Craic, atmosphere, bustling bars, contemporary restaurants, culture and history – Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter has all the ingredients for a great night out.
The area itself is situated around St Anne’s Cathedral and is a haven in the middle of the bustling city of Belfast with its beautiful cobbled streets, cosy cafes, lively pubs and iconic local characters all along the way.
Let’s start with a few of our recommended places to eat:
For quality local dining, this eclectic little dining room with a great kitchen counter offers an ever-changing menu of daily specials alongside some classic European dishes.
Nestled in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, Coppi is a cichetti restaurant inspired by those found in Venice and named after cycling legend Angelo Fausto Coppi.
It’s time to test out the bustling pub scene, the Cathedral Quarter has something for everyone.
The Duke of York
The Duke of York is a real authentic gem and offers a traditional Belfast welcome with craic, music and humour sure to give you a real taste of Belfast.
The Spaniard offers an intimate atmosphere along with an outstanding selection of rum where you can sip on their famous Dark ‘n’ Stormy or Extraordinary while soaking in the atmosphere of this hidden gem.
The Harp Bar
Step into Victorian Belfast and enjoy the famous lounges, decorated in plush red velvet fabrics and adorned with antique furnishings. This spot is very popular with locals and offers a lively atmosphere with local artists performing every weekend.
You won’t believe this place exists unless you see it for yourself. For a traditional Irish pub experience, Kelly’s is simply a must do. Founded in 1720 and used by the United Irishmen, as a meeting place where the 1798 rebellion against English rule was planned. Irish is still spoken in the pub and if its Guinness you fancy, this is the best place to get it in Belfast.
The Cloth Ear
The Cloth Ear is a little bit more upmarket and its comfortable public bar has a warm and welcoming interior providing the ideal environment to relax in style. It combines modern and traditional design features with a few twists here and there to give the place real style and character.
The Northern Whig
The Northern Whig is a specialist cocktail bar and is a bright, stylish and chic spot where you can enjoy some of the finest cocktails in Northern Ireland.
Belfast has plenty of accommodation options however if you want to stay at the heart of the Cathedral quarter here are a few options:
The Merchant Hotel
The five star Merchant Hotel is a listed building and offers a pure luxurious experience with a rooftop hot tub offering unrivalled views of the city.
The Bullitt Hotel
The Bullitt epitomises urban chic with king-sized beds and simple, pared down furniture in all rooms. The hotel also has an apres-ski themed courtyard bar, Baltic, and a restaurant, Taylor and Clay on site.