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The Harp Bar

Harp Bar - Fresh Interiors, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Written by Roma Publications

Harp Bar - Fresh Interiors, Belfast, Northern Ireland

A traditional public house has re-opened its doors to the cathedral quarter in Belfast.

Claiming to be a pub like no other, The Harp Bar is a venue for the mature drinker; selling independent draught beers and extensive whiskeys. The Harp Bar is the destination for live music, boasting two floors which host home grown Irish talent from the likes of Van Morrison etc.

The rebranding of the 1970’s Harp Bar was done by Fresh Interiors; a Northern Ireland based interior design/architectural practice.

Harp Bar - Fresh Interiors, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Speaking to Premier Hospitality about The Harp Bar, Michael McKervey of Fresh Interiors said:

We are lucky to be working with great visionaries and clients who appreciate and understand the importance of good design and offering the quality and comfortable surroundings to the customers whom they serve. Fresh Interiors work closely with clients to provide a completely bespoke design service, fully in accordance to their needs and budget. Every project is given due care and attention regardless of scale or financial merit.”

Michael added:

We pride ourselves on developing great business relationships with our clients and taking them on a journey through the transformation of their premises.”

Harp Bar - Fresh Interiors, Belfast, Northern Ireland

As a nod to its predecessor, the original Harp Bar from the 1970’s, red velvet features heavily in the design. Plush red velvet seating and curtains dress the original old Belfast Brick walls, which add to a real stunning look and feel for the venue. Bespoke drinks cabinets feature rare Belfast whiskey – the walls are branded with mirrors and memorabilia inspired by the buildings origins as a bonded warehouse – the headquarters of The Old Bushmills Distillery Company. On the first floor, pride of place is given to a large Victorian cash desk which was rescued from the St James Gate Brewery in Dublin.

Fresh interiors placed emphasis on the bar and counter becoming central to the space. The counter is unique by design with integrated stained glass and glazed panels which swivel to allow communication between patrons awaiting their drinks, Fresh Interiors used this as another subtle nod to the traditional public house and interior detailing of the early 1900’s. The sunken fielded panels on the bar front are finished with brass coat hooks and an antique brass foot rail, seated upon a black and white check floor.

Harp Bar - Fresh Interiors, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Amongst the original artefacts which adorn the wall, Victorian Flock wall paper peers through the gaps and into the background, bespoke copper and marble tables are integrated into the fixed seating and the bathrooms are fitted with copper and polished brass wash basins which rest upon marble vanity units. All of the copper and brass works are entirely bespoke and tailored to The Harp Bar, something which Fresh Interiors aim to provide with all of their fit outs.

Michael McKervey concluded saying:

This is the third project which Fresh Interiors have completed for this particular client and one of several completed in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. The pub boasts huge enthusiasm for Belfast and we wish it every success.”

Harp Bar - Fresh Interiors, Belfast, Northern Ireland

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