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Lively Bars & Cocktails

Belfast is brimming with trendy bars serving mouth-watering cocktails as well as local and international beers, wines and premium spirits. Expect an energetic vibe, DJs and live local musicians at these top spots.



This stylish underground bar serves creative cocktails and a carefully curated range of spirts, beers, wines. Margot is open seven days a week, with locals DJs playing Thursday to Sunday and the ‘Late Late Club’ on Friday and Saturday to 2am.

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Santeria is a lively bodega by night complete with irresistible rhythms, funk, soul and great drinks! It attracts musicians, artists and some of the city’s most colourful characters. Find it on Fountain Lane, one of Belfast’s most evolving districts.

Revolucion de Cuba

Revolución de Cuba

Offering a taste of the Caribbean in Belfast, Revolución de Cuba is all about celebrating the vibrant Cuban rhythm. With live music, salsa classes and samba girls, there is always a fiesta to be had – plus delicious rum cocktails and Latin-inspired food.

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Babel Rooftop Bar

Babel is a chic rooftop bar, garden and kitchen complete with panoramic city views across Belfast. Stay inside for tasty small plates and DJs, or venture to the heated outdoor area for live music and BBQs in the summer.

Friends Enjoying a Cocktail at The Perch Rooftop Bar

Perch Rooftop Bar

Located on the fifth floor of the historic Linenhouse Building, the Perch features a beautiful central bar, generously adorned with birdcages and all things avian. Enjoy DJs and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Granny Annies

Full of rustic charm reminiscent of your granny’s house, Granny Annies is a lively bar and restaurant offering quirky cocktails, shots paddles and a wide range of gin serves. Renowned for its live music, there’s traditional and modern sessions seven nights a week.

Traditional Pubs & Live Music

Find a cosy corner in one of Belfast’s traditional pubs and enjoy live Irish music, a lively atmosphere and the perfect pint of Guinness.

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Henrys is on the site of what has been a pub for over 100 years and is named after historic Belfast figure and United Irish man Henry Joy McCracken. Catch live music seven nights a week with a full line up of Irish traditional sessions.

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Duke of York

This traditional Belfast bar crammed with original mirrors and memorabilia, boasting cold beer, great Guinness and the largest selection of Irish whiskeys in Ireland. Nestled on a cobbled alleyway in Cathedral Quarter it’s also one of the city’s favourite Instagrammable spots.


McHugh’s Bar

Housed in one of Belfast’s oldest buildings, McHughs has a homely feel with open fires and comfortable seating. The basement bar hosts live bands during the week, offering a taste of Irish trad and the local rock scene.

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Kelly’s Cellar

Described as a “hidden gem that oozes old traditional values” Kelly’s Cellars was built in 1720 and very little has changed since, from the whitewashed walls to the uneven concrete floor. Expect live Irish trad, pints of Guinness and a local clientele.

John Hewitt

John Hewitt

The John Hewitt has firmly established its name as a venue for various styles of live music, including trad, jazz, Ulster Scots folk or Cajun. Expect a warm and friendly atmosphere served with a range of local and world beers.

Robinsons Bar Outside

Robinsons Bar

One of Belfast’s oldest and biggest bars, Robinsons hosts five venues under one roof. In the ground floor Saloon established in 1895, you’ll find a traditional interior and original memorabilia from Titanic. Or go to Fibber Magee’s, which is steeped in Irish tradition with live music seven nights a week.


For late night entertainment and dancing to the wee hours go to one of Belfast’s most popular nightclubs, where you’ll find the best in dance, RnB, funk, disco and electro music.



If you’re looking for a night on the dancefloor, don’t miss this sophisticated nightclub in the basement of the five-star Merchant Hotel. Sip on mouth-watering cocktails and experience world-class details. Guest list and table packages are available too.

Limelight Complex


Established as one of the most famous venues for live music in Belfast, The Limelight Complex hosts unmissable gigs, as well as lively club nights with DJs across three rooms and weekly drinks offers.



At Alibi, go to the ground floor bar for premium spirits, cocktails and entertainment throughout the week. Or visit the first floor club space on Friday and Saturday, home to some of the best of local DJs and guests from across the UK.

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The National

Upstairs at The National conjures the glamour of a classic Victorian gentleman’s club, bringing upper levels of this Grade B+ listed former National Bank building back to its former glory. There’s live DJ entertainment from Thursday to Sunday, spanning everything from house and funk to disco, electro swing and RnB.


Discover Belfast’s top venues for laugh-out-loud comedy, with weekly shows featuring local comedians and visiting talent.

Comedy Night at The Empire

Belfast Empire

Belfast Empire has been providing Northern Ireland with laughter for over 20 years. Hosted by Colin Murphy or Jake O’Kane, their weekly Comedy Club on Tuesday nights features headline acts from the UK and international comedy circuit.

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Pug Uglys

Head to Pug Uglys Comedy Club on Thursday nights for fantastic local talent and special guests. This quirky venue is also known for its tasty pub food, live music and great drinks offers on cocktail and buckets of beer.

See what's on in Belfast this weekend with our events blog updated weekly!

SSE Arena

Look out for top comedy gigs at the SSE Arena, which, as well as music concerts, family shows and theatre, regularly plays host to major UK and international comedians. Names like Jimmy Carr, Jack Whitehall and Kevin Bridges have taken to the stage, alongside some of Northern Ireland’s best homegrown talent.

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