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The Gem in Belfasts Crown
Crown Liquor Saloon (Belfast)
Member Name: Ghumphrey
Crown Liquor Saloon (Belfast)
Advantages: Drink an 18th century gin palace
Disadvantages: Booths are very hard to get
Crown Liquor Salon Belfast
Belfast as a city has a very long an interesting past. Many interesting events in Irish history have played out in the bars and pub in Belfast. For instance it was in the pubs of Belfast that Wolfe Tone and Henry Joy Mc Cracken planned and organised the United Irishman rebellion of 1798. Belfast a whole host of old and interesting bars dotted in and around the city centre and many of them have done a great job of preserving their links with the past. It's easy to get a real sense of the history of Belfast by stepping into one of its old taverns. By far one of its most impressive is the Crown Liquor Salon which is probably the best example of a Victorian Gin palace in the world.
The Crown Liquor Salon is located in Great Victoria Street on what is called the Golden Mile. It's called the Golden Mile because it is one of the busiest areas in Belfast in terms of pubs and restaurants. The Crown is located at number 46 and is opposite the entrance/exit of Great Victoria railway station and the Europa Hotel.
History of the Crown
The pub was built in the 1800s. It is famous for its 10 booths which offered more discerning patrons a private area to drink and socialise. The crown has a lot of elaborate tiling, stained glass and skilled woodwork which was originally done by Italian craftsmen in the 1800s. The Italians were persuaded no doubt by free booze to work on the pub after they finished there main task which was to build churches Belfast.
The pub was bought by the national trust in 1978 and has had extensive refurbishment work done to it. The most recent refurbishment was carried out in 2007 when a sum of £500,000 was spent to bring it back to its former glory.
The pub is located opposite the Europa hotel which ironically is proud to hold the title of being the most bombed hotel in the world. Fortunately those days are behind us but giving the close proximity of the Crown Bar it would be safe to say it's bound to be in the running for one of the most bombed pubs in Belfast.
This is a great pub in the heart of Belfast city centre. It's pretty much always busy but it attracts a really good mix of both locals and tourists who get along very well together. I have never seen or encountered any trouble in this pub and found the staff to be friendly and efficient. The booths are very hard to get and even if you do get one it does not guarantee that you will get to keep it yourself. But this all part of the atmosphere and gets you talking to new people.
The interior is fantastic and its very easy to imagine that your actually sitting back in the 18th century. The prices are reasonable with and inline with the normal pub price in Belfast of around £3 for a pint. (half the price of a pint in Dublin). The pub does not play any music and does not have televisions in every nook and cranny but if you want that you can just pop next door. All in all this is a really interesting pub and I would highly recommend it to any visitor or local who has not tried it before.
Summary: Great experience in the heart of Belfast city center