Nightlife / Bars
Belfast nightlife has developed a reputation for being fun, and colourful, and there something on every day of the week. From the lively pub culture, to a rooftop cocktail bar, a beer garden or a nightclub, you will find something do no matter what you consider a good time. Belfast nightlife allows you to cut loose, enjoy great food, music and drink, you are guaranteed to not be disappointed. The choice is yours from a traditional Irish pub with live music, to a classy jazz bar, or some underground techno. Below are a few venues to give you a taste of what Belfast has to offer.
Limelight is an entertainment complex consisting of a dance club, a live music venue, a traditional bar and a rooftop terrace. If you are looking for a great spot to catch up with friends or get your body moving on the dance floor Limelight is a great choice.
The Belfast EmpireView More
It’s a little ironic that on of Belfast’s most popular drinking holes is a converted 19th century Victorian church making the Belfast Empire both visually impressive and acoustically sound. This hugely popular venue is host to the best of the local, national, and international touring comedians as well as live music gigs. So eat, drink and enjoy the electric atmosphere The Belfast Empire has to offer.
Black BoxView More
The Black Box is a unique and innovative arts venue, providing a space for artists to experiment, create new work and a platform to showcase their work. As a multi-purpose space for live music, film, comedy, theatre, science, spoken word, visual arts, and festivals, Black Box provides audiences with the best contemporary and cultural experience.
The Crown Liquor SaloonView More
The Crown is both ageless and considered one of the most famous pubs in Belfast. It was once one of the iconic Victorian Gin Palaces in the city and it still boasts many of its original features. The bar is beautiful, with it’s stained-glass windows and long red granite topped altar style bar, it truly is eye catching.
Duke of YorkView More
Located in the bustling Cathedral Quarter. Known for the history of Belfast distilling which is visible on bric-a-brac inside, the murals, the Belfast phrases covering the place. Everything on display is original and true Belfast, its got provenance. Added to that are the new murals from guest artists which cover most of the walls outside.
Harp BarView More
Nestled in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast, The Harp Bar once acted as a bonded warehouse for Old Bushmills Distillery. Today, the new and improved Harp Bar welcomes people from all over the world, searching for the true spirit of Belfast. Customers can soak up the atmosphere and enjoy music by local bands and musicians, feast on dulse and crisps and sample the array of local whiskeys, draught beers and traditional H&W Belfast Coffee.
The John HewittView More
The John Hewitt Pub, located in the Cathedral Quarter, right in the centre of Belfast, is one of the most famous Pubs in the Country. The Hewitt focuses on Live Music, support of the Arts, and really really really good beer.
The Dirty OnionView More
Located in the Cathedral Quarter and offering one of the biggest beer gardens in Belfast. Entertainment is provided 7 nights a week, with a strong focus on contemporary live bands and acoustic acts. Free entry every night!
The Thirsty GoatView More
Proud of their line-up of Live Entertainment celebrating local talent from Belfast and the surrounding Providence. Relax to a Trad Session on a lazy afternoon or sing along to the Live Band that has the crowd rockin’ in the Beer Garden.
Kelly’s CellarsView More
Live music in the bar 6 nights a week, with Monday being the quiet evening. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening are traditional Irish music nights, with excellent local musicians coming together by the fireside to bring you some of the best Trad music in the city. Kick-off is about 8:30 or 9pm, and they play until midnight. Friday and Saturday evenings will feature local talent, usually in the form of one- or two-piece acts.
Established since 1895, Robinson’s bar is one of Belfast longest running bars. There is something to suit everyone with five venues under one roof – Saloon, Fibbers, Bistro, Pool Loft and Lounge.
Fibber MageesView More
Steeped in Irish tradition and packed to the rafters with bits of history, Fibber Magee’s is the genuine article and is one of Belfast’s most renowned spots for live Irish folk music. Pull up a stool by the fire, sip a pint of stout and enjoy the tunes. With fiddles, pipes and bodhráns… the craic is guaranteed 7 nights a week!
Whites TavernView More
an Irish bar located in Belfast city centre. The first Tavern license in Belfast was granted in 1630 to the building of Whites Tavern, making it Belfasts oldest bar. From the 1600’s through to the 1700’s the entire alley housed many wine and spirit merchants, giving the alleyway the name “Winecellar Entry.”
McHugh’s bar dates back to 1711 making it the oldest surviving building in Belfast.
Tipsy BirdView More
A quirky late night cocktail bar located on Anne St in Belfast’s city centre and offering amazing cocktails and live music throughout the week The Tipsy Bird is well known for its stunning setting and vibe
Revolucion de Cuba BelfastView More
Belfast’s authentic Cuban bar and restaurant within a breath-taking Art Nouveau building in the heart of the city. Freshly prepared Latin menus, inspired and innovative cocktails and – yep, you guessed it – plenty of rum.
Sweet AftonView More
Showing all major sporting fixtures across big screens! Live Music every Wednesday to Sunday!
Rusty SaddleView More
Located on Howard Street in the heart of Belfast city centre.
Northern WhigView More
Situated at the entrance to the Cathedral Quarter with a great cocktail list!
Pug UglysView More
Pug Uglys, old dog, new tricks bringing you a quirky Irish venue in the heart of Belfast. Pub with food, live music, comedy, quiz night, sport and more.
Franklins Sports BarView More
A dedicated sports bar with 14 large screens and the biggest indoor screen in N.I. Sports shown include, local teams such as the Belfast Giants and Ulster Rugby. There is also coverage of GAA and Irish Premiership games.
The KremlinView More
Cocktail bar, disco bar and dancefloors in stylish Soviet-themed gay club with PAs and theme nights.
The MaverickView More
Located at the heart of Belfast’s Rainbow Quarter, The Maverick bar is open 7 days a week, serving an extensive selection of cocktails, draught beers, spirits and fine wines. From drag shows & live music, to DJs and karaoke, The Maverick offers free entertainment every night of the week.
Union StreetView More
Union Street have a jammed packed week every week here in the bar with karaoke nights, cabaret, live music, drag queens, a smartphone quiz and much more!
Lux NightclubView More
Located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, LUX is a nightclub that is great for those looking for a fabulous night of drinking and dancing with friends.