Cool and Quirky Bars in Belfast

There's no shortage of unique places to drink in our city. Whether you're looking for an unusual date idea, a fun place to hang out with mates or you're planning a special occasion, this guide has all you need. From sultry cocktail dens to outlandish cabaret clubs, homely pubs to rooftop gems, these cool and quirky bars in Belfast are making sure you have a night out to remember. 

Last updated on 12th May 2021


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One for those of you after a fun night out in Belfast, Franklins Sports Bar has a top floor gaming area complete with darts, beer pong and pool tables. There's also huge screens showing live sports, American bites and £2 beers during the week.

Hidden behind an 'adult' shopfront, Liquor XXX is a racy twist on the typical cocktail bar in Belfast. This unique haunt is a must for anyone that loves South American-inspired sips and soundtracks, pairing rum, tequila, pisco and cachaça mixes with a lively atmosphere that's hard to beat.

Looking for an unusual bar in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter? The Spaniard is a unique place for sipping drinks, watching live music and having a good time. That's not all though, as they line their walls with quirky artwork, host live DJs and even allow you to bring your dog along.

Belfast's oldest family-owned bar also happens to be one of the coolest in town. Not only is this place home to Ireland's largest pool room, but they'll keep you coming back for the beer garden, comedy nights and a cracking food menu, with pints of Guinness coming in at just a fiver.

Cuckoo is a gamer's idea of heaven, offering ping pong, air hockey, pool tables, pinball machines and arcade classics. On the hunt for the best bars in Belfast for groups, unique dates or a laid-back birthday? This place is sure to have every quirky activity you could ask for.

Bullhouse is a quirky craft beer bar found in the Eastside area of Belfast. With a community ethos underpinning everything, the venue serves signature IPAs and plant-based ales alongside local brews, biodynamic wines and spirits if you fancy switching things up a little. 

Union Street Bar promises some seriously cool and quirky nights out in Belfast, with a regular roster of quizzes, pride parties and the hilarious 'Cabargay'. Head on over to this LGBTQ+ staple and you'll experience unique events with an extensive collection of classic cocktails. 

Far from your average boozer, Santeria is one of the top bars in Belfast city centre dishing out peach margaritas, kiwi-infused sips and brandy-soaked hot toddies. Sure, you can get your hands on classic drinks, but if you're after something different then you've come to the right place.