Bar Profile January 2017 – Bullitt, Belfast
Michael Patterson, food & beverage manager at Bullitt Hotel Belfast, talks to HRNI
Michael Patterson, food & beverage
manager at Bullitt Hotel Belfast
TELL US ABOUT THE BAR
Bullitt Hotel oozes contemporary style throughout its various venues. The Taylor & Clay restaurant has a metropolitan atmosphere created by the roaring asador grill and the headlights of the passing traffic on Victoria Steet, dulled in the tinted windows. This flows into the buzzing Bullitt Bar and the copper-toned Courtyard bar where the lines between interior and outdoor space are blurred. Our aprés ski bar, Baltic, is a cosy nook of hidden charm – the perfect spot for a dram or two of your favourite whiskey.
HOW DO YOU DRIVE SALES?
We like to ensure that each of our venues within the hotel have their own unique personality. Whether you fancy a hot whiskey while enjoying the cool winter air in the courtyard or a Brooklyn to finish off a meal in the restaurant, our staff are enthusiastic about all the products we sell and passionate about sharing their knowledge with our customers. Recently, four of our team won ‘Whiskey Wisdom Distilled – The Powers Challenge’, winning a trip to the Irish Whiskey Academy in Midleton.
WHAT MAKES THE BULLITT BAR A WHISKEY BAR?
A customer’s first sight of Bullitt is the huge sculpture of Jameson Black Barrels, which are the centre point of the Courtyard Bar. They are particularly striking when lit up from within. This is complemented by our range of whiskeys across the different bars in the hotel.
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST-SELLING BRANDS, AND PERSONAL FAVOURITES?
Our biggest-selling whiskey is Jameson Black Barrel due to its rich and full flavour and tropical fruity finish; a sure winner with every recommendation. My personal favourite however, is Powers John’s Lane. It’s unusual to find a whiskey that is simultaneously complex and mellow in this price range.