BACK in heady ‘90s MC Hammer was riding high in the charts and on the decks of the Blue Parrot Bar and Nightclub on Strabane’s Castle Street. As the Troubles raged outside, the club was a mecca for the town’s young people.
Pints of cider and blackcurrant were a firm favourite in the bar where hope sprung eternal and where romances blossomed and withered in the smoke-filled nightclub upstairs.
MC Hammer has retired, the Parrot of old has gone the way of the Dodo and the sounds of the nightclub have long since faded. However restaurant owner Anoop Guram, who once worked behind the bar in the legendary club, has breathed new life into the space above Masala Restaurant so heavy with fond memories as a function room and gave it a name that will ring bells with many people in the town – The Blue Parrot.
“I worked behind the bar in the Blue Parrot,” said Anoop. “It was a really busy bar and nightclub. There are so many fabulous memories from this place back in the day. We had music in here six times a week. It was a great spot for live music. We had bands in the bar in the afternoon and then bands and discos at night upstairs. I remember one of the favourite drinks from around those days was a Black Russian – vodka, coke, Tia Maria and Ice. Some people took it in a pint glass. There would be plenty of people who would have great memories of the Blue Parrot. A lot of people would have met their other halves in here and got married. Maybe even some fellas would remember being put out by the scruff of the neck too. There were so many celebrations over the years and many people raising a glass to people’s birthdays, christenings and engagements.
“That’s why we wanted to call it the Blue Parrot. It’s not a bar now, it’s a function room, but it holds so many special memories for people. The people who would have been on the dance floor back in the day will be coming in now to celebrate their birthdays and life’s moments in our function room and restaurant. We still have the original stained glass window from the bar on full display, it will bring back a few nice memories.”
The function room is now open above Masala Restaurant in Castle Street. For more information check out the restaurant’s Facebook page or ring 028 7188 2725 for bookings.
Posted: 12:33 pm April 2, 2017