Travel, hospitality and event businesses may be affected as local Covid restrictions and guidance continue to change.  Please check the NI government website NI Direct to know how they may impact your visit to Belfast or call businesses before you leave. Visit our Ideas page for ways to safely enjoy Belfast; or for more advice on current Covid guidance visit our Coronavirus Advice for Visitors page.

Please note, information was correct at the time of publishing but we recommend checking with individual businesses as opening times may have changed. Tables are limited to six people from two households only. Find more information on government restrictions here.

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.

Bullitt Hotel

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.

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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.

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Cargo by Vertigo

CARGO is Belfast’s largest open-air al fresco venue located in the heart of the Titanic Quarter, just under the Harland and Wolff cranes. Reserve a VIP container, ski gondola or cavern and enjoy tasty pizzas, prosecco, colourful cocktails and cold pints! Book here.

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The Bone Yard

The Bone Yard by Pug Uglys is a quirky outdoor venue on Bedford Street. There are picnic tables inside and out (available on first come, first served basis), or book a private living room container. Enjoy a wide range of drinks, watch live sport on the big TV screens and tuck into something from the on-site food trucks. Dogs are welcome too!

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The Limelight Complex is one of Belfast’s main venues for live music, hosting international touring acts, sell out club nights and local live bands. The Rock Garden rooftop terrace is open daily as part of Katy’s Bar. No booking required – it’s first come, first served.

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The National

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.

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The Jailhouse

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.

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Granny Annies

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.

Horatio Todd's Bar and Restaurant

Horatio Todd’s

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.

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Fountain Lane

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!

Ollies Garden


For cocktail pitcher and chilled summer vibes, look no further than Ollie’s Garden. Open Friday and Saturday only. No booking required.

Errigle Inn

The Errigle Inn on Ormeau Road in south Belfast has over twenty different beers on tap that include not only big names, but a variety of craft beers from local distilleries. Enjoy your drinks in the beer garden at the front of the pub. No booking required.

The Doyen

The Doyen is a stylish and traditional bar on Belfast’s Lisburn Road, boasting live music, cocktails, sport and a gastropub menu – plus an expansive outdoor seating area. You can book on their website but walk-ins are welcome too.

Get Home Safe

Get home safe with Value Cabs by downloading their app for real-time updates and booking, or call 028 9080 9080 to book. Or hop on a Translink Metro or Glider service. Metro is the main bus service for Belfast, operating throughout the city, while Glider G1 runs from east to west of the city and G2 serves Titanic Quarter. NI Rail and Ulsterbus services operate across Northern Ireland.

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