The Dark Horse, Belfast

About This Project

The Dark Horse, located in Belfast’s thriving Cathedral Quarter, has become one of Belfast’s most popular tourist hotspots thanks to its iconic décor.

Beautiful antique surroundings, as well as furniture and artefacts from some of Belfast’s most famous hotels and buildings, feature inside the bar – a recurring theme throughout owner Willie Jack’s collection of bars in the area.

Following McCue’s work creating the original outdoor courtyard, the specialist fit-out firm was invited back to further enhance the area, which features distinctive and colourful umbrellas hanging from the ceiling, as well as artistic murals on the walls.

The updated courtyard pays homage to W.B Yates. Words from some of his most famous poems are etched into bespoke bronze doors, which leads visitors from the street into the courtyard.

Within the courtyard, McCue’s expert team laid Caithness stone pavers in a circular formation to guide the eyes to an Irish Oak Tree. The tree is surrounded by bespoke bronze gratings with more of Seamus Heaney’s beautiful words.

A new glass walkway, made with a bespoke bi-folding timber screen, was created from the bar to the outdoor courtyard, enabling three new restrooms to be built within the establishment.

Another fantastic project completed by McCue Crafted Fit that deserves a visit if you’re out and about in Belfast.