St Patrick’s Day in Belfast

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Belfast, with colourful events taking place across the city. Enjoy Irish music, sample our homemade local food or sit back and relax in one of our traditional pubs.

Traditional Irish food


Holohans’ picturesque setting on the Belfast Barge is the perfect accompaniment to the unique dining experience. With a focus on great Irish produce, warm hospitality and classic recipes with a modern twist, sample the likes of Glenarm salmon, colcannon or, for the more adventurous, the beetroot boxty dumpling. To accompany your meal, choose from a wide range of locally sourced craft beers, ales and ciders, and a great selection of some unusual Irish whiskeys.  Read more >> 

McHugh’s Bar & Restaurant

McHugh’s offers a homely feel with open fires and comfortable seating – the perfect place to relax with the best beers and home-cooked Irish food with a modern twist. Sample the Boxty, an old style Irish potato cake with a range of tasty toppings, or the good old staple, Irish stew.  Read more >> 

Avoca Cafe

Located on Arthur Street, Avoca is the perfect spot to chill out and grab a bite to eat. Spacious with an eclectic vintage style, it features delicious, freshly-prepared favourites from an award-winning menu including beef and Guinness casserole and Dundrum Bay crab salad served with freshly baked breads. Read more >> 

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Explore Traditions and Heritage

Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich

Cultúrlann celebrates Belfast’s cultural traditions and offers visitors the chance to experience live traditional and contemporary music sessions, exhibitions, poetry readings, céilís, concerts and workshops. New additions include the Gerard Dillon art gallery and an interactive space, where visitors can get an insight into the development of Irish language and culture in Belfast. Read more >> 

Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts

Take part in one of the centre’s many workshops and try your hand at fiddle making, bog oak carving, painting, willow craft, basket making or embroidery. Listen to short stories and poetry, learn how to set dance or brush up on your Irish language. Read more >> 

An Droichead

Visit An Droichead to get a taste of Irish culture with music, drama, talks, films and exhibitions. Read more >> 

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Traditional Pubs

Crown Liquor Saloon

Step inside to discover this unique visual gem, a traditional pub of character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its heartily classic pub food, served with a generous measure of famous Irish hospitality. Once one of the mightiest Victorian gin palaces, dating back to 1826, it is now owned by the National Trust and has been sympathetically restored over the years to retain its distinction as a veritable masterpiece in bar architecture. Read more >> 

Kelly’s Cellars

One of Belfast’s oldest traditional Irish pubs, Kelly’s Cellars oozes old traditional values and is famous for its pints of Guinness and homemade Irish stew. Boasting a rich musical heritage, with musicians from all over Ireland and beyond often calling in for a few tunes, you’re always guaranteed a few songs, some local banter and a friendly welcome. Read more >> 

Sunflower Public House

A simple corner pub, free of gimmicks or themes, The Sunflower is instantly recognisable by the security cage on its front door, a relic from 1980’s Belfast. Music is very much part of the pub’s life – traditional, Appalachian and Gypsy Swing sessions feature weekly in the bar while folk and bluegrass are regularly featured upstairs. Hearty bowls of stew are served with fresh wheaten bread, which go hand-in-hand with pints of locally brewed ale from Hilden Brewery. Read more >> 

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