Belfast offers the buzz and vibrancy of a British capital city whilst being a gateway to the rural retreat of Northern Ireland. Having staged the MTV European Music Awards and the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia in recent years, this city is booming at the moment.
With a great nightflife and being able to see it all by foot, it’s the perfect place for a weekend getaway. We’ve decided to take a look at what it has to offer. Anything we have missed out? Let us know!
As you saw in our “Top 5 Nightclubs in Ireland” post, Belfast is full of amazing nightclubs and bars no matter what type of music you like. Away from the specialist club nights like ‘Shine’ and ‘The Warehouse’, clubs like ‘Ollie’s’ at The Merchant Hotel are great for cheap drinks through the week and weekends.
If it’s bars/pubs you’re after then The Garrick Bar established in 1870 is the one for you. It’s one of the oldest pubs in Belfast and has a range of over 60 locally and internationally bottled beers and cracking pints of Guinness (of course!)
Things to do in the Day
Belfast is full of iconic buildings and architecture. One of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, Belfast City Hall first opened its doors in August 1906 and is well worth viewing. It’s located in Donegall Square, in the heart of the city centre.
Ulster Museum in the botanic gardens is also worth a visit. With an array of different exhibitions on there’s always something going down. The modern history areas and art galleries are our favourites and the botanic gardens are fantastic on a sunny day.
There is something for everyone in Belfast, but one of our favourite food is burrito’s (obviously!) so the best place for us is Kurrito on Botanic Avenue. This place is cheap and tasty, and exactly what we need.
If it’s a special occasion or something a bit fancier you want, OX, 1 Oxford Street is amazing! It’s been voted in the Top 50 restaurants in the world and has a Michelin star. Be warned though its not cheap! The lunch menu might be a bit more in budget.