Belfast drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Cathedral Quarter

Duke of York

In a cobbled alleyway off buzzing Hill St, the snug, traditional Duke feels like a living museum. There's regular live music; local band Snow Patrol played some of their earliest gigs here. Outside on Commercial Ct,…
Top Choice Pub in Cathedral Quarter

Sunflower

In a city full of buzzing bars, the Sunflower is an authentic corner pub, free from gimmicks and commercial glitz. There are local craft beers on tap, a beer garden with a pizza oven, and live music every night; che…
Top Choice Bar in Titanic Quarter

Drawing Office Two

At the Titanic Hotel, one of Harland & Wolff's two historic drawing offices has been transformed into a light-filled bar with an impressive barrel-vaulted ceiling. The island bar is decorated with salvaged tiles…
Top Choice Coffee in Cathedral Quarter

Established Coffee

Heading up Belfast's burgeoning coffee scene, Established takes its beans seriously, serving a range of specialist drip coffees, as well as light meals like salt beef sandwiches, and roast celeriac with puy lentils.…
Top Choice Pub in Cathedral Quarter

Spaniard

Specialising in rum (more than 30 kinds), this narrow, crowded bar has more atmosphere in one battered sofa than most 'style bars' have in their shiny entirety. Friendly staff, an eclectic crowd and cool tunes playe…
Top Choice Bar in City Centre

Muriel's Cafe-Bar

Hats meet harlotry (ask who Muriel was) in this delightfully snug and welcoming bar with retro-chic decor, old sofas and armchairs, heavy fabrics in shades of olive and dark red, gilt-framed mirrors and a cast-iron …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in City Centre

Love & Death Inc

More like a cool inner-city house party than a bar, speakeasy-style Love & Death Inc is secreted up a flight of stairs above a pizza joint. Its living-room-style bar has outrageous decor, feisty cocktails and a …
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in City Centre

Babel Rooftop Bar

On a summer's night, a cocktail at the Bullitt Hotel's rooftop bar is hard to beat. Come on Sundays for boozy brunches (breakfast and bottomless cocktails) or tipsy tea (sandwiches, cakes, and cocktails served in a …
Bar in Cathedral Quarter

National

Behind the oyster-grey ground-floor facade of the 1897 former National Bank building, and through its post-industrial interior, is the National's pièce de résistance – the city's biggest beer garden, which hosts reg…
Gay in Cathedral Quarter

Kremlin

Gay-owned and -operated, the Soviet-kitsch-themed Kremlin is the heart and soul of Northern Ireland's gay scene. A statue of Lenin guides you into Tsar, the preclub bar, from where the Long Bar leads into the main c…