Best Bars in Belfast
If you’re planning to spend your time in Belfast, the great capital of Northern Ireland, you’ll be pleased to know it is home to many fun bars to party at to suit any kind of celebration.
Attempting to visit Belfast’s many bars would take up your entire weekend, with many of them not worth your while. Knowing which bars are worth popping into is always good so you can use the rest of your time doing something else, like participating in fun activities. So, we’ve decided to help research the best bars in Belfast for you. We have discovered a good mix of cosy modern venues and historic buildings with traditional Irish vibes to suit whatever party weekend you want.
1. The Dirty Onion
Located in one of the city’s oldest buildings, The Dirty Onion is a surprisingly modern bar with the authentic Irish pub feel. Amongst the mixed crowd and Irish music, you can grab yourselves a pint or a delicious cocktail. If you’re feeling some food in the middle of your drinks, then head on upstairs to the Yardbird, a rotisserie restaurant serving up some clucking good chicken to prevent you from descending into the dark realm of “passed out”.
3 Hill St | Website
2. Muriel's Café Bar
When you’re exploring Belfast, make sure you pay a visit to Church Lane where you’ll find Muriel’s café bar. This quirky bar has some elements of class to it and makes for a comfy sit-in with the girls as you share some drinks together. The drinks list is huge so whether you desire a fruity cocktail, gin & tonic or a cider, you can rely on Muriel’s to have pretty much anything you’d like. At certain times of the year (e.g. valentines), Muriel’s shows off their underwear hanging from the ceiling and its that comedic value that makes this place such a great laugh.
12-14 Church Ln | Website
3. The Perch Rooftop Bar
Converted from an old Victorian warehouse into a trendy rustic bar, The Perch offers a lively scene that sits comfortably somewhere between a chilled-out pub and a headbanging nightclub. The bar serves both indoor and outdoor areas with a DJ playing great music throughout day and night. You could be relaxing outside with cocktails and pizzas with the ladies or hitting the dancefloor and going wild to some of your favourite tunes. The original window and brick-clad features have been preserved with birdcages adorning the place which really creates a cool atmosphere to party in.
42 Franklin St | Website
4. Sweet Afton
If you want to treat your hen to an amazing meal as well as a party of drinks, then it has to be at Sweet Afton. This modern and stylish bar proves to be a very cosy, chilled out bar where you can catch up with the ladies over some amazing food and drink. Delicious European food, cocktails and wine are all on the menu for you to enjoy all within a relaxed yet energetic environment.
12 Brunswick St | Website
Like Muriel’s, Bootleggers is also tucked away on Church Lane and is a fantastic food choice as well as a place for drinks. On top of the extensive choice of cocktails, beers, ciders and gins, you could be dining with the girls in a warm and welcoming environment with delicious burgers and tacos (to name a few). Bootleggers has a laid-back and comfortable vibe with a nod to 1920s prohibition days with the décor, although its far from lacking any alcohol inside these walls.
46 Church Ln | Website
6. Bert's Jazz Bar
If you're a fan of themed bars then Bert's Jazz Bar in Belfast is the place to go! Themed after a 1930s New York jazz bar, this eclectic hotspot is situated in the iconic Merchant Hotel in the heart of the city. Specialising in exciting cocktails and hosting live jazz music throughout the week, this cosy and atmospheric Belfast bar is a great choice.
16 Skipper St | Website
7. The Rusty Saddle
Right on the doorstep of City Hall is The Rusty Saddle, a fantastic modern bar with a club-like atmosphere inside. Despite its contemporary feel, this Belfast bar serves up classic pub grub and all the big-name pints you know and love. Staying open 'til late on the weekends, this is a great plcace to enjoy a night out in the city.
21 Howard St | Website
8. Robinsons Bar
As this is known as the Titanic City, take yourselves to Robinsons Bar and enjoy the unique and vibrant Titanic-themed décor inside whilst enjoying a drink or two! This stylish city centre bar also features a great bistro upstairs, so you're never too far away from a tasty bite to eat here either!
38-40 Great Victoria St | Website
9. The Thirsty Goat
Another exciting modern venue that also hosts a range of live music acts is The Thirsty Goat. Situated in the city's Cathedral Quarter, this Belfast bar is noted for its stunning interior as well as its epic beer garden. Serving up pub grub throughout the week and open 'til late with the exception of Sundays, this bar should definitely be on your list of places to go.
1 Hill St | Website
10. Cosgroves Bar
Situated on the corner of King Street is the awesome Cosgroves Bar Belfast. A classic, no-frills Irish pub with amazing food and plenty of live music to keep you entertained. Inside, this cosy and comfortable venue is a great place to kick back and relax with a pint of Guinness, which this bar claims to serve the best of!
34-36 King St | Website
11. Santeria Belfast
Sister bar to Voodoo, Santeria Belfast is a cosy and intimate bar in the city centre that's perfect for a chilled-out drink. Open 'til the early hours of the morning, this awesome venue specialises in amazing cocktails, coffee and everything in between. With a modern and cosy interior and situated right by all the hustle and bustle of Belfast, there's no reason not to visit here.
19 Fountain St | Website
12. Margot Belfast
With some of the most inventive cocktails in the city, Margot Belfast is an international-inspired bar specialising in small plates and great drinks. With big screens for live sports events, this is also a great place to catch the football or rugby. As well as their signature food menu, this bar also hosts Belfast Woodfired Pizza Co, serving up customers throughout the week.
18 Donegall Square E. | Website
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