The Crown Liquor Saloon is probably one of the most famous bars in Ulster. Read on to find out what makes this bar one of the most popular landmarks and a must see attraction when in Belfast.
The Crown Liquor Saloon is regarded as one of the best bars in the world, so no visit to Belfast city would be complete without popping in here for a pint or two!
This ‘Victorian Gin Palace’, which is owned by the National Trust, can be found on Great Victoria Street, in the heart of Belfast city centre.
Also known as ‘The Crown Bar’, it dates back to 1826 and was firstly called ‘The Railway Tavern’ due to the establishment of the first train connection between Belfast and Lisburn. It was owned by a Mr.Felix O’Hanlon who sold it to Michael Flanagan. A son of Michael’s named Patrick was educated in architecture and when he travelled the world he brought home soon ideas that he saw abroad and decided to try them out on his father’s bar. Patrick also hired some Italian craftsmen to carry out intricate and detailed tile work, glass work and ornamental wood work.
Other features that you’ll find behind the Crown’s unique facades and colourful windows include a yellow/red/gold ceiling, wood carved booths called ‘Snugs’, ornate brightly coloured tiles, old-fashioned gas lights hanging from the ceilings, polished brass taps, mosaic tiles, a granite topped bar and a lot more to keep you in awe!
Of course the Crown Liquor Saloon is also noted for its fine food and drinks. Why not reserve one of the ‘Snugs’ for lunch? The bar has a delicious and varied lunch menu and dinner menu.
The pub is full of character and charm and has a welcoming and homely feel, so make sure when you’re in Belfast that you stop off to enjoy a tipple here!
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