At once a major business hub and bona fide party town, Belfast has defied all odds to become a thriving, bustling city.
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Game of Thrones fans, whiskey drinkers and anyone with a passing interest in politics will be in their element, while Michelin-starred restaurants, museums galore and thriving nightlife make Belfast the complete city-break package.
Any Belfast night out should begin in one of the city’s many traditional pubs. The narrow streets in the Cathedral Quarter are ideal for sampling a variety of pubs with live Irish music and great craic to be had every night of the week. Guinness and whiskey are available in abundance, and a surprising number of bars and pubs also offer extensive gin menus. Belfast’s pubs are one of its main tourist attractions, but there are so many of them across the city that it would be impossible to visit them all during one trip.
If you’re looking for more of an alternative night out with a younger crowd, live music and room to dance, head to Queen’s Quarter to find an abundance of independent bars. There’s also a great late-night party scene around the city with plenty of techno, electronic and drum ‘n’ bass nights to discover.