Most local bar’s have smoking areas as NI is smoke free indoors since 2006. Check out Visit Belfast’s list of popular Pubs and Clubs

Cathedral Quarter is an atmospheric, cool part of town!

  • 39 Gordon Street – a wide range of cocktails, craft beers and live music
  • Bert’s Jazz bar (Merchant Hotel) – Transport yourself back to the Art Deco glamour of 1930’s New York and the Jazz Age in Belfast’s only dedicated Jazz bar and restaurant
  • Black Box – Performance, arts venue and bar, serving homemade pizza’s Wednesday-Sunday from 5.30pm
  • The Cloth Ear (Merchant Hotel) – Craft beers, a fine portfolio of Irish & international whiskeys and contemporary & classic cocktails
  • The Dirty Onion – Traditional Irish pub with a modern twist. Home to one of Belfast’s biggest beer gardens and a cozy peat fire inside.
  • Duke of York – Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area, the Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour. Check out the street art in the courtyard outside!
  • Ulster Sports Club – one of Belfast’s newest music venues, it has embraced the former social club’s retro feel, turning it into a venue with “a heavy lean to the left-of-centre”
  • The Berliner – This old victorian pub has been reborn as this cool drinking, dining and nightlife hub with excellent pub grub & elegant cocktails
  • Harp Bar – Independent draught beers, an extensive whiskey library and live music every night!
  • John Hewitt – Traditional Irish bar featuring traditional Irish music, owned by The Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre
  • The MAC – MAC Cafe bar serves the most popular locally brewed and distilled beers, cider and spirits
  • The National & Sixty6 – Stylish and downright sharp, sixty6 is situated above The National Grande Café and features three floors of “fabulous”! It has a 4th floor club, a luxurious 50s themed ‘downtime’ drinking lounge, a chic rooftop and an intimate cocktail bar, all under one decadent roof!
  • The Spaniard – With a mix of Spanish and rock music sensibilities this good-time bar specialises in rum
  • The Sunflower – Sunflower is a simple corner pub, it is free of gimmicks or themes, and it is one of the few remaining pubs with a security cage on its front door, a relic from 1980’s Belfast.

City Centre

  • The Crown Liquor Saloon – A traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its heartily classic pub food. Dating back to 1826, it is now owned by the National Trust and has been sympathetically restored over the years.
  • Kelly’s Cellars – Built in 1720, Kelly’s is Belfast’s oldest traditional Irish pub. It’s famous for the best pint of Guinness in Belfast, served with homemade Irish beef stew.
  • Kitchen Bar – The Kitchen Bar is a Belfast institution dating back to 1859 where visitors experience a full range of drinks, home-cooked traditional food, entertainment and great craic
  • The Jailhouse – The Jailhouse is tucked away in Belfast’s historic Joy’s Entry. Restored as part of the Joys Entry project, the aim was to keep as much of the original character of the building as possible.r and a great outdoor smoking area.
  • Mc Hughs – McHughs is housed in Belfast’s oldest building, dating back to 1711. Now a listed building, McHughs Bar has been sympathetically restored to its Georgian splendour and is a focal point in both Belfast’s gastronomic and nightlife scenes.
  • Muriel’s – Ambient and quirky little bar boasting an outstanding collection of over 100 types of gin!
  • The Perch – A rooftop bar and destination for cocktails and pizzas
  • Revolución de Cuba – Opulent, French baroque-style bar-restaurant offering modern gastropub fare, live music and cabaret
  • Robinsons – This Victorian pub is filled with Titanic memorabilia and has an upstairs bistro and sleek club
  • White’s Tavern – Cozy traditional Irish pub featuring open fires and oak beams, White’s was given the first tavern license in Belfast, granted in 1630

Botanic/University Quarter

  • Five Points – The Five Points, Whiskey & Alehouse is home to great drinks, live traditional music and unreal craic 7 nights a week
  • Laverys – Long-standing traditional bar with sport on TV, a pool room with 18 tables, and a roof terrace
  • Liquor XXX – Latin Spirited Cocktail Bar
  • Town Square – Contemporary, rustic in bar with a restaurant and cafe attached
  • Woodworkers – Offering the best craft beers from around the world on six rotating taps, plus an array of delicious bottled beers and cans, cocktails, premium spirits, wine and more. Draught beers change throughout the week, and the up-to-date peg-board indicates what’s available now and next. Plus, many of the craft beers we offer are exclusive to the island of Ireland.