Heady days for cocktail lovers as Babel rooftop bar and garden to open at the Bullitt

Conall and Petra Wolsey announce the new 'Babel' rooftop bar and garden which is opening next month at the Bullitt hotel
Gail Bell

SHAKING up Belfast's cocktail scene, the city's latest rooftop bar 'Babel' is set to open at the top of the Bullitt hotel in time for Halloween.

It is part of a £1.75 million expansion at the four-star Ann Street hotel – named after the eponymous Steve McQueen movie – which was opened almost a year ago by Belfast businessman Bill Wolsey and his Beannchor Group.

In addition to the rooftop bar and garden, phase II of the project will see a further 31 new bedrooms added to the Bullitt, creating 30 new jobs and bringing the total number employed at the hotel to 130.

With capacity for 250 people, Babel will include an open-air terrace and a number of few unique features, including an interior 'living' wall made up of 300 fresh plants and herbs.

And, in a 'first' for the city, the drinks menu will be based around ‘Shrub Cocktails' with the bar's living walls providing a fresh supply of herbs which will be used as ingredients and garnishes for customised Babel cocktails.

The venue will also be available for private hire and will have its own food offering, influenced by south and east Asian cuisine.

In addition to the positive economic impact and job creation, the expansion will assist in fulfilling the demand for additional hotel bed space in Belfast, Conall Wolsey, director of Bennchor, said yesterday.

"Bullitt Hotel has been hugely popular since it opened last October," Mr Wolsey said. " The vision behind the hotel is for it to offer much more than a bed space; we want it to be a place where people come to work, relax and socialise.

"The addition of the new rooftop bar and garden will only add to this vision and the stunning views across Belfast were the selling point for us when deciding how to utilise this space."

Babel will open on Sunday October 22 with a special Belvedere Vodka Tasting as part of Belfast Cocktail week.

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