Music and Reviews from Clare, Limerick, Waterford and sometimes further afield

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Jazz at Berts in The Merchant Belfast

By Guest Blogger John Hartery

Belfast has been working hard on its tourism potential and offerings for the visitor. We found another reason to go there.  What a thrill  to find on a Monday night a  late night jazz bar that is promoted as 
 'find yourself instantly transported back to the chic, intimate jazz bars of 1930s New York as you soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you'

It delivered on just that!  The bar is Berts which is the house bar of The Merchant Hotel in Skipper Street. 

Kevin & Scott
Seven nights a week there is live jazz  in a bar that is styled on the classic  New York music and dining combination and similar in ambition to Ronnie Scotts of London.  What a great addition to the live music scene in Belfast with great food too! When we visited we enjoyed the great vocals of Kevin Morrow accompanied by  the excellent Scott Flanigan on the piano. Over a two hour set we were treated to soft jazz standards from the duo. They  also play in the Burlington and Hampton hotels in Dublin.

A terrific venue,  excellent live entertainment and  great food.

John Hartery

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