Smithfield and Union Quarter
On the fringes of the Cathedral Quarter is the Smithfield and Union Quarter, which has garnered a reputation as the city’s coolest clubbing hotspot, and as Belfast’s unofficial LGBT quarter. Dance the night away in the colourful alternative atmosphere of Maverick. There’s history here, too, at the extraordinary 130-year-old Belfast Central Library, a landmark Victorian building that gives Belfast so much of its distinctive character. The quarter also boasts a rich publishing tradition, with two daily newspapers – The Irish News and The Belfast Telegraph – published here.