Nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Belfast

Filthy Quarter

Four individually and collectively fabulous bars make up the Filthy Quarter: retro-trad-style, bric-a-brac-filled Filthy McNastys, hosting local musicians from 10pm nightly; the fairy-lit Secret Garden, a two-storey…
Top Choice Pub in Belfast

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 Belfast

John Hewitt

Named for the Belfast poet and socialist, the John Hewitt is one of those treasured bars that has no TV or gaming machines, just the murmur of conversation. It's a good place to try Jawbox gin, made by the bar's own…
Top Choice Rooftop Bar in Belfast

Perch

Piped-in birdsong and flowery murals set the scene as an industrial lift takes you up to the Perch, a lively rooftop bar in the rafters of a Victorian building, with hanging plants and chilled-out tunes. In winter t…
Top Choice Coffee in Belfast

Established Coffee

Heading up Belfast's burgeoning coffee scene, Established takes its beans seriously, serving a range of specialist drip coffees, as well as interesting breakfast items like cheesy French toast with braised kale. Its…
Top Choice Bar in Belfast

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 Club in Belfast

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…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Belfast

Love & Death Inc

More like a cool inner-city house party, 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 Latin American–influenced f…
Pub in Belfast

Bittles Bar

A cramped and staunchly traditional bar, Bittles is a 19th-century triangular red-brick building decorated with gilded shamrocks. The wedge-shaped interior is covered in paintings of Ireland's literary heroes by loc…
Pub in Belfast

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…