Beer Gardens in Northern Ireland
Get the luck of the Irish and make your way to one of the best beer gardens in Northern Ireland.
If the sun is shining and you are planning on heading out for a few drinks with friends there is only one place you should go – a beer garden! And we have found some of the best in Northern Ireland for you so you don’t have to spend the time researching anything. Whatever type of vibe you are after or the style of pub or bar, below you will find a range of different beer gardens to suit all types of people. Have a browse below and see which is your favourite and which ones you might head to on your next day out - we have some amazing group activities in Belfast for you to include into your plans too!
1. The Jailbird Garden Bar
40-42 James St, Cookstown | Website
The Jailbird Garden Bar is known for being a modern day speakeasy where you can enjoy delicious cocktails, drinks and a bite to eat during your time there. The bar itself is behind TIME nightclub and is in what once was an old jail that dates back as far as the 1800’s – hence the name! So get ready to soak up the sun, enjoy an abundance of cocktails and take in the views of this quirky establishment for a few hours of fun!
2. Duke Of York
7-11 Commercial Ct, Belfast | Website
Down the cobbled streets of the historic Cathedral Quarter is where you will find The Duke of York. If you are after traditional Belfast craic, music, humour and a venue that has a huge outdoor area that joins all the other lively streets then this is the place for you. The Duke of York is also home to Northern Irelands largest whiskey selection and has won awards for it in the past! You will easily spot where it is too as the cobbled street is lined with red tables and chairs.
3. The Secret Garden at Filthy McNasty’s
45 Dublin Rd, Belfast | Website
Filthy McNasty’s is a quirky basement bar that has some unusual décor along with some delicious pizza available and a great selection of drinks. But inside you will find an entrance to The Secret Garden, a garden and roof terrace that will transport you from all the hustle and bustle. Inside this tranquil setting you can enjoy outdoor fairy lights, open fires, water features and DJ sets in the summer months. Whether you are doing a casual catch up or a private party this is definitely the place to go.
4. CARGO By Vertigo
Titanic Quarter, Belfast | Website
Inside the Titanic Quarter you will find Cargo By Vertigo. Vertigo is known for its inflatable course for kids and adults but Cargo is Belfast’s number one adults only spot for delicious food, drinks and an unbeatable setting. Whether you are wanting to drink in the day or have a night out with friends then Cargo By Vertigo will be the perfect place to go. There are also plenty of outdoor fires to keep you warm in the evening.
5. The Dirty Onion And Yardbird
3 Hill St, Belfast | Website
The Dirty Onion is a bar and upstairs is the Yardbird that is a rotisserie chicken restaurant. You can go for a bite to eat and then head downstairs and enjoy some drinks with friends. The Dirty Onion is home to one of the biggest beer gardens in Belfast. There is entertainment here every night of the week and it is free to enter all week too! From traditional Irish music to contemporary live bands you will always be entertained here.
6. Cutters Wharf
Lockview Road, Belfast | Website
Cutters Wharf is a bar and river grill with beautiful terraces overlooking the river. Whether you are after a place to enjoy a casual bite to eat or some drinks with friends the terrace is always open for all! You can even hire the terrace out if you are wanting to put together a large celebration. The terraces all have retractable awnings, blinds and outdoor heaters to keep you warm no matter what the weather is.
7. Town Square
45 Botanic Ave, Belfast | Website
Town Square in Belfast has ‘The Café’ a coffee shop / restaurant that can offer you breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or casual drinks with friends. In the day it is usually busy with people eating breakfast, grabbing a coffee, working on their laptops and that continues to the afternoon. But in the evening there are more social gatherings along with events and gigs that are always extremely busy. The outdoor space is a large one with fairy lights, picnic benches and great craic.
12-18 Bradbury Pl, Belfast | Website
Lavery’s is a venue that is across three floors and is open 7 days a week, there are 9 different spaces across these three floors so you will find something to suit your group. Outside there are 4 different areas. The Back Roof Terrace where you can go all year round as it is covered and heated. The Cobbles is the original beer garden and has been a part of the bar since it opened. The Front Roof Terrace where you can enjoy the sun and sit on the long benches. And finally the newest addition is The Shipyard where you can enjoy food and drinks outside.
9. Babel Belfast
70-74 Ann St, Belfast | Website
On the rooftop of the Bullitt Hotel you will find Babel, a rooftop bar and garden that can provide you with stunning panoramic views of the city. They play laid-back urban and hip hop music so you can expect the vibe to be relaxed and the perfect place to chill with friends. As well as great music they also have classic and modern twist cocktails along with homemade sourdough pizzas on offer for everyone.
10. Grace Neill’s
33 High St, Donaghadee | Website
Grace Neills is considered to be one of the oldest pubs in Ireland. It was established back in 1611 and has been welcoming customers ever since. There is a bistro, lounge, snug and beer garden available where you can enjoy food, live music, cocktails and more every night of the week! The beer garden has open fires, a garden bar and TVs to watch various events. It’s a great place to go if you are going to or are around the area.
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