Belfast’s newest bar, The Doyen, has just opened following a £4.2m scheme creating a new 15,000 sq ft entertainment and dining complex, bringing 80 new jobs on the former King’s Head site on Lisburn road.
The Doyen, the latest venture from the Wine Inns group, opened its doors following an extensive building and refurbishment programme.
The new venue features a traditional public bar serving a top-quality, gastropub menu daily; a large outdoor seating area, a stylish cafe bar open from early morning, a family-friendly, Italian-themed restaurant upstairs called Morso seating 130, and private rooms catering for parties up to 140.
The main bar features live entertainment from Wednesday to Saturday evenings and is well equipped with indoor, outdoor and drop-down screens to cater for sports fans. A secret snug bar for 30 guests and serving specialised cocktails created by the venue’s mixologist was also revealed on launch night.
The cafe bar specialises in crafted coffee, brunch and prosecco, gin and cocktails.
Patrick Hunt, Director of Wine inns, said: “The King’s Head was an iconic bar, attracting customers from across greater Belfast, but it was badly in need of a makeover after a long period in administration.
“We have taken the character of the old venue and created two totally new concepts in The Doyen and Morso and we’re confident that local residents and those from further afield will love them. From tapping into passing commuter traffic by ensuring our new venue’s cafe bar serves excellent coffee and breakfast from 8am to showing all the big sports fixtures, our customers can be sure of a very warm welcome on every visit.”
The Doyen is managed by Andrew Rylands, who previously managed Cutters Wharf for Wine Inns. He added: “The Doyen is a fantastic new addition to the Wine Inns portfolio and it’s a huge honour for me to lead our talented team at the venue. With family-friendly food in Morso, and great cocktails and loads of live sport in The Doyen we’re really offering something for everyone.”
The Wine Inns growing portfolio of venues currently also includes Alibi, Cutters Wharf, Four Winds, The Chelsea. The Eglantine Inn, The Empire and The Parlour.
The company, which also operates the Winemark off-license chain, is also investing in a number of other venues around Belfast right now, including the Robinson’s Bar complex in the city centre.