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Afternoon Tea

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There’s no better way to catch up with your friends that over afternoon tea. Treat yourselves to an indulgent selection of finger sandwiches, sweet treats and loose leaf teas in one of Belfast’s luxurious hotels or restaurants.


Get together for dinner in one of Belfast’s top restaurants, where you can tuck into sharing platters or share nibbles from tapas menus.


Fratelli Belfast, Ristorante, Pizzeria & Bar

Owned by the company behind Northern Ireland’s award-winning Galgorm Resport and Spa, Fratelli is a contemporary Italian restaurant in the heart of the city serving delicious food and handcrafted cocktails. Enjoy Ladies Night on Tuesdays with £14.95 for a main and a glass of wine.

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The Sagart

This intimate restaurant is ideal for a leisurely lunch or dinner with friends. Their ‘Saint vs Sinner’ menu features healthy options and indulgent dishes, as well as a wide range of vegan options. Sample a rhubarb mojito or Beetarita from their ‘sinfully good’ cocktail list.

Revolucion de Cuba

Revolucion de Cuba

Combine dinner with cocktails and samba at Revolucion de Cuba! Their Latin-inspired menu is full of tapas dishes that are perfect for sharing with friends, while entertainment includes live music, salsa lessons, samba girls and a tropical party vibe.

Little Wing Pizzeria

Little Wings

Head to Little Wings for delicious, traditional Naples style pizzas made with fresh ingredients and cooked in a wood fired oven. Get a whopping 24” pizza (the largest in Northern Ireland) to share with friends with a glass of wine.

Deanes Love Fish

Deanes Love Fish

Fancy something fishy? Treat yourselves to a seafood platter at Deanes Loves Fish that boasts delicious smoked salmon, prawn and crab. The stylish coastal décor and relaxed atmosphere in this city centre restaurant make it a perfect place to catch up with friends.

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With all the tastes of the Eastern Mediterranean, Buba is an exciting restaurant with a tapas-style menu and exotic vibe. Share nibbles like haloumi fries, baba ganoush, garlic prawns and flatbreads. They have a full vegan menu and creative range of cocktails, too.

Meet for Coffee

The best catch ups are those that happen over coffee. Meet up for a cuppa in one of Belfast’s cosy cafés or cool coffee bars.

OH! Donuts

Coffee is always better with donuts! Head to Oh Donuts for gourmet treats with flavours like Berry Crumble, Lemon Meringue and Boston Cream; paired with their house blend Root & Branch coffee. Sit in or get it to go. The nearby grounds of Belfast City Hall are ideal for a walk with friends.

Oh Donut cover


Clements cafés are dotted in various locations around the city, so you’re never far from their delicious local produce. Catch up over coffee and indulgent cakes, traybakes and pastries. Their cafés have a relaxed and welcoming environment, perfect to unwind and spend an hour or two chatting.

Clements Cafés


Visit the café upstairs in Avoca for good coffee and lots of freshly-prepared dishes, cakes and scones. Their extra large tables are great for catching up with big group of friends. Afterwards, plunder through unique homeware, gifts, clothing, jewellery and food hall items in the shop on the ground level.

Avoca Cafe

Go for Drinks

Meet your friends for an elegant cocktail or pint with live music. The city centre is full of pubs, bars and clubs with live music and a buzzing atmosphere.

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Pug Uglys

Pug Uglys is a quirky Irish venue in the heart of Belfast, with pub grub, Pugs pizzas, live music, live sport, comedy, quizzes and more.

Friends Enjoying a Cocktail at The Perch Rooftop Bar

The Perch

Belfast’s highest rooftop bar, The Perch is located in the historic Linen Quarter, on the fifth floor of a historic building. Enjoy cocktails and sangria in the height of summer and hot cider, winter warmers and blankets in the winter.

Voodoo Bar


With a relaxed atmosphere and varied food menu, Voodoo is great for a casual catch up with friend during the day time. In the evening, the bottom bar comes alive with DJs and open mic nights and the nightclub upstairs features everything from hip hop music to live comedians.


Top 10 Cocktail Bars

Discover some of Belfast’s finest cocktails bars in the list below and sample unique concoctions, classic mixes and local flavours.

Something Different

Get your friends together for fun and totally alternative activities. Go to an escape room, compete at crazy golf or catch a classic film.

Taste and Tour

Taste and Tour believes the best way to get to know a city is through its food and drink. Exclusively offering the multi-award winning Belfast Food Tour, Belfast Gin Jaunt, Belfast Whiskey Walk, Brewery Tour as well as bespoke private tours, Taste and Tour NI can’t wait to take you ‘off the eaten track’ in Northern Ireland.

Taste and Tour on Commercial Court

Odyssey Bowl

It’s ‘game on’ at Odyssey Bowl where 20 state-of-the-art ten pin bowling lanes give you the chance to get competitive with your mates. There’s also pool tables, an arcade, glo-bowling and a licensed bar serving hot food to your lane.

Odyssey Bowl

Belfast Giants

Catch a Belfast Giants game together. The fast-paced ice hockey games with plenty of on-ice entertainment are great for an alternative night out with friends. Games run on selected weekends from August to April.

Stena Line Belfast Giants

Lost City Adventure Golf

Take on the 18-hole challenge at Lost City Adventure Golf; an impressive indoor crazy golf course on York Street. Make you way around a rainforest-themed course amidst thunder storms, animals and moving walls. No booking is required for groups with less than ten people.

The Lost City Adventure Golf



The Ultimate Belfast Shopping Guide

Spend some quality time together by hitting the shops for a day. Belfast has with big luxury brands, high street fashion and unique boutiques all perfect for exploring with friends. Don’t forget to schedule time for coffee and lunches in between.

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Unique Shops in Belfast

Belfast is home to brands you can’t get anywhere else in Northern Ireland. Here’s the big chains and exclusive stores you don’t want to miss. Looking for something different? Belfast has high street chains you might not have discovered yet.

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