Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 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?







COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Libra:

Sorting out and organising your surroundings should be your first priority. As a general rule, you don't mind an untidy workspace. As far as you're concerned, messiness is a sign of genius. There comes a point when even the most talented person has to make order from chaos. It may take a few hours to sort through all the papers that have accumulated, but take heart. Once you dispose the junk, you'll be able to zip through chores like a hot knife through butter.More