The best night-time activities in Northern Ireland
Looking for a great destination? Northern Ireland is one of the most fascinating European tourist destinations. With wonderful cities, innumerable visitor attractions (including both natural and cultural ones), historical sights, legends, excellent pubs and other attractions, the country is a great destination for everyone.
If you are a young traveler, looking for nightlife scenes and activities, this country also has something to offer you. From pubs to comedies and the traditional Irish music, you have a large variety of entertainment options. Which one to choose only depends on your taste. Are you interested in the best night-time activities in Northern Ireland? Read the following guide to find out which are these.
Go to local pubs
There are some excellent and authentic traditional Irish pubs in Northern Ireland. Visitors can find a great selection of pubs in numerous cities all over the country, starting from Belfast to Antrim, Portaferry or Newtownards. The most popular and best-known pubs in Belfast are the following: the famous Crown Liquor Saloon Bar, The John Hewitt and Madden’s Hatfield’s.
Other fine pubs in the country are: The Saltwater Brig and Balloo House in Newtownards, Crosskeys Inn in Antrim, Anchor Bar Complex in Portstewart and so on. Try the good food, enjoy an Irish coffee, a pint of Guinness or maybe a traditional Irish pub grub. Whatever you’d choose, it will surely remain a memorable experience of your Northern Ireland holiday.
Listen to traditional Irish music
You can listen to traditional Irish music in pubs or other venues, too. Traditional music is very popular in Northern Ireland and it’s easy to find venues where you can enjoy it. Belfast is abundant in such venues, including Maddens Bar, McHugh’s, White’s Tavern or Kelly’s Cellar.
If your destination is Londonderry, check out Peadar O’Donnell’s for traditional Irish music. Two other venues, the Culturlann ui Chanain and Dungloe Bar also offer regular sessions. There are a large number of venues all over Northern Ireland which host traditional music sessions every night.
Watch comedy shows
If you prefer comedy instead of pubs and Irish music, Northern Ireland also has great options on offer. Belfast, for instance, has excellent venues to watch comedy shows. The Belfast Empire is just one of these.
Live stand up comedy is preferred by lots of people. If you love it, too, you have to make a reservation at this venue. Famous UK and international comedians perform here every week. This Comedy Club is with no doubt one of the most popular in the entire country and drags numerous spectators every week.