The Top Bars In Belfast For A Good Pint

Team Hoo
7th April 2022

It would be a strange trip to Ireland that didn’t involve the possibility of grabbing a pint, least of all in so established a pint-drinker’s paradise as the city of Belfast.

Of course, with the city featuring more bars, pubs and other assorted drinking establishments than you could easily comprehend, a few recommendations are likely to be useful.

Here are some of the top bars in Belfast to grab a pint at.

The Duke of York

The Duke of York Bar is an absolute institution and iconic waterhole in Belfast — one of those places where both locals and tourists routinely congregate to enjoy the atmosphere and the range of beverages on offer.

With a style that wonderfully blends the traditional Northern Irish pub aesthetic with the cool, hip atmosphere of a modern bar, and a great range of memorabilia and ephemera collected from across the nine counties of Ulster.

Duke Of York bar in Belfast

Bert’s Jazz Bar

Bert’s Jazz Bar has the distinction of being the only dedicated jazz bar in Belfast, meaning it offers one-of-a-kind craic!

This establishment prides itself on a sophisticated atmosphere, where patrons can appreciate a wave of cool tunes washing over them, as they sample a range of drinks and bistro snacks.  Plus you can enjoy live jazz seven nights a week.

Bert's Jazz Bar in Belfast

Fibber Magee’s

Fibber Magee’s — one of the five venues that sits under the roof of Robinson’s Bar — is totally steeped in traditional Irish history and culture, and is one of the premier spots in Belfast to hear Irish folk music.

With traditional fiddles, bodhráns and pipes being played in this beautiful setting, there are few better places to pull up a chair by the fireplace and enjoy a pint of Guinness.

Fibber Magee's bar in Belfast

Sunflower Pub

Sunflower Pub simultaneously boasts being “Belfast’s Most Iconic Bar,” while also being “a simple corner pub, free of gimmicks or themes, and it is one of the few remaining.”

Sunflower prides itself on offering a great range of local beers, such as Yardsman Stout which is brewed in Belfast. Happy patrons commend the warmth of the pub and the drink choice.

Sunflower Pub bar in Belfast

Kelly’s Cellars

With a history dating back to 1720, and with many of the features of its original construction being retained, Kelly’s Cellars makes a convincing case for being Belfast’s Oldest Traditional Bar.

Live music performances take place at Kelly’s Cellars six days a week, with three of those days being dedicated to traditional Irish music. For history and culture, this one is a real contender.

Kelly's Cellars bar in Belfast

The Perch

The Perch rooftop bar sits on the fifth floor of a building in the historic Linen Quarter, and boasts a modern, vaguely boho vibe. Pop in via the original sliding door lift and enjoy a range of drinks from cocktails to draft beers.

With a varied menu and the perfect location for sunny outdoor sitting, the Perch has the potential to be a top venue for families and couples alike.

The Perch bar in Belfast

Black Box

Black Box Belfast is an excellent all-around venue, housed in a Grade II listed historic building, in Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter. The venue itself is a “home for live music, theatre, literature, comedy, film, visual art, live art, circus, cabaret, and all points in between.”

Beyond enjoying an engaging event, Black Box sells pizza and drinks and is widely considered a great all-round hangout.

Black Box bar in Belfast

Lavery's Bar Belfast

Lavery’s Bar stands out as another of the “oldest” in Belfast, this time as “Belfast’s oldest family-owned pub, at the heart of the city’s social life for almost 100 years.”

In any event, it’s an attractive and buzzing bar with a modernised old pub feel, a good food menu, and a fully stocked bar.

Lavery's Bar in Belfast

The Belfast Empire

The Belfast Empire is a large, stylish and interesting establishment that features a stage where live music performances are regularly put on, hot food, occasional film screenings, and a good offering of draught and bottled beer, cider, and a range of spirits and wines.

If you’re interested in organising a group night out, in particular, this might be the venue for you.

The Belfast Empire bar

The Dirty Onion

If The Dirty Onion has a particular type of charm, it rests on the fact that this establishment has been designed and decorated in just about as understated a way as possible.

With a vintage — even ancient — tavern feel. With its subdued lighting and wooden beams, this is likely to be a great place for a more relaxed drink.

The Dirty Onion bar in Belfast

The setting you choose to enjoy a good pint in is just as important as the quality of the pint itself. Belfast is a city renowned both for its selection of craft beers, but even more so for its great selection of bars and pubs – ranging from historic taverns established centuries ago, to trendy modern watering holes that would be at home in Miami. Where will you try first to wet your whistle? Let us know on Insta or tweet us @justhooit, and don’t forget to check out how to make an offer on a hotel room with hoo for a bargain on your next stay, wherever it is. 


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