Stevie McIntyre is Yelp Belfast’s Community Manager. Stevie is the face of Yelp in Belfast and is responsible for creating money can’t buy experiences for the thriving Yelp community! Yelp is an online urban city guide and app, which helps people find great places to eat, shop, drink, relax, play and much, much more.
Tell us something your mum doesn’t know about you?
I come from a big family so chances are my siblings have already told my mum all my secrets. She probably doesn’t know that I use all her wee catchphrases on a daily basis even though I make fun of her for saying them!
What would you do if you had the keys to the city for the day?
I would turn Stormount and it’s grounds into a massive Yelp event! I’d turn Stormount hill into an obstacle course and turn the debating chamber into an adult jungle gym and have a huge market showcasing all the great local businesses in the grounds. Let’s see if I can get it done, watch this space…
What’s the most interesting discovery you’ve made in Belfast?
This is a really tough question, I make so many every day with my job that it’s hard to point to one in particular.
I suppose my discovery has got to be a food related; Belfast has so many different world cuisines now, Lebanese, Egyptian, Italian, you name it we have it. It seems like we’ve finally escaped the potato!
Which building would you most like to be locked in overnight?
Crumlin Road Goal, I don’t want to be locked in forever, I’ve got to stress that, just overnight. I think the jail is Interesting, spooky, historical and cultural! I’d love to have a proper hoke around. But make sure I have a key to it! My second choice would be Duke of York or maybe it would be a necessity after a night in jail!
My girlfriend gave me free reign, so I’m picking Mila Kunis! I really like the fact that she’s down to earth and secretly dying to just have a pint with the lads, I can picture her chilling in a Belfast pub and hopefully getting the rounds in!
Describe your perfect day in the city?
It’s got to be a long lazy summer’s day. Wake up nice and early and head down to St George’s Market and grab a Belfast Bap in the morning. Then a walk up Cave Hill with a Flat White in hand. After my exercise, I’d hit the pubs round the Cathedral Quarter. Wedged in between my pub crawl I’d pop in to The Hotplate Noshery for their famous wings. I’d end the night with a drink on the rooftop at Robinson & Cleaver and look over this amazing city.
On the way home I’d grab a pizza from PizzaWorks and wake up with the leftovers for the second most perfect day the next day.
Earliest Belfast memory?
I’m actually a Belfast blow in as I grew up in Bangor but I have early memories of coming up to Belfast to go Christmas Shopping and see the Santa in Castlecourt. I also remember when Bill Clinton came to town 20 years ago. I can still remember the feeling that something was changing in the city.
What movie most closely resembles your life story and why?
Good Vibrations – I find the story particularly inspiring. I’m bringing something different to Belfast, a new wave of events, a new sound to the City and I’m also sending out my own good vibrations!
Sum up Belfast in three words?
Happening, revived and welcoming.