Harp Bar, 35 Hill Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 2LB http://www.harpbarbelfast.com/
Situated alongside its big brother, the hugely famous Duke of York, The Harp Bar, is a pub like no other. Firstly, it is a proper public house selling crisps, dulse, coffees, independent draught beers and extensive whiskies and at all times “Belfast Craic”. Secondly, it is a live music venue on two floors hosting home-grown talent from the likes of Van Morrison, etc. Both of these factors attempt to recreate the once famous atmosphere synonymous with its predecessor, the 1970s Harp Bar.
The Harp, incorporating the Dunvilles & Swinging Diddy Lounges, is decorated in plush red velvet fabrics and adorned with antique furnishings resonant with Victorian Belfast. Walls and cabinets feature rare Belfast whiskey – branded mirrors and memorabilia inspired by the building’s origins as a bonded warehouse, the headquarters of The Old Bushmills Distillery Company. Pride of place is given to a large Victorian Cash Desk which was rescued from the St James Gate Brewery in Dublin. Just call in and you will enjoy a huge welcome from a proper pub with huge Belfast spirit.
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