Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter has welcomed a chic addition to its entertainment offering, with the opening of new cocktail bar and nightclub,Sixty6.
The stylish new venue, which officially opens to the public today – Friday 5th December 2014 – is the latest offering from Beannchor, Northern Ireland’s largest hospitality group.
Located above the company’s highly successful National Grande Café on High Street, Belfast, Sixty6 brings a new dimension to the city’s entertainment offering and is sure to be a popular addition to the Cathedral Quarter this Christmas.
A thoughtful restoration of the building, to the tune of £400,000, has transformed one of the city’s hidden architectural gems, giving it a new lease of life and creating 60 new jobs.
— sixty6 Belfast (@sixty6belfast) December 4, 2014
Set over three floors, Sixty6 conjures the glamour of a classic Victorian Gentleman’s Club; bringing upper levels of the Grade B+ listed former National Bank building back to their former glory.
Original features including high ceilings with intricate cornices, carved wooden pillars, original doors and a distinctive wrought iron and stone staircase have been sympathetically restored. Plush fabrics, furnishings and fittings have been added to update the interior of the striking venue, which dates back to the 1890s.
On the first floor, an intimate cocktail bar will serve a range of innovative drinks seven nights a week, with an impressive range of classic and more experimental ‘Twisted Classic’ cocktails, alongside premium spirits, beers and an impressive Champagne list.
Two custom-built Moët & Chandon tables, with a recess to hold a chilled magnum of Moët, is part of an exciting collaboration with the brand, which is the venue’s house Champagne. A bottle table service, with premium spirits including Absolut Elyx is also available throughout the venue.
On the upper two floors, a nightclub will feature live DJ entertainment from Thursday to Sunday, with access to the venue’s exclusive rooftop terrace via the third floor. A varied music policy spans everything from House, Funk, Disco, Electro Swing and RnB.
The launch of Sixty6 completes a total investment of £1.1m by Beannchor in the venue and the creation of 120 jobs (including 60 created when The National Grande Café opened in September 2013).
Commenting on the announcement, Conall Wolsey, director, Beannchor Group, said: “The launch of the National Grande Café in 2014 was an exciting development for Beannchor and Belfast’s social scene.
“Our £1.1m investment in this venue has now been completed with the launch of Sixty6 and we’re exceptionally proud of the new venue; its opening provides an economic boost not just to the Cathedral Quarter but to the wider hospitality industry as a whole.
“As we continue to grow, we are creating a solid foundation for the development of rewarding long-term careers. As a major employer of over 650 people, Beannchor is committed to investing in its people; these new roles – and all of our employment opportunities – are underpinned by ongoing staff training, development and rewards schemes that will drive the improvement of service standards in our own venues and right across the industry.
“We look forward to welcoming guests to Sixty6 throughout the festive season and beyond.”
Sixty6 is the latest venue to be added to the Beannchor portfolio, which includes over 50 pubs, hotels and restaurants across Northern Ireland, including The Merchant Hotel, The National Grande Café and The Dirty Onion.
Located directly below Sixty6, the highly successful National Grande Café and Garden opened in September 2013 and offers a classic continental café bar experience; open for breakfast at 8am, food and high quality coffees are served throughout the day until 7pm, with relaxed entertainment provided late into the evening.
Sixty6 will officially open to the public on Friday 5th December 2014. For booking enquiries, email email@example.com or call 028 9031 1130.
Sixty6 opening hours:
Cocktail Bar: Monday – Wednesday 8pm – 1am; Thursday – Sunday 8pm-2am
Club: Thursday – Sunday, 8pm-2am
Sixty6 Launch Entertainment Listings (December 2014)*:
Thursdays: Electro Swing, RnB & House over three floors with Steve Latimer. 8pm-1am.
Fridays: House, Funk, Disco & RnB with Dan McKinney & Karl Fitz in cocktail bar and first floor. House & Deep House with Steve Latimer up top. 8pm – 2am.
Saturdays: House, Laidback Vibes & RnB with K-Kru in cocktail bar and first floor. House & Deep House with Bobby Analog up top.
Sundays: Classic House & RnB Anthems over 3 floors with Steve Latimer & Sean McCann.
*DJs subject to change.