Northern Ireland

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Northern Ireland - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Belfast Empire Music Hall

    University Area | Bars/Pubs

    Inside a deconsecrated church, the Music Hall is the city's leading music venue. Most nights are devoted to concerts from groups such as local...Read More

  • 2. Café Vaudeville

    Central District | Bars/Pubs

    This glamorous and ornate café is an orgy of leopard-spot chairs, ravishing textiles, and grandly canopied daybeds, while its inner sanctum...Read More

  • 3. Alibi

    University Area | Bars/Pubs

    On Friday and Saturday nights, Alibi comes alive upstairs for clubbers and local nighthawks. Downstairs, from 4 to 9 pm, the bar serves such...Read More

  • 4. Apartment

    Central District | Bars/Pubs

    Beside City Hall, the Apartment serves drinks and brasserie-style pub grub (until 8:30 pm) to Belfast's cool young things. Extensive but inexpensive...Read More

  • 5. Bittles Bar

    Cathedral Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    Colorful drawings of political, cultural, and social life hang on the walls of this triangular Victorian pub on the fringes of the Cathedral...Read More

  • 6. Botanic Inn

    University Area | Bars/Pubs

    Known as "the Bot" to its student clientele, the Botanic is a big, popular disco-pub. ...Read More

  • 7. Brennan's Bar

    Golden Mile | Bars/Pubs

    A noisy, modern pub, this bar jams on up-to-the-minute music. It can get a bit boisterous, so some may prefer a quiet snug (booth) across the...Read More

  • 8. Chelsea Wine Bar

    University Area | Bars/Pubs

    Packed with affluent professionals determined to prove that life begins at 30, the Chelsea serves reasonably priced contemporary cuisine and...Read More

  • 9. Cutters Wharf

    University Area | Bars/Pubs

    Down by the river south of the university, this bar and restaurant is at its best on summer evenings and during music performances on Sundays...Read More

  • 10. Kremlin

    Cathedral Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    A massive statue of Lenin above the front door greets patrons of the city's oldest and most outrageous gay-oriented club. The over-the-top Soviet...Read More

  • 11. Madden's Bar

    Central District | Bars/Pubs

    A popular locals' favorite near the Castle Court mall, Madden's has live music nightly and traditional tune fests with set dancing on Wednesday...Read More

  • 12. McHugh's

    Central District | Bars/Pubs

    In Belfast's oldest building (1711), McHugh's has three floors of bars and restaurants, and live music Thursday to Sunday. Food is served from...Read More

  • 13. Metro Bar

    University Area | Bars/Pubs

    The stylish Metro Bar inside the Best Western Crescent Townhouse Hotel is a venue for fashionable wine-sipping and live music. On Friday and...Read More

  • 14. Robinsons

    Golden Mile | Bars/Pubs

    A popular pub encompassing four venues under one roof, Robinsons draws a young crowd with folk music in its Fibber Magees bar on Sunday and...Read More

  • 15. The Fly

    University Area | Bars/Pubs

    With its over-the-top interior playing on its eponymous theme, the Fly is a lively spot attracting rugby types and other sports enthusiasts...Read More

  • 16. The John Hewitt Bar

    Cathedral Quarter | Bars/Pubs

    A must for every traveler, this bar named after one of Ulster's most famous poets (who ironically wasn't a big drinker), is traditional in style...Read More

  • 17. The National Grande Café

    Central District | Cafes–Nightlife

    The ethos of this hostelry (in a former bank called the National) is to mirror Continental counterparts; you can order everything from a draught...Read More

  • 18. Union Street Pub

    Central District | Bars/Pubs

    A gay-friendly bar near the Cathedral Quarter, Union Street is housed in a converted 19th-century shoe factory. The three-story redbrick Victorian...Read More

  • 19. White's Tavern

    Central District | Bars/Pubs

    A decorative overhaul in 2014 brought new life to White's Tavern, which claims to be the oldest public house in Belfast. In winter a roaring...Read More

  • 20. Lily's Pub & Eatery

    University Area | Bars/Pubs

    Spacious and chic Lily's attracts a cool, youngish crowd. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and hosts live music most nights. ...Read More

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