The Most Popular Drink in Stormont’s Members Bar?

As the son of a Donegal born bar manager who spent most of his working life in Belfast, I like to sit up and listen when Belfast Barman(ager) has something to say.

He’s been looking at some facts and figures about what they drink in the members bar in Stormont (yep, they’ve got one)… What struck me was just how abstemious they all are…

– The annual turnover of the Members’ bar for the past 3 financial years i.e. 01 April to 31 March is as follows:

2011-12 – £13,399.51

2012-13 – £11,838.50

2013-14 – £7,612.75

I think from memory that the joyous last week of the Star and Garter pub in Holywood at the of 1969 shipped cool £1,000 in old money. Not bad when a bottle of stout was a mere 1s 1d.

In all the bars of Leinster House on one particularly busy night they managed to pot nearly the whole turnover of Stormont’s Members bar in one sitting.

Belfast Barman(ager) was less than impressed:

Stormont is running a shebeen, and throwing money at an industry it has no grasp of understanding…whilst hard working businesses outside the iron gates have to tighten the purse strings to make ends meet, no such worries up in the ivory tower.

What strikes me is a thought from the other side of the table. Why are our MLAs NOT using the bar more often. The tough answer might be because they are barely there and are rarely under the kind of pressure to make the sort of deal that means you need drink.

Oh, and the most popular drink. That would ah, be, ah, an Americano Coffee

Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts sent to your email.

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.