COCKTAILS in BELFAST: the 10 best bars to get your fix

If you’re planning a trip to Belfast, the capital of the north, check out our list of the ten best places to find cocktails in Belfast.

COCKTAILS in BELFAST: the 10 best bars to get your fix.

If you’re a cocktail enthusiast, read on because we are going to outline our favourite cocktail bars in Belfast.

From classics like espresso martinis and negronis to expertly made innovative creations, Belfast has a range of cocktail bars to suit every person’s taste.

Whether you’re heading on a night out with your friends or want an intimate, cosy cocktail bar, we’ve got you covered with the ten best spots for cocktails in Belfast.

10. Angel and Two Bibles – the new kid on the cocktail bar scene

Angel and Two Bibles serves some of the best cocktails in Belfast.
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Somewhat of a new kid on the block, Angel and Two Bibles is Belfast’s latest rooftop speakeasy run by expert mixologists. With the option of a cosy cocktail by the fire or rooftop drinks, it’s the perfect spot for any occasion.

With two carefully curated menus, The Old Testament and The New Testament, you can find all your favourite classics as well as crafty cocktails that are dedicated to and inspired by late great musicians.

Address: 1 Goose Entry, Belfast BT1 1FP

9. Santeria – a fantastic collection of cocktails

Santeria has a fantastic collection of cocktails.
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Santeria is a cosy bar in Belfast city centre. Located right in the heart of the city, next to its sister bar (Voodoo), it’s a great spot for date night, a night out with friends, or any occasion.

Cocktails are very reasonably priced for a city centre location, with classic cocktails from just £8 (€9).

You can also enjoy a range of small plates from 12-8 pm, Wednesday to Saturday, to accompany your delicious cocktails.

Address: 19 Fountain Street, Belfast BT1 5EA

8. The Merchant Hotel – cocktails made by expert bartenders

The Merchant Hotel serves cocktails made by expert bartenders.
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The bar at The Merchant Hotel is a fantastic spot for a classy cocktail or two to start off your night or wind down for the evening.

While more on the pricey side of the cocktail scale, the team of talented mixologists ensure your cocktails are made to perfection.

Address: 16 Skipper St, Belfast BT1 2DZ

7. Berts Jazz Bar – contemporary cocktails of your choice

Berts Jazz Bar serves some of the best cocktails in Belfast.
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An extension of The Merchant Hotel, Berts Jazz Bar offers live jazz sessions every night of the week. Musicians include some of the best in the north and much further afield.

What better way to sit back, relax, and enjoy some excellent jazz tunes with an amazing cocktail in hand? With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, Berts is the perfect spot for a romantic date night.

Address: 16 Skipper St, Belfast BT1 2DZ

6. Margot – one for cocktail enthusiasts

Margot serves some of the best cocktails in Belfast.
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Located below street level, away from the sights and sounds of Belfast city centre, Margot is a chilled-out bar serving artisanal cocktails along with international small plates.

Margot’s creative cocktails are made using some of the best local spirits, like Boatyard Double Gin from County Fermanagh and The Ninth Wave Gin from County Down.

If you’re the spiritual type, be sure to try out the Margot Zodiac Collection featuring horoscope-inspired cocktails.

Address: 18 Donegall Square E, Belfast BT1 5HE

5. Bootleggers – a bite to eat and a fantastic cocktail to go with it

Bootleggers serves some of the best cocktails in Belfast.
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Bootleggers is a laidback eatery right in the centre of Belfast City. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether you’re heading for a drink and a bite to eat after work or heading out for a night on the town; Bootleggers has you covered.

Cocktails here include much-loved classics as well as their own interesting mixes, some of which come with a teeny tiny shot of Buckfast. While this sounds bizarre, trust us, it’s delicious. Their tacos are a must while you’re here, too.

Address: 46 Church Ln, Belfast BT1 4QN

4. Bullitt Hotel – a fabulous cocktail selection

Bullitt Hotel has a fabulous cocktail selection.
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The top-floor bar at Bullitt Hotel, Tetto, has a fantastic range of cocktails on offer. With a stunning rooftop restaurant and garden with an unbelievable panoramic view of Belfast, this is a great spot for a tasty cocktail with a view.

On the weekends, expects funky playlists and resident DJs to power you through your cocktail-filled night out.

Address: 40a Church Ln, Belfast BT1 4QN

3. Liquor XXX – one of the best places for cocktails in Belfast

Bootleggers serves some of the best cocktails in Belfast.
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Located on Belfast’s Dublin Road, Liquor XXX is a cosy cocktail bar that boasts an incredible range of cocktails.

Voted Ulster’s Best Cocktail Bar, the menu has been heavily influenced by South America, with amazing cocktails featuring rum, pisco, tequila, and cachaça.

No matter your pallet, you’ll find a cocktail that best suits you with the help of experienced bartenders. The ambience inside is dark and aesthetic, and you’re guaranteed to find some of the best cocktails in Belfast.

Address: 49 Dublin Rd, Belfast BT2 7HD

2. Rattlebag – a new and stylish cocktail bar

Bootleggers serves some of the best cocktails in Belfast.
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Another new kid on the block, Rattlebag offers a unique and intimate cocktail experience. Note that they don’t take reservations, just walk-ins.

Their innovative cocktails are a little bit pricier than your average cocktail, but the thought and expertise that comes with them promise to impress.

Open Thursday to Sunday, 5 pm to late, this is a cosy and ambient bar that is perfect for a date night.

Address: 61- 63 Ann Street, Belfast BT1 4QG

1. Rita’s – fabulous cocktails in Belfast city centre

Bootleggers serves some of the best cocktails in Belfast.
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Nestled in the heart of Belfast’s city centre, Rita’s is a cocktail haven perfect for delicious yet affordable cocktails.

With in-house DJs on the weekends to accompany your night of cocktails, it’s the perfect destination for you and your friends.

Address: 44 Franklin Street, Belfast BT2 7GE

Other notable mentions

The Spaniard serves some of the best cocktails in Belfast.
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The Spaniard: If you find yourself in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, head to The Spaniard, a small but cosy bar with a great cocktail menu in the upstairs bar.

House Belfast: In the heart of the bustling student area of Botanic Avenue, House Belfast has a great bottomless brunch option accompanied by some of your favourite bottomless cocktails.

Muriels: Serving signature cocktails, Muriels is another of Belfast’s excellent cocktail bars in the city centre for your cocktail pub crawl.

FAQs about cocktails in Belfast

Where can you get the best cocktails in Belfast?

Whether you’re heading out for date night or a night on the town with family and friends, any of our options above are fantastic options for cocktails in Belfast.

Are there any rooftop cocktail bars in Belfast?

A few great rooftop cocktail bar options in Belfast are Angel and Two Bibles, Tetto, The Perch, and The Grand Central Hotel.

Are there any underrated cocktail bars in Belfast?

While known primarily for its brilliant food menu, Bootleggers is somewhat of an underrated cocktail bar in Belfast.

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