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