Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Shabby chic gets on board

Cult film screenings and quirky knick-knacks all under candle-light





Where?



The Lifeboat, Queen's Square, Belfast.











What's the vibe?



This is a bar few would have ventured into this time last year, when it was thought to be strictly 'regulars only'.



That changed this spring, however, when Bill Wolsey - owner of the Garrick, White's Tavern and the Merchant Hotel among others - bought it. A pretty shrewd move, all in all, considering its location near Belfast's planned Titanic Quarter.



It's perhaps surprising, then, that nothing much has changed, aside from the introduction of quirky knick-knacks - action figures, piggy banks and the like - behind the bar.



But with the only source of light being candles dotted around, it's hard to get a feel for the surroundings. Suffice to say its scruffiness is part of its charm ...







What's on offer?



Esoteric tunes (courtesy of two blokes and a laptop), screenings of cult films such as A Scanner Darkly, and bottled beers aplenty.







Who can you expect to bump into?



Twenty-something indie types in search of like-minded souls, and the odd bemused old-timer.







What are they wearing?



Nothing too mainstream.







Overheard?



I'm so glad they haven't cleaned up the grungy decor.







What to say?



I hear David Holmes might be dropping in later.







What definitely not to say?



I can't see a bloody thing in here!











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