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For sale: £500k for Belfast's Rotterdam and Pat's bar sites

By John Mulgrew

Published 13/09/2016

Harry Potter star Rubert Grint, (right), who plays Harry's best friend Ron Weasley in the JK Rowling blockbuster movies, at The Rotterdam Bar in Belfast's sailortown with the bar's event manager Stevie Batt enjoying a nights craic and rocking with the cast of the new BBC film
Harry Potter star Rubert Grint, (right), who plays Harry's best friend Ron Weasley in the JK Rowling blockbuster movies, at The Rotterdam Bar in Belfast's sailortown with the bar's event manager Stevie Batt enjoying a nights craic and rocking with the cast of the new BBC film "Cherrybomb" that Rupert is starring in with Jimmy Nesbitt
The Rotterdam Bar (pictured) and Pat's Bar are being sold by DTZ McCombe Pierce

Two well-known former Belfast city pubs have gone on sale for £500,000.

The now empty Rotterdam Bar and Pat's Bar, on Pilot Street and Princes Dock Street, are being sold by DTZ McCombe Pierce.

Both bars have been closed for several years and it's understood the building is being sold off by administrators.

But the area could still be razed to the ground to make way for a new 19-storey apartment complex in the once-thriving Sailortown area of the city.

The new development would sit on the site formerly known as The Olympic and the now empty Rotterdam Bar and Pat's Bar on Pilot Street and Princes Dock Street.

The planned building would be made up of 112 apartments and would include two restaurants on the first floor, a residents' gym on the second floor and a roof garden and car parking spaces.

While there have been various plans to redevelop the bars over the years, nothing has ever come to fruition.

A number of well-known Belfast faces have come from the Sailortown area, including the late comedian Frank Carson and boxer Rinty Monaghan.

Similar plans were previously submitted, and another scheme was given the green light by the former Department of the Environment in 2011.

A spokesman for Michael Burroughs Associates said the bars "have been vacant for a number of years now and are beginning to fall into disrepair".

The new designs for the development were produced by Holywood-based Michael Burroughs Associates, with the planning application made in the name of business advisers BDO.

The plans show the new building would be styled to reflect the area's maritime history.

Nearby, Pedro Donald, owner of the award-winning Sunflower Public House, is preparing to breathe life back into the American Bar in Sailortown. The spot closed its doors in 2013.

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