For Belfast Times readers of a certain age, making the weekly trek to Kellys nightclub in Portrush was a rite of passage during those heady days at university.
However, it would be fair to say that in recent times the shine has gone off this iconic nightspot, but this is all set to change with the opening of The DeerStalker Bar & Bistro.
Creating 35 jobs, this new 6,500 sq. ft refurbishment project will see a 120 seat bar and bistro in the Kellys complex, as well as an extensive refurbishment of the 17 room Golf Links Hotel.
Operated by local hotelier, Peter Wilson who is Managing Director of Kellys, and nephew of the venue’s founder, the late James Wilson, the family-owned Kellys complex has welcomed hundreds of thousands of party goers across five decades and employs more than 120 full and part time staff across the 3 bars, hotel, nightclub and caravan park.
The interior incorporates a range of bespoke features in a nod to the venue’s original DeerStalker bar, the North Coast venue expects to attract golfers, tourists, locals and visitors from the Golf Links Caravan Park.
Peter Wilson, who has been at the helm of the venue since 2005 said, “Staying true to the heritage of the original DeerStalker bar which was founded by my uncle in 1972, I wanted to create a comfortably traditional bar with a countryside-inspired feel while introducing some new and updated features. The new bar will offer guests a relaxed space for enjoying a drink and traditional pub-grub snacks as well as streaming live sport while the refurbishment of the complex’s existing bars and hotel allows us to continue to provide the highest level of hospitality and entertainment.”
The existing bars and restaurants in the area have made the North Coast synonymous with excellent hospitality, so this new venue has a lot to live up to – but the lavish surroundings and excellent food already being served up makes me confident it will hit the mark. All we need now is some sunny weather and if they can get that on the menu, I will happily do some stalking this summer on the North Coast. See you all there!
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