Shabby chic gets on board
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!