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Arguably unique 'cos it's chic

Comfy, stylish and filled with snappy dressers

By Claire McNeilly

Where?
The Grouse, 2-12 Springwell Street, Ballymena.



What's the vibe?
The Grouse is arguably the place to be seen in Ballymena. It is chic - and unique in that sense. While many other Ballymena bars tend to preserve their authenticity, The Grouse has sought to embrace the future, with, for example, up-to-date decor and comfy, stylish seating. It's very popular and very busy, so if you want a soft seat get there early. Even at the weekend it's a great place to go with your mates for a good old gossip - the background music is unobtrusive, which makes for chirpy conversation.



What's on offer?
Next to the "wee Grouse" - Ballymena-speak for the bar side of the business - there is a restaurant and, upstairs, a nightclub.



Who can you expect to bump into?
A stylish mix of over-25s.



What are they wearing?
Come as you wish, but look snappy.



Overheard?
Those toilets are tiny.



What to say?
The food was delicious.



What definitely not to say?
Gosh, this is a bit posh for Ballymena.

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