Home of the iconic Titanic Belfast museum, and the birthplace of the infamous RMS Titanic, Belfast has attracted many locals and visitors and is considered one of the greatest melting pots of the emerald isle. Being the capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast is considered as the second-most populous settlement in Ireland, and home to the best bars in the country.
So without further adieu, here are the best pubs in Belfast.
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- 10 Most Popular And Best Bars In Belfast
- 1. Duke of York
- 2. The Crown Liquor Saloon
- 3. Bert’s Jazz Bar
- 4. The Dirty Onion and Yardbird
- 5. White’s Tavern
- 6. Fibber Magees
- 7. Cuckoo
- 8. Kelly’s Cellar
- 9. The Belfast Empire
- 10. Bootleggers
10 Most Popular And Best Bars In Belfast
1. Duke of York
Nobody is quite sure about the history of the Duke of York Bar, but for a pub, it is one of the quietest and the most relaxing. Here, you drink moderately, depart quietly, and call again—as one of their slogans indicate. The interior of the pub gives an old romantic’s expression. With its polished wooden furniture, old and interesting mirrors to pique anybody’s interest, and lovely portraits and landscapes of Irish scenes.
The classic bar serves their ales from taps on golden-brown wooden barrels, giving it a feel of a tavern. Though it is quite small, it is certainly a nice place to have a pint. Take a groupie with your friends, and amaze yourself with the little details that this pub has to offer.
Monday – 11:30 AM t0 11:00 PM
Tuesday to Saturday – 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Sunday – 3:00 PM to 8:00 AM
Phone: +44 28 9024 1062
Address: Commercial Court Belfast , Antrim BT1 2NB
2. The Crown Liquor Saloon
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Commonly known as the Crown Bar, the great pub is located at Great Victorian Street, and is considered one of the most traditional. The bar boasts of a myriad of fine-tasting ales and beers, fresh and local food, and the notable Irish merriment and hospitality. The historic bar, with its carved-mahogany booths and ancient stained windows, gives you the Medieval period feel.
The booths offer privacy, a sanctuary even, from the bustling streets of Belfast. If you are looking for an authentic medieval and classy pub experience, the Crown Bar is the bar for you.
Monday to Saturday – 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Sunday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Phone: +44 28 9024 3187
Address: 46 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, County Antrim
3. Bert’s Jazz Bar
If you’re looking for a high-end New-York inspired bar around Belfast, with red-velvet cushions, warm lightings and slow jazz live performances, then Bert’s Jazz Bar is the place to visit. Just along Skipper Street. The greatest meals, topnotch customer service, and famous drinks are available in this bar. It is considered as a high-end bar, with its cushions, quality meals, good lighting, and luxurious ambiance.
It is further improved by their amiable staff, who looks after your needs from the moment you arrived until you have left the bar. You will feel pampered and entertained to the fullest. If you’re looking for an elegant, classy, and a luxurious bar in Belfast, then Bert’s Jazz Bar is the best bar in Belfast to visit.
Monday to Friday – 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Saturday – 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Sunday – 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Phone: +44 28 9026 2713
Address: High Street Belfast , Antrim BT12DY
4. The Dirty Onion and Yardbird
With its warm woodwork furniture and classic stony architecture, going to the Dirty Onion and Yardbird is a summer treat to its local and tourist visitors. The two-story bar is the home of traditional Irish music in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast.
A wide selection of beer and whiskey is also available in one of the oldest buildings in Belfast. After trying some of their best ales, climb upstairs and have a bite of their free-range Brazilian rotisserie chicken and tasty side dishes. In partnership with An Droichea musical culture center, the bar offers live musical performances seven days a week.
Monday to Saturday – 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Sunday – 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Phone: 028 9024 3712
Address: The Dirty Onion & Yardbird 3 Hill Street Belfast,BT1 2LA
5. White’s Tavern
Ever wondered what Guinness pies taste like? Aside from having a pint of that black stuff, the White’s Tavern is one of the coolest bars you can lounge into. With its simplistic, yet clean and homely interior, it is one of the oldest buildings known in Belfast.
If you want to try some of their local dishes, the Co. Down Supreme of Chicken, Roast Prime Irish Beef, the Grilled Kilrea Rainbow Trout, the Irish Lambs Liver and Bacon, the Northern Irish Lamb Stew, the Fresh Portavogie Scampi, and the Pan Seared Local Cod, all of which are less than 11 euros per local dish meal. Enjoy some of their great beers, whiskeys, have a hearty local Irish meal, and enjoy your stay in White’s Tavern!
Monday – Tuesday – 12:oo PM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday – Saturday – 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Sunday – 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Phone: 02890 312582
Address: 2-4 Winecellar Entry, Belfast BT11QN
6. Fibber Magees
Energy-boosting local Irish brews can be found at the corner of Blackstaff Street in Belfast, and the name of the bar is Fibber Magees. With its eclectic selection of locally-brewed ales, its traditional ambiance, woodwork detail, and soft lighting, Fibber Magees is one of the most traditional pubs around town. Plus, the great live music from some of the locals is awaited by all.
Monday – Saturday – 11:30 AM to 1:00 AM
Sunday – 12:30 AM to 12:00 AM
Phone: 028 9024 7447
Address: 38-40 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7BA
This dark, rich, modernistic restaurant bar is unlike any other in Belfast. It features a ping-pong table activity and it’s a great place for indoor sports. It also has a fully-functioning, retro pinball machine. Bringing you back to your youth. During Mondays, they host an eccentric pub quiz. And during Tuesdays, their drinks only cost 2 euros and a free entry amenity. During Wednesdays, there is also beer pong, jumbo disco, and more fun activities.
Monday – 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Tuesday – 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Wednesday – Thursday – 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Friday – 4:00 PM 2:00 AM
Saturday – 5:00 to 2:000 AM
Phone: 028 9066 7776
Address: Cuckoo | 149 Lisburn Rd | Belfast | BT9 7AJ
8. Kelly’s Cellar
Found near Bank Street, Kelly’s Cellar offers diverse ranges of traditional music performances. It is also considered as the oldest premises of Belfast. This full bar features an outdoor beer garden, and fish stew and traditional steak meals are simply delicious.
Monday to Saturday – 11:30 AM to 1:00 AM
Sunday – 1:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Phone: +44 28 9024 6058
Address:30-32 Bank Street Belfast, Antrim BT1 1HL
9. The Belfast Empire
You have no time to be shocked in the interior of the, since its dark-fuchsia colored seating, table, and fixtures focus on the pink, punkish, and warm atmosphere that this bar provides. Great-tasting whiskeys, ales, and wine can be found in their comprehensive menu.
Monday – 10:00 pm
Tuesday – 11:00 pm
Thursday – 10:30 pm
Friday – 10:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 pm
Sunday – 10:00 pm
Phone: 028 9024 9276
Address: The Belfast Empire Music Hall 42 Botanic Avenue ,Belfast County Antrim BT7 1JQ
Coined after the prohibited liquor law of the US, there is no way that Bootleggers’ beers, whiskeys, and ales are illegal. Its American-crafted beer, Moonshine, is one of the most ordered drinks around the bar. Have an American-themed dine-out with you and your friends—as most of their meals are just below 11 euros.
It is affordable—but we won’t be able to guarantee your homesickness, if you are from the US, because their meals will remind you of home. The bar restaurant Bootleggers is the place to be if you want to fill your stomach with affordable great food and good ale.
Monday – Saturday 12:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Sunday – 1:00 Pm to 12:oo AM
Phone: 028 9023 3282
Address: 46 CHURCH LANE, BELFAST, BT1 4QN
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