Opened to great acclaim in the late 90s, Deane's has played a prominent role in the upgrading of cuisine in Belfast, proving that there was a market here all along for fine contemporary and fusion food. As renowned Michelin-starred chef Michael Deane puts it, come and sample some serious, indulgent dining. The clientèle range from high flying city types to Belfast's most distinguished visitors. Beware though, the menu changes regularly. There is a fine range of wines, with a bottle of house wine.
Definitely worth finding, especially as the winding walk you'll take to get here will lead you round some of Belfast's oldest streets. So you've negotiated the entries and the damp cobblestones and you've found the Duke of York. Inside it's crammed with mementos of Belfast's maritime and industrial past, so there's plenty to look at whilst you sip away at a good range of beers and lagers (they serve a particularly good Guinness). The Duke of York attracts a widely disparate group of drinkers, with students from the nearby Art College mixing with seasoned old drinkers and radicals.
You might think this is just another pub claiming to be one of Belfast's oldest. However this is definitely true. Kelly's Cellars really does have a long history; it opened business in 1720. Friendly, toe-tapping crowd are attracted by the famous folk music sessions, when you'll experience Irish pub culture at its musical best. Hidden away down a side street off Royal Avenue, you could easily miss this little pub in the midst of the city centre shopping buzz, but once you make it inside all the elements of that proverbial Irish welcome, music, alcohol and lively conversation, make it hard to leave.
When at Belfast's MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), if you wish take a break from the entertaining acts and nourish yourself, head over to the canteen for some delicious treats. The Canteen at the MAC serves a range of contemporary preparations inspired by global recipes. Soups, salads, breads and meats cooked in various styles are on offer. It is an ideal place for a pre-theater meal with dinner being served from 5p onwards, or even an after-show meal as the doors remain open till much later on nights that performances are held at MAC. Concerts and dinner shows are regularly organized here, making your dining experience here a joyful one.
The Crown Bar, situated in a prime location on the Golden Mile, is one of the jewels in Belfast's entertainment domain. The look of the place imitates that of an old Wild West saloon. Rays of sun come from Victorian etched-windows and the old gas lamps lends a 19th-century charm to the place. It is the most famous bar in Ulster; the most attractive feature though, are the wood paneled partitions that give drinkers some privacy to enjoy their poison.
Even one of Belfast's oldest pubs can boast an eclectic taste in music. On weekdays there are sizzling traditional folk sessions in the front bar while the trendier tunes prop up the back bar. The bar easily retains an old worldly charm, even after a modern face lift; think of ornate, high ceilings, dark mahogany walls and secluded booths dimly lit with oil lamps. This pub has great music and offers diverse and locally sourced dishes. These dishes are from steamed mussels to homemade beef burgers. This place is located near the famed City Hall.
Thompsons is a popular club located in the city center with a very swanky interior and an equally swanky looking clientele. Weekends are a great fun here at Thompsons with celebrity DJs playing your favorite beats. The club is a happening place with lots of entertaining events. The club is particular about the dress code and this apply to all events. Check out the website for the latest gigs.
AM:PM Restaurant is an intimate and exclusive bar and bistro, perfect for an evening with friends or a date night. Serving up contemporary food and bar snacks with an array of drinks, this place is a clubber's paradise. The resident DJ churns out foot stomping numbers so you dance while enjoy your favorite drink. This decadent venue is one great hub.
Named after the street it is located on, the history of the Fountain Bar & Restaurant goes back a century. The restaurant along with a basement bar was established in the late 1800s, replacing a school that stood on site. Damaged in the World War II, the establishment was restored to its former glory, and continues to serve guests even today. Walk down to the bar and enjoy traditional Irish beers, whiskys and liqueurs and accompany them with delicious fish and chips or fried chicken. Occasionally, local musicians fill this place up with lively Irish melodies.
Don't be mistaken by the name; Voodoo is no black magic house, or school teaching superstitious practices. A hipster bar and concert venue spread across two floors, it is located at Fountain Street, right in the heart of Belfast. If music is the elixir of your life, and chilling with some beers is your idea of fun, then this place is just for your. Serving a range of drinks and bites in the lower level, this bar has a casual ambiance and friendly staff. The upper level is a club, a concert venue, or a music space, whatever you like to call it. With a range of rock concerts and contemporary music shows being held at Voodoo, it seems to be taking the Belfast nightlife by storm. To attend any of their events, or to view their latest schedule, please have a look at their website.