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.
3 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
A short walk brings our trail to a private room in The Duke of York. This beautiful bar is famous for its wealth of Belfast artefacts and furniture, including a large collection of antique mirrors. It is also renowned for its regular live music and large collection of whiskies. This expertise extends around the corner to The Friend At Hand, a museum and off-sales specialising in Irish Whiskey.
7-11 Commercial Court,
Belfast, BT1 2NB
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.
29-31 Queen’s Square,
Belfast, BT1 3FG