Best bars in Belfast, Northern Ireland

7 Of The Best Bars In Belfast

While there are plenty of great pubs with excellent beer to visit while in Northern Ireland, there are a few off-beat bars to try too. Visit these best bars in Belfast for a great cocktail too.

You’ll love the stylish and sleek bars in the city, in contrast to the traditional Irish pubs.

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1. Duke of York

Set inside of a narrow alley in the Half Bap area, The Duke of York bar is as cozy and inviting as any Irish pub you could imagine. The street is lined with pubs, but this one is an institution in Belfast and a must-visit. Order a pint of Guinness or Bushmills neat and settle in for a long night with friends.

Best Belfast bars in Northern Ireland2. Kelly’s Cellars

There are tons of drinks to choose from here ranging from beer and wine to all kinds of spirits. This is another traditional bar with plenty of stools and tables to belly-up to. The white walls make the space a little lighter and brighter than most taverns, so it’s a welcome change. Visit the upstairs lounge for a sleeker, more modern feel.

Best Belfast Bars in Northern Ireland

3. Harp Bar

Located along the same alley of pubs as the Duke of York, Harp Bar feels luxurious and warm thanks to its plush furnishings, parquet floor and a pressed-tin ceiling. It’s still the traditional vibe with an elegant touch. So choose your standard order and take a seat for a cosy night.

Best Belfast bars in Northern Ireland

4. The Woodworkers

The Woodworkers is a favourite for locals and visitors alike because it features a rotating tap menu. The massive beer hall features everything from sours and ciders to stouts and IPAs, so go with a mind to try a variety of brews.

5. The Perch

This rooftop bar atop a converted Victorian warehouse resembles something of a birdcage, hence its name. The sleek and modern bar shakes up stellar cocktails and keeps the music upbeat. Take a seat in the garden and order a house signature drink.

6. Sunflower Public House

This local favourite is filled with laughter, cold brews and wood-fired pizzas. The bar is small and features a great selection of IPAs, though there is a huge courtyard where they make the pizzas and where people can smoke. Keep an eye out for the markets and events they sometimes host.

7. Fibber Magee

This all-around bar has everything. There’s a sports bar and pool loft as well as a karaoke room and dining room. Try to steal a seat in front of the fireplace and order an Irish Redhead.

Molly Harris

Molly Harris is a freelance travel journalist dividing her time between the United States and the Western Balkans.

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