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Historic Pubs in Belfast

No visit to Belfast would be complete without a visit to a local pub. Inns dating back to the 18th century welcome tourists with Northern Ireland’s unique combination of hospitality, humour and good food. Gas-lit bars, Irish music and artefacts from the Titanic can all be found in pubs less than a 10 minute walk from Belfast City Hall.


Some of the best include:


Crown Liquor Saloon

Great Victoria Street 02890 279901


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Crown Liquor Saloon Photo John Oyston


Northern Ireland’s best known pub is well signposted across the city centre. Stand at the gas-lit bar or sit in your own little snug. The ornate exterior and unique interior are maintained by the National Trust, and the pub claims to be the only gas-lit pub in the world with its own web-cam.


McHugh’s


29-31 Queen’s Square 02890 509999

The oldest pub in Belfast dating back to 1711 has a traditional bar and 100 seater restaurant. Live Irish music played over the weekend and the bar is highly recommended by the locals.


The Morning Star near Victoria Square


17-19 Pottinger’s Entry 02890 235986


Down a side alley behind the new Victoria Square shopping centre is an historic gem. The “Entries” are a series of alleys on which Belfast was built and down Pottinger’s Entry stands the Morning Star. Originally the starting point for the Belfast to Dublin Mail coach the pub now boasts awards for its food and has been nominated as one of the best 100 pubs in Ireland.


John Hewitt Bar


51 Donegall Street 02890 233768


John Hewitt was a poet, socialist and a freeman of the City of Belfast. The pub named in his honour opened in 1999 and is owned and run by The Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre. Only 5 minute’s walk from St Ann’s Cathedral the pub offers a wide range of beers and ciders, generous portions of home cooked food and live entertainment ranging from jazz to Folk to Cajun


The Kitchen Bar, Victoria Square


36-40 Victoria Square 02890 324901


The Kitchen Bar has been relocated to accommodate the new Victoria Square Shopping Centre. The original pub, was built in 1859 and attracted celebrities appearing at performers the nearby Empire Music Hall.


The new site maintains the traditions of the original pub and serves real ale and locally sourced home cooked foods. It it popular with visitors and locals alike and claims to be “the friendliest bar in all of Belfast”


Robinsons Bar


38-40 Great Victoria Street Belfast 02890 247447


Five bars in one! Robinson offers something for all tastes. From live music in the spit and sawdust of Fibber Magees to the intimate surroundings of BT1. You can also dine in the Bistro, dance the weekend night away at Roxy’s nightclub or look at artefacts from the Titanic, which was built at nearby Harland and Wolfe, on display in the Saloon.

Mc Hugh’s Bar Photo Albert Bridge License CC-BY-3.0
Mc Hugh’s Bar Photo Albert Bridge License CC-BY-3.0

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