Saturday 22 October 2016

It's Baltic in here! Hotelier plans ski-themed bar for new hotel

Published 02/08/2016 | 16:41

Northern Ireland's first ski-themed bar is set to open next October as part of Belfast's newest hotel.

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Hotelier Bill Wolsey expects revellers to be dancing on the tables recreating the bawdy atmosphere of apres-ski in the Baltic bar in the heart of the city, senior staff said.

The 43-bedroom £4 million development by the people behind the city's five-star Merchant Hotel and a string of pubs across Northern Ireland is a building site wrapping around part of Ann Street and Victoria Street.

In eight weeks it will open its doors as the Bullitt Hotel.

Conall Wolsey, director of the Beannchor pub group behind the development, said: "Our vision for Bullitt is to create a new and exciting hospitality concept.

"The hotel will offer so much more than just a bed for the night, it will also be a place where people can work, relax and socialise."

The Baltic will feature four sets of 1980s skis and boots on the wall and will be a centre for evening music and entertainment.

The hotel will be equipped with super-fast wi-fi, the only Kees Van der Weston coffee machine in Ireland, fast check-ins for guests and stylish bedrooms.

Mr Wolsey added: "It will be a space for meetings, coffee and lunch during the day and a place to meet and mingle over cocktails and food at night.

"Also on offer will be an eclectic calendar of events for both locals and visitors to enjoy."

The hospitality group also owns the National Grande Cafe/sixty6, The Dirty Onion, Little Wing Pizzeria and more than 40 pubs across Northern Ireland.

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