It's being revamped and reopened as the Deers Head again.Have the Clover Group (eg owners of Henrys/The Jailhouse, Pug Uglys, Margot, Whites, Fountain Lane etc) taken over and reopened The Berliner now?
They're slowly building up a wee empire of bars if they have...
The Bachus Group must have taken it on then? They operate..Whoever owns it also owns the Albany, going by their twitter feed.
Those last three were sold to new owners in the Autumn, they were sold to the company behind Drinks Inc. The latter two are closed and all three will be redeveloped in 2020.The Bachus Group must have taken it on then? They operate..
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O'Neills to open its first Belfast city centre store creating 25 jobs
CO TYRONE sportswear manufacturer O’Neills is to open its first store in Belfast city centre, with the creation of 25 jobs.
The Strabane-based company, whose brand is synonymous with the GAA, is set to take over the former Virgin Megastore unit on Royal Avenue.
They are all essentially part of the same Filty McNasty, [with a passing clouds and an Illegitimate] however it's a bit of a curious operation. The Irish Times ran this:The Bachus Group must have taken it on then? They operate..
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...and a few bars in Newcastle, England.
Disappointed that an operator like Galway Bay Brewery didn't take it over, but at least The Bachus Group have deep pockets to make it a success. It's such a great bar inside.
Article on this in the Irish News today.New sports bar by the name of Franklins opening next month in the same complex as Perch, Sweet Afton, China White etc. which is presumably another addition to the the Bachus Group's stable. I'm not a big fan of their bars but will be interesting to see what its like.
Not sure if this is in that endlessly rotating unit that bar bacca used to be in where ritas, tutti frutti is, or whether this replaces the recently launched tutti frutti or in addition to it. Minestrone soup of bars that building.
It's the ultimate Instagram bar. Any time I've been in, the the staff have been dead on. Not the worst beer selection. Cocktails seemed overpriced but i guess thats where they are making the money. The upstairs was quite good, you could sit on the balcony bit and have a nice view over the bar and it was away from the noise, all seems closed off now except for private parties. Would only ever pop in there during the day- it's yet another bar which reserves out every table for the evening. Why has that become a thing in so many bars now?What is everyone's take on House in Botannic. The bar with the blossom tree. I was there over Christmas after hearing much fan fair, usually from females for the signature Instagram picture. I have never met more ignorant and unprofessional staff in my life.
Sounded vaguely promising based on the above post but after a quick look at their beer list I can confirm that this is an 'american style sports bar' designed by people who have never been to a real one. Spoiler alert, In real ones they don't drink Heineken.Not sure it's my cup of tea... think i'll stick with the sports club or northern lights or some such to watch the 6N, but good to have a dedicated sports bar all the same and all the possible pitfalls that come with it... old firm games will be fun.
House is really good during the day, but in the evenings it turns into a bit of a nightclub with banging music and everyone dolled up drinking cocktails. Not my scene but each to their own.What is everyone's take on House in Botannic. The bar with the blossom tree. I was there over Christmas after hearing much fan fair, usually from females for the signature Instagram picture. I have never met more ignorant and unprofessional staff in my life.
I agree with the sentiment generally... you could write a thesis and it has been well covered in this parish. You have to remember that we are hampered by the double edged sword of licensing and protectionism in hospitality generally. The system unashamedly favours the big local players and multinationals.It's amazing to me how retrograde the bar scene is here compared to literally any other city anywhere pretty much. I'd love to go out to bars at the weekend but not even one of them offers me something interesting or different.
These bar tsar types here (of which there appear to be only 2) should be forced to spend some time in Bristol or Leeds to see how it's done.
To be fair, the likes of the Sunflower and Sports Club are both interesting and different... i don't know of many more bars which are as unique and kooky as them... and of course we have the old grandees listed by plank there if that floats your boat. We are lucky to have what we have, but it could be so much better, i agree.I'd love to go out to bars at the weekend but not even one of them offers me something interesting or different
Read full article at - https://www.ulsterbusiness.com/articles/2020/01/30/belfast-city-centre-pubs-facing-1.2m-rates-surgeBelfast city centre pubs 'facing £1.2m rates surge'
The heart of Belfast’s pub and hotel scene could see rates bills soar by 50% and have a “crippling effect on the area” – amounting to an additional £1.2m a year – as part of a government revaluation, Ulster Business can reveal.
A study of almost two dozen hospitality businesses in the popular Cathedral Quarter area – one of the main destinations for tourists visiting Belfast – could see a rates increase on average of almost 50% for pubs, while hotels in the area could see bills rise by more than a third.
A survey of 17 bars shows the total expected rates bills could rise by £813,000 a year, while five hotels in the area could see them in total rise by £431,000.
It’s claimed the surge could have knock on effect on the area, including rising prices for the consumer. The revamp is part of the Department of Finance’s Reval2020 – which is a reassessment of the rates system which businesses pay. While still a draft schedule of values, each council will also have to apply its own regional rate, based on the new proposed figures.