Ads by Northern Ireland’s tourist board to promote Belfast in the past have featured a big bumble bee. This is because the city is well and truly buzzing and, for a change, sees many travelling from the south to sample it for themselves.
During the summer there is always a good atmosphere around the city but it is between October and May that nightlife in Belfast really gets going. There is an influx of students for these months and every bar is full not only on weekend, but midweek also.
The number in clubs over the last five years has increased rapidly, as has the number of ‘trendier’ bars which have taken Ireland by storm over the last five years. If you want to take it easy there is a large cinema complex in the city centre.
23-31 Bradbury Place, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Open 4 nights a week, the M Club is very popular with students, particularly on both Tuesdays and Thursdays when there are different promotions running. On Saturday nights the price goes up a tad, but the club still draws a large crowd due to the quality of the music on offer.
Open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9pm-2am.
2-4 Winecellar Entry, Belfast, Northern Ireland
A bar with something for everyone, Whites claims to be the oldest pub in Belfast. The downstairs bar has a traditional ambience and on any night of the week you're likely to find a troupe of Irish musicians in the corner who will strike up an impromptu tune on a moment's notice. Upstairs there is a nightclub, always buzzing on a Saturday night.
Open daily from 12pm-11pm, and until 2am on weekends.
1 Hill Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, this 3-story complex consists of a bar, nightclub and private function rooms. The dance floors on all 3 levels are completely see-through, providing first time visitors with an amusing (and albeit brief) distraction!
Open Mon, Tues, Fri and Sat 10pm until late.
46 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Having a pint of Guinness and a bowl of stew at the Crown Bar, one of the city's oldest pubs, is essential. The interior is bedizened with ornamental woodwork and opulent tiling - ideal surroundings to soak up the atmosphere at this Belfast drinking institution.
Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm, Sun
46 Church Lane, Belfast, Northern Ireland
A new favourite among Belfast's hip young crowd is this trendy bar/club in the heart of the Cathderal Quarter. The Roost hosts club nights every Friday and Saturday when the place is always packed to the rafters, and Thursday is Karaoke night - always entertaining!
Open daily from 1pm-late.