Belfast has a huge selection of watering holes, and the most coveted spots during the summer months are beer gardens and rooftop bars.

Top 10 Beer Gardens in Belfast

Come rain or shine you can find a great outdoor space in Belfast to enjoy a cool beer or a cocktail. Take a look at our top 10 beer gardens, roof terraces and urban escapes.
Cutters Wharf on the River Lagan

Cutters Wharf

Cutters is the go-to summer spot in Belfast when the sun comes out. On the banks of the River Lagan, you can enjoy delicious food, cocktails and barbecues throughout the summer months while enjoying beautiful views over the River Lagan. If Northern Ireland’s famous forecasts aren’t behaving there are retractable awnings and blinds that allow al fresco dining all year round.

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Filthy McNasty's Secret Garden

Filthy McNasty's Secret Garden

Visit Filthy McNasty's and you'll discover a quirky bar furnished with old chintz chairs and decorated eclectic artwork on the walls. Following through Filthy’s you can find the Secret Garden. Alluringly decorated with fairy lights, water features and an open fire, it is an intimate yet lively space in which to enjoy a cocktail or two! Take a seat in the quaint bandstand or visit during summer months to tuck into a tasty barbecue.

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Couple Outside Duke of York

Duke of York

The Duke of York is a traditional Belfast bar crammed with original mirrors and memorabilia, boasting cold beer, great Guinness and the largest selection of Irish whiskeys in Ireland. Yet when the sun is shining, outside is where you'll find most of Belfast standing along a fairy light lit Commercial Court.

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Friends Enjoying a Cocktail at The Perch Rooftop Bar

The Perch Rooftop Bar

Enter through an unassuming door on Franklin Street, ugo up 5 floors in an old service elevator and discover The Perch Rooftop Bar, unlike any other bar in the city. The Perch has a beautiful large centre bar, surrounded by original window features, brick clad walls and adorned with birdcages and artwork. Sip on cocktails and sangria in the height of summer and hot cider, winter warmers and blankets in the winter.

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The Dirty Onion Beer Garden

The Dirty Onion

This old bonding warehouse has been transformed into one of Belfast's coolest bars. With its unmissable wooden facade, outdoor bar and live music seven nights a week, The Dirty Onion is a great spot to enjoy a chilled pint on a summer evening in the Cathedral Quarter.

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Couple Holding Hands in the Bullitt Beer Garden

The Bullitt

With mouth-watering cocktails, craft beers and their very own Bullitt brew, the super stylish Bullitt Bar is where it’s all happening. Grab a drink and relax in the cosy courtyard right in the heart of Belfast city centre.

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The Parlour Bar Beer Garden

The Parlour

The Parlour Bar is popular with students and just a short walk from Queen's University. From a cosy interior with squishy chairs and a lived in feel, step out the back to find the beer garden. Topiary lined with heat lamps and quaint garden features, relax with a cocktail and a pizza prepared fresh in the clay oven.


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Group Outside Kelly's Cellars

Kelly's Cellars

Kelly's Cellars is one of Belfast's oldest traditional Irish pubs, in the heart of the city. Built in 1720, the bar has changed very little in 200 years and still has most of its original features. Though not strictly a beer garden, the front of Kelly's Cellars transforms in good weather with picnic benches, beer barrels and bar stools to perch on plus and live, traditional music in the "garden sessions".

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The National Grand Cafe

The National

The National boasts an indoor-outdoor feel with live plants growing from the rafters and a very tempting cocktail menu put together with local produce. Outside the large beer garden hosts tables and a bar amongst large planters made from sleepers. The beer garden comes alive in summer with regular barbecues and events and you'll find live there every Friday and Saturday night.
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The Ivory Roof Terrace

The Ivory

The stylish balcony at The Ivory offers luxurious surroundings with breathtaking views of Belfast. Situated on the 3rd floor of House of Fraser in the heart of Belfast, you can enjoy cocktails, barbecues and live music on the comfy sofas sheltered from the wind.

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