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This distinctive drinking den, oozing with nonchalant charm and lively characters, has a stylish ambiance that's hard to match. Split over two floors, these compact premises are prone to the odd impromptu jazz session, meandering intellectual ramble, or even downright silly barroom banter. Expect to mix easily with all the inhabitants throughout the intimate, bijou settings while the cozy, friendly atmosphere washes over you (but be warned - there's not much standing room and even less seating). This snug venue - situated in the thriving, cosmopolitan Cathedral Quarter area - is a great place to meet old friends and make new ones too.
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.
Kremlin, the Soviet-themed club and bar represents the best of Belfast's gay scene affording a trip behind the Iron Curtain five days a week. Nights are predominantly mixed in terms of both age and gender; but be rest assured that any time of any day at Kremlin will be unforgettable and eventful in the best sense of the words. Check out their web site for further details on upcoming events and theme nights.
The Union Street Bar is centrally located near Royal Avenue. Walk past Donegall Street, and you won't miss the vibrant Union Street. Originally a shoe factory, the venue now serves as a popular eatery and nightspot, which is split over three levels. The menu features freshly prepared fast food, as well as other regular meal entries and desserts. For drinks, try one of the special coffees or pair your meal with wine. Private parties can also be hosted here. During the day the restaurant has a relaxed feel, but at night the venue takes on a lively atmosphere complete with events such as drag shows, cabaret, karaoke, and more.