You may think drink when you think of Belfast, and you’d be right. It’s home to some great pubs.
It’s not hard to see why Belfast has become a good-time destination for a boy’s weekend. The city may be on the up, but it’s still a more than manageable size for bar hopping, and is home to some truly great, Guinness serving pubs that the girls are guaranteed to enjoy too.
Arguably one of the best, if a well known tourist haunt, is the Crown Bar Liquor Saloon, recommends the Daily Mail. The impressive bar (pictured)is a museum piece owned by the National Trust, and you can down a pint in one of the cosy wooden booths with stained-glass windows, gilded mirrors and intricate wooden carvings.
Robinson’s, the pub next door, has live music downstairs where locals and tourists alike let their hair down for a jig. Or try the atmospheric pubs in the Cathedral Quarter. The Spaniard and the Duke of York are among the best, with the latter packed with drinking memorabilia and old Guinness posters. If you’re with your partner and looking for somewhere quieter to enjoy a romantic evening, manager Sean Muldoon at the Merchant Hotel (028 9023 4888, www.themerchanthotel.com) is famous for pouring a mean cocktail, and will mix you any exotic combination you fancy.
And the great thing is, Belfast is so easy to get to. Return flights from London Gatwick to Belfast George Best City Airport start at around £59.99 including all taxes, with FlyBe (01392 268500, www.flybe.com). Flights are also available from Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, East Midlands, Doncaster, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds-Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen. It couldn’t be easier!