Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Poets and the punters

And what's that Shakespeare fella got to do with a pub, anyway?

Where?



Bittles Bar, Victoria Square, Belfast.







What's the vibe?



Shoehorned into the tight confines of a curious triangular building, Bittles is definitely a bar with a difference.



It's old, beautiful and fresh, with cream coloured soft seating and wooden tables.



The sofa-ed seating area is seriously tiny and therefore intimate, so be warned if you're after a private conversation...



The walls - and small shelves on the backs of seats - display bright oils and portraits of Ireland's most celebrated poets and authors, from Beckett to Joyce, Wilde (above) to Yeats.







What's on offer?



A good selection of beer, including Guinness, Erdinger and Leffe, as well as wine and a wealth of spirits.











Who can you expect to bump into?



Old hands studying the racing form, after work office types and thirsty shoppers from nearby Cornmarket.



Trendy scenesters no longer pile in very late of an evening, though, as the days of a DJ playing disco until dawn are long gone.







What are they wearing?



Casual gear.



Overheard?



Did you know this place used to be called The Shakespeare?







What to say?



What horse are you backing in the 3.15pm at Newmarket?







What not to say?



Who are these geezers in the pictures anyway?







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