14th Apr 2019 in Arts

Joe Lindsay is well known on the local arts and music scene, for his DJ-ing and club night and event promotion as well as his broadcasting work for BBC and RTE.


Tonight he joins forces with Ronan O’Donnell to once again host one of the highlights on the Belfast Film Festival calendar – the BFF quiz! (At time of writing, there are still tickets left, so not too late to pit your wits against these mighty quizmasters!)

But before he puts your knowledge to the test, we decided to sit Joe down and grill him on what he loves about our beloved Cathedral Quarter…

Best pint?

The key to enjoying a good pint is not just the pour or the tipple, it’s about environment as well. I’d have to go with either Bittles or The Duke Of York. Bittles is quite simply an absolute joy. A beautiful bar, festooned with local artwork themed around local political, sporting and cultural figures, with a very fine selection of whiskies and an absolutely perfect pint of Guinness. John, the guv’nor, is my favourite barman in Belfast. He loves the industry and it shows, plus the music he plays in the bar is always interesting and a few unexpected gems always pop up. The Duke is such a beautiful pub and all. Willie Jack’s collection of ephemera that adorn the bar is fantastic, a real feast for the eyes. The bar staff are absolute legends and you always get a warm welcome. Again, a killer pint of Guinness. But let’s get a shout out to my favourite boozer in town, the Sunflower. And its absolutely knockout pizza from Boxing Hare.

Best arts/cultural/music venue and who/what did you last see there?

The Black Box. Without a doubt. The arts scene in Belfast would be so much worse off if it didn’t exist. It’s members truly care about the arts and culture in Belfast and they are incredibly helpful to anyone who wants to put on anything in there. It’s a place I’m probably in most in the quarter. I’ve DJed in it, acted on its stage, put on film screenings there and have enjoyed so many events there. I’d hate to see it go. Last gig I saw in there was The Liminanas as part of David Holmes/Strange Victory’s God’s Waiting Room. One of the best gigs I’ve seen in a long time.

Best art gallery?

In the quarter? The walls of the quarter are the best gallery. Conor Harrington’s mural on the side of the Black Box is astonishing, I love his work.

Best place to splash the cash

I’m not one for splashing cash, to be honest and it isn’t a wile expensive place anyway, but a cocktail in Bert’s. My palate is by no means expert when it comes to cocktails, but I reckon they do the best in the city.

Most iconic landmark?

Bill Harris. He’s not a landmark as such but he’s an absolute legend who embodies much of what the quarter is/should be about.

Biggest hipster magnet?

Established coffee for sure. Bring a laptop. Don’t wear socks

Best place to eat?

Coppi. Every single time. Closely followed by Buba.

Best coffee?

Established. They know their onions. Well, beans.

What’s the Cathedral Quarter’s best kept secret?

Not so much a secret, but you can have a pint in the Spaniard and get a burger delivered from their sister ship Pablo’s. One of the best burgers in the city.

You have 24 hours in the Cathedral Quarter – how would you spend it?

Stay in The Merchant if you’ve plenty of cash to ‘splash’, breakfast in The MAC, great selection of that sort of thing, ya know, a wee scone or something. Really good coffee an’ all. Have a dander round the MAC, there are always exhibitions to see. Have a walk round and check out the murals, go in and have a look at St Anne’s Cathedral if it’s open. Absolutely stunning. Have lunch in the Curated Kitchen cafe facing the Cathedral. I suppose it could be considered a lesser known almost-secret. They do beautiful, fresh, healthy soups and sandwiches. Dinner at Coppi or Buba, then a pint in the Duke. Beaut.


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