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Therapy?’s Guide To Belfast
Glasgowbury-bound rockers Therapy? have been treading the boards up North for two decades now, so who better to show us around Belfast’s finest eating, shopping and partying establishments than bassist extraordinaire Michael McKeegan? In the Therapy? guide to Belfast, he takes us off the beaten track and into some of his favourite watering holes, cultural hubs and bargain-hunting spots.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 03 Jul 2012
Tel 004428 9043 9590
I’m a big fan of Japanese food. All the band are, and it’s really nice to get some good sushi, especially on tour. Sakura is really good and quite affordable. The sushi’s excellent. We’ve eaten sushi all around the place and I definitely rate it. It’s my dream restaurant if someone says, ‘Let’s go out and get some food for a special occasion’, I’m like, ‘Right, Sakura it is!’ It’s a bustling little place as well, I’m not really a fan of stiff fine dining where it’s all about the napkin being folded right.
Made In Belfast
City Hall (Tel. 004428 9042 6712)
and Cathedral Quarter
(Tel. 004428 9042 4107)
I’ve been to the one in the Cathedral Quarter and it’s got a bit of an industrial vibe to it and furniture wise, it’s a real mish-mash. If you’ve got a bad back, beware, because you could end up sitting on some kind of park bench type arrangement, but that kind of adds to the charm of it. The food is really good and there’s a lot of local produce, a lot of local fish and beef on the menu. I think it’s reasonable enough for what you get, you’d pay twice that in London and the staff are really, really sweet as well. There’s definitely been a bit of skip-dipping, as we call it, everything hasn’t been sourced from antiques shops, so I don’t know if I would take Great Aunt Maude there, but I like it.
Tel. 004428 9032 7007
I kind of have to mention this because I’ve been going there since I was 18! It’s quite famous because there’s Katy Daly’s and then either side of it, there’s the Spring And Airbrake, a live music venue, and the Limelight, which is a club and live music venue. Katy Daly’s is kind of the hub of the whole thing, if you’re in town and you’ve an hour to kill and you want a drink, just go in there and you will meet someone you know, you will meet someone to chat to. It’s a great place to go and if you don’t know Belfast and you want to know what’s going on, just go there and before you know it. You’ll have a big list of options between gigs, galleries, theatre, whatever; there’s a lot of creative types in there who will point you in the right direction.