Heading for a night out in Belfast? Make sure you grab a drink at one of the city’s incredible cocktail bars. The vibrant cocktail scene in Belfast is shaking up delicious and decadent drinks across the city.
Whether you fancy a classic Mojito in traditional lounge bar surroundings or want to sip on a flirty, fruity concoction sitting under some risqué interior decorations, we’ve complied a list of the best cocktail bars in Belfast to get your apéritif-fix.
Make sure you visit at least one if you find yourself in this beautiful city!
Love and Death inc.
This hidden little bar might look a little foreboding from the outside, but once you’ve climbed the stairs and entered Love and Death Inc., the friendly staff and killer cocktails will put you right at ease.
This liquor hideaway has a cocktail list that offers everything from fruity and flirty (Midnight in Paris – a Grey Goose Pear vodka and hibiscus syrup concoction with lychee liquer and cherry blossom tonic) to the down-right dangerous (the powerful sounding Absinthes Make The Heart Grow).
10a Ann St BT1 4EF
The exterior of this pub in the Cathedral Quarter perfectly expresses its quirkiness. Painted like the Milky Way, the little venue specialises in rum-based cocktails and tasty tapas. Eccentric to the extreme, this hidden gem is the perfect little spot to get roaringly drunk on Spanish booze.
Plus, it’s dog-friendly, and has a four-legged furry regular who enjoys a Guinness – what more could you want?
3 Skipper St BT1 2DZ
Muriels Café Bar
‘Muriel’ likes to hang her underwear out to dry from the ceiling off this small bar on Church Lane amongst the damask drapes, velvet seating and dark-painted walls.
If you visit often enough you’ll start to notice that she has special undergarments that correspond with topical events like Wimbledon and Valentine’s Day.
But beyond the bawdy decorations, this quaint little bar also boasts an incredible selection of fruity cocktails and a decadent collection of gins.
12-14 Church Ln BT1 4QN
Head to Rita’s for the dark, moody atmosphere and seriously sexy cocktails. Sink into velvet chairs beside the fireplace and enjoy the decadently long cocktail menu. From ‘Business Man’s Breakfast’ (Vanilla and cacao nib infused Ketel One, Cacao Blanc, cold brew coffee, game) to ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ (Mezcal, fresh lemon, homemade grenadine), you’ll want to try at least a few of these unique cocktails before you head out into the night.
Visit during Happy Hour on Sundays for live music and low prices.
44 Franklin St BT2 7GE
The Perch Rooftop Bar
The Perch is the perfect venue for a girly night out in Belfast. Sit amongst the flora on this rooftop on Franklin Street and indulge in an array of flirty, fruity cocktails full of heady aromas and tongue fizzling flavours.
A firm favourite on sunny days in Belfast, it’s an idyllic setting to drench yourself in sunshine and soak yourself in gin.
42 Franklin St BT2 7GE
Filthy Chic at Filthy McNastys
Sit amongst the decadent candelabras and antique chandeliers at Filthy Chic as you sip on cocktails and gin concoctions made from local and organic produce. Situated inside one of the biggest live entertainment venues in Belfast (the Filthy Quarter), Filthy Chic serves up pretty drinks that are Instagram friendly with their edible flower decorations and incredible goblets of gin.
45 Dublin Rd BT2 7HD
The Merchant Cocktail Bar
Head into The Merchant Hotel in Belfast to find the luxurious cocktail bar that once served up the most expensive cocktail in the world (£750 a glass, if you’re wondering).
Evidently, this isn’t any ordinary hotel joint – situated in an architecturally stunning room, you can enjoy a cocktail or four in front of The Merchant’s antique fire on a cold, Belfast night.
The drinks list is encyclopedic in proportion, and the staff equal in knowledge. From elegant and refined champagne tipples to short and potent Absinthe Drips, there’s a drink to suit whatever mood you’re in.
16 Skipper St BT1 2DZ
The Treehouse Belfast
Slip away from the city at The Treehouse and enter a magical, floral world of tranquility. Sit atop the skyline of Belfast under a blushing cherry blossom and twinkling lights and keep company with Belfast’s Instagram gang who love to frequent this bar.
Cocktails include all the classics at reasonable prices and a number of gin perfect serves.
38-42 Upper Arthur St BT1 4GH
Named after the bank that used to occupy the building, The National houses a number of venues for cocktail addicts.
For a traditional experience, the cocktail bar offers an open fire, comfy armchairs and a strict table service policy – the height of elegance in a glamourous setting. But if you’re looking for more relaxed vibes, check out their Lounge Bar as well.
62 High St BT1 2BE
This rooftop bar and garden take their cocktails seriously. Inspired by their own living wall which contains over 300 plants, Babel’s ‘shrub’ cocktails are mixed with homegrown botanicals and a serious slice of sophistication.
Soak up the sun while you sip on their in-house creations like ‘B.L.P.D’ (Basil, Lime, Peppercorn, Drink) or their self-titled signature drink of rum, lime, blackberry, mint and soda which they claim will guarantee an “Aaaahhhhh” from anyone who’s lips it passes.
They also serve alcoholic slushies in the summer months, such as Frosty G&T and Frozen Cuba Libre.
70-74 Ann St BT1 4QG
“Flow gently, sweet Afton! Aman thy green braes” – so goes Robert Burns’ 1791 poem that this airy venue on Brunswick Street is named after.
It’s a little unclear why Scotland’s most famous lyricist is commemorated at this Belfast venue, but somehow the old-school lounge bar vibe works.
Decorated with imagery from the Sweet Afton cigarette brand that was made in Donegal (the somewhat tenuous link), Sweet Afton has a limited but loaded cocktail list all named in association with the Scottish poet.
From Afton Dew, which claims to quench your thirst “as the morning dew of a highland spring” does to the Bobby Burns which is “named after the famous imbibing poet himself”, you’re likely to try more than one of this quirky bar’s offerings. Look out for the collection of ceramic dog figurines as well.
12 Brunswick St BT2 7CG
The George Best Hotel Belfast
Located in the heart of Belfast city centre, The George Best Hotel is set to be one of Belfast’s most luxurious hotels. Surrounded by the famous landmarks of the city, its bar and restaurant will be a must-visit venue for George Best fans and cocktail lovers alike when it opens.
15-16 Donegall Square South BT1 6JH
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