Kevin’s Belfast Guide

Kevin
Kevin’s Belfast Guide

Food scene

Less than 10 minutes walk from the apartment will take you to the Cathedral Quarter, which is the centre of Belfast’s nightlife with lots of great bars and places to eat. Just head to Hill Street and explore the area from there. Pizza Punks, best pizza in town - expect to pay between £10 - £15 per person
Pizza Punks Belfast
20-22 Waring St
Less than 10 minutes walk from the apartment will take you to the Cathedral Quarter, which is the centre of Belfast’s nightlife with lots of great bars and places to eat. Just head to Hill Street and explore the area from there. Pizza Punks, best pizza in town - expect to pay between £10 - £15 per person
Best burger joint in the Cathedral Quarter (£10 - £15)
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Bunsen
5-8 Hill St
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Best burger joint in the Cathedral Quarter (£10 - £15)
Yardbird – a chicken place upstairs with a bar, The Dirty Onion, downstairs
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The Dirty Onion and Yardbird
3 Hill St
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Yardbird – a chicken place upstairs with a bar, The Dirty Onion, downstairs
Bootleggers - a diner - best for burgers, hot dogs and fries. Also is a bar with a great atmosphere
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Bootleggers
46 Church Ln
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Bootleggers - a diner - best for burgers, hot dogs and fries. Also is a bar with a great atmosphere
Head to St Anne’s Square for a choice of about six great restaurants, including an Asian, Italian, Bangladeshi, a Steak House. Slightly more formal, expect to pay £15 - £25 per person.
St. Anne's Square - Plaza, Belfast
Head to St Anne’s Square for a choice of about six great restaurants, including an Asian, Italian, Bangladeshi, a Steak House. Slightly more formal, expect to pay £15 - £25 per person.
Seafood lovers should go to Mourne Seafood (booking recommended)
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Mourne Seafood Bar
34-36 Bank Street
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Seafood lovers should go to Mourne Seafood (booking recommended)
The Kitchen Bar and restaurant, traditional Irish pub food
Kitchen Bar
1 Victoria Square
The Kitchen Bar and restaurant, traditional Irish pub food
Metz Express, home cooked traditional food. Great for lunches and breakfasts (daytime only)
Metz Espress
55 High Street
Metz Express, home cooked traditional food. Great for lunches and breakfasts (daytime only)
Fast food - avoid the usual chains and head to Mikey’s for cheap and tasty fast food (takeaway)
Mikey's Deli
6 Bridge Street
Fast food - avoid the usual chains and head to Mikey’s for cheap and tasty fast food (takeaway)
For the best and cheapest burritos around, head to a Boojum (there are several around the city, with the closest one in Victoria Square) https://www.boojummex.com/store-locator Closes at 8pm, but check website for up to date times.
Boojum
4 Victoria Square
For the best and cheapest burritos around, head to a Boojum (there are several around the city, with the closest one in Victoria Square) https://www.boojummex.com/store-locator Closes at 8pm, but check website for up to date times.
On Fri, Sat & Sun, St George’s Market is the place to go for great street food, crafts and souvenirs. Check out opening hours at https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/stgeorgesmarket
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St George's Market
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On Fri, Sat & Sun, St George’s Market is the place to go for great street food, crafts and souvenirs. Check out opening hours at https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/stgeorgesmarket
The Cloth Ear – a gastropub in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter (FOOD SERVED UNTIL 9PM)
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The Cloth Ear
16 Skipper St
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The Cloth Ear – a gastropub in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter (FOOD SERVED UNTIL 9PM)
Gnostic – recently opened up in the neighbourhood, this is the closest restaurant to the apartment and has been getting good reviews from recent guests, though haven’t tried it myself yet. (SERVES FOOD UNTIL 9PM)
Gnostic Bar & Kitchen
13 Corporation Square
Gnostic – recently opened up in the neighbourhood, this is the closest restaurant to the apartment and has been getting good reviews from recent guests, though haven’t tried it myself yet. (SERVES FOOD UNTIL 9PM)
2 Taps is the Cathedral Quarter’s tapas restaurant (SERVES FOOD UNTIL 9.30PM)
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2 Taps Wine Bar
42 Waring Street
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2 Taps is the Cathedral Quarter’s tapas restaurant (SERVES FOOD UNTIL 9.30PM)

Bars

Head to Hill Street, where any of the bars will be buzzing especially on a weekend. The Thirsty Goat, The Dirty Onion and The Harp Bar are the most popular.
Hill Street
Head to Hill Street, where any of the bars will be buzzing especially on a weekend. The Thirsty Goat, The Dirty Onion and The Harp Bar are the most popular.
The Duke of York is one of my favourite bars in Belfast, great atmosphere and sometimes have live music, though since covid, that’s not always the case
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Duke of York
7-11 Commercial Ct
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The Duke of York is one of my favourite bars in Belfast, great atmosphere and sometimes have live music, though since covid, that’s not always the case
Muriel’s is a small but quirky and cosy bar which is well worth a visit
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Muriel's Cafe Bar
12-14 Church Ln
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Muriel’s is a small but quirky and cosy bar which is well worth a visit
Kelly’s Cellars is an old, traditional Irish pub – sometimes they also sell traditional Irish stew. They have a large outdoor seating area. Usually a lot of atmosphere.
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Kelly's Cellars
30-32 Bank St
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Kelly’s Cellars is an old, traditional Irish pub – sometimes they also sell traditional Irish stew. They have a large outdoor seating area. Usually a lot of atmosphere.
The Bullitt – inspired by the film, this place has a relaxed atmosphere with a great vibe. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon
Bullitt Hotel
40a Church Ln
The Bullitt – inspired by the film, this place has a relaxed atmosphere with a great vibe. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon
The Sunflower is my absolute favourite bar, small and cosy with a welcoming and inclusive attitude, and top class selection of local beers. Small inside but with a large outside space. At weekends, they also sell cheap pizza
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Sunflower Public House
65 Union St
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The Sunflower is my absolute favourite bar, small and cosy with a welcoming and inclusive attitude, and top class selection of local beers. Small inside but with a large outside space. At weekends, they also sell cheap pizza
The Harp Bar, a lively place also on Hill Street that attracts a crowd in their 40s-50s. Often have live music.
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Harp Bar
35 Hill St
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The Harp Bar, a lively place also on Hill Street that attracts a crowd in their 40s-50s. Often have live music.
The American Bar is the closest bar to the apartment, and it’s a great local corner bar with a diverse range of customers, and another quality selection of local beers.
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The American Bar
65-65A Dock St
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The American Bar is the closest bar to the apartment, and it’s a great local corner bar with a diverse range of customers, and another quality selection of local beers.

LGBTQ+

Just a handful of LGBT bars, all located close to each other The Maverick, friendly staff and usually have something on every night – drag show, quizzes etc. Busy on weekends can be quiet during the week, but well worth a visit
The Maverick
1 Union Street
Just a handful of LGBT bars, all located close to each other The Maverick, friendly staff and usually have something on every night – drag show, quizzes etc. Busy on weekends can be quiet during the week, but well worth a visit
The Reporter, next door to The Maverick, a small, cocktail lounge with a cool vibe
The Reporter. Bar
The Reporter, next door to The Maverick, a small, cocktail lounge with a cool vibe
Union Street, popular bar with drag shows and events most days
Union Street Bar
8-14 Union Street
Union Street, popular bar with drag shows and events most days
The Libertine, a recent addition. Lively with DJs and drag shows, attracting a young and diverse crowd.
Libertine
14 Tomb Street
The Libertine, a recent addition. Lively with DJs and drag shows, attracting a young and diverse crowd.

Sightseeing

Titanic Experience – a two hour tour through Belfast’s shipbuilding history including how the famous ship was built. Not a museum – more an ‘experience’ – can be expensive, but worth a visit.
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Titanic Belfast
1 Olympic Way, Queens Road
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Titanic Experience – a two hour tour through Belfast’s shipbuilding history including how the famous ship was built. Not a museum – more an ‘experience’ – can be expensive, but worth a visit.
Belfast Historical Taxi Tour – really interesting tours conducted in a typical Belfast taxi with your own guide. Usually about £30-£35 for the taxi. Tours last about 2 hours and take you to some of the areas associated with Belfast’s troubled history, including the peace wall and the murals of West Belfast
West Belfast Taxi Association Passenger Terminal
Belfast Historical Taxi Tour – really interesting tours conducted in a typical Belfast taxi with your own guide. Usually about £30-£35 for the taxi. Tours last about 2 hours and take you to some of the areas associated with Belfast’s troubled history, including the peace wall and the murals of West Belfast
Dead Centre Walking Tour – excellent walking tour of Belfast city centre bringing some of the history of the conflict to life. Really great guides who know what they are talking about - https://deadcentretours.com/
Walking Tours Belfast
Dead Centre Walking Tour – excellent walking tour of Belfast city centre bringing some of the history of the conflict to life. Really great guides who know what they are talking about - https://deadcentretours.com/
Belfast 1798 United Irishmen Walking Tour – top quality walking tour exploring a fascinating and little known aspect of Belfast’s history. More info and tickets here, tour generally only goes once a week on Sundays and is usually sold out weeks in advance https://www.eventbrite.com/e/belfast-1798- unitedirishmen-walking-tour-tickets-160204956337?aff=estw&
Walking Tours Belfast
Belfast 1798 United Irishmen Walking Tour – top quality walking tour exploring a fascinating and little known aspect of Belfast’s history. More info and tickets here, tour generally only goes once a week on Sundays and is usually sold out weeks in advance https://www.eventbrite.com/e/belfast-1798- unitedirishmen-walking-tour-tickets-160204956337?aff=estw&
Crumlin Road Goal – well worth a visit to this old prison for a guided tour.
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Crumlin Road Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre
53-55 Crumlin Rd
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Crumlin Road Goal – well worth a visit to this old prison for a guided tour.
City Hall, the very centre of Belfast. Indoor guided tours are usually free but are currently suspended due to the pandemic. There is a self-guided option still possible. Check out this page for updates https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tour
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City Hall
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City Hall, the very centre of Belfast. Indoor guided tours are usually free but are currently suspended due to the pandemic. There is a self-guided option still possible. Check out this page for updates https://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/tour
Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tours - https://belfastcitysightseeing.com/ - the usual city bus tour which takes in all the main sights, but also goes out to Stormont parliament building. Also takes in the murals and the peace wall.
Sightseeing Belfast
29 Donegall Road
Belfast City Sightseeing Bus Tours - https://belfastcitysightseeing.com/ - the usual city bus tour which takes in all the main sights, but also goes out to Stormont parliament building. Also takes in the murals and the peace wall.
Head to the University Area to spend an afternoon exploring, where you can visit the following sights: Botanical Gardens – a small park in the heart of the university area. The Tropical Ravine and the Palm House are worth exploring
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Botanic Gardens Park
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Head to the University Area to spend an afternoon exploring, where you can visit the following sights: Botanical Gardens – a small park in the heart of the university area. The Tropical Ravine and the Palm House are worth exploring
Queen’s University
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Queen's University Belfast
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Queen’s University
Ulster Museum – set at the edge of the park, this is the main city museum which has permanent exhibitions on the conflict and the history of Ireland, as well as temporary exhibitions which change from time to time. It’s free – but not open on Mondays https://g.page/ulstermuseumbelfast?share
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Ulster Museum
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Ulster Museum – set at the edge of the park, this is the main city museum which has permanent exhibitions on the conflict and the history of Ireland, as well as temporary exhibitions which change from time to time. It’s free – but not open on Mondays https://g.page/ulstermuseumbelfast?share