Bars in Belfast

Belfast has changed almost unrecognisably over the last 20 years, but one thing has stayed the same – the city’s love of good craic. Northern Ireland’s capital city has seen its nightlife blossom in recent years, with enough top-notch drinking establishments to keep everyone happy – from the pale ale connoisseur and the wine-by-the-bottler, to the all-night raver, and the just-one-more-drinker.

While Belfast has its fair share of traditional Irish pubs, a new breed of bars has taken the scene by surprise. Entrepreneurial bar owners have developed the city’s old warehouses and factories to create a varied and entertaining nightlife. If you’re up for exploring this new trend, head to the Cathedral Quarter, where there’s no shortage of great beers and great people.

If you’re after a bit of history with your pint, head to The Crown. This former coach house was built in the 1820s, and has remained almost exactly the same since its doors first opened. Don’t just take our word for its authenticity – The Crown is owned by the National Trust!

Next on your list should be Madden’s Bar, one of Belfast’s best musical hubs. Some of Ireland’s leading musicians perform here, and it’s the ideal venue for any tourists looking to emerge themselves in the traditional Irish music scene.

If you’re a fan of spirits – gin in particular – then the cosy Muriel’s Café Bar should be on your to-do list, then head onto The Hudson for a dance. A converted warehouse, The Hudson’s three floors of ales, beers and whiskeys are unrivalled in the city.

Explore down the side streets and back alleys, and you’re likely to come across places like the Sunflower and the Duke of York. Wherever you go in Belfast, you’re sure to find brilliant craic, fun-loving people, and unique bars.