Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter is home to some of the greatest bars in our city.

Ranging from quirky candle lit bars with romantic booths, traditional Irish pubs with live music, and handcrafted boards, made from whiskey barrel staves – here’s our:

Greatest Bars In The Cathedral Quarter…

1. Muriels Cafe Bar

12-14 Church Lane

Muriel's is one of the Cathedral Quarters most loved bars

It’s always Gin O’ Clock at Muriels. This popular hotspot with its quirky decor, cosy chairs and romantically dimmed lighting, is our favourite Belfast city centre bar to kick off the night with copious amounts of gin and cocktails.

For something a bit different, this beautiful cafe bar on Church Lane is themed on a 1920’s hat shop in the bar area with an opulent candlelit boudoir style lounge on the first floor. The atmosphere is always buzzing in this bar with crowds of gin fans and excellent background music.

2. The Spaniard

3 Skipper St

The Spaniard pub - one of Cathedral Quarter's greatest bars

As previously featured in our Best Bars In Belfast To get A Pint Of Guinness.

Every night is like a weekend night at the The Spaniard – you’ll struggle to find a seat as crowds flock to the cosy candle lit bar split over two compact floors with its eclectic decoration, weird and wonderful drinks selection and knowledgeable, friendly bartenders.

3. The Dirty Onion

3 Hill St
The Dirty Onion - one of the best bars

One of our favourite bars in Belfast’s popular Cathedral City, The Dirty Onion also provides excellent entertainment with live music seven nights a week.

‘The Dirty Onion Boilermaker Club’ is now live – the specially chosen beer and whiskey pairing menu is available Sunday-Thursday.

Served on these handcrafted boards, made from whiskey barrel staves, enjoy a range of Irish and American beers and whiskies that complement each other. Oh and they are a bit cheaper than normal too.

4. Duke Of York

3-11 Commercial Court

Cathedral Quarter is home to some of the best bars in Belfast - including the Duke of York

Located on a cobbled stone entry complete with fairy lights, the atmospheric Duke of York is one of Belfast’s most famous traditional pubs, renowned for excellence in service, drink offering and music.

The old school décor reflects its links to old Belfast, whilst part of the fun is trying to find a seat and (inevitably) ending up on the buzzing cobbled path outside.

5. Harp Bar

36-39 Hill St

Harp Bar - one of the best bars in Belfast's popular Cathedral Quarter

The Harp Bar, situated alongside its big brother, the hugely famous Duke of York, is a pub like no other.

This proper public house serves up a fantastic variety of independent draught beers and extensive whiskies, and is a live music venue on two floors hosting home-grown talent from the likes of Van Morrison.

Walls and cabinets feature rare Belfast whiskey – branded mirrors and memorabilia inspired by the building’s origins as a bonded warehouse – the headquarters of The Old Bushmills Distillery Company.

6. Aether & Echo

11 Lower Garfield St

Aether & Echo - one of the best bars in the Cathedral Quarter

Combining the “divinity of belle époque and the squalor of Irish charm” Aether and Echo delivers the remedy to all life’s ails.

Make this one of your go-to spots tonight if you’re after classic cocktails with modern twists in a Victorian pub turned cool bar with period décor and intimate booths.

7. The John Hewitt Bar

51 Donegall St

The John Hewitt Bar - one of the best bars in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter

The award winning Cathedral Quarter traditional bar, The John Hewitt, first opened its doors in December 1999.

This old-world pub offers real ales and gastropub fare, plus regular live, traditional Irish music and has a fine selection of Local Artisan Craft Brews on offer. It also does an impressive pint of Guinness.

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