2009-05-04

The Botanic Inn  

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I went to the Botanic Inn tonight for a couple of pints and some dinner. It was pleasent, the staff were friendly and the place had a nice atmosphere. I've always liked the place but wouldn't frequent it often. 


For those who don't know, The Botanic Inn is Botanic Inns (they own almost half the pubs in Belfast) flagship bar. The place is very popular with students during the week, except on Wednesdays when they try and target a slightly older crowd (over 21's). 

The upstairs of the Bot is a nightclub and it's always great fun. My only complaint is the absense of cheap drink offers and I think that is why so many people choose to go to the Egg instead. However the DJs are always fantastic and there is a lot of fun to be had. 

Downstairs is a bar with an enclosed smoking patio and food is served during the day. The food is generally quite nice and the bar always serves a decent pint of Guiness. However, downstairs can often be a bit dirty and dark. It's an interesting bar when you first go in it but after that it gets a bit boring and charcterless. 

Of course, at the weekend evenings or at sporting events it's a different story when the atmosphere in the bar really picks up. At other times though it's just a boring old pub. 

In some respects it's a shame the bar is situated where it is, as it could be very popular with tourists if it was closer to the city center. 

If you plan on going for a night out, make sure to get their before ten or you will be queuing for quite a while. Also, get cash out before you get near by as all the cash machines are usually very busy at night.

I'm going to award the Botanic Inn 13/20 - It's a nice pint, okay food (maybe a bit expenseive for  the quality you get) but has nothing about it that really stands out.


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