Belfast's time has come. As vibrant as Barcelona and more authentically Irish than Dublin, it sits on a bustling port on the banks of Belfast Lough, surrounded by rolling green Irish hills.

Belfast: Best bars and nightlife

Belfast is truly a shining example of Irish charm and excitement. As is widely known, the Irish know how to have a good time. And where better to experience this legendary liveliness than Northern Ireland’s capital, at the brilliant bars in Belfast. This relatively compact city offers a huge array of pubs, clubs and quirky bars. In this lively Irish city there is always something going on, and with bars open late and drink prices always fair, there is no excuse not to have a great time.

The perfect start to a night out in Belfast is, of course, a traditional Irish pub. No visit to Belfast would be complete without a pint of Guinness in a classic drinking hole. Laverys Bar is one of the best sports bars in Northern Ireland, always busy showing sport or hosting live music and entertainment. If you’re looking for a bar with a lot of ‘craic’, why not try the beer garden of Dirty Onion? Or for something a little more exclusive there’s the luxurious Ollies in the Merchant Hotel. Then party the night away at one of Belfast’s famous clubs like 21 Social or rockin’ Limelight.

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