I will not be going in alone.