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Glasses raised at opening of new Belfast Doyen bar

Belfast newest bar, The Doyen, officially opened its doors on Wednesday night at the former King’s Head site on the Lisburn Road.

The revamped venue was bought by Wine Inns in 2016 and received a £4.2 million investment, creating 80 new jobs in the local hospitality industry.

They will work under general manager Andrew Rylands who previously worked at Cutters Wharf, another venue in the Wine Inns group.

Now open for business, The Doyen offers a stylish café bar open from early morning and specialising in crafted coffee and brunch before turning into a prosecco, gin and cocktail bar in the evening.

Upstairs guests will find a family-friendly, Italian style restaurant called Morso that offers a lunch and dinner menu created by Head Chef, Kyle Greer.

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Ryan McCormack at the launch of The Doyen. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

The new venue also boasts a traditional public bar serving a daily gastropub menu and their own Doyen-branded lager.

A unique feature is a secret snug bar called Telephone that serves specialised cocktails created by The Doyen’s own mixologist, Craig Walsh and is only accessible by those who know the secret code to enter.

Mr Rylands said: “We’ve put a lot of hard work and thought into the investment and renovations of the premises.

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The Doyen BAR on Belfast's Lisburn Road. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

"Having been a staple in the community for years, we wanted to give this iconic site the makeover it deserved. We are very excited to offer a warm welcome to both old and new customers of the Lisburn Road site.

“We truly have something for everyone. From attracting passing commuter traffic into the new venue’s café bar to showing all the big sports fixtures and our family-friendly restaurant Morso to the stylish snug bar, the venue will appeal to a wide range of customers from across Belfast.”

The Doyen is the latest venture from the hospitality group, which owns a string of Belfast pubs including The Empire, the Alibi club and The Chelsea.

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