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Sweet Afton and Perch rooftop bar to open in Belfast's Linen Quarter

Published 23/06/2015

Sweet Afton: Jorge Lopes (Diageo), Gordon Devenney (ODonnell ONeill Design Associates) and Paul Langsford, (Director of The Perch and The Sweet Afton)
Sweet Afton: Jorge Lopes (Diageo), Gordon Devenney (ODonnell ONeill Design Associates) and Paul Langsford, (Director of The Perch and The Sweet Afton)

Two new bars, the Sweet Afton and Perch rootop bar, are to open in Belfast's Linen Quarter.

Sweet Afton, which opens in August, promises to have 'an established lived in look and feel' and will replace the space previously occupied by Shiro on Brunswick Street.

Sneak peak: what the Perch looked like before construction started. Image via @perchbelfast/Twitter
Sneak peak: what the Perch looked like before construction started. Image via @perchbelfast/Twitter

It is part of a redevelopment project that includes the The Perch rooftop bar which will open its doors for the first time this Friday.

Both bars are located within an historic Victorian building situated across Brunswick Street, Franklin Street and James Street South.

Project director Paul Langsford said the £700k investment within the final phase has created the need for a further 50 new hospitality jobs, completing an employment total of 110 for the whole project.

Mr Langsford said: "Every ten or fifteen years a stunning space becomes available, unlike any others whereby the boundaries of the design can be broken to create a truly unique bar experience, the Perch is one such space. 

"Located high above Rita’s and Chinawhite it is an architectural gem with a trussed roof, brick clad walls and an island bar centrally located to serve both the interior covered area and outdoor al fresco terrace.  It will be a landmark Belfast venue for years to come.”

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