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Cutters Wharf on the River Lagan
Cutters is the go-to spot in Belfast when the sun comes out. On the banks of the River Lagan, you can enjoy delicious food, cocktails and barbecues throughout the summer months while enjoying beautiful views over the River Lagan. If Northern Ireland’s famous forecasts aren’t behaving there are retractable awnings and blinds that allow al fresco dining all year round. No bookings required – tables are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
With mouth-watering cocktails, craft beers and their very own Bullitt brew, the super stylish Bullitt Bar is where it’s all happening. Grab a drink and relax in The Courtyard out the front, (open daily from 12 noon with Bullitt Burgers served to 8p), or Rattlebag Terrace from 5pm on Thursday/Friday and 1pm on Saturday/Sunday. Or take the lift to the stylish Babel Garden (open Friday to Sunday from 12 noon and Monday to Thursday from 3pm) where you can enjoy frozen margaritas and Doh sourdough pizza from Thursday to Sunday. No bookings required.
The Dirty Onion Beer Garden
This old bonding warehouse has been transformed into one of Belfast’s coolest bars. With its unmissable wooden facade and heated outdoor bar, The Dirty Onion is a great spot to enjoy a chilled pint on a sunny evening in the Cathedral Quarter. Open daily from 12 noon, with a reduced menu from Yardbird available until 8pm. No booking required – it’s first come, first served.
The Perch Rooftop Bar
Enter through an unassuming door on Franklin Street, ugo up 5 floors in an old service elevator and discover The Perch Rooftop Bar, unlike any other bar in the city. The Perch has a beautiful large centre bar, surrounded by original window features, brick clad walls and adorned with birdcages and artwork. Sip on cocktails and sangria in the height of summer and hot cider, winter warmers and blankets in the winter.
Kelly’s Cellars is one of Belfast’s oldest traditional Irish pubs, in the heart of the city. Built in 1720, the bar has changed very little in 200 years and still has most of its original features. Though not strictly a beer garden, the front of Kelly’s Cellars transforms in good weather with picnic benches, beer barrels and bar stools to perch on plus and live, traditional music in the “garden sessions”. Book online here or call 028 9024 6058 for more information.
The National boasts an indoor-outdoor feel with live plants growing from the rafters and a very tempting cocktail menu put together with local produce. Outside the large beer garden hosts tables and a bar amongst large planters made from sleepers. Open daily from 12 noon, with food served from COQ Burger until 8pm. No booking required.
The Jailhouse offers a fantastic range of traditional food, local drinks and entertainment alongside the heritage of Joys Entry. Among the historical buildings in the entry, there’s a cosy outdoor seating area that is often decked out for different seasons. No booking required – tables allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The award-winning beer garden at Granny Annies can accommodate up to 80 guests and is open throughout the year. This popular bar and kitchen offers tasty pub food, traditional live music, sports on big screens and an array of cocktails, beers and wine. Bookings are available for food for four to six people, but no booking is required if you just fancy a drink.
The award-winning Horatio Todd’s Bar and Restaurant in east Belfast has a cosy outdoor space perfect for sipping on their cocktails and nibbling on pizzas and tapas. No booking required.
Call into Fountain Lane for great grub, local drinks, Belfast history and craic in the heart of Belfast. There’s a spacious outdoor area where you can sit and sip on a pint while soaking up the atmosphere of the city centre – perfection!
Get Home Safe
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