10 Unique Cocktail Bars In Belfast

cocktail©Ron Taylor/Flickr
cocktail©Ron Taylor/Flickr
Photo of Aisling Clare Frances
9 February 2017

Famous for its lively nightlife, Belfast boasts some of most quirky and unique cocktail bars. Whether you’re a fan of shabby chic bohemian styles, funky hippie hangouts, or more sophisticated hot spots, you will find a selection of mouth-watering cocktails in each with crazy, comical names and original flavours.


Bar, Nightclub, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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With its super funky decor, classic anthems, and ping pong tables to keep you entertained all night, this fun-filled student haven is the most unique cocktail bar in Belfast. They offer a long list of thirst-quenchers including craft beers and ales, to be drunk while chilling out on huge comfy sofas. The cocktails have comical names like Beetlejuice, Check Norris, and Ace Ventura and an exploding mixture of colours and flavours. The best part? They come in jam jars. Try checking in on #Cheapskatetuesdays for some great deals.

Love And Death Inc

Nightclub, Cocktails, $$$
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This place cannot be recommended enough for cocktail lovers. Situated at the top of a dimly lit narrow staircase on Anne’s Street, this bar’s name does it justice. Dark, award winning cocktails are presented to visitors sitting on old fashioned wooden furniture, with wax covered candelabras and an old bike hanging from its ceiling. The cocktails are truly sensational: fresh and innovative and unlike any other bar in Belfast. Try the Dark and Stormy, Mean Zombie, or Aviation, which is perfect if you enjoy parma violets and a lavender flavour.

Filthy Chic

Located at the famous Filthy Quarter, Filthy Chic is a super stylish student hot spot. The bright white walls and vibrant purple cushions complement the antique chandeliers and birdcage table lights, creating a light-hearted and charming atmosphere. The luxurious cocktail menu caters to suit all tastes. From sweet, fruity, and punchy flavours to the heavier Smoking Gun, every cocktail is presented beautifully. Try the Triple Rum Punch, with its fruity combination of orange juice and pineapple. Alternatively, create your own with the Filthy Chic masterclasses.

45 Dublin Rd, Belfast, UK, +44 28 9024 6823

The Spaniard

Situated on Skipper Street, this little gem is a must visit for its merry atmosphere, friendly staff and classic cocktail menu. It particularly specialises in reasonably priced rum cocktails, the most delicious being the Extraordinary, which includes ginger beer, a hint of lime, and a shot of gold rum. The classic Mai-tai and the fresh minty white rum mojitos are equally satisfying. The Spaniard’s uniqueness not only resonates in its fabulous drinks, but also its extraordinary bohemian style decor. Every wall is covered with quirky art, religious symbols, and old signed photographs from famous artists and musicians.

3 Skipper St, Belfast, UK, +44 28 9023 2448

Muriel’s Cafe Bar

Bar, Cafe, Pub Grub
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Inspired by former milliner Muriel, this quaint little bar is full of much character, offering some of the most delicious cocktails in the city. As soon as you enter you’ll be struck by the quirky vintage decor, with velvet chairs, damask drapes, and shimmering chandeliers, not to mention the quirky hats and bras hanging from the ceiling. Famous for its fruity cocktails, including the daring Flaming Zombie, the menu also offers an extensive array of gins and rums, as well as old French Martinis.

Madison’s Hotel Bar

If you’re on the lookout for somewhere trendy, modern, and classy, Madison’s is the place for you. The hotel itself is stunning, with luxurious indoor decor. The cocktails are simply delicious; whether it’s a Cosmopolitan, Sex on the Beach, or a Strawberry Daiquiri, all are served in beautiful delicate glasses with sugar coated edges. This is a great place to kick-start a night out on the town.

59-63 Botanic Ave, Belfast, UK, +44 28 9050 9800


If you fancy somewhere more ‘out there’, then Rita’s is a must visit. With its deluxe interior decor, including plush velvet chairs to sink into, gorgeous retro art on the walls, and a homely fireplace, this venue oozes warmth. The best time to pop in for a glass or two is during Happy Hour on Sundays when live music is playing and the cocktails are quite cheap. They serve excellent Bloody Marys and Margaritas, as well as their own unique inventions.

44 Franklin St, Belfast, UK, +44 28 9024 8000

The Perch Rooftop Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Situated on Franklin Street, and true to its name with its branchy perch-like design, this rooftop bar is not one to be missed. It has a real enchanting character; adorable plant pots, fresh flowers, and petite bird cages hang from the ceiling, creating a secret garden-like atmosphere. Look up at and admire the starlit night sky through the glass windows. Besides their delicious, crispy pizzas, their French 75, Mary Pickford, and Clover Club cocktails are simply the best, served in little plant pots, and offering the fruitiest summery flavours. A real winner.

The Merchant Cocktail Bar

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One of the most refined and finest hotels in Belfast, The Merchant Cocktail Bar will not disappoint. With its lavish furniture and large selections of fancy drinks, including vintage champagnes and old spirits, it offers a glamorous dining experience. The cocktail menu is heavenly, offering the notorious Grasshopper, fresh Mint Juleps, zesty Nui Nuis, and coconuty Pina Coladas with toasted marshmallows, all presented with elegance.

Bert's Jazz Bar

Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
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Situated within the Merchant complex, this classic bar is one to visit if you love fancy cocktails, jazz and blues music, and if Goodfellasis your favourite movie. With deep red leather and velvet sofas complementing the black circular and square tables, this dimly lit room has a chilled romantic ambiance, with really friendly and welcoming staff. Bert’s Jazz Bar offers an extensive list of handpicked cocktails, from the old-fashioned Bramble and Daiquiri to unique, modern favourites. They are slightly on the pricier side when compared with the likes of Cuckoo, but worth every penny.

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