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How to Spend One Night in Belfast

With a range of things to do and see, jam your time in Belfast with as much as possible!

Got one night to spend in Belfast? Whether you want to grab a bite to eat before catching a show at the arena, or are planning to hit the town afterwards, Northern Ireland’s capital has a fantastic nightlife to discover. We’ve picked out a few recommendations for you to explore, as well as convenient hotels near Belfast arena to stay in.

Explore the Cathedral Quarter

Belfast is a city split into several quarters, the oldest and trendiest of which is its bustling Cathedral Quarter. 
Once a trade and warehouse district in the city, the Cathedral Quarter today is recognised as a cool and contemporary hub that gives nods to Belfast’s literary history and culture, with street art to discover and famous poetry quotations carved into the square’s stone floor. 
Ideal for exploring before or after a show, you can take in the scenery and soak up the atmosphere of the quarter’s cobbled streets, taking your pick from tempting restaurants, popular pubs, and trendy bars with live music.

Visit the Crown Liquor Saloon

Known as ‘the most famous pub in Belfast’ the Crown Liquor Saloon dates back to 1826. 
Formerly a Victorian gin palace, the historic pub is the only one in the UK to have been owned and restored to its full glory by the National Trust. Today, the Crown Bar is one of the city’s most unique venues to visit and one we highly recommend. 
Now an atmospheric bar full of character, unique decor, stunning architectural features, and plenty of charm, you can take a trip back in time while you drink traditional ale and enjoy hearty pub food.

Go on a Traditional Irish Pub Tour

If you’re looking to get a real taste of Belfast, there’s no better way to do it than by visiting a handful of the city’s traditional Irish pubs! 
The historic Kelly's Cellars is one of our top recommendations. Featuring an old-fashioned cosy pub interior, traditional live music, homemade Irish stew, and plenty of Guinness, it’s famed for being one of the city’s oldest and most authentic pubs.

Grab a Bite to Eat

Belfast has plenty of delicious options for foodies. Our top picks? Head over to the Cathedral Quarter to Made in Belfast for locally and ethically sourced food and spot-on cocktails, or try Molly’s Yard for a varied menu and craft beers within a restored Victorian stable and courtyard. 
If you want to treat yourselves to some fine-dining, visit Michelin star OX for exceptional food with a view over the River Lagan. 
Looking for hotels near Belfast Arena? Our ibis Belfast City Centre is situated close to the arena – the perfect choice for a comfortable night’s sleep after a big night.

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