Belfast Telegraph

Cocktails by night, coffee by day at new bar in Belfast city centre

Open: New bar Santeria has launched at Fountain Street in Belfast
Open: New bar Santeria has launched at Fountain Street in Belfast
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

A new Caribbean-themed cocktail bar and cafe has opened in Fountain Street in Belfast.

Santeria at 19 Fountain Street is run by the same owners as the nearby Voodoo Bar and is situated in premises which once housed a corner shop.

Serving up "contemporary cocktails" by night and coffees by day, the newest bar in the street hosts DJs playing Latin, funk and soul music.

Manager Feargal Smyth said the bar will "breathe new life into a challenging part of town".

He added: "Santeria is the newest addition to the increasingly vibrant Fountain Street neighbourhood of Belfast.

"Focusing on classic and contemporary cocktails served without pretension, Santeria will come alive at night with Latin rhythms, funk, soul and good drinks in a friendly atmosphere and also function as a laid-back cafe bar during the day for those seeking to cure all that ails with a good coffee, or, for the adventurous, a fortifying spike in that coffee from the extensive range of high quality spirits."

Santeria is the second bar to be announced in the area. In May, a fast-growing hospitality company, Clover Group, announced it would be taking over The Fountain Bar which is also located in Fountain Street.

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The group of four entrepreneurs already runs a string of bars in the city centre, including the former Morrisons Bar, now Pug Uglys, and Margot which traded as the Basement Bar.

Andrew Maxwell, director of Clover, said: "The Fountain is an established bar with enormous potential in a bustling part of our city, ideally located for shoppers, commuters and those looking to enjoy a night out.

"We want to enhance the outstanding features of the bar and its location, maintaining its traditional integrity for existing and new customers alike."

The group says its investment in the Fountain will work well alongside a separate plan by a company linked with building firm McAleer & Rushe for a new hotel and Grade A offices on the site of the nearby Norwich Union building.

Clover Group said it hopes to make the Fountain a bigger part of events in the city by applying for a street trading licence.

The other three pub entrepreneurs involved in Clover are Mark Beirne, Paul Langsford and Jim Conlon.

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