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Christopher

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Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« on: November 13, 2008, 01:30:26 PM »
Sherrie Scott of BBC Radio 3 has already written a review about the Menagerie Bar located at 30, University Street. If you think of The Pound, The Warehouse and the Rotterdam Bar there's no necessity to tell you who runs this bar. I'll have to drop in for a pint ... no frills, no advertising and no theme ... it sounds like a great bar ... I hope the Guinness is good.
www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world/onyourstreet/revmenagerie.shtml

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2008, 10:44:30 PM »
Sherrie Scott of BBC Radio 3 has already written a review about the Menagerie Bar located at 30, University Street. If you think of The Pound, The Warehouse and the Rotterdam Bar there's no necessity to tell you who runs this bar. I'll have to drop in for a pint ... no frills, no advertising and no theme ... it sounds like a great bar ... I hope the Guinness is good.
www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/world/onyourstreet/revmenagerie.shtml

Chris is the clientele younger or older ?

Christopher

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2008, 10:48:00 PM »
Chris is the clientele younger or older ?

I'm not sure ... I'll have to drop in someday and check it out.

If there are any members of the Forum who have been there perhaps they could tell you.

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2008, 05:59:44 PM »
You know you're out touch when you've never heard of a dance bar. ..  :-*[

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2008, 09:39:44 PM »
Oh dear, I had hopes, then I read:

The wide range of music played here is worldside, from Patsy Dan, the King of Tory Island and his 'Ragin' Gales' who bring the old Island sounds of Donegal to King Masco, the King of African dance who shakes down infectious rhythms from the West African Coast.

Last week, Geoff Burmer, a Canadian comedian [censored] Beatnik Rabbi accordion player made his music heard. His wacky ideas of melody and passion fell short of a few ears, one of whom handed him a note saying, 'You can't sing, ya should be in a mental home!' On this, his first day in Ireland, he was accosted later that night by a girl who told him he was coming home with her. They spent the next three days and nights together. He re-emerged a few days after the gig looking for the crazy note which had been held for him in the Menageries archives.


Not like the "old" Pound Club at all.  No Jim Armstrong playing "Reeling in the Years" after all.

What a shame.

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2008, 11:31:43 PM »
I'll maybe check out the Menagerie in the next week or two and report back.

My wee band are playing in Pats Bar this coming Saturday so maybe the following week I'll go on a pub crawl. Wish the old Pound was still there though.

BTW, last time I saw Jim Armstrong was a few years back in the Limelight. Jim Gilchrist was the singer. Jim G. sadly was murdered a couple of years ago.

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2008, 11:47:03 PM »
"BTW, last time I saw Jim Armstrong was a few years back in the Limelight"

Last time I saw Jim Armstrong was at the Seacliffe Road, Bangor earlier in this year.

The last time I saw him play, was on a Saturday afternoon, in the Errigal Inn, in the late 70's/early '80s.

I used to have a tape recording of "Light"'s LP, but no longer  ..  :-\  :-\

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2008, 11:49:28 PM »
On the afternoon of Saturday 26th November 2005 a special tribute to the late Jim Gilchrist, led by Speedy Moore and The Red Hot Helicopters, plus some very special
guests, took place at the Belfast Beer Festival in the Ulster Hall.

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2008, 12:02:58 AM »
I don't think I'll be able to attend, Christopher.
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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2008, 12:07:55 AM »
I don't think I'll be able to attend, Christopher.
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Note: Took place ... not Taking place

Maybe some of the people who attended the event will be able to submit a short report although since it was a Beer Festival more than likely some imbibing was done so there could be a memory blockage. Why is it that many punters at Blues Festivals tend to get pleutered?

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2008, 12:15:50 AM »
"Why is it that many punters at Blues Festivals tend to get pleutered? "

The raison d'etre for attending, perhaps?

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #11 on: November 18, 2008, 10:27:22 AM »
"go there to dance and feel the music warm my bones".

Certainly solve the problem of pensioners suffering from fuel poverty and unable to heat their homes  8)

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2008, 11:47:29 PM »
Hey les, I have an old LP ( vinyl) of Light in the roofspace.

Do you still have a turntable? I have, but it needs a new belt.

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2008, 11:56:20 PM »
Check the Forum Calendar for events taking place at the Menagerie O0

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Re: Belfast's Menagerie Bar
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2008, 04:59:56 PM »
I'Ve been away now for 35 years....where the devil is the menagerie bar?
Iremember the Talk of the Town,Trocadero Abercorn etc.anyone out there
who might remember the great 'cabaret' days in Belfast?