Nightclubs and bars in Belfast

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    Club 137: Club 137 @ Stiff Kitten

    by RyanM36 Written Jun 11, 2012

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    Had an absolutely mental night at this event. I've been informed that it is run by a group of 6 student lads and started as a series of house parties, which escalated massively to the point where they are now able to pack out the 57th best club in the world (according to DJ Mag), Stiff Kitten, on a monthly basis. It has a really good blend of house music and more familiar charty tracks, with some old classics thrown in for good measure. There seemed to be a great atmosphere in the place and everyone appeared to be having a good time, myself and my friends included. As far as I know they are running an event in a massive marquee at the Elk, Toomebridge on Wednesday 13th of June and I would definitely recommend to anyone to go if the last night was anything to go by. Hopefully I'll drop by myself! Definite must if you happen to be in the general area.

    Dress Code: Typical young/trendy nightclub event so standard casual nightclub clothing is fine.

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    the Crown: The Crown

    by littlebush Updated Apr 30, 2011

    The crown is the famous pub on Great Victoria street, its old and has wooden doorways to divide sections inside the pub. Beer was expensive though.

    The Brennan pub next door has live music, is cheaper and little more run down but stiull fun and friendly.

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    Odyssey Centre: Take your pick

    by clivedinburgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Odyssey complex is one of the few millenium projects that was worth the price tag.

    The large Arena is home to the Belfast Giants ice hockey team and this also caters for the larger music act that play in the city.

    The pavillion area has several restaurants and these change hands regularly but here's a list of them (will sort out links later)

    Red Panda - chinese
    Bennetts (formerly Titanic and Hard Rock Cafe before that) - modern european
    La Tasca - tapas bar
    Indian Ocean - well indian of course

    Bars & clubs include

    Bar 7 - largest bar that is full of hen parties come a weekend.
    Coyote Odyssey - see the barmaids strut their stuff
    Beach Bar Bambu - very raucous place for the younger crowd
    Basin bar - quiter bar at entrance (well it is comparitively)
    Precious - high class club (operates ticket only policy on occasions)

    Other attractions in the place are a Warner Village cinema, Imax cinema, bowling alley and the W5 interactive attraction.

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    Apartment: Best togs on

    by clivedinburgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Cool place to be seen in the City Hall area, large cocktail & wine list.

    Good tunes but can be more for the younger crowd.

    No door fees.

    Dress Code: Trainers/sportswear are out but everything else goes.
    No visible tattoos, this goes for most city centre tattoos (even Beckham style tat)

    Doorstaff can be choosy but drunks/troublemakers don't deserve to be let in anyway.

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    Bittles Bar: In a Bit of a Stew

    by St_Vincent Written Jun 15, 2008

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    Bittles is a traditional laid back Irish bar and on reflection one of my favourites in Belfast. It’s very small being at the tip of an iron shaped building but there’s plenty of character packed in. The landlord John was always buzzing around chatting to customers recommending beers and making sure everyone, locals and visitors alike, were OK. There is no cask ale but they do have a range of bottled beers including many from local breweries - try Molly’s Chocolate Stout or Headless Dog from the College Green Brewery. They also serve an excellent Irish Stew that is good value for money. The split level bar has an arty theme with paintings and drawings of famous Irishmen by local artists.

    Strange shape Grab a plate of Irish Stew And a Beer
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    The Duke of York: A hidden gem

    by St_Vincent Written Jun 15, 2008

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    The Duke of York wins hands down in the “how much brewing memorabilia you can display in a pub” competition. There are old photos, beer trays, mirrors, adverts and a plethora of old Guinness and Watney Red Barrel promotional material. There is so much that items are even fixed flat to the ceiling to make more room. It looks like the interior has had some recent work done although it still has an aged look with lots of wooden fixtures, exposed brickwork and flagstone floors. There’s a nice four person snug with closable doors at the back and they have a side room that is open at busy times plus an upstairs function room. The pub has a very attractive old looking exterior and is tucked away down one of Belfast’s oldest streets in the heart of what was once the newspaper district - now the Cathedral Quarter.

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    Whites Tavern: Go for the Craic

    by St_Vincent Written Jun 15, 2008

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    Whites Tavern is Belfast’s oldest pub dating back to 1630, as it proudly proclaims on it’s outside wall. It has a rather more modern exterior but whilst it might not look like Belfast’s oldest tavern I found it one of the friendliest with the famous Irish “craic“ well in evidence. An impromptu guitar session was going on outside on my first visit and a young lady insisted, despite my protestations, on buying my pint because she had jumped in front of me at the bar (I could drink all night for free in London on that basis). On my second visit it was quieter as it was during the afternoon but I got chatting to a guy about local pubs and Belfast in general and we could easily have ended up sharing a few beers if I hadn’t had other plans.

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  • Milk: VIBE all day party

    by phirefly Written Jun 3, 2008

    an all-day party & BBQ - excellent! Started at 3 and finished at 3am....I arrived around 5 and didn't leave until finished. Great music (lots of mixed stuff during the daytime and then more clubby house electro at night), fantastic door people, nice comfortable surroundings....what a score!

    Dress Code: none as far as i could see...though i wouldn't turn up in trackies!

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  • Milk: VIBE all day party

    by phirefly Written Jun 3, 2008

    an all-day party & BBQ - excellent! Started at 3 and finished at 3am....I arrived around 5 and didn't leave until finished. Great music (lots of mixed stuff during the daytime and then more clubby house electro at night), fantastic door people, nice comfortable surroundings....what a score!

    Dress Code: none as far as i could see...though i wouldn't turn up in trackies!

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    The John Hewitt Bar: Poetry in Motion

    by St_Vincent Written Jun 1, 2008

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    An unremarkable exterior but I highly recommend a visit. During the day it’s a place that prompts quiet contemplation and I made many notes for my Belfast VT page here over a couple of pints. Check out the small room to the right and have a look at the literary displays, some by the eponymous Belfast poet. There was an art exhibition on when I was there and they also have music and poetry readings. I heard it is owned and staffed by the Belfast Unemployment Office next door, not sure how true that is but it would certainly fit with Hewitt’s socialist ideals.

    It was one of the few pubs in Belfast where I found real ale, there were two pumps, one with Hilden Ale and the other a nice Plain Stout from Dublin’s Maguire brewery. They also have an impressive bottled range and I spotted Sierra Nevada, St. Peters, Innis & Gunn and Fransiskaner. If I had to choose just one Belfast bar to spend an afternoon in it would be this one.

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    by gazstrong Written Mar 31, 2008

    Fibber Magee's is an ok bar as is Robinsons, The Crown and The Beaten Docket which are all beside it. They are not great bars, just ok ones and are most usually full of tourists and workers from nearby civil service buildings.

    In my opinion, the bar opposite the Travelodge, Irenes and Nans is much better as is Bar Bacca around the corner from it.

    Loads of good bars in Belfast, particularly around the Cathedral quarter where The John Hewitt is such as The Spaniard, The Cloth Ear, The Duke of York, The Pothouse, The Northern Whig.

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    La Lea: La Lea

    by catherineneill Written Jun 11, 2007

    La Lea, Belfast's most prestigious nightclub, threw open its doors in 2001 and has enjoyed enormous success ever since.

    This unique, elegant and truly impressive space has a sumptuous decorative style which makes reference to both classic design and modern innovation, with a rich seam of the exotic featuring strongly too. A large Buddha head presides over the dance floor, incense burns, and exotic flowers decorate both bars in the main club. The eminently stylish and utterly exclusive private members' bar is styled to mirror the interior of a Bedouin tent.

    Everything from the sound system to the lighting in La Lea is state of the art. The quality of the surroundings, in terms of both style and comfort, confirm that the designers (Dublin based firm O'Donnell O'Neill) have more than met the brief given them - to make La Lea the most beautiful club in Ireland. A strict door policy ensures that the elegant interior fills up with Belfast's most stylish crowd, who know that they will be well looked after by the efficient and friendly staff.

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    The Cloth Ear: Upmarket

    by kranstonakov Written Jan 31, 2007

    The cloth ear is the Merchant hotels bar,so i guess you can imagine, its pretty upmarket. Its joint onto the hotel, and the dormen will be wearing tophats. Its right on the corner of Skipper Street, and its right in the the heart of the Cathedral Quarter - Quality to hang around outside on a summers night and soak up the atmosphere.

    Dress Code: Smart

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    Skye: Urban Myth

    by kranstonakov Written Jan 31, 2007

    Skye opened its doors a few years agao and offered a "pound a drink" night on a Thursday, although this policy is now gone, it still seems to attract a decent crowd. The crowd is young, and the music is cheesy. There is also a strong Hip Hop influence on the club, with belfast African population descending on Skye in strong numbers. If you like baggy t-shirts from TK Maxx, enjoy pop-hop and are looking to pick up young confused teenagers, this is the place for you. Not my cup of tea.

    Dress Code: Young - Timberland boots/ stripy jumpers and/or African-American type dress ie XXXL

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    Irene and nans: You wont forget the time

    by kranstonakov Written Jan 31, 2007

    This is a cool bar, popukar for food and after work drinks, with a more stylish, middle class crowd. The drinks menu is impressive and the music thurs-sat is usually decent light house, loud enough to dance to, not too loud that you cant hold a decent converstaion. Its also i a great location, with bars and restaurants in the immediate area. I think its a good bar to start off your night. DDefinitely check it out.

    Dress Code: Smart - Over 21's

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