Traditional Pubs in Belfast

Find the best traditional pubs in Belfast complete with snugs, traditional music sessions and the perfect pint of Guinness. With original features, a warm atmosphere and friendly welcome there is no better place to meet friends and enjoy the local craic.

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Duke of York

A traditional Belfast bar crammed with original mirrors and memorabilia, cold beer, great Guinness and the largest selection of Irish whiskeys in Ireland. Catch live music Thursday-Sundays including traditional, acoustic and rock. (Snow Patrol first played there in 1998!). The extensive smoking area outside is festooned with award-winning flowers and street art. Read more >>

Kelly’s cellars

Kelly’s Cellars is one of Belfast’s oldest traditional Irish pub, situated in the heart of the city. Described as “a hidden gem that oozes old traditional values”, it is famous for a pint of Guinness, served with homemade Irish beef stew. Built in 1720, Kelly’s Cellars has changed very little in 200 years and still has most of its original features. The whitewashed walls and uneven concrete floor are in keeping with a traditional Irish bar. The bar is what you would imagine a few hundred years ago – low arches and an original open fire makes Kelly’s Cellars feel like home from home, and people singing a song or two is a familiar part of a vibrant pub. Read more >> 

The Garrick

Established in 1870, The Garrick is one of the oldest pubs in Belfast. The Garrick offers a range of locally sourced freshly prepared dishes 7 days a week and a range of over 60 local and international bottled beers & ciders. The Front Bar has traditional sessions on Wednesday nights at 9.30pm, Fridays at 5pm and Sundays at 4pm which you can enjoy in front of an open fire. Read more >> 

The Crown Liquor Saloon

The Crown is both ageless and priceless, a gem of Victoriana and one of the great bars of the world. Formerly known as The Liquor Saloon in Great Victoria Street, it was one of the mightiest Victorian gin palaces which once flourished in the industrial cities of the British Isles. Dating back to 1826, it is now owned by the National Trust and has been sympathetically restored over the years. The Crown remains a unique visual gem, a veritable masterpiece in bar architecture, which has the distinction of being known to millions the world over. Read more >>

Dirty Onion

The Dirty Onion is Belfast’s oldest building with real Irish music & craic 7 nights a week. Dating back to 1780, the building was used as a bonded spirit warehouse from 1921. It was then known as ‘STACK N’ – a reference to its position on the north side of Waring Street – and still bears a giant red painted ‘N’ on its brick façade. The distinctive external wooden structure is another original feature, which, following careful restoration frames the venue’s beer garden to the front of the complex, with a new contemporary courtyard stretching out to Hill Street. Read more >> 

John Hewitt

Having such a close relationship with the arts in Belfast, The John Hewitt has naturally progressed to becoming a popular venue for quality, live music. The bar being very much traditional in style has lent itself to traditional music sessions almost without planning. And its name has been established as a venue for various styles of good, live music. The full house sign is seen regularly for gigs as diverse as Jazz, Ulster Scots Folk or Cajun which you can enjoy over a glass of locally brewed beer. Read more >> 

Robinsons

5 bars in one, in the ground floor Saloon you’ll find original memorabilia from the Titanic including the famous Philomena Doll recovered from the wreckage, while letters and postcards written onboard the iconic ship sit alongside 1st & 2nd class china used on all White Star Liners. Steeped in Irish tradition and packed to the rafters with little bits of history, the back bar, 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. Read more >> 

Kitchen bar

The Kitchen Bar is one of the most historical pubs in Belfast. The original pub, dating back to 1859 was the favourite watering hole for the star performers of Belfast’s famous music hall, the Empire. Relocated just around the corner from its original site to an old converted warehouse, to make way for the new Victoria Square development, it retains all the charm and charisma that visitors experienced at its original location with the well-regarded view of being the friendliest bar in all of Belfast! Included on all the major pub tours in the city the bar offers real ale, real food in a real friendly venue. Read more >>

McHughs

Located in the heart of the trendy Cathedral Quarter, McHughs is housed in Belfast’s oldest building, dating back to 1711. Now, a listed building, McHughs Bar has been sympathetically restored to its Georgian splendour and is a focal point in both Belfast’s gastronomic and nightlife scenes. The main bar offers a homely feel with open fires and comfortable seating – the perfect place to relax with the best beers in Belfast. The basement bar plays host to live bands during the week from traditional music to local rock music and sounds to suit alternative tastes at the weekend. The 100-seater restaurant provides home-cooked, traditional Irish food with a modern twist. Read more >>

The Morning Star

The Morning Star bar and restaurant is a must for anyone wanting to see a living museum piece of old Belfast. The Morning Star is easily identified by the superb Victorian sign hanging from a grandly exuberant iron bracket jutting out from the corner of the bar. Another great rarity is the Winged Lion of St Mark sitting proudly on the corner. The building is historically listed and can trace its history back to 1810, when it was mentioned in The Belfast Newsletter as being one of the terminals for the Belfast to Dublin Mail Coach. The downstairs bar has its original mahogany counter with its old terrazzo floor. Read more >>

Bittles Bar

Bittles Bar is one of Belfast’s more curious pubs located close to the bustling Victoria Square. Red-bricked and ‘flat-iron’ in shape Bittles is a wonderful example of a traditional Victorian Bar. Founded in 1868 the bar was originally called the Shakespeare reflecting is theatrical clientele. A talking point for regulars and visitors a-like, is the eclectic range of artwork adorning the triangular lounge – portraits celebrating Ireland’s literary and sporting heroes including Beckett, Joyce, Yeats, Wilde, Best, Higgins and McGuigan and some of Northern Ireland’s most famous politicians. Read more >> 

Laverys

Perfect for relaxing afternoons and lively night, Lavery’s provides a traditional taste of a Belfast Pub. Lavery’s has long been a favoured drinks emporium for more seasoned individuals, a place to meet, eat, drink, converse and have almighty craic with the punters and staff. The elegant yet traditional bar has a warm welcoming atmosphere and an extensive selection of drinks, promotions and entertainment. Read more >> 

Errigle Inn

The Errigle Inn is known as one of Ireland’s most famous traditional pubs with a great history for excellent music and atmosphere. The Errigle Inn has a reputation for serving fabulous food, drink and entertainment. The Errigle Inn has a variety of over twenty different beers on tap that include not only the big names like Guinness, Heineken, Becks, Carlsberg and Coors, but also a variety of craft beers and a few great quality draughts which are a little harder to come by in Belfast, such as Blue Moon, Samuel Adams, Erdinger, Peroni and Asahi. Read more >> 

The Pavilion

Nicknamed “The Big House” by the locals, due to its’ three storeys, The Pavilion Bar draws its clientele from all over the city and beyond, and is a must for all who wish to experience a traditional Belfast Bar. The Public Bar on the ground floor is a long hall bar with wooden panelling and high ornate ceilings. Its long thin shape lends to an intimate atmosphere, giving it a reputation for being one of the best places to watch live sports on its many High Definition plasma screens. Read more >>

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