Through various forms of publication, we are constantly reminded of the best bars that Belfast has to offer. However, in such articles, rarely do we see any bars from outside the city centre featured. To give the great venues outside the city centre fair coverage, this article is focused completely on the best venues outside the city centre.
The Botanic Inn
The Botanic Inn (also known as ‘The Bot’) has been recorded as dating back to 1798. Steeped in history for hundreds of years, it is now considered a focal institution for both tourists and locals in Belfast. This place has become even more popular in recent years having modernised the upstairs of the venue into a nightclub, meaning that this is now the biggest bar in Northern Ireland!
The King’s Head
Located directly across the road from the King’s Halls, The Kings Head is one of the best bars on the Lisburn Road. This is definitely a venue for all tastes. It boasts a 120-seater restaurant, dedicated live lounge, gastro pub and beer garden allow you to have the complete entertainment experience under the one roof.
Located on the outskirts of Belfast in Dunmurry, McGlone’s is one of the leading pubs in the region. This bar is a favourite for locals with its live entertainment, excellent food friendly staff and an enjoyable weekly pub quiz.
The Belview Arms
The Bellevue Arms is situated on the Antrim Road in Newtownabbey, close to Belfast Zoo. Its dominant position overlooking Belfast and beyond makes it one of North Belfast’s most famous Bars and Restaurants. With breath taking views over Belfast lough the restaurant offers a relaxing atmosphere with traditional Irish food and portions to match. This venue is also very popular for live sport which is shown on numerous TVs and projectors.
The Errigle Inn
Located on the Ormeau Road, The Errigle Inn is known as one of Ireland’s most famous traditional pubs with a great history for excellent music and atmosphere. This pub has a reputation for serving fabulous food, drink and entertainment. The venue boasts five bars, an off license, roof gardens and a beer garden. Excellent food is served throughout the building.
Established in 1899, The Pavilion or “The Big House” draws its clientele from all over the city and beyond, and is a must for all those who wish to experience a traditional Belfast pub. The Public Bar on the ground floor creates a cosy atmosphere with its wooden panelling, high ornate ceiling and a crackling open fire. This bar has gained a reputation as one of the best places in Belfast to watch live sport, boasting a state-of-the-art 16-way HD system throughout the three-storey house.
Cutters Wharf Belfast
Overlooking the River Lagan in South Belfast is Cutters Wharf, a fashionable establishment that can cater for any event. With comfortable seating, wide open windows overlooking the River Lagan, and a new heated River Terrace – Cutters Wharf offers an impressive choice, from al fresco dining areas outside, to the cosiness of the casual downstairs bar, with its riverside views and TV screens both inside and out.
Situated in south-west Belfast, The Devenish is a modern bar and restaurant which has gone through its fair share of transitions over the decades. The most recent transformation is the most impressive yet. The complex holds a massive function room which is ideal for weddings, along with an impressive bar, beer garden and restaurant. The bar regularly has live traditional Irish folk bands and other entertainment. The prices are also pretty reasonable so it is worth a visit if you are in Belfast!
Horatio Todd’s is a lively bar on the Upper Newtownards Road. The inside décor is traditional with a modern twist, with walls and shelves adorned in old pharmacy flyers and prescription bottles from the shop of the late Horatio himself. The bar offers a huge selection of premium beers, wines and spirits as well as an excellent cocktail list, while the restaurant serves sophisticated dishes made with locally sourced produce.
Located on the Glen Road in West Belfast, this place is a well-known favourite for locals. The downstairs bar is very cosy, with live sports are shown daily. There is an on-site restaurant which serves delicious foods at very reasonable prices. Not to mention, there is a function room and bar upstairs. This venue is definitely suitable for all tastes.
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