Nightlife

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 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…
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…
Pub in Ballycastle

O'Connor's

Just off the Diamond, O'Connor's is Ballycastle's best pub for music, with trad Thursday nights year-round. From Easter to September, there are also bands in the bar and DJs in the beer garden on Saturday, and jam s…
Coffee in Portrush

Koko

Great coffee and fantastic sea views are the main draws of this beach cafe. Snuggle up by the wood-burning stove and look out through the picture windows in winter, or if the sun's shining sip your flat white outsid…
Pub in Rathlin Island

McCuaig's Bar

Rathlin Island's pub and beer garden overlook the harbour, with wooden picnic tables providing an idyllic spot for a pint and a plate of hearty pub food like Irish stew or fish and chips (mains £5.50 to £8). There's…
Pub in Carrickfergus

Ownies

Carrickfergus' most traditional bar – formerly the Joymount Arms, dating from 1846 – has a cosy interior complete with snugs, fireplaces, a beer garden and upstairs bistro overlooking the castle.
Cafe in Cushendun

Corner House

The National Trust–owned Corner House serves coffee, cakes, scones, cooked breakfasts and lunchtime soups and salads.