Best Bars in Belfast

Belfast's bar scene is as diverse as it gets, offering everything from laid-back jazz nights to raucous late night partying. Whether you're in the mood for sky-high sips on a stunning rooftop or curling up with a few signature cocktails in a sleek lounge, we're here to help. Explore our guide to the best bars in Belfast and enjoy a unique night out in the Northern Irish capital. 

Last updated on 26th November 2020


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Taking inspiration from South America, Liquor XXX is one of the best cocktail bars in Belfast for its tequila, pisco and cachaça-laced mixes. Welcoming guests with an 'adult' shopfront, the venue puts a racy spin on things indoors with red velvet booths, vintage trinkets and Latin tunes. 

Perfectly perched atop the Bullitt Hotel, Babel Rooftop Bar and Garden is one of the best bars with a view in Belfast. Head here for handcrafted cocktails and light bites while overlooking the city, with weekend boozy brunches, afternoon tea and live music events on the regular. 

A fuss-free bar that focuses on locally-brewed bevvies, Bullhouse Brewing Company's flagship is all about the craft beer. Head to the Eastside spot for a regularly changing menu that includes signature IPAs, vegan ales and stouts, as well as biodynamic wines small batch spirits.

This Belfast bar really does cater to all your food and drink needs, offering a classic pub experience at The Dirty Onion and rotisserie chicken goodies from Yardbird. If you're a sucker for whiskeys, explore their dedicated guide book which will help you find some of the best sips in the city. 

Fibber Magee's is hands-down one of the most beloved pubs in Belfast, offering a cosy retreat that's fuelled by traditional music, classic Irish grub and plenty of booze. Made up of a lounge, pool loft, saloon and bistro, it's the perfect spot to sink a few hours into.

Rita's is a haven for small plates, cocktails and partying in the Linen Quarter. Searching for one of the best bars in Belfast for a date? This is sure to make that sepcial someone swoon with its cool vibe and extensive collection of gins, craft beers and signature mixes. 

The Northern Whig is an award-winning bar in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, pairing traditional pub interiors with elevated food and drink offerings from acclaimed chef Rick Orr. While away the hours in a cosy nook here and you'll get to soak up signature mojitos, brambles and margaritas.