Article by Fashion Fix Daily guest writer Chloe Caprani
Belfast is a city known for it's love of a good time, but the amount of bars can be a little overwhelming. We have picked out the best bars to find that perfect cocktail.
This dark and moody vintage treasure trove is my personal favourite and the jewel in the crown of Belfast’s Linen Quarter. The menu is one of modified classics. An Old Fashioned infused with banana and smokey bacon. A Sidecar topped with orange sorbet. A Slow Gin Swizzle with rhubarb and lychee syrup. The cosy, upholstered club chairs and conversation enabling music volume make Rita’s the ideal venue for a date or an intimate catch up and the perfect place to unwind.
44 Franklin Street BT2 7GE|image source @ritasbelfast
The Perch Rooftop Bar
Located on the same block as Rita’s, The Perch is a quirky and colourful rooftop bar accessed by an elevator at street level. There are ten cocktails to choose from with some unexpected extras including a Crème de Menthe laced hot chocolate and a warm spiced cider listed on a side menu. There is a cocktail to suit every taste but the Linenopolis with cinnamon infused brandy, Grand Mariner, lemon juice, sugar syrup and orange bitters is my pick of the bunch.
42 Franklin Street BT2 7GE| image source @perchbelfast
While certainly more casual than The Perch and Rita’s, the cocktails at Sweet Afton are of an equally high standard. Most of the house cocktails are of the stronger variety with bourbon and whisky bases but the staff are happy to go off menu and make the best amaretto sours I’ve had in the city. Staying on menu I would recommend Nancy’s Rose, a sweet gin sours with lychee and rose liqueur.
12 Brunswick Street BT2 7GG | image source @sweetaftonbelfast
Muriel’s Cafe Bar
Muriel’s Cafe Bar is the place for gin. Spiced gins, floral gins, citrus gins. Coconut gins, grapefruit gins, berry gins. Gins infused with tea and gins infused with caramel. Any flavour of gin that could be dreamt up will be found here. From the outside the venue is relatively unassuming but inside the decor is pleasingly eccentric with an uplifting 80’s soundtrack and a festive atmosphere.
2-14 Church Lane BT1 4QN | image source @murielscafebar
Love & Death Inc
This speakeasy style dive bar and restaurant serves far more upmarket cocktails than initial impression and reasonable prices suggest. In addition to the custom menu they are, like Sweet Afton, more than happy to take classic requests. The Sol Ardiente with pineapple and pink peppercorn puree is a must when feeling adventurous while the grape and cucumber Collins is a staple.
10a Ann Street BT1 4EF | image source @loveanddeathinc
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This tall and narrow three floor bar is a Belfast institution and a the cocktails are a major part of its appeal. Rowdier than the others on this list but with an artsy, bohemian edge, The Spaniard is a place to let your hair down. Try The Extraordinary with lime, rum and ginger beer to start.
3 Skipper Street BT1 2DZ | image source @spaniardbelfast