Corinthian columns, wood panels carved by Italian artisans and gas lights overhead. Belfast’s Crown Bar is the ultimate in Victorian style
Imagine moulded ceilings, stained-glass snugs (private seating areas) guarded by lions and gryphons. Then add brocade, feathered motifs, fleur-de-lys and rich colours. Now toss in some liquor. The result? The glorious Crown Liquor Saloon in Belfast, County Antrim – one of the last Victorian gin palaces on the island.
Built in 1826, the Crown recalls a lavish baroque style that you don't normally see in bars. It's probably the most beautiful pub you'll ever see.
Try get here early and grab a snug – private areas that were created for people who preferred to drink without being seen. Each one is furnished with intricate handcrafted Italian paneling and carving, soft leather seating and gun metal plates that used to be used for striking matches – each one boasts its own private door, too.
And that button? Well, that’s an antique bell system, which, according to the owners, “alerts the staff to you liquid needs”.
Think a friend might enjoy this article? Click to save and share
Save this page to a Scrapbook:
Save this page to your Scrapbook:
You have Scrapbooks created. Click below to see all of your saved pages.
Create a new Scrapbook:
This page has been save to your Scrapbook
Forget kitsch theme pubs. The Bulman in Kinsale, County Cork, adds an authentic mariner’s touch that locals love
Since being taken over by boxer Bobby Blackwell in 1980, De Barra’s has been about two things: beer and folk music
“We wine you, dine you and bury you”, boasts McCarthy’s pub. This is multitasking with a difference
Baking is back! Have your flour, yeast and elbows at the ready for this delicious soda bread recipe
Seaweed harvesting is Ireland's latest foodie trend; with seaweed safaris on the Aran Islands, you have to sea it to...
Finding tasty and delicious food on a budget is easy on the island of Ireland. Here are just a few suggestions for you...
We know Ireland’s food is great; after all we grew up with it
Lough Erne Resort’s Head Chef Noel McMeel is another of Ireland’s unsung food heroes. Discover his tasty wheaten soda...
The ship was lost over 100 years ago, but people are still enjoying a taste of Titanic
4 unmissable chocolate experiences in Ireland (and one VERY tasty recipe)
Under colourful stall awnings you'll find fresh and authentic Irish food when you visit the island of Ireland's farmer's...
Food festivals are serious business in Ireland; we almost have one for every local ingredient, from cider to seafood.
How long does it take to make the perfect whiskey?
County Clare’s Burren is sublime to visit, but minutes away you'll find culinary magic at Sheedy's hotel
Ballymaloe, Ballyknocken are just some of Ireland’s renowned cookery schools. We explain why learning about food can...
Food trends come and go, but nothing will beat fresh, raw ingredients. If you love bacon, you'll love this
The Huffington Post may have eaten the best steak ever. It’s from Antrim, and in Ireland, there’s more where that came...
Craft beers are taking the brewing world – and Ireland – by storm. So join other beer lovers in tasting the delicious...
A family pub with star quality, Dick Mack’s in Dingle has had plenty of famous faces prop up its bar over the years
Dublin’s been crawling with poets, playwrights, novelists, dreamers and schemers for centuries
That chill you’re feeling in Grace Neill’s pub isn’t just cold beer. Welcome to the most haunted pub in Ireland
You’ll find Titanic clues in many places in Northern Ireland. But in a pub?
A pub, a place of pilgrimage and a greengrocers, M O’Shea wears its multitasking hat with pride
£10 Valid for 2 adults + 3 children.
From €180 per person sharing
From €149 pps
10% discount for groups of 4 or more
From £15 p.p.
From £160 per room
From £590 per pod including 2 night stay and 3 days of food experiences. Valid for 2 adults.
From €995 Per person based on a group of 12 Sharing twin/double rooms Contact us for a price for your group size
For £25 per person
From €85 pps
From £70 pps
Holiday ideas, news, offers… sign up for our ezine and we’ll keep you in touch with Ireland.
Excited your interest? There are airports throughout the Island with international arrivals. Discover airlines flying to Ireland from your location.
Want to know more? Ask a question in our Community, they're the people who know Ireland best.
For more information on travel and accommodation, attractions have a look at our brochures and maps.
If you’re a visitor from the island of Ireland you may want to visit one of these sites… Otherwise proceed to Ireland.com
Share this link