Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Belfast nightlife gets £1m boost with Asian-theme pub and restaurant Shiro

The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 21 June
Northern Ireland Nightlife Summer - 2014 gallery: The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 21 June
The Groovy Train, Belfast, Friday 4 July 2014
The Parlour, Belfast, Friday 4 July 2014
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons Bars, Belfast, Saturday 5 July 2014
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons Bars, Belfast, Saturday 5 July 2014
The Parlour, Belfast, Friday 4 July 2014
The Parlour, Belfast, Friday 4 July 2014
The Parlour, Belfast, Friday 4 July 2014
The Groovy Train, Belfast, Friday 4 July 2014
The Groovy Train, Belfast, Friday 4 July 2014
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 5 July 2014
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 5 July 2014
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 5 July 2014
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons Bars, Belfast, Saturday 5 July 2014
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 5 July 2014
The Parlour, Belfast, Friday 20 June
The Parlour, Belfast, Saturday 5 July 2014
The Parlour, Belfast, Saturday 21 June
The Parlour, Belfast, Saturday 21 June
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons Bars, Belfast, Saturday 21 June.
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons Bars, Belfast, Saturday 21 June.
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons Bars, Belfast, Saturday 21 June.
The Parlour, Belfast, Saturday 21 June
Groovy Train, Belfast, Friday 20 June
The Parlour, Belfast, Friday 20 June
The Parlour, Belfast, Friday 20 June
Groovy Train, Belfast, Friday 20 June
Groovy Train, Belfast, Friday 20 June
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 21 June
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 21 June
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 21 June
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 21 June
The Groovy Train, Belfast. Friday 13 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 14 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 14 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 14 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Friday 13 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Friday 13 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Friday 13 June 2014
The Groovy Train, Belfast. Friday 13 June 2014
The Groovy Train, Belfast. Friday 13 June 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 14 June 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 14 June 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 14 June 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 14 June 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 7 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 7 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 7 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 7 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 7 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Friday 6 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Friday 6 June 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Friday 6 June 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 7 June 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 7 June 2014
The Belfast Telegraph Nightlife Gallery: Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Loretta McGinn, Rebecca Haughey and Roisin McCrory
Alley Cat. pictured: Jordan McGowan, Vanessa Gould, Aimee Kernaghan and Ceitidh Petherick JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: Jordan McGowan, Vanessa Gould, Aimee Kernaghan, Ceitidh Petherick, Luke Humphreys, Danny Patterson and Scott Hamilton JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: 'Guess Girls' Ashleigh Keenan, Kirsty Gill and Sara McGaughey, Jenna Harrison, Emma Watson and Robyn Armstrong JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: Luke Humphreys, Danny Patterson and Scott Hamilton JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: Sarah Carson, Ellie Richmond and Emily Thornhill JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: Birthday girl Shauna Higgins (25) with John Quinn, Clare Rea, Kirsty Linkin, Jamie Higgins and Geerthanshon Manoharan JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: 'Guess Girls' Ashleigh Keenan, Kirsty Gill and Sara McGaughey JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: 'Guess Girls' Jenna Harrison, Emma Watson and Robyn Armstrong JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: Holly Duncan, Shannon Ferguson and Jordan McCulla JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: Michael O'Connor, Holly Jones, Matt McQuillan and Ciaran O'Brien JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: Kaity Hall and Emma Cox JC14
Alley Cat. pictured: Alex Watterson, Sebastian Compton, Curtis Lewis, Dex Groves, Caleb Browne, Ciaran Michaels, Luke Kelly and Jake McMullan JC14
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons Bars, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
The Parlour, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons Bars, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons Bars, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
The Parlour, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
The Parlour, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
The Parlour, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
The Eg, Belfast, Saturday 17 May.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
El Divino, Belfast, Saturday 10 May 2014.
The Eg, Belfast on Friday 9 May 2014
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons, Belfast on Saturday 10 May 2014
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons, Belfast on Saturday 10 May 2014
Roxy Nightclub at Robinsons, Belfast on Saturday 10 May 2014
The Parlour, Belfast on Saturday 10 May 2014
The Parlour, Belfast on Saturday 10 May 2014
The Parlour, Belfast on Saturday 10 May 2014
The Groovy Train at Roxy Nightclub, Belfast on Friday 9 May 2014
The Eg, Belfast on Friday 9 May 2014
The Eg, Belfast on Friday 9 May 2014
The Eg, Belfast on Friday 9 May 2014
The Groovy Train at Roxy Nightclub, Belfast on Friday 9 May 2014
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Rebecca O'Reilly, Aideen Farrell and Chandy Kanjee
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Brian MArtin, Adam Smith, James Hagan and Ronan Haughey
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Bronagh Pye, Jack Hunter and Ruairi Maguire
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Loretta McGinn, Rebecca Haughey and Roisin McCrory, Emma Douglas, Danielle Taggart and Niamh McBride
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Emma Douglas, Danielle Taggart and Niamh McBride
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Jordan Gormley, Louise Donnelly, Gemma Kelly and Ben Price
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Stuart Wright, Bronagh Pye, Claire Deane, Katie Stewart, Maria Timmons and Bethany Frempong
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Donna White and Mark Harris
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Ben McGuckin, Eoin Carberry, David Henrym Sean Quigley, Mark Petticrew and Conor McMurray
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Brennan McKeag and Hannah Harry
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Hannah Crory and Curtis Allen
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Declan McCoen, Thomas Phibodeau, Daniel Clarke and Kevin Quinn
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Hope Smith, Katie SMith and Kaitlin Wilson
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Chris Lavery, Christoper RJ, Dale Birchm MArk McConnell and Chris Lee
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Catherine Reid and Katherine Graham
Ollies Monopollie Mondays pictured Craig Campbell and Jamie Sproule
The MClub, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
The MClub, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
The MClub, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
The MClub, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 12 April 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 29 March 2014
The Eg, Saturday 29 March 2014
The MClub, Saturday 29 March 2014
The Eg, Saturday 29 March 2014
The MClub, Saturday 29 March 2014
The Parlour, Saturday 29 March 2014.
The MClub, Saturday 29 March 2014.
The Eg, Saturday 29 March 2014
The Eg, Saturday 29 March 2014
The Parlour, Saturday 29 March 2014.
The Parlour, Saturday 29 March 2014.
The Parlour, Saturday 29 March 2014.
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
El Divino, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
MClub, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
The Parlour, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
The Parlour, Saturday 22 March 2014.
The Parlour, Belfast. Friday 21 March 2014.
The Parlour, Belfast. Friday 21 March 2014.
The Parlour, Belfast. Friday 21 March 2014.
MClub, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
MClub, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.
The Eg, Belfast. Saturday 22 March 2014.

One hundred jobs are to be created in a £1m investment to transform two bars and a nightclub in an historic building in Belfast city centre.

Those behind the new nightspots are calling the project one of the most significant investments in the city centre entertainment industry in recent years.

An Asian-inspired bar, Shiro, will regenerate the former Irene and Nan's pub at Brunswick Street and will open next month, complete with secluded roof terrace.

Two other venues – a new nightclub and a bar within the building currently housing the recently closed Bar Bacca and La Lea nightclub at Franklin Street – are expected to open by September.

The three new venues will breathe new life into a building in what is known as Belfast's Linen Quarter which stretches to James Street South and has a heritage dating back to 1902.

All three venues were closed within recent weeks to accommodate the new venture, which offers the city's entertainment and nightlife a new focus in an area of the city described as having "enormous under-utilised potential".

The award-winning team from O'Donnell O'Neill Design Associates has been tasked with overseeing the redevelopment, the first phase of which, Shiro, is due to open on June 5.

Director of the scheme, Paul Langford, described the three-phase project as "one of the most significant investments within the city centre entertainment industry of the last few years".

Mr Langsford, also director of a host of other Belfast bars, including the Albany, El Divino and Filthy McNasty's, which together employ 225 people, said the development of Shiro as well as the construction of another contemporary bar and nightclub will boost an area that has enormous underutilised potential.

"The area that the venues are based in has some of the most sought-after restaurants anywhere in the UK or Ireland," he said.

Zoe Watson, marketing manager, Gordon Devenny of O'Donnell O'Neill design associates and Shiro director Paul Langsford (right) with the plans yesterday
Zoe Watson, marketing manager, Gordon Devenny of O'Donnell O'Neill design associates and Shiro director Paul Langsford (right) with the plans yesterday

"Now with the completion of Shiro and the other two developments it will also have entertainment venues to match the leading nightlife cities of Europe, bringing a significant economic boost to the heart of the city centre bar scene."

O'Donnell O'Neill Design Associates said that the concept for the "truly unique" Shiro has been inspired by experience gleaned from its involvement in bar projects from London to New York.

Mr Langsford said the venue would create "an innovative and stylish experience that is customer-orientated, atmospheric and experiential".

"Shiro will be like no other Belfast bar experience, it is truly unique," he said.

"Meaning 'white' in Japanese, the venue will have a sophisticated cocktail bar as its main focus, with views into a vibrant kitchen through glazed doors, raised booths for seating, an area for performing DJs and for patrons in the know a secluded roof terrace bar."

He added that recent headline-grabbing events like the Giro d'Italia had put Belfast firmly on the global visitor map.

"We believe our investment and phased approach of two exciting new bars and a nightclub on the south side of the city centre will add significant weight to Belfast's positioning as a great night out for visitors from home or abroad."

The investment comes against a backdrop of high numbers of pub closures in recent times.

This time last year concerns were being raised among publicans as many were forced to call time across Northern Ireland as a result of the economic downturn.

Increasing numbers of people were opting to drink alcohol at home instead of venturing out to their local.

In 2013, there were 174 pub closures across Northern Ireland after figures last May revealed that drinking out at bars and clubs was falling at a constant rate of 3.5% a year.

Similarly, there were 563 restaurants in 2011, but by 2012 that figure had fallen to 431, which represents some 132 eateries wiped out in just one year.

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