Like going out? You’ve come to the right place. This is a city that is unapologetically social, with a buzzy vibe that radiates through the bars, clubs, restaurants or cafes. Start with something excellent to eat – Belfast is at the cutting-edge when it comes to food, and there’s a critically acclaimed culinary scene playing out in some of the best restaurants on the island.
Try the Michelin-starred Ox and Eipic for fine dining; enjoy a more relaxed vibe at James Street South, Town and The Muddler’s Club, or get your caffeine fix at Established. For great bars, hit the Cathedral Quarter, which cradles much-loved trad such as the Duke of York and The John Hewitt. Try cool cocktails at the Merchant Hotel, Ritas and The Albany, and finish the night with a gig at the legendary Limelight on Ormeau Avenue, where everyone from Snow Patrol to Shane McGowan has taken to the stage.