Sunday Social at Happy Angel
I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing about east Belfast and how cool it’s becoming (if you ignore the riots and the protests)?
Well there’s one thing it doesn’t have, and that’s a decent bar with decent music.
I know, there’s Horatio’s… and we spend a lot of time and money there. It’s a nice enough place to have a pint, read a paper. But it’s not really a place I’d want to go on a Friday or Saturday night.
Someone once called it “Cougar Town”… and I think they’re right. I know that might also be a bonus for lots of people, but for me it’s not.
So it was with great excitement that we heard Happy Angel was organising a Sunday Social. They teamed up with the Menagerie to get proper DJ’s, they had drinks offers, free food…. What more could you want?
We booked in babysitters and set off, not quite knowing what would be in store.
Long story short – it’s a great place to hang out and felt like a really cool bar. The music was magic – Joe Lindsay and Mary Lindsay playing all sorts of stuff from funk and soul, to electronica and rock… at one stage Joe even played Toto: Africa.
The bar staff were incredibly chatty and lots of craic. The staff were in a mood for a party.
Cocktails were £3 and beers just £2.50.
The food was flowing out of the kitchen – lots of tasters from the full menu. The chef that night, Kyle, came out to chat with everyone and talked about the recipes and his love for the food. He even convinced me that I might like Tofu.
It was magic… except for one thing. Nobody came!
At one point I counted and there was about 30 people there.
And this really pisses me off about Belfast.
People complain and say how there’s never anything to do. “I wish we had cool bars like in London”… “I wish we had a bar nearby that played proper music.”
Then show some support!
I know that no event deserves instant success. But there are so many people in east Belfast that have said they would love this kind of thing.
We met lovely new people that night, and had a cracker time. But as one person said; “In any other big city this place would be queued round the bock.”
So yeah, this is a bit ranty. But y’know what? – you should go out and support businesses that make an effort to really improve our city.