Belfast’s oldest traditional Irish pub, and claiming to serve the best pint of Guinness in the city, Kelly’s Cellars still retains many features that date back to the original construction of the bar in 1720. You can expect to hear the Irish language being spoken in the bar, while traditional music sessions are part of the fabric and have played a big part in making Kelly’s Cellars a destination for many locals and tourists visiting Belfast. You can expect a warm welcome, great stout and a hearty bowl of stew at Kelly’s Cellars. Do you really need anything else?
It’s not every day you can enjoy a pint or whiskey in a National Trust property, but that’s exactly what you can expect when visiting The Crown Bar. Dating back to 1826, The Crown is perhaps the most famous pub in Belfast with stunning interior and exterior décor that provide a nod to the Victorian period. Located opposite the famous Europa Hotel, The Crown Bar is a must visit when exploring Belfast’s vibrant pub scene.
Named after the late Belfast poet and socialist, John Hewitt, the John Hewitt opened its doors to the Belfast public in December 1999. The pub is managed by the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre and helps fund the work the group do in the city. With regular quiz nights and music sessions, along with a great selection of local ales and lagers, the John Hewitt is a must see if you’re visiting Belfast.
Belfast has many wonderful bars to explore, and if you’re visiting Belfast City Centre, head straight for the popular Cathedral Quarter and the popular Duke of York. With the cobbled streets, red benches and intimate atmosphere, the Duke of York has become one of Belfast’s most iconic pubs. For many, this is the place to be if you want to experience a traditional music session in Belfast, and with a great selection of Irish Whiskies on offer, it doesn’t get much better than relaxing in the Duke of York with a tipple and a pint of stout. With many popular bars nearby, the Duke of York is a great starting point for a Belfast pub crawl.
The coastal town of Larne has several popular pubs to check out, but for that authentic, traditional bar look no further than Billy Andy’s. This pub, B&B and restaurant is one of Antrim’s oldest and dates back to the early 19th century. With entertainment across the week including the popular Saturday trad music sessions and a great reputation for the food on offer, Billy Andy’s is up there with the finest pubs to visit in Antrim.
If the selection of local Bushmills Whiskies available isn’t enough to convince you to visit the Harbour Bar in Portrush, the views overlooking Portrush’s harbour area provide the perfect setting to relax with a drink after a long day exploring the North Coast. With a traditional front bar that can often be hard to find a seat and a chic upstairs Gin Bar with a great selection of gins, the Harbour Bar is one of the many gems that this stretch of Northern Ireland has to offer. A great place to relax after diving the Causeway Coast or playing 18 holes at the world-famous Royal Portrush Golf Club. The pub’s sister restaurants, The Ramore and Neptune & Prawn
Ownies prides itself on the great people and a fantastic atmosphere that has helped build a great reputation locally. With live music every Saturday and various theme nights across the year, Ownies will have you feeling at home in no time. The bar has several big screens for live sporting events, and a new modern cocktail area to add to the traditional pub vibe that Ownies have built its reputation on. So, if you’re visiting Antrim or checking out the stunning Carrickfergus Castle, be sure to make a pitstop at Ownies.
With many bars to choose from in Ballymena, the live music and friendly atmosphere have made The Front Page a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. With promos across the year and regular entertainment, The Front Page is a great spot to visit if exploring Northern Ireland’s stunning North Coast with a group.
The Central Bar in Ballycastle dates back to 1861 and has undergone a transformation in recent years to have a more modern look and feel to it. The split-level bar has everything from your favourite beers to a great selection of cocktails and some top-notch food. Expect live music across the weekend, with popular acoustic sessions on Friday night. A great pub to visit when spending the night in Ballycastle.
The town of Bushmills is popular for visitors exploring the Causeway Coastal Route and is a regular stopping point for many. With the world-famous Bushmills Distillery located in the town, and the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle a short drive away, your time in Bushmills can often be busy. If you’re looking great food and a welcoming drink, be sure to visit The Bushmills Inn, and relaxing in The Gas Bar. Expect live music at the weekend and a great variety of food and drink to choose from.