Meeting Point

The Dirty Onion bar is a live music venue boasting traditional Irish music sessions, meetings of the Belfast Harper’s Club and an Irish language conversation circle. Constructed in the 1750s and used as a spirits warehouse for most of the last century, this building’s distinctive façade incorporates original wooden beams and brickwork. Gather round the fireplace at the back of the bar to meet with your guides and begin your tour.

If you wish to eat before the tour, we can recommend the Yardbird rotisserie restaurant located upstairs for some tasty chicken and chips. Diners will receive a 10% discount on food on presentation of a Trad Trail ticket.

3 Hill Street,
Belfast, BT1 2LA



The trail continues to High Street and Queen’s Square where the River Farset (the same “Farset” which gave Belfast its name) still flows underfoot. Our final stop is a private room in McHughs Bar, housed in one of Belfast’s oldest buildings. Constructed in the early 1700s in the historical commercial centre of city, this Grade A listed building has been carefully restored using traditional materials and techniques.

For those who wish to eat after the tour, McHughs’ 100 seater restaurant serves Irish cuisine with a modern twist using ingredients sourced from local suppliers. A 10% discount on food is offered to Trad Trail participants. We’d recommend the steak!

29-31 Queen’s Square,
Belfast, BT1 3FG