You’re not alone if you’ve been ditched by your Significant Other to the all-consuming Euro’s.

With as many as three games per day though – you’d be forgiven for beginning to feel a bit bored as your sat twiddling your thumbs for hours on end.

But don’t worry! We’ve done a round-up of the greatest Euro alternatives in Belfast for anyone feeling like a #FootballWidow.

Go For Cocktails

1. The Perch

5th Floor The Gate 42 Franklin Street – Website

We’re more than slightly obsessed with The Perch – particularly when the sun is shining and we’re sipping the epic Lagarita.

As showcased in 8 Seriously Good Summer Cocktails You Have To Try it containins El Jimador Tequila, Lime Juice, Grapefruit Syrup, Cointreau, and an adorable Baby Corona!

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In even better news, The Perch is now even better for day drinking with its new additions to the menu! Embrace the European way of drinking with a delicious bite to eat – family style (which will line your stomach and keep you going for longer!) Win win.

Options include the delicious Charcuterie Board or a yummy selection of Home Baked Breads served with Pesto and Tapenade. You can also opt for the seriously mouth-watering Small Plates and grab some pizzas on the roof too!

2. Loteria at Birdcage

92 Stranmillis Road – Website

Loteria at Birdcage has a vibrant new menu featuring mouth-watering Mexican influenced dishes in the form of the delicious Quesadillas, as well as European infused options including Pinchos and the incredible Prawns Pil Pil.

Don’t worry though, Loteria have carried off a seamless transition to the exciting new menu by maintaining their old stand-out favourites. Burgers, wings and nachos still remain in abundance.

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It’s the perfect evening out, with promotions including Margarita Monday and Taco Tuesday featuring 2 for 1 cocktails! Meanwhile, Fizzy Friday offers a bottle of bubbles and house Nachos for £25. Who needs football?!

3. Sweet Afton

12 Brunswick Street – Website

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Sweet Afton has gained a well deserved reputation for amazing cocktails. As featured in our Summer Cocktails list, we seriously recommend you try the 6 O’Clock Swill!

Featuring Rum; Maraschino, Velvet Falernum, Apricot Brandy, Pineapple, Cherry Shrub, Lime, Ginger Ale Top for £7.95.

Hit A Beer Garden

4. The National

62 – 68 High Street – Website

We all know The National’s beer garden is one of the greatest places to spend a sunny day in Belfast.

But now that they’ve added this Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake – there’ll (literally) be no moving us!

5. The Dirty Onion

3 Hill Street – Website

Featuring daily live music, a uniquely chilled out atmosphere and a fantastic drinks selection – the Dirty Onion’s beer garden is the ideal safe haven from non-stop football.

6. The Hudson

10-14 Gresham Street – Website

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Whilst the Hudson may be hotly tipped as one of the best bars for anyone who wants to watch the Euros, we have a cunning plan to take advantage of all the drink promos – whilst soaking up the rays and wholeheartedly not paying any attention.

Summer Concerts

7. Belsonic

Dates throughout June & August, Tickets start from £32.50 – Website


Sure to sell out soon, we’ve got a pair of VIP tickets worth over £100 up for grabs for Ellie Goulding’s epic return to Belfast.

With support from The Coronas and Walking On Cars, this gig is sure to be one of the highlights of the summer!

Check out our competition here to enter – it couldn’t be easier!

8. All Saints

Féile Big Top, Falls Park, £20 – Website

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Féile an Phobail returns this summer with a feast of music and entertainment!

We couldn’t be more excited that our favourite childhood girl band is coming back together – and we’re definitely not the only ones…

The coolest female pop outfit, with a hugely successful career spanning over a decade, All Saints are also one of the most iconic and accomplished. They have achieved five No. 1 singles and two multi-platinum albums along the way to becoming one of the truly great ‘girl groups.’

Dine Out

9. French Village

90 Botanic Avenue – Website

With the delicious freshly prepared breakfast and brunch menu, you’ll find it difficult to narrow down your options to just one at French Village.

All we can say is, we opted for the Pastrami, honey glazed ham, gherkins, tobacco onions, swiss cheese, spicy rocket & mustard mayo (£5.20) with a delicious side of golden chips – and it tasted mind-blowingly good.

In even better news, French Village is also BYOB – making it a perfect spot for catch-ups before a night out on the town.

10. Fratelli

60 Great Victoria Street – Website

One of our favourite Italian restaurants, Fratelli positively oozes rustic Italian charm with a contemporary twist with its delicious pizzas, Italiano burgers, and new Pia Dina lunch options.

It even does a Ladies Night – check out the movie listings in the picture above. All in all, you get a main course and glass of wine, mini dessert buffet and private screening for £20!

Indulge In Afternoon Tea

11. Miel et Moi

703 Lisburn Road – Website

Inspired by classical French bars and Patisseries, Miel et Moi is renowned for its bespoke cakes, incredible edible delights, and hand baked pastries.

Afternoon tea is £17.50 per person with tea or coffee and £21.95 with bubbly. Choose your feast from a selection of incredible gourmet sandwiches and delectable patisserie items. Served from 12-5pm.

Check out our feature: 7 Places For An Unbeatable Afternoon Tea In Belfast for more inspiration.

Get Fit For Summer

12. Reform Pilates Studio

Lisburn & Holywood Road – Website

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The highly popular Reform Studios on the bustling Lisburn Road is Belfast’s very first Reformer and Barre Pilates studio!

It recently opened up its second studio on the trendy Holywood Road overlooking the famous Harland and Wolff cranes. Read all about Reform Pilates in our interview with New Zealander Yvette Rumney, who forms one half of the dynamic duo behind the business.

13. Tony and Jen’s

727 Lisburn Road – Website

Tony and Jen’s concentrates on supplying healthy yet tasty grub – as evidenced by these snaps it’s clearly possible!

This healthy duo focuses on clean baking dairy and gluten delights – making it a fantastic spot for anyone with food intolerances. Meanwhile the mouth-watering food is packed full with lovely nutrients – making it absolutely guilt free!

Go Walking

14. Cavehill

Antrim Road

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Distinguished by its famous ‘Napoleon’s Nose’ the Cavehill offers spectacular panoramic views across Belfast.

Depending on your ability, you can follow the various way-marked walking trails suitable for casual walkers or serious ramblers.

The landmark, named for the five caves located on the side of the cliffs, contains a wealth of natural, archaeological and historical features, including the iconic Belfast Castle. Check out our feature: 6 Stunning Belfast Walks You Can Enjoy All Summer for more fitness inspo and panoramic views of Belfast!

15. Take Out Your 4-Legged-Friend


Who needs a Significant Other when your (arguably more adorable) canine buddy is about?! Check out our Top 10 Dog Friendly Hotspots To Enjoy In Belfast.

Indulge Yourself

16. MNX Pro

2-14 Little Donegall Street – Website


If all else fails – nothing makes you feel better about yourself than beauty make-over.

From hair to makeup to nails, the girls at MNX Pro have truly set the Belfast beauty scene alight. Since blasting onto the scene MNX Pro have styled fashion shows, weddings and photo shoots. We go every month for brows – and strongly recommend!

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