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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.
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.
Centrally located in the Cathedral Quarter, The John Hewitt Bar attracts crowds and is very popular. Try out their wonderful gourmet lunches, experience their evenings of live traditional music, their acclaimed jazz sessions or just come to sip on a pint. Admire the fine paintings by renowned Irish artists that complement the tasteful decor. Named after the Belfast poet and socialist, John Hewitt, this bar is the ideal place to go to for an authentic Irish pub experience.
McHughs boasts of being the oldest pubs in Belfast. The ground floor is mainly a bar, divided into small rooms and liberally furnished with artworks depicting Belfast's past and present. The basement hosts live bands every weekend while mellower jazz and ballad singers perform on the weekends. Try the restaurant on the first floor, which offers food ranging from traditional pub fare to delicious Irish preparations. The highly affordable wine list has some excellent New World wines.