Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus
75 Belfast Rd.
Belfast, XB BT38 8PH
Phone: (44) 289 3364556
Fax: (44) 289 3351620
Bars & Cafes
Situated in the Scotch Quarter, the Joymount Arms was established 200 years ago and is one of the oldest pubs in the area. The original operated as a Spirit Grocer where you could indulge whilst buying your groceries. Except for the groceries, the modern establishment still fulfils these basic needs! A family-run business, Joymount Arms describes itself as "the coziest bar in town" and few people would disagree with this. All ages flock to "Ony's" - the typical Irish country pub atmosphere appeals to students, smartly dressed couples and old men standing at the bar. Also open from Monday to Thursday.
The Bay Tree coffee shop can be approached through a rustic 18th-century archway. Situated in the charming village of Holywood just outside Belfast, this area is famous for crafts and alternative lifestyles. So stop for coffee and delicious cinnamon scones while browsing for that pretty piece of pottery in the gallery. There is also a little terrace where you can take your coffee on sunny days. Lunches at The Bay Tree make the most of local produce and the cafe is also open for dinner on Friday evenings. Dinner is available from 5.30p.
Tucked away in the north of the City is a great wee pub with bagfuls of character. The Chester has a well renowned reputation for serving fine food and its clientele love nothing more than to while away the hours with a good chinwag in this down-to-earth local pub. The staff is friendly and full of banter, so expect to experience a bit of Irish craic on a night out. And to whet the appetite a little more, the upstairs section houses a first-rate nightclub where you can experience the sights and sounds of the city in more intimate settings.
The Bryansburn Inn, one of the main out-of-town restaurants in Bangor, is famous for its blend of sophistication and down-home comforts. The service is excellent, the staff very friendly, and there is a choice of bar, restaurant or the Paradox nightclub. The Paradox is also available for weddings and other private functions and features live entertainment every Saturday night. An outdoor balcony is also set overlooking the verdant grounds for when the evenings heat up.
Despite its name, the Potthouse is surprisingly lacking in pottery. What you get instead is a view through an overhead glass dance floor shared with the type of people who look like they could live in a converted New York loft apartment. This is definitely the place for people who like to get dressed up and go out just to be watched by everyone else in the room. The door staff enforce a strictly neat dress code and if you do manage to gain entrance through the thick, blackout curtains then you'll find a swanky, 80s yuppie hangout.
Taking Belfast's nightlife to another level, this trendy club is the talk of the town. Located at Queens Quay, in the city center, it sees a huge footfall on weekends. With an eclectic mix of crowd and top DJ's, the club is known to serve an amazing range of cocktails, that are made to order. Drop by to witness the crazy music, friendly people and impeccable service that they have to offer. The club is also rented out for private events like birthday or bachelor parties. To know more about renting a space, or to see their upcoming schedule, please visit website.
Opened its doors in 2007, Rockies is a Canadian style sports bar, located within Belfast's Odyssey Pavilion. Calling themselves "House of Sporting Legends", Rockies Sports Bar is covered with souvenirs related sports, ranging from the city's ice hockey team, Belfast Giants, to Canadian ice hockey teams. Paraphernalia of Irish and American sports persons also adorn this place. The drinks at Rockies Sports Bar are moderately priced, but they do not accept credit cards, so do carry ample cash while visiting.
The Laughter Lounge is where Belfast gathers to take its daily dose of fun and laughter. The venue hosts various comedy nights and brings together famous comedians under one roof to entertain you. Housed in the Odyssey Pavilion, the venue also serves delicious American fare and drinks that will engage you into an fun encounter worth remembering.
This trendy singles bar is open only three nights a week but presses a week's worth of fun into those three nights. Every Thursday is students' night, that's medicine and nursing students with a rodeo bull, sumo suits and giant twister. Fridays are theme nights, for example; "Disco Revival" to name one. The venue is also a restaurant and hosts private events like birthday parties too. This place is open from Thursday to Friday, 5:00pm onwards.
When at Belfast's MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), if you wish take a break from the entertaining acts and nourish yourself, head over to the canteen for some delicious treats. The Canteen at the MAC serves a range of contemporary preparations inspired by global recipes. Soups, salads, breads and meats cooked in various styles are on offer. It is an ideal place for a pre-theater meal with dinner being served from 5p onwards, or even an after-show meal as the doors remain open till much later on nights that performances are held at MAC. Concerts and dinner shows are regularly organized here, making your dining experience here a joyful one.
Rouge Café is a stylish wine bar and restaurant in an increasingly popular area of East Belfast. The warm and inviting interior is furnished with a host of soft furnishing, lighting and upholstery; while the staff is quick and courteous with minimum fuss for a maximum intensity meal. A wide range of wines are displayed in their stylish 'honeycomb' units with a huge glass wall separating the bar and the wine shop. The dining area is tucked away in the rear of the premises so you're partitioned from most of the hustle and bustle. This is a dining experience worth to be savored.
This student's hangout at the University of Ulster campus hosts a range of Students' Union events. The bar, serving coffee and light refreshments, has its share of student admirers who love the place. Studio bar has weekly live entertainment programs and the bar's profit actually goes for other union activities. With its popularity being on the rise, even students from other campuses visit the place and they are accepted whole-heartedly.