Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 7 October 2015

Shabby chic gets on board

By Lucy Gollogly

Published 14/09/2007

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


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.


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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