Everyone in Belfast sings the praises of this striking civic structure. From the looks of it, the hall is an odd marriage of Close Encounters modern and Castel Sant'Angelo antique. It houses a 2,235-seat concert hall (for ballet and classical, rock, and Irish music) and a 500-seat studio space (for modern dance, jazz, and experimental theater). The Arc Brasserie and two bars make the Waterfront a convenient place to eat, have a pint, and enjoy the river views before
or after your culture fix. On the ground floor, the We Make Café serves snacks and quick bites such as fresh coconut scones, shortbread and pancakes.