Northern Ireland’s capital of Belfast comes to life at night with live music, an electric pub culture, fabulous shows and even spooky ghost walks.
Sometimes a city only truly comes to life at night, and that’s certainly true of Belfast. As the street lamps start to glow, live music wafts from every pub doorway and the historic buildings light up. A wander around the twinkling streets is a magical experience in itself, but there are lots of other wonderful ways to spend an evening in Belfast. Whether you want to experience the local nightlife and pub culture, sip fancy cocktails in a glamorous setting, enjoy a night at the theatre or do something a bit unusual, we’ve got you covered with this list of the best things to do at night in Northern Ireland’s capital.
To get merry at your own pace, Belfast’s trendy nightlife offers a wide range of venues. Head to the Cathedral Quarter’s the Duke of York, a local favourite for Guinness drinking. For something more historic and swanky, we recommend Crown Liquor Saloon on Great Victoria Street, its stained glass windows and ornate bar dates back to 1880. Once the lights go down, you won’t have to look far to find live music, modern or traditional. We like the Dirty Onion for Irish folk any night of the week.