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Bars and nightlife in Belfast

Top bars

Pub
“This historical gem is worth a visit to get a glimpse at how a "private area" pub was like.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Pub
“In the heart of Belfast's bustling Cathedral Quarter, this old-style pub is full of interesting paraphernalia, craic and atmosphere!”
  • 53 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
“Belfast's oldest pub situated right in the city centre, you are guaranteed great craic, good Guinness, a roaring fire and some trad music! Kelly's is also known for its history. The United Irish Men used Kelly's Cellars as a meeting place and plotted the 1798 rebellion against the English Rule.”
  • 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”
  • 24 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. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“This is a good place to go early on in the evening for a cocktail just for the experience and to people watch. The cocktails are fantastic as is the service, a bit on the pricey side (£10-ish for a cocktail) but worth going there for one to start the evening off.”
  • 19 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.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Night Club
“One of the oldest pubs in Belfast, it is great for a quiet drink and some great conversation!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Night Club
“Great for live music (get tickets online prior to going) - lots of big and up and coming names.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Night Club
“Graze is probably one of the best restaurants in Ballyhackamore. Head here for some fine dining.”
  • 6 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!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Night Club
“Check the back entrance to its famous fibber magees. Lively and traditional!”
  • 5 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
“Ollie's club at The Merchant Hotel... Belfast's most sophisticated nightclub!”
  • 2 locals recommend

Music venues

General Entertainment
“The SSE Arena, Belfast Belfast is Northern Ireland's premier entertainment venue and home to the Belfast Giants. ”
  • 25 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.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Music Venue
“A converted church in the heart of Belfast, The Empire hosts regular Music Hall gigs and comedians from the UK and international comedy circuit. 3 floors of bars and music, including blues, rock, jazz and traditional Irish acts, plus comedy. I'd recommend it.”
  • 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.”
  • 11 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