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 share nibbles from tapas menus, tuck into sharing platters and toast handcrafted cocktails together.
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 course and a glass of wine.
The Sagart Kitchen & Bar
This intimate restaurant is ideal for a leisurely 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
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.
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 Loves 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.
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 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.
Located at Bullitt Hotel, Babel is a chique rooftop bar with an indoor area with DJs, as well as an outdoor garden for live music, BBQs and cocktails in the summer and winter warmers, cosy blankets and twinkling fairy lights in the colder months.
With a relaxed atmosphere and varied food menu, Voodoo is great for a casual catch up with friends 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.
Head to White’s Tavern for a great selection of traditional beers and live music every weekend. Or visit Vandal on the upstairs level, Belfast’s only dedicated geek and movie bar with board games, video games and regular cinema events.
Compact in size, but uncompromising in choice, Belfast offers ultimate retail experience. Get together with the girls for some classic retail therapy.
Spend some quality time together by hitting the shops for a day. Belfast has 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Get your friends together for fun and totally alternative activities. Go to an escape room, compete at crazy golf or catch a classic film.
Give yourselves a fun challenge and race against the clock in an escape room! The unique experience game has become a major hit and features three exciting challenges. You can play with groups up to 18 people in size, so it’s perfect for a night out with all of your friends.
Plan a night out with a difference with a movie at Queen's Film Theatre, Northern Ireland’s leading independent cinema. Showing the very best in new and classic world cinema there’s something for every film lover in your group of friends to enjoy.
Wee Toast Tours
Take a unique bicycle ride through Belfast while enjoying a drink with friends on board a Wee Toast Tour! Make some unique memories while soaking up some history and the unparalleled atmosphere of Belfast City Centre. Your Wee Toast Tour will be an outdoor city experience not to be missed.
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.
Lost City Golf
Take on the 18-hole challenge at Lost City 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.
Belfast Giants Game
Catch a 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.
There's always something on in the city. From gigs to markets and everything in between, find an event you and your friends will love.
Belfast Christmas Market
17 November - 22 December
This yuletide market offers an authentic feast of international cuisine alongside a mix of handcrafted goods and bespoke artisan products.
Sound of Belfast 2018
8 - 15 November
Enjoy a huge line up of live gigs to celebrate Belfast's music scene. Explore with a Belfast Music Tour, enjoy an Accoustic Picnic or listen to Belfast's up and coming musicians.
Ladyboys of Bangkok
Until 17 November
The glamour of Hollywood and the glitz of Las Vegas meet the beloved traditions of classic British music hall as the The Lady Boys of Bangkok return to Custom House Square.