Looking for the best place for a Guinness? Belfast has a thriving traditional pub scene, and with it comes a host of places where you’ll find a top quality pint of Ireland’s favourite drink.
An expertly-poured pint of Guinness is as much a part of the Belfast experience as our world-class attractions, live music and warm hospitality. Though it might find its home in Dublin, Guinness is as popular in Belfast and Northern Ireland as it is across the rest of the island.
The famous stout is brewed in 49 countries, including the Republic of Ireland, which many claim is what gives it a superior taste here on the Emerald Isle compared to anywhere else.
Duke of York
The Duke of York is a must visit. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this traditional pub is filled with mirrors, memorabilia and lots of history. Get yourself a pint of Guinness and find a cosy corner or perch on a bench in the cobbled street outside, which is adorned with picturesque fairy lights and street art.
Fountain Lane has been feeding and watering Belfast since 1901. Enjoy great local grub, local drinks, live traditional music, great Belfast history and craic each and every day in the heart of Belfast city centre. Head down to catch some live sport on the big screen with a Guinness in hand, you can’t beat it!
Crown Liquor Saloon
The most famous pub in Belfast. You won’t find another place like it. Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its heartily classic pub food and perfect pints of Guinness, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous Irish hospitality.
The Errigle Inn
Located on Ormeau Road, a popular pocket in south Belfast, the Errigle Inn is a popular spot for locals. With five bars, a beer garden and live sports screenings there are plenty of reasons to pay the Errigle a visit, not to mention its wide range of beers on tap and knack for a perfect pint of Guinness.
Established in 1918, Lavery’s proudly holds the title of Belfast’s oldest family-owned pub. Experience authentic Irish hospitality–upon entering Lavery’s, you’ll be greeted with a warm atmosphere & friendly staff. A destination for every occasion–whether you’re looking for a cozy spot to enjoy a pint with friends, a family outing, or a memorable evening of live entertainment, Lavery’s has something to offer for all occasions.
Whites Tavern & Garden
Whites Tavern and Garden was established back in 1630 making one of the oldest taverns in Belfast. Refurbished in 2019 it’s been re-born with the history at heart, and is a great place to eat, socialise and have a Guinness how it should be!
The John Hewitt is known for its live music sessions, which range from traditional Irish music to jazz, folk and cajun. Call in for a taste of Belfast’s trad scene and, of course, a delicious pint of Guinness. Located in the heart of Belfast’s lively Cathedral Quarter you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.
Located on the plaza outside Titanic Belfast, Hickson’s Point serves up the spirit of the shipyard with traditional music, entertainment, heritage décor and locally produced food and is open seasonally, April to October. Hickson’s Point is also dog-friendly, so you can enjoy a pint with your best friend by your side.
Pug Uglys is a fresh, fun and vibrant bar found on Bedford Street at the heart of linen quarter area of Belfast. Famous for its tasty and moreish quirky pub grub, Pugs boasts of live music, live sport coverage and a good pint of Guinness
Traditional Pubs in Belfast
Find the best traditional cosy pubs with warm, lively atmosphere in Belfast, complete with snugs, traditional music sessions and the perfect pint of Guinness.