More insider guides for planning a trip to Belfast
The cobbled Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter has become the buzzing heart of the city’s nightlife. A real-life game of Monopoly between local entrepreneurs Bill Wolsey, owner of The Merchant Hotel, and the irrepressible Willie Jack, has resulted in eight top-drawer pubs within three minutes’ walk of one another, making it the perfect place for a civilised pub crawl. Elsewhere in the city, bars like The Crown, the only pub in the UK owned by the National Trust, are still a must, while sophisticates can head to one of several cocktail bars that grace the city's rooftops.
The Harp Bar
Willie Jack waited 20 years for the perfect venue for a live music bar in Belfast – and he got it in 2013 when...
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