Duke of York

Top choice pub in Cathedral Quarter

Image by Anthony Livingstone Anthony Livingstone

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, a canopy of umbrellas leads to an outdoor area covered with murals depicting Belfast life; it takes on a street-party atmosphere in warm weather.

Former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams worked behind the bar here during his student days in 1971.