Monday 15 October 2018

WATCH: This is the most expensive pint on the island of Ireland

You can now sup the most expensive pint on the island of Ireland at Belfast's newest bar.

The Observatory on the 23rd floor of Hastings' swish new Grand Central Hotel on Bedford Street will charge you £8 for a pint of draught beer.

It beats the previous record holder, Oliver St John Gogarty's in Dublin's Temple Bar, which sells a pint of Heineken for €8 after 11pm.

The Observatory also outprices the likes of exclusive Dublin hotels such as The Shelbourne and The Merrion, as well as the K Club in Co Kildare and Trump International in Doonbeg, Co Clare.

The exclusive "liquor lounge", which opened last week, has two beers on the menu for the sky high price.

Observatory India Pale Ale, brewed exclusively for the hotel by Whitewater Brewery in Castlewellan, and Spanish lager Estrella Damm Inedit, made in collaboration with sommeliers from the now closed three Michelin star restaurant elBulli.

If that's too rich for your blood, you can save yourself a quid with their range of beers at a more modest £7, including Whitewater Brewery's Belfast Black stout and Belfast Ale. If you've only time for a quick one after work, a 330ml bottle of Corona or Estrella also costs £7.

If you're making a night of it, the range of bespoke cocktails starts at £14 for the likes of a rum-based Harland and Wolff, rising to £89 for the whiskey and Champagne combo of the Sir William's Serve.

A gin starts at £9 for locally made Jawbox or Shortcross, but add £4 to that if you want a Schweppes 1783 tonic with it.

You can spruce up your G&T with garnish selected by the bar's cocktail makers from the Irish Gin Serves selection, but you'll have to fork out £16 for the 50ml measures.

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