For some strange reason, drinking outside always seems more enjoyable.

And with the likes of Lavery’s supplying heated outside seating, we can even survive the famous Northern Irish weather!

1. The Perch

5th Floor – The Gate – 42 Franklin Street

Ideal for when the sun is shining, as one of Belfast’s only rooftop bars The Perch is a natural first port of call for many Belfast city dwellers when there is a peek of blue sky.

Regularly celebrated for its assortment of delicious thirst quenching cocktails, The Perch’s extensive gin collection earned itself a spot on our 7 Finest Gin Establishments In Belfast.

2. Lavery’s

12-18 Bradbury Place


Lavery’s multi level outside and smoking areas offer so many options, it’s sometimes hard to settle on a spot. But on a busy sunny afternoon, count yourself lucky if you get a seat and enjoy the music!

3. The Hudson Bar

10-14 Gresham Street

The Hudson Bar

Enjoy one of the best pints of Guinness in Belfast in this wonderfully eclectic outside area of The Hudson – complete with its own bar and toilets.

4. The Dirty Onion

3 Hill Street

We love coming here during the day when the sun’s out as there’s always a great selection of seats, a laid back vibe and great atmosphere. Not to mention we’re huge fans of the extensive drinks menu…

5. The National

62/68 High Street


One of our favourite spots in Belfast for a spot of soaking up some simultaneous sun and spirits.

6. Filthy McNasty’s

45 Dublin Road


Although they call it The Secret Garden, it’s one of the worst kept secrets in Belfast. One of the top places to go in the city for those who enjoy a drink outdoors.

7. Cuckoo

149 Lisburn Road

Cuckoo’s fantastic rooftop terrace feels like your own intimate balcony overlooking the Lisburn on a quiet evening – perfect for slurping on some Blue Steel on a chilled out evening.

Alternatively you can soak up the atmosphere on the many seats outside and enjoy putting your feet up with a cold one looking out onto the busy street.

8. Cutter’s Wharf

Lockview Road

As you probably know, Cutters Wharf is famous for its gorgeous setting overlooking the River Lagan.

Which means you can enjoy your refreshing gin, cocktails and/or champagne overlooking the water. Whilst Belfast is usually not hot enough to have you tempted to dip your feet in the water to cool down, you can enjoy your relaxing break as hard-working rowers flash by hard at work working up a sweat.

9. The Treehouse

38-44 Upper Arthur Street

This inner city roof top restaurant retreat in the city offers casual Mexican al fresco dining and the chance to put your feet while enjoying the (rare) blasts of heat Belfast has to offer in the Spring/ Summer.

10. The Kings Head

829 Lisburn Rd

The Kings Head on a sunny day

The Kings Head is buzzing with atmosphere on a warm sunny day. With the cute picnic tables on offer this is the ideal place to go if you’re out with a crowd of mates enjoying a rare blast of Belfast sunshine.

They do a good freezing cold cider or a perfect pint of Guinness too. Compulsory when the sun is shining.

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