Belfast Telegraph

Night Life: Jude's, 451 Ormeau Road, Belfast. Tel: 028 9064 6844,

ATMOSPHERE: A new addition to the Belfast bar scene, Jude's is still establishing itself but it's doing well to attract the punters, even on a quiet Tuesday night. At the weekend, it's a more lively affair.

CROWD: A mix of all sorts from regulars of the former Mercury Bar to students, couples and girls on a night out - as well as locals in for a few on their own.

STAFF: There was enough on when I was there and they were pleasant and quick to serve. There's table service if you're dining.

DÉCOR: Gone is the neon-heavy, slightly tacky interior of yesteryear and in comes what is a New York 'SoHo' theme.

It's a contrast of old and new with an exposed, industrial ceiling, raw brick walls and handsome Twenties era upholstery. Contradicting this is the padded, leather walls and other modern touches.

There are loads of marble effects from the panelling on the bar to the pillar-style tables running down the centre of the bar. The furnishings are monochrome while quirky chairs and stools with holes add a bit of a funky touch, as well as the stand alone room dividers with little wall lamps.

It's nicely done but keeps the same layout as Mercury did.

DRINKS: Extensive selection on draught and in bottles, while there's a generous wine list and a long cocktail list with some unusual concoctions.

Impressively, reflective of the 'air' this place is trying to establish, there's three champers cocktails for the discerning

PRICES: Around average - depending on your tipple. Cocktails cost £4.25, glasses of wine start from £3.50, while a pint is around £2.70. Choose the champagne cocktail and you'll have to fork out £7.95.

Emma Deighan

Belfast Telegraph


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