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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.
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.
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.
Step across the cobbled yard, through arched, stable-like doors and into this quaint eatery and microbrewery. You'll discover an atmospheric restaurant split over two floors with a laid-back bistro and an elegant yet rustic dining room above stairs. Quality, local ingredients, such as beef, sea bream and venison form the basis of a decidedly Irish-inspired menu. Also on offer are some quality local ales, including the intriguing Molly's Chocolate Stout and the refreshing Belfast Blonde. Built in the former stables of College Green House, this place is a real find for the discerning diner looking for something more authentic and down to earth.