Home of Belfast's first 'cocktail room'

Feb 06, 2020
Courtesy of: Belfast Historical Museum

The house and two brick buildings built by James Y. McClintock at the corner of High and Spring streets in the mid-19th century underwent many changes over the years. The house at the corner was built as his residence. In 1928 it was converted to the Colonial Inn, a popular inn and restaurant which, in 1935, opened Belfast’s first cocktail room. A tragic fire in 1958 claimed six lives and destroyed the property. The brick building on High Street became the Windsor Hotel Annex in 1922 and burned in 1960. The brick “tenement” block below the inn is now the Spring Street apartment complex.

Courtesy of the Belfast Museum, Doris Wilson Hall collection.

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