Nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Derry (Londonderry)

Peadar O'Donnell's

Done up as a typical Irish pub/grocery (with shelves of household items, shopkeeper's scales on the counter and a museum's-worth of old bric-a-brac), Peadar's has rowdy traditional-music sessions every night and oft…
Top Choice Pub in Cushendall

McCollam's

Locally known as Johnny Joe's, this rhubarb-coloured pub is the town's liveliest. The original ground-floor bar was built in the 1800s; behind it is a tiny lounge dominated by an old range cooker. There are regular …
Top Choice Microbrewery in Derry (Londonderry)

Walled City Brewery

Housed in the former army barracks on Ebrington Sq, Walled City Brewery is an exciting new craft brewery and restaurant run by master brewer and Derry local James Huey. As well as having 10 craft beers on tap, Walle…
Top Choice Pub in Ballymena

Crosskeys Inn

Dating from 1654, Ireland's oldest thatched pub is an absolute treasure, with tiny, antique-filled rooms, a crackling turf fire, the best Guinness for miles around and fabulous craic. Live traditional music plays ev…
Bar in Derry (Londonderry)

Guildhall Taphouse

Housed in a wooden-beamed, 19th-century building brightened with fairy lights, the Taphouse is a cosy place to sample an excellent selection of local and international craft beers or a sophisticated cocktail. There'…
Bar in Derry (Londonderry)

Sandino's Cafe-Bar

From the posters of Che to the Free Palestine flag to the fairtrade coffee and gluten-free beer, this relaxed cafe-bar exudes a liberal, left-wing vibe. DJs spin from Thursday to Saturday in Club Havana; there's reg…
Pub in Derry (Londonderry)

Blackbird

With wooden booths, leather sofas and roaring fires, the Blackbird hasn't sacrificed comfort and cosiness in its bid to create a hip, modern space. The kitchen of this welcoming pub serves delicious snacks, burgers,…
Club in Portrush

Kelly's Complex

Plain and small-looking from the outside, the Tardis effect takes over as you enter a wonderland of five bars and three dance floors at the North's hottest club, just east of Portrush. It's been around since 1996, a…
Bar in Portrush

Kiwis Brew Bar

Craft beers at this good-time, Kiwi-owned bar include New Zealand's Tui, as well as hard-to-find Irish brews like Pokertree from County Tyrone, and Long Meadow Cider from County Armagh. Its TVs screen rugby, of cour…
Pub in Cushendun

Randal's

By the bridge in Cushendun, this eccentric place occupies a pair of vintage rooms in what was the Cushendun Hotel. There are just two choices on tap – Guinness and Harp – but also a great selection of whiskeys. On s…