The Dirty Onion
The Dirty Onion is located in one of Belfast's oldest buildings, with real Irish music and craic seven nights a week. Dating back to 1780, the building was used as a bonded spirit warehouse from 1921. The distinctive external wooden structure is another original feature - it frames the venue's beer garden at the front.
The Duke of York
Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway, this traditional Belfast bar is crammed with original mirrors and memorabilia. Cold beer, great Guinness and a huge selection of Irish whiskeys are enjoyed by both visitors and locals.
Kelly's Cellars is one of Belfast's oldest traditional Irish pubs, situated in the heart of the city. Described as 'a hidden gem that oozes old traditional values', it's famous for a pint of Guinness, served with homemade Irish beef stew.
Crown Liquor Saloon
Discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its heartily classic pub food. The Crown is both ageless and priceless, a gem of Victoriana and one of the great bars of the world. Dating back to 1826, it is now owned by the National Trust and has been sympathetically restored over the years.
The Perch Rooftop Bar
The Perch Rooftop Bar is a space like no other in Belfast, with a beautiful large centre bar, surrounded by original window features, brick clad walls and adorned with birdcages and artwork. Nip up in the original sliding door lift and find yourself looking over the sights of Belfast whilst sipping a cocktail in the outdoor area, or take a perch at the bar and sample some delicious beer and gins.
The National Grande Café
The National boasts an extensive drinks selection and the largest beer garden in Belfast, the perfect spot for an evening get together or a break from a hard day's shopping.
Cutters is the go-to summer spot in Belfast when the sun comes out. On the banks of the River Lagan, you can enjoy al fresco dining, cocktails and barbecues throughout the summer months.
With stunning views of Belfast City Hall, this stylish bar boasts award-winning cocktails and an extensive drinks menu, and often has live music. Call in between 4pm and 8pm on Fridays for cocktail offers.
Berts Jazz Bar
Berts Jazz Bar encapsulates the sleek elegance of the art-deco era, complemented by the very best in live jazz, fabulous cocktails and mouth-watering food. Find yourself instantly transported back to the chic, intimate jazz bars of 1930s New York as you soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you over a handpicked list of cocktails.
Revelución de Cuba
Revolución de Cuba is the ultimate in Cuban food, cocktails and fiesta experiences. The eccentric Cuban spirit has come to Belfast - expect dazzling handcrafted cocktails, dishes loaded with exotic flavour and full on tropical party vibes that are unlike anything you've ever experienced before.
Situated on Botanic Avenue, this converted church hosts more than its fair share of events. With a rolling schedule of comedy nights, salsa dancing and folk and blues singers, as well as a full musical calendar, The Empire is a great night out.
Steeped in Irish tradition and packed to the rafters with little bits of history, Fibber Magee's is the genuine article. Pull up a stool by the open fire and enjoy tunes of traditional musicians, every night of the week, in this snug bar at the back of Robinsons.
Sunflower Public House
Sunflower is a simple corner pub, instantly recognisable by the security cage on its front door, a relic from 1980s Belfast. Hearty bowls of stew are served on Fridays and Saturdays with fresh wheaten bread, which go hand-in-hand with pints of locally brewed ale from Hilden Brewery. Craft beers from America, Denmark and Argentina are available, as well as more local offerings.
Taste and Tour
There are a number of tours in and around Belfast where you can taste and learn more about your favourite tipple. Take a Gin Jaunt around Belfast, visiting five of the best gin bars and trying seven very different gins, learning all about styles, garnishes, cocktails and more. Take a Whiskey Walk around the Cathedral Quarter with an Irish Whiskey Ambassador or take a Brewery Tour to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of Northern Ireland's most interesting breweries, with plenty of beer included along the way!
Distillery and Brewery Tours
Old Bushmills Distillery
Old Bushmills Distillery is Ireland's oldest working distillery. Take a tour and discover how Bushmills Whiskey is crafted in the small village of Bushmills, settled on the banks of the river where family and friends have worked for generations.
Visit Echlinville Distillery on the Ards Peninsula where the popular Jawbox Gin is produced and enjoy a few drams at the end of the tour.
Rademon Estate Distillery
Rademon Estate Distillery is where Shortcross Gin is created, and one of the oldest historic estates in Ireland. Shortcorss Gin is now the most awarded gins in Ireland and a tour of Rademon will walk you through the fascinating distillation process from harvesting local botanicals to bottling the finished product on site.