Belfast Travel Guide
Belfast Local History
Belfast has had a troubled history, as it has been the focus of the Troubles that have dominated politics in Northern Ireland for many years. However the barriers have now come down and the tanks all but disappeared from the streets. The restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops are now operating under normal conditions.
Belfast City Hall Donegal Square. This is an imposing building with its Portland stone pillars and many statues. These include a monument to the victim's of the Titanic disaster and another of a gloomy looking Queen Victoria.
The Linen Hall Library - Donegal Square. This was established in 1788 ' to improve the mind and excite the spirit of general inquiry. It collections include an extensive record of everything ever written about Northern Ireland.
Botanic Gardens - The Gardens provide a relaxing break from the city's streets. There is a Tropical Ravine with a wonderful display of tropical plants and a cast iron and glass Palm House. Just down form the Palm House you can find the Ulster Museum with its artifacts from early Irish history. Including some fabulous gold jewelry from the 1588 wreck of one of the vessels from the Spanish Armada.
Grand Opera House This is a monument to Victorian excess with its many balconies covered in red satin and amazing gilded plasterwork. It was beautifully restored in 1980 and is well worth a visit.
The Oddessy This is a fairly new complex just beside the River Lagan, and Harland & Wolff (where the Titanic was built) it Offers something for everyone! there are 3 night clubs and 1 bar, Beach Club - a younger crowd of between 18 to early-20's can be found in here, a large club that plays a various mixture of dance, R & B and some Rock (Bon Jovi.. etc..)
Precious - this club has 6 rooms with 3 different DJs at one time, and 2 reasonably sized dance floors and one smaller dance floor each room has different music, Including House music, Dance/Chart and R & B/Hip Hop.
Bar 7 - suitable for those that are more mature, with a door policy of 25 years of age and older only.
The Basin - a friendly bar which has a mixture in music and live sports on the Television, and a layered back atmosphere.
There are also 2 Cinemas, Warner Village - with a good amount of screens showing the latest block buster hits. 3D-Max, showing informative type films in 3D view.
A Bowling Alley & games arcade, including pool tables and gambling machines as well as video games, on two floors, has 2 bars/fast food outlets.
Several restaurants, including Titanic - Lively with good food and a bar
Pizza Hut (need I say more)
La Salsa - serving Spanish cuisine, and a selection of Spanish beers.
Indian Ocean - for those with Indian food in mind. (A stall is also set up at the end of the night for those who are coming out of the night clubs that fancy a kebab or something else a bit spicy)
Red Panda - Chinese cuisine, this restaurant shipping all their cooking equipment in from China, for that genuine Chinese taste.
The Arena, this is a large Arena, which has Ice Hockey on Regular basis, 'The Belfast Giants'(a professional team made up with some players even being ex-NHL players), This Arena also holds other events like, Live music concerts with some of the best bands and singers in the world performing, and has also been known to hold large Dance Events (Gatecrasher), and other attractions like Horse riding, 5-a-side legends football tournaments and Super-Cross.
Who What Where When Why? (W5) - This is a large attraction spanning over several floors, showing how science works, in a fun yet informative way!
submitted by Craig McCullagh, 28/11/05
Laverys Bar Lavery's is the longest established family run bar in Belfast, and has been at the heart of local culture for nearly 100 years. With four bars under one roof no other pub can offer the same diversity in character, craic and entertainment. On the ground floor the public bar offers a traditional taste of Belfast with daily carvery lunch, ideal background music and all major sporting events covered. The banter is warm and friendly, and the atmosphere is cosy and relaxed.
The Back Bar is also situated on the ground floor but is a mecca for all things alternative and underground. Here music is king and free entertainment is provided seven nights a week. The Middle floor is home to the recently opened BUNKER. With its minimalist design and superb sound system this is the place to see live music in Belfast. Various touring and local bands play Sun - Thurs with music ranging across every genre. Whereas Friday and Saturday night see the big time party faves come out in force.
The Attic is open as a pool room 7 days a week with over 20 tables. Finger food is served daily until 9pm and there's Pinball, air hockey and retro arcade games. The jukebox is as varied as our entertainment policy so your sure to hear what your looking for! Every Saturday night the MIXMASTER CREW arrive in the Attic and transform it into SIN Belfast's premier Hard house / Hard trance club. Mixmaster has been the leading independent record store in the city for well over 10 years and these residents know there stuff and are joined by some of the biggest names in dance every Saturday night.
submitted by Greg mcCann, 07/08/05
Robinsons This is a great bar located across the road from the Europa hotel, Fibbers on the ground floor is great for a typical Irish night with live music, on the middle floor you have the restaurant - great food, then on the top floor you have the loft. Great on Friday and Saturday nights. And in the basement you have BT1 again another great nightclub. 4 under one roof what more would you need.
submitted by BelfastGirl, 27/06/05
Most of the usual chain stores can be found in Donegal Place and Royal Avenue. Most of the voguish shops can be found in the recently transformed old department stores in Castle Place.
Belfast Restaurants and Bars
Cafe#233 Vincents 78 Botanic Avenue. Popularly known as Vincent's it offers a wide range of pizzas, excellent breakfasts and high teas, which are really value for money.
Bewleys Donegal Arcade. This is a branch of the well-known Dublin coffee house.
Archana 53 Dublin Road. This restaurant is considered by many to be Belfast's premier Indian restaurant. It's excellent curries; baltis and vegetarian are worth a visit.
Cayenne Ascot House, Shaftsbury Square. This is TV chef, Paul Rankin's latest venture. There is an extensive menu featuring modern Irish cuisine. And a range of other delights.
Belfast Bars & Clubs
Crown Liquor Saloon 46 Great Victoria Street This is a famous pub with a clientele that engages in intellectual debate. There is no music to hinder the conversations that go on here. The food served here is good Ulster cuisine.
The Monaco 17 Lombard Street If you want to try a good old-fashioned traditional pub try this one.
Wetherspoons 35 Bedford Street. The drinks here are cheap and the food economical and tasty.
Bar Red Linenhall Street. If you like jazz this is the place for you. This popular DJ bar also has live jazz sessions on a Fridays.
Apartment 2 Donegal Square This is THE place to go for the young Belfast set. A DJ is in residence most evenings.
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