Madden Bar Antrim: Great Night Out
This is the best bar in Antrim. Love the traditional feel and comfort of the place during the day. Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere and tasty food at a good price. Beer garden is cool and overlooks the river. You will always find tourists popping in for a great pint of Guinness and a bit of craic.
Night time entertainment is spot on and the live bands are a great find. late night entertainment from Wednesday to Sunday night and everyone is made to feel welcome . Its always packed on a Saturday night, with a young and trendy crowd. Has 3 bars to chose from .... even pop upstairs and play a game of pool. Really is the best bar in Town. Has been around for a long time and still going strong. Wouldn't go anywhere else.Related to:
Shine: At the Students Union
Within the Students union of Queen's university, Shine is a nightclub held every Saturday inside QUB Students Union. The music policy is varied , but an emphasis is made towards techno.
In the past Shine has hosted artists such as Carl Cox, Deep Dish, Mr C, Darren Emerson, Felix da House Cat, Kevin Saunderson, Green Velvet, Andrew Weatherall, Justin Roberson and Slam.
New years eve and the Shine birthday party in late October are some of the biggest nights of the year.
Shine has a spin off bar/club called The Stiff Kitten.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything goes but nothing too revealing or whatever if you're a girl.. or a guy... whatever.. haha.Related to:
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The Kremlin: Voted Best Gay theme night in the FATE awards
This is the main Gay bar in Belfast but all sorts go to it for a night out.
On Tuesdays there is Free entry generallly before 11pm, Happy Hour is at 9.30pm-11pm when all drinks are £2. Music goes on until 2.30am. The same goesfor Thursdays as well except the music ends at 3am. As for the weekends, on Saturdays there is 2 rooms with resident DJ's and is open until 3am, they often have big bands playing here too. Finally, on Sunday's it's open until 3am and there's always a DJ On Board to keep you entertained! Open seven nights a week.
Dress Code: Dress smartly... the website will show you the type of crowd that goes there!Related to:
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The Limelight: Ultimate Student Club
Very sweaty kinda place, amazing atmosphere, quite drunken but fun fun fun. It's not glamourous but it's a giggle to go to. I'd recommend it for students, it's 18 plus (as are all night clubs in general over here)
Dress Code: Anything goes! Though the music is generally rock so that kinda crowd is generally there- it really is a mixed bag though! Jeans and a top will do the trick (avoid tracksuits/sports clothes though!)Related to:
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Bar Bacca: Chilled atmosphere fun spot
Can't miss the place, there is a huge Buddha on top of the entrance. When you walk into Bar Bacca the lighting is low and you get a more relaxed atmosphere than most bars in NI. In the day they serve food but when we went it was strictly for the liquid dinner. Drinks are average price and the music was good. Different sounds on specific nights so look it up ahead and see what they will be playing when you go.
Dress Code: Pretty trendy but you'll get away with anything smart.Related to:
Belfast Nightlife: Bars to Avoid, Most are Fine
Most bars, pubs and clubs in Belfast are safe and good fun, but like any worldwide, you just have to be careful of drinks being spiked, fights being picked etc. There are three types of nightlife in Belfast: student, alternative/rock and pop/rnb. You find with the latter, there is a higher incident of trouble. Shaftsbury square around 1am is to be avoided. Places like Lavaries, Globe are also better left alone. If you can stand cheesy pop, damp clothes (from people spilling drinks on you) and everyone looking the same, the Beach Club may be the place for you. Other than that, quiet pubs like Auntie Annies, Katy Dalys and the Parlour downstairs are atmospheric enough, but very busy on weekends. The Limelight is a decent rock club - very friendly clientel and staff despite the image of 'rockers' or 'goths'.
Be warned though, bouncers throughout Northern Ireland (regardless of the type of club, bar or pub), are far from friendly or helpful. Dont expect a friendly Northern Irish welcome from them at all.
Dress Code: Topman white shirts and lots of make up for the likes of the beach club. Casual jeans and t-shirt for pubs or rock clubs.
The Central Bar: Another friendly pub in Ballycastle
This is a good pub in the heart of Ballycastle
like in every other pub in Ballycastle I would feel like at home, friendly people and cheap beer .And it has Karaoke and a Garden opened in summer.
Dress Code: No dress codeRelated to:
Tidy Doffer (The Scruffy): A traditional pub....
This little spot offers good food in the restaurant and a traditional looking pub as well. Its great craic!
Look out for the pub quizzes on Wednesday night hosted by the infamous Clyde!!
If you're looking for a place outside of the busy nightlife of Belfast just head to The Scruffy for a good time!
Dress Code: Bring a shirt to wear...Related to:
The Hillside: Pub Quizzes and more...
The Hillside is a quiet pub that is a little more posh than the traditional irish bar. Believed to be older than 1771, the pub has a traditional, small front room with an open fire. The back lounge extends into a bistro style lounge and an upstairs restaurant with a fine vaulted, tongue in groove ceiling. The new owners have a right to be proud of the fine cask ales sold to compliment a superb selection of great food.
On Thursday nights (call ahead to be sure) there is a pub quiz and the winner takes home some wine!
Overall a good place for a low key night.
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Duke of York: Go to the bar downstairs, definately not upstairs!
Once you've stumbled across to the cobblestone road you know you've made it to the Duke of York. Downstairs there are momentos of Belfast's history and feels like a traditional pub. On the night I went to the Duke, we were persuaded to go upstairs and boy was it a mistake. That night it was dj night or something and the music was crap and the atmosphere matched it. I might of just had some bad luck and gone on a bad night but for the 5 or 7 pound cover it was not worth it. I much rather would of stayed downstairs and enjoyed the beer there...
Overall it could of been a great night but the upstairs "dj" night is not recommended....
Dress Code: NoneRelated to:
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BT1 (underneath Robinsons): Cozy underground Bar....
BT1/Robinsons is beside the famous Crown Liquor Saloon and across the road from the Europa Hotel and the Grand Opera House. BT1 is sort of a loungy trendy mid scale place to have a few drinks. Its underneath the crowded town bar Robinson's. It has a small dancefloor and comfortable seating scattered around the bar. The toilets are unisex, making it a novel place to relieve yourself! The music when I was there was pretty mixed, started with house and then blended into 80's. Overall a nice place to have a few drinks but not a clubbing spot.
Dress Code: There didn't seem to have a dress code, but the majority of the people there were smart casual.Related to:
Bambu Beach Club: A place for the young and high strung....
When I first walked into Beach Club, they asked me what colour sticker I wanted - Red, Yellow, or Green. Basically it was showing my status - taken, single but not looking, and single and looking. I thought this was so strange but I guess it was alright.
The atmosphere was beach like - with the token go-go girls poorly dancing at the front of the club. The age range was young, I'd say 18-21ish., but I'm sure some were younger.
The music was top 40 and 80's cheese. The drink prices were reasonable (3 pounds for a pint) but it was a Thursday night.
Dress Code: There didn't seem to be one, but I think there is on weekends....Related to:
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