If you want to experience a traditional Northern Irish night in Belfast then look no further… We have put together a pub crawl with some of the best traditional pubs where you can drink the best Guinness while listening to traditional music!
Lavery’s is a Belfast classic which is suitable for people of all genres. Downstairs is a traditional pub with Sports on TV and usually acoustic sessions by local musicians. Whilst upstairs, there is pool tables, a roof terrace and on the weekends it opens into a nightclub venue.
2. The Crown Bar
The Crown Liquor Saloon is a public house in Belfast, Northern Ireland, located in Great Victoria Street. Refurbished to a high standard in 1885, it is an outstanding example of a Victorian gin palace, and is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known pubs.
Just meters away from The Crown, Robinsons Bar is one of Belfast’s longest established bars and provides great choice for your night out with 5 venues under one roof – Saloon , Bistro, Fibbers, Bt1 and Roxy.
4. Maddens Bar
This little off-the-beaten-path bar is quite the find in Belfast. Non-touristy and incredibly local, you’ll see all sorts of local wall decorations. The atmosphere has just the right amount of grunge and there is live Irish music every night. It has a great range of drinks and has an amazing fireplace to add to the atmosphere.
5. Kelly’s Cellars
Kellys Cellars is a public house in Belfast, Northern Ireland, situated at 30 Bank Street in the city centre. Built in 1720, it is one of the oldest pubs of Belfast. It sits in what used to be an alley way off Royal Avenue, but a few buildings were knocked down and now Kellys sits in a square beside Castlecourt, a major Belfast shopping centre. It provides
pub food and traditional music sessions. It remains resolutely old-fashioned, with a vaulted ceiling and elbow-worn bar and is crammed with bric-a-brac. It was a meeting place for Henry Joy McCracken and the United Irishmen when they were planning the 1798 Rising. The story goes that McCracken hid behind the bar when British soldiers came for him.
In September 2004 the pub had a grand re-opening under new management. In 2007 a blue plaque was erected on the site by the Ulster History Circle stating that the Society of United Irishmen met there during the period 1791 to 1798
6. Whites Tavern
This historic 17th-century tavern is in Winecellar Entry, an old trading alley where Mercury newspaper was founded in the 1850s. It enjoys an established reputation for fine home cooking. Live music. Listed in A Taste of Ulster Guide. Whites Tavern proudly lays claim to being the oldest tavern in Belfast. The atmosphere is easy going and friendly, with traditional peat burning fires and many old Belfast artefacts on display.
This is the oldest pub and one of the oldest buildings in Belfast. It dates from 1711. It’s now a busy urban venue with a 100-seater restaurant, but the building itself dates back over 300 years.
8. The Harp Bar
The Harp Bar, situated alongside its big brother, the hugely famous Duke of York, is a pub like no other. Firstly, it is a proper public house for the mature drinker selling crisps, dulse, coffees, independent draught beers and extensive whiskies and at all times “Belfast Craic” with a huge heart. Secondly, it is a live music venue on two floors hosting home-grown talent from the likes of Van Morrison etc. Both of these factors attempt to recreate the once famous “atmosphere” synonymous with its predecessor the 1970’s Harp Bar.
9. The Duke of York
Nestled along a narrow cobbled alleyway in the historic Half Bap area, the Duke offers a traditional Belfast welcome of craic, music and humour in contrast to the modern fashionable establishments currently blowing into the surrounding streets. Hosting regular traditional sessions there is no better place to sample the real taste of our city – simply step in and drink an Irish whiskey washed down with a pint of creamy stout.
Imagine Belfast with only five streets. Protected by earth ramparts and the city walls, the area where the Dark Horse now stands was convenient to the old iron foundry, the pottery, the whiskey merchants and the brown linen hall.
10. The Dirty Onion
Although only recently opened 2 years ago, it makes the list for one of the best pubs in Ireland. The Dirty Onion is one of Belfast’s oldest buildings – dating back to 1780 when 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. It has embraced Ireland’s traditional scene, with music and a great atmosphere.
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