Fodor's Expert Review The National Grande Café
The ethos of this hostelry (in a former bank called the National) is to mirror Continental counterparts; you can order everything from a draught glass of Belfast Black to a Walnut Champs-Elysées cocktail, or just hang out with a fancy coffee. The drink and the craic are more important than the food, though there's a limited, but nonetheless enticing menu that includes a cheese and charcuterie platter served on brioche. It's best accompanied by a sweet dark sherry, Pedro Ximénez. It's worth dropping in to capture the industrial genius loci of this listed building: all exposed brick and granite quoins. The high ceiling drips with ivy hanging baskets, and hidden away at the back is Belfast's biggest beer garden. Spread over three upstairs floors is a new lounge, cocktail bar, and nightclub, Sixty6, which re-creates the glamor of a Victorian gentleman's club and serves an impressive selection of classic and experimental "Twisted" cocktails.