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Belfast Nightlife

There are plenty of reasons to get out and about in Belfast when the sun goes down, from pubs and clubs to theatre and gigs.


The Dirty Onion

The Dirty Onion is located in one of Belfast's oldest buildings, with real Irish music and craic 7 nights a week. Dating back to 1780, the building was used as a bonded spirit warehouse from 1921. The distinctive external wooden structure is another original feature - it frames the venue’s beer garden at the front. Read more >>

The Perch – Rooftop Bar

The Perch Rooftop Bar is a space like no other in Belfast, with a beautiful large centre bar, surrounded by original window features, brick clad walls and adorned with birdcages and similarly themed artwork. Nip up in the original sliding door lift and find yourself looking over the sights of Belfast whilst sipping a cocktail in our outdoor area or “take a perch” at the bar and sample some of our delicious beer and gins. Read more >>

Alibi Belfast

Alibi focuses on Bourbon served with a twist. The ground floor bar offers an array of premium spirits, cocktails and food, with live entertainment throughout the week, while the first floor hosts a boutique space, open Friday’s and Saturday’s; home to some of the best of local DJ’s. Read more >> 

Apartment Bar

With stunning views of Belfast City Hall, this stylish bar boasts award-winning cocktails and an extensive drinks menu, and often has live music. Call in between 4pm and 8pm daily for £4 cocktails. Read more >>

The Duke of York

Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway, this traditional Belfast bar is crammed with original mirrors and memorabilia. Cold beer, great Guinness and a huge selection of Irish whiskeys are enjoyed by both visitors and locals. Read More >>

The Empire

Situated on Botanic Avenue, this converted church hosts more than its fair share of events. With a rolling schedule of comedy nights, salsa dancing and folk and blues singers, as well as a full musical calendar, The Empire is a great night out. Read more >>

Lavery’s Belfast

Lavery’s is Belfast’s oldest family-owned pub, at the heart of the city’s social life for almost 100 years with a grand total of four bars, two roof gardens, a street-level beer garden and Northern Ireland’s largest pool room. Whether it’s exciting club nights, live music, comedy, live sport or free entertainment, Lavery’s offers something for everyone. Read more >> 

Kelly's Cellars

Kelly's Cellars is one of Belfast's oldest traditional Irish pub, situated in the heart of the city. Described as "a hidden gem that oozes old traditional values", it's famous for a pint of Guinness, served with homemade Irish beef stew. Read more >>

The Northern Whig

Set in the stylish Cathedral Quarter, the Northern Whig is housed in the old Northern Whig and Newsletter newspaper office. With Communist statues from Soviet-era Prague, luxurious chandeliers and impossibly high ceilings, the Northern Whig is quite an experience. It boasts a cocktail list with over 100 offerings, including a plethora of in-house creations. Read more >>

Crown Liquor Saloon

Discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its heartily classic pub food. The Crown is both ageless and priceless, a gem of Victoriana and one of the great bars of the world. Dating back to 1826, it is now owned by the National Trust and has been sympathetically restored over the years. Read more >>

The National Grande Cafe

The National boasts an extensive drinks selection and the largest beer garden in Belfast – the perfect spot for an evening get together or a break from a hard day's shopping. Read more >>

Garrick Bar

Established in 1870, The Garrick offers a range of locally sourced and freshly prepared dishes, over 60 local and international bottled beers and ciders and live music four days a week. Read more >>


Please remember to drink responsibly. Find out more at www.drinkaware.co.uk or take the DrinkIQ test.