Best Pubs in Belfast

You haven't truly experienced Northern Ireland's capital city until you've spent a night holed up in one of its legendary boozers. From traditional pubs with live Irish music to cosy haunts serving mouthwatering Sunday roasts, these venues promise a night to remember (or forget, depending on your Guinness intake). Check out our guide to Belfast's best pubs here and let the shenanigans commence. 

Last updated on 7th June 2021




A charming pub in Belfast's Cathedral Quater, The Spaniard knows a thing or two about lively Friday night sessions. The watering hole regularly plays host to local musicians, while also serving a mouthwatering selection of tapas dishes. 

A traditional Irish pub in Belfast, Bittles Bar can be easily identified thanks to its iconic flat iron exterior. Dating back to the 19th century, the Musgrave Channel Road spot offers stellar service and a huge range of whiskeys.

One of the best pubs in Belfast, Fibber Magee's is a popular spot for traditional live Irish folk music, roaring open fires and Guinness aplenty. Spread over three floors, with a traditional saloon, popular bistro and relaxed pool loft, it's the perfect place to while away a day in Northern Ireland's capital. 

One of the most popular traditional Irish music bars in Belfast, Maddens guarantees a night of toe-tapping fun. With friendly locals, plenty of craic and a healthy offering of ales, stouts and draught beers, its the ideal spot for a casual date night.

When it comes to places to drink in Belfast, The Duke of York is a guaranteed winner. Nestled along a cobbled alleyway in the Half Bap area, this quirky bar is adorned with whiskey memorabilia, flickering candles and cosy lamps.

Looking for a sports bar in Belfast? Laverys is one of the city's finest, with a sprawling pool room, heated beer garden and HD TVs screening all the latest matches. And when the weekend rolls around? The historic boozer becomes a nightlife hotspot, with a 1200 capacity ballroom complete with sparkling disco ball.