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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 rooftop hideaways and traditional snugs. From craft beers and small batch gin, to whiskey walks and marvellous mixology, come and explore all the brilliant way to enjoy Belfast nightlife. 


The Cathedral Quarter 

The buzzing Cathedral Quarter is full of character and one of the most enjoyable places to hang out on a Saturday night, with a mixture of bars, restaurants, theatre and live music, hidden along cobblestone and fairy light lined alleys.

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 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 >>


Traditional Pubs

Find the best traditional pubs with warm, lively atmospheres in Belfast complete with snugs, traditional music sessions and the perfect pint of Guinness.

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 >>

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 >>

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Beer Gardens 

There’s nothing better than sipping a cool drink while basking in the sunshine, so here are some of our favourite beer gardens and chic rooftop bars.

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 artwork. Nip up in the original sliding door lift and find yourself looking over the sights of Belfast whilst sipping a cocktail in the outdoor area or “take a perch” at the bar and sample some delicious beer and gins. 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 >>

Cutters Wharf

Cutters is the go-to summer spot in Belfast when the sun comes out. On the banks of the River Lagan, you can enjoy al fresco dining, cocktails and barbecues throughout the summer months. Read more >>

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Cocktail Bars

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 on Fridays for cocktail offers. Read more >>

Berts Jazz Bar

Berts Jazz Bar encapsulates the sleek elegance of the art-deco era, complemented by the very best in live jazz, fabulous cocktails and mouth-watering food. Find yourself instantly transported back to the chic, intimate jazz bars of 1930s New York as you soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you over a handpicked list of cocktails. Read more >>

Revolución de Cuba

Revolución de Cuba is the ultimate in Cuban food, cocktails and fiesta experiences. The eccentric Cuban spirit has come to Belfast. Expect dazzling handcrafted cocktails, dishes loaded with exotic flavour and full on tropical party vibes that are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before. Read more >>


Live Music Bars

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 >>

Fibber Magee's

Steeped in Irish tradition and packed to the rafters with little bits of history, Fibber Magee’s is the genuine article. Pull up a stool by the open fire and enjoy tunes of traditional musicians, every night of the week, in this snug bar at the back of Robinsons. Read more >>

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Craft Beer Bars

Sunflower Public House

Sunflower is a simple corner pub, instantly recognisable by the security cage on its front door, a relic from 1980’s Belfast. Hearty bowls of stew are served on Fridays and Saturdays with fresh wheaten bread, which go hand-in-hand with pints of locally brewed ale from Hilden Brewery. Craft beers from America, Denmark and Argentina are available, as well as more local offerings. 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 >>

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Explore Distilleries and Breweries

Tour local distilleries and enjoy tasters from local producers to discover the craft behind quality spirits made in Belfast and beyond. 

Taste and Tour

There are a number of tours in and around Belfast where you can taste and learn more about your favourite tipple. Take a Gin Jaunt around Belfast, visiting 5 of the best gin bars trying 7 very different gins, learning all about styles, garnishes, cocktails and more. Take a Whiskey Walk around the Cathedral Quarter with an Irish Whiskey Ambassador or take a Brewery Tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of Northern Ireland's most interesting breweries, with plenty of beer included along the way! Read more >>

Distillery & Brewery Tours 

Old Bushmills Distillery is Ireland's oldest working distillery. Take a tour and discover how Bushmills Whiskey is crafted in the small village of Bushmills, settled on the banks of the river where family and friends have worked for generations. Visit Echlinville Distillery on the Ards Peninsula where the popular Jawbox Gin is produced and enjoy a few drams at the end of the tour. Rademon Estate Distillery is where Shortcross Gin is created, and one of the oldest historic estates in Ireland. Shortcorss Gin is now the most awarded gins in Ireland and a tour of Rademon will walk you through the fascinating distillation process from harvesting local botanicals to bottling the finished product on site.


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