Belfast is experiencing a surge of specialist ale producers and new microbreweries. Here are a few pubs fuelling this thirst for great craft beers!
Located in East Belfast is Belfast’s very first and original brewery taproom by Bullhouse Brew Co, serving 20 taps of the freshest craft beer. With the biggest bottled and canned beer selection in NI, Bullhouse East’s friendly and knowledgeable staff will help guide you through a world of Belgian lambics, German lagers and the freshest UK, Irish and European juicy hop bombs, including their very own!
Hilden Brewery is Ireland’s Oldest Independent Brewery brewing a great variety of beers to taste. Perfect when partnered with lunch in their restaurant. Hilden Brewery offers a brilliant opportunity for tourists to experience authentic Northern Irish hospitality in a setting of real Irish heritage.
Bullitt Hotel and Bar
The sleek and stylish bar at Bullitt Hotel offers their very own brew, the Bullitt Lager, as well as a host of local, British and Irish craft beers. Sip on a can of Boundary Imbongo which is made in east Belfast, or a selection of ales from Beavertown, White Hag and Magic Rock breweries. Feel like a nibble on the side? Bullitt has a tempting small plates menu designed for all day grazing.
The Reporter Bar
Enjoy a local craft beer at the Reporter bar near Belfast city centre. Local products make the headlines at The Reporter. Craft beers from Northern Ireland breweries, such as Beer Hut, Bullhouse and Lacada, are proudly poured alongside local spirits like Belfast Vodka, Hinch Whiskey and Ninth Wave Gin.
The Deer's Head & Brewery
The Deer’s Head is Belfast city’s first ever brewpub with a fully functional on-site craft brewery. Inside this saloon bar you’ll find Bell’s Brewery on full display, where you can observe the entire brewing process, up close and personal, from the comfort of your seat. This pub has a core range named after old bars of the area, including North Star Lager, Black Bull Stout & Monkey Shaving the Goat IPA, rotating seasonal Bell’s Brewery specials and an unparalleled local craft beer selection. The Deer’s Head is the perfect Belfast city centre destination for any beer enthusiast!
The John Hewitt is well known for its excellent selection of local craft brews with a blackboard menu of guest beers, ales, and ciders, imported from all over the world. An excellent lunch menu and a great line-up of live and Irish traditional music, on offer six nights a week, makes the John Hewitt a much loved bar in Belfast.
Out of Office Brewing
Out of Office is a micro-brewery and taproom located above the Ulster Sports Club, which is an underground live music and craft beer venue. The taproom is open Thursday-Sunday, serving a core range of freshly brewed beers, together with some local heroes and familiar favourites. Tours take place Thursday-Sunday. Tickets include guided tour of the brewery, in-depth session learning about the beer brewing process and beer flight at the end.
Southside Social & Lucky Duck
For all those craft beer lovers Southside Social is the place to be. With craft cans and rotating craft beer available, you will be spoilt for choice. The laid-back atmosphere and bespoke drinks menu draw in a young and diverse crowd. You’ll find hoody-clad creatives at the bar and on-trend couples getting cosy in the booths. The interior is warm, inviting and lacks any pretensions.
The Errigle Inn
At the Errigle Inn you will find a selection of cask, keg and bottled beers from Ireland and the UK’s most cutting-edge breweries. There is a great selection of beers like Farmageddon and Whitewater at the Errigle Inn.
This quirky Irish pub serves a range of local and international beers available on draught, bottles, cans or even in buckets! An exciting line-up of entertainment through the week includes live music, comedy nights, quizzes and sports screens. There are daily food offering, such as Taco Tuesdays famous Pug’s sourdough pizzas served every day from 12pm.
From their restored 18th century building to their weekly programme of live trad music, Dirty Onion has always been one for traditions. Now, it’s celebrating the tradition of Boilermakers – a whiskey and beer pairing that originated among steelworkers in 19th century USA. The Boilermaker menu includes Irish ales paired Scottish and Irish whiskys; while the regular drinks menu features Belfast Black ale as well as international beers. Upstairs in the Yardbird restaurant, enjoy house ale with mouthwatering rotisserie chicken.
This award-winning, traditional Irish pub is known for its quality food menu and huge selection of draughts. You’ll find rotating craft beers like Hallion IPA and Maggie’s Leap on tap, with bottles including beers from Hilltown Brewery as well as local craft ciders too.