Counties Down & Armagh drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Coffee in Newry

Finegan & Son

Named for the owner and his young son, this light-filled corner cafe serves some seriously good coffee. There are three single-origin drip coffees available that change weekly, as well as cold brews and flat whites …
Bar in Bangor

Hop House

Local craft beers, and nightly live music or DJs keep this central spot hopping. There's a good beer garden, awesome burgers and all-you-can-eat ribs and wings from 4pm to 8pm Monday to Wednesday (£12 per person).
Bar in Newry


A gorgeous old grey-stone former bank houses this huge bar/nightclub. It combines some of the building's original features, including a stained-glass ceiling dome, with contemporary decor, such as neon fuchsia light…
Pub in Portaferry

Fiddler's Green

The Fiddler's is a fabulous place for traditional music, with live bands every weekend and impromptu sessions that get the whole bar joining in. The Guinness is pretty good, and you'll find one of the 10 Game of Thr…
Pub in Bangor

Jenny Watts

Bangor's oldest pub (1780) pulls in a mixed-age crowd for live music on Tuesday night (folk), Friday and Saturday night (varying musicians and bands) and Sunday lunchtime (jazz). There's a beer garden out the back. …
Pub in Strangford Lough

Daft Eddy's

Idyllic on a sunny day, this local favourite is hidden away on an island, with panoramic views over Strangford Lough from its bar, partially covered timber-decked terrace and table-set gardens below. It's 4.5km nort…
Bar in Bangor

Rabbit Rooms

In a charcoal-coloured building stencilled with a gigantic white rabbit, this bare-boards space is a wonderland of mismatched vintage furniture like old, cracked-leather cinema seats, with cocktails served in teapot…
Pub in Hillsborough

Hillside Bar & Restaurant

On sloping Main St, this homely pub serves real ale and mulled wine beside the fireplace in winter. There's a beer garden in a cobbled courtyard out the back.
Pub in Rostrevor

Corner House

A favourite with locals, this traditional pub hosts informal Tuesday night live-music sessions from 10pm.
Pub in Rostrevor

Old Killowen Inn

The Old Killowen Inn hosts regular impromptu trad-music sessions and set sessions on Sunday afternoons.