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Bars and nightlife in Belfast

Top bars

Pub
“This bar is located in Belfasts Cathedral Quarter which connects many bars via narrow cobble stone streets. the thing I like about this bar is that most of the people sit outside on the street with their drinks, and they play live music and serve food, which creates a festival type atmosphere. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Pub
“This historical gem is worth a visit to get a glimpse at how a "private area" pub was like.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
“Belfast’s latest Cathedral Quarter experience. Good food, live music and great atmosphere. 300 years old building. Open 7 nights a week. Traditional Irish music. Free entry every night”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
“Kellys cellar is probably my favourite bar in Belfast and at over 300 years old, it looks and feels it. You can enjoy a nice pint of Guinness while listening to some traditional Irish music in the warmth of an open fire. Very cosy.. :) They also serve food upstairs. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“Usually packed at the weekend, this place is a firm favourite with locals. You'll usually find great music and a buzzing atmosphere!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Pub
“Named after a local Chemist, Horatio Todds houses a good restaurant & a lively bar. Popular with locals, it serves a good selection of beers, wines, spirits & cocktails. There's a large outside are with seating & heating. Has live music and a firiendly clientele”
  • 23 locals recommend
Pub
“Long-established bar which serves craft beers. Popular with locals on a Friday night and during sporting events. It is on the Ormeau Road which is an up-and-coming popular area in South Belfast. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“ A bit off the beaten track, Sunflower is a simple corner pub instantly recognisable by the security cage on its front door, a relic from 1980’s Belfast. While the cage is no longer needed for security reasons it has been kept and preserved as part of the city’s social history. There is a great beer garden with outdoor pizza oven!”
  • 24 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Cocktail Bar
“Situated at the entrance to Belfast's thriving Cathedral Quarter.... Berts encapsulates the sleek elegance of the art-deco era, complemented by live jazz, fabulous cocktails and mouth watering food. Find yourself instantly transported back to the chic, intimate jazz bars of 1930's New York as you soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you. A handpicked list of cocktails completes an extensive drinks selection. A French bistro style menu is complemented by an extensive wine list and, of course, exemplary service.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Night Club
“Oldest bar in Belfast, great food during the day, traditional Irish music at night and big open fire. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Night Club
“Great for live music (get tickets online prior to going) - lots of big and up and coming names.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Nightclub
“The Kremlin Nightclub is Northern Ireland’s biggest gay nightclub. Compromising of four bars and two dance floors, Kremlin is a must visit for gay travelers to Belfast!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Night Club
“Graze is probably one of the best restaurants in Ballyhackamore. Head here for some fine dining.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“The Bot probobly one of the most famous pubs in South Belfast a great sports venue popular with students from the nearby university”
  • 7 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Located on Bradbury Place, in the heart of the Queen’s Quarter, ALIBI focuses on Bourbon served with a twist and excellent customer service. Open Monday – Saturday from 5pm”
  • 2 locals recommend
Nightclub
“Ollie's club at The Merchant Hotel... Belfast's most sophisticated nightclub!”
  • 2 locals recommend

Music venues

General Entertainment
“The SSE Arena is a large venue which holds various events such as music concerts, but it is also home to our very own (and quite successful) ice hockey team, the Belfast Giants. The games start at 7pm and are really good fun and full of great atmosphere that you would expect at a large sporting event. LETS GO GIANTS, LETS GO .!! XD The arena is also connected to a larger complex that has eateries, bars and a games arcade and bowling ally. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Great Live Music most nights of the week. Check out Ken Haddocks Supper Club for a chilled acoustic session.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“This landmark city events venue stages the best in arts and entertainment as well as hosts major conferences and business events. Belfast Waterfront has welcomed more than five million visitors, staged more than 3,000 entertainment events and hosted more than 2,000 conferences since it opened in 1997. Belfast Waterfront is now one of the world's leading conference centres and is a top destination for national and international performers. Facilities: Main auditorium Studio 2 multi-purpose, divisible spaces suitable for conferences, exhibitions and gala dinners Meeting rooms Exhibition facilities Arc brasserie restaurant Bars Cloakroom facilities Adjacent car parking facilities.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Situated at the entrance to Belfast's thriving Cathedral Quarter.... Berts encapsulates the sleek elegance of the art-deco era, complemented by live jazz, fabulous cocktails and mouth watering food. Find yourself instantly transported back to the chic, intimate jazz bars of 1930's New York as you soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you. A handpicked list of cocktails completes an extensive drinks selection. A French bistro style menu is complemented by an extensive wine list and, of course, exemplary service.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Pub
“A short drive/taxi ride away 'The Duckster' is an all time favourite. Great pub grub, live music, a large beer garden & views across Belfast Lough. Just writing this makes me want to go there this weekend!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Music Venue
  • 1 local recommends
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