McHugh's Bar, Belfast city
Watched over by the 145-year old Albert Memorial Clock, McHugh’s is not only the oldest pub in Belfast: it’s the oldest building, too. Surrounded by mementos of Queen Victoria’s visit in 1849 (the building sits on Queen’s Square just seconds from Queen’s Bridge), step in here and you’re stepping inside a Georgian Grade A Listed building.
Back in the summer of 1907, regulars at McHugh’s could have easily eavesdropped on activist Jim Larkin’s passionate orations during the Belfast Dock Strike. His stage, where he addressed an audience of tens of thousands, was the Customs House steps, directly across the square.
These days the soundtrack is more likely to be tomorrow’s superstars, as the likes of Seasick Steve and, closer to home, Two Door Cinema Club and Kodaline played early gigs in the Basement Bar here.
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