The Crown, Belfast
This pub is a Belfast icon, I had heard alot about the Crown before I even got to Belfast! It really just oozes character and history. The pub is very busy so if you want a standing room spot, get there early.
Practically every guidebook on Belfast will mention the Crown, so I won't go into too much detail.
Suffice to say, it's a nice cosy wooden bar and the local guys are *very* friendly ;-) and if you're lucky, they can be cute too! :)
Dress Code: Casual, after-work crowd.
You'll find this spectacular victorian pub opposite the rail station and the Grand opera house. Patrick Flanagan refurbished the bar in the late 19th Centuary looking to attract a more upmarket crowd. The exterior is covered with Italian tiles and a mosaic of a crown is on the pavement outside the entrance.
The interior is decorated with stained and cut glass as well as marble and ceramics. There are a number of snugs which have gun metal plates used to strike a match. Also bell pushes allowed drinkers to order top ups without leaving their seats - The technology still works but the bar staff turn a blind eye. Get there early with a group and bag yourself a snug its a real experience.
Built in 1826 & bought in 1978 by the National Trust, this is Belfast's most famous pub. The building is a Victorian Baroque design. I visited the ground-floor bar, it was a great place to stand in & admire the tiled floor, glasswork & ceiling. The place was busy and the snugs were full.
IF YOUR FOND OF YOUR HISTORY AND LIKE A WEE DRINK AT THE SAME TIME THEN THERE IS NO BETTER PLACE TO GO IN BELFAST THAN THE "CROWN BAR".
THE CROWN ON GREAT VICTORIA STREET IS A BELFAST LEGEND AND A MUST SEE,
DATING BACK TO 1826 IT WAS BOUGHT BY THE NATIONAL TRUST IN 1978 AND FULLY RESTORED TO ITS FORMER GLORY IN 1981..INSIDE GET YOURSELF A PINT AND TAKE IN THE SURROUNDINGS, THERE ARE 10 "SNUGS" WHERE YOU CAN HAVE A DRINK OR TWO IN PRIVATE.
THE FLOOR IS COVERED IN LOVELY ORNATE TILES AND THE CEILING IS ALSO A THING OF BEAUTY, AND THE STAINGLASS WINDOWS GIVES THE FEELING OF BEING IN CHURCH.!!!
SO THE NEXT TIME YOU VISIT BELFAST DONT PASS UP THE CHANCE TO HAVE A PINT OF THE BLACK STUFF IN A REAL PIECE OF BELFAST HISTORY...AND ENJOY THE CRAIC !!
Victorian pub listed with National Trust. Has little booths to sit in, I think they're called cozies or something like that. Each booth holds about 6 people if they squash together and there is a door so complete privacy. I can just imagine things that have gone on behind those doors. The stained and etched glass is a work of art in itself and the woodcarving is phenomenal.
Dress Code: Whatever you want.
Besides its wonderful decor and atmosphere, enjoy a pint (or 12 !!!) in one of the pub's 10 snugs, little private enclosures that allow you to exchange confidences and secrets without being disturbed by whatever is going on in the 'outside world'....
Dress Code: casual
Unchanged for many years by the looks of things. Good selection of real ales on offer too, if you have an interest in pubs this is one not to miss.
Belfast's most famous pub, the Crown Liquor Saloon, is a must of the Belfast`s night, but arrive soon or you cant enter.
The pub is great, and I recommend the restaurant upstairs, but I've forgotten its name.
Dress Code: You'll be comfortable in a suit or in jeans.
Apparently this is one of the most famous pubs in Belfast though it just happened to be across the road from our hotel