Two Northern Ireland pubs named among best in the U.K.

The Emerald Isle is renowned for its pub culture, filled with good craic and great pints. Thus, it is no surprise that the North is home to two of the best in the U.K.

According to a new survey, two Northern Ireland pubs have been named among the best in the U.K.

Two popular pubs in Northern Ireland’s two largest cities have taken the accolade. The survey comes just as spots reopen after a year of COVID-19 restrictions.

If you’re wondering where to grab a pint of the ‘black stuff’ on your next visit to the North, read on.

A Belfast gem – one of the city’s most historic pubs

Kelly's Cellars is one of the Northern Ireland pubs named best in the U.K.
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Kelly’s Cellars on Bank Street in the city centre is one of the two Northern Ireland pubs named among the best in the U.K. The popular pub ranked 27th in a list of the top 30 pubs and bars in the U.K., based on customer reviews.

Not only is Kelly’s Cellars one of the best-loved watering holes in the city, that many celebrities have visited. Rather, it’s actually one of the oldest.

Established in 1720, this city-centre spot boasts over three hundred years of tradition and history. This is part of the charm that makes this pub a must-visit while in Belfast.

Bursting with Irish charm and character, Kelly’s Cellars is a favourite among locals looking to enjoy great pints, traditional Irish music, all while catching up with friends.

Address: 30-32 Bank St, Belfast BT1 1HL

Heading west – a popular Derry pub

The Blackbird in Derry is one of the Northern Ireland pubs named best in the U.K.
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Heading out of Belfast, the second of the Northern Ireland pubs named among the best in the U.K. is Blackbird pub in Derry.

Located on Foyle Street, Blackbird proves popular among both locals and visitors for its comfortable interior and vast cocktail menu.

With reviewers on TripAdvisor praising the pub’s ‘brilliant live music’ and ‘amazing food’, Blackbird came in 28th in the list of the top 30 pubs and bars in the U.K.

So, if you’re wandering around the Walled City and fancy stopping off for a pint, rest easy knowing you can visit one of the U.K.’s best pubs.

Address: 24 Foyle St, Derry BT48 6AL

The top spots for a pint in the U.K. – according to TripAdvisor

Check out Bistrot Pierre if you're in Birmingham.
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The survey, which named two Northern Ireland pubs among the best in the U.K., was conducted by arcade retailer Liberty Games.

To come up with their list, they found the number one rated pub or bar in every city on TripAdvisor. Then, ranked them by the number of five-star reviews.

If you’re across the water, you need to check out Bistrot Pierre in Birmingham. Taking the top spot, this Birmingham bar boasted over 700 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. So, they must be doing something right!

Scarlett Green is a must-visit in London.
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Meanwhile, Scarlett Green in London’s buzzing Soho region came in a close second. It was follow by Lost and Found in Leeds, which came third.

You can find the full list of the most-loved pubs across the U.K. on the Liberty Games website here.

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