Going out in Gay Belfast this month? If you're planning a trip to Belfast and want to know what's available or if you've lived in Belfast all your life but never set foot on the Gay Scene, then we hopes this information will help you find your way about Belfast. The Scene in Belfast is located just north of the City Centre in the Cathedral Quarter. Please Note that the Gay Belfast website closed down in September 2015 and the information below may be out of date.
Kremlin: Belfast's best gay owned dance club for men and women. The Kremlin is located at Donegall Street. Tel: 028 9031 6060.
Union Street Bar: Belfast's trendy award winning gay bar. Union Street, has excellent events every night plus a restaurant. Their Club nights are held in The Shoe Factory which is attached to the main bar.
Maverick Bar: The old Front Page Bar has been transformed into Belfast's Newest Gay venue. This lively gay bar is a great alternative at Union Street. With Boombox Club upstairs.
Forbidden Fruit presents SWAGGER @ El Divino: is the only place to be on a Monday nite. Forbidden Fruit on Monday resides at El Divino (Laganbank Road.)
Check out their website www.eldivino-belfast.com.
Taboo at QUB: monthly LGBT club night. more info at www.taboopresents.com.
The Coffee Den: gay friendly cafe serving breakfast, lunch, coffee and drinks in the centre of the gay village at 4-6 Union Street, Belfast. Tel: 028 9031 4517.
Check out the The Coffee Den Facebook page.
Sunflower Pub: gay friendly tranditional belfast bar on Union Street.
White's Tavern: gay friendly bar on Winecellar Entry with the occasional gay night. This a very friendly bar that is worth a look in the afternoon. The has been serving Belfast drinkers since 1630.
The Spaniard: Gay friendly Cathedral Quarter bar and "Tapas Bar" at Skipper Street. The "Belfast/Basque" style bar is worth a visit for its tapas and cocktails. Great fun.
Muriel's Café Bar: Situated in Church Lane close to Victoria Square this place is an absolute must! Styled with a boudoir feel to reflect its rumoured past as a brothel and once hat shop, the bar has an appealing old-fashioned charm with gay friendly trendy types making this place one of the best venues in Belfast. From those who brought us The Spaniard.
Queens Bar: Gay friendly city centre pub located at Queens Arcade. Tel: 028 9032 1347.
The John Hewitt: Gay friendly Cathedral Quarter pub located at Donegall Street Tel: (028) 90233768.
The Apartment: Gay friendly bar located at Donegall Sq West. Tel: (028) 90509777.
In the Cathedral Quarter, this stylish city centre hotel has free Wi-Fi and parking, just off the M2. The main shopping and gay district is nearby. Each bright en suite room at Ramada Encore Belfast has a power shower and a state-of-the-art flat-screen TV, with Sky TV. The Hub Bar and Lounge offers informal dining, while SQ Bar and Grill serves local cuisine and modern European dishes. At the Ramada Encore no taxis is required to visit the gay bars and clubs, which are minutes away. Ramada Encore Belfast City Centre offers 169 guestrooms. Rooms are furnished with sofa beds and desks. High-definition televisions come with satellite channels, pay movies, and TV Internet access (surcharge). High-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge) is provided along with phones and complimentary newspapers. Coffee/tea makers are provided. Bathrooms include showers, makeup/shaving mirrors, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Separate sitting areas and climate control are also included. Business-related amenities at this 3.0-star property include complimentary wireless Internet access, high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), and a business center. Meeting facilities include conference rooms and meeting rooms for small groups. This Belfast property provides an airport shuttle (surcharge). This property also offers tour/ticket assistance, multilingual staff, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Onsite parking is complimentary. The feedback from gay belfast users has been very positive with this hotel.
With room rates from £75 per room per night, this hotel is a great place to stay in Belfast city centre's Cathedral Quarter close to the gay bars and some excellent Belfast restaurants.
Want to fall out of the clubs and into your hotel? Then the closest hotel to the gay bars and clubs is the Premier Inn. This new hotel is also conveniently located in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter close to the shopping area of Belfast. The hotel offers comfortable, spacious and modern en suite rooms at great-value rates. All of the large, clean and modern rooms have hairdryers, tea/coffee making facilities and TVs with Freeview digital channels. Wi-Fi is available at an additional cost. Offering good food and drink at reasonable prices, the on-site Four Corners Bar and Restaurant is a great spot for breakfasts, lunches, dinners and drinks. With contemporary surroundings and a relaxed atmosphere, the hotel is a great base for your stay in Belfast. Room rates from £65 per room per night, this hotel is a great place to stay in Belfast city centre's Cathedral Quarter closest to the gay bars, restaurants and shopping. The feedback from gay belfast users has been very positive with this hotel.
Envy Bar and Night Club: gay bar in Londonderry/Derry on the Strand Road. See their website: www.envybarandnightclub.com.
Central Bar: gay bar in Strabane on Castle Street. See their website www.thecentralbarstrabane.com. (10 mile taxi ride from Derry)
Londonderry/Derry has a few good hotels but we would recommend the great value City Hotel at Queen Quay or check out BT48 Apartotel on the Strand Road. Both are near Envy. To visit the city from Belfast we recommend the train - see translink website.
See also Club GLAM info www.facebook.com/BuzzDerry.
The LGBT Centre at Waring Street houses a number of community organisations such as Cara-Friend, Rainbow Project, LASI, Gay Lesbian Youth Northern Ireland, Queerspace plus many more. They provide all kinds of services to the LGBT community in Belfast: helplines, counselling, advocacy, provisions for sexual health, a youth group etc.
Equality Commission for Northern Ireland: independent public body established under the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Based at Equality House in Shaftesbury Square, Belfast. Tel: 028 9050 0600 or vist their website www.equalityni.org
Mourne Seafood: best seafood restaurant in Belfast. Located in City Centre at 34 Bank Street - behind Primark.
Hadskis: Commercial Court off Donegal Street. Trendy restaurant with great food near the Belfast gay scene. Have a drink at the Duke of York opposite.
Made in Belfast: Two Belfast Bar Restaurant, specializing in Northern Irish cuisine and those influences to Northern Irish cuisine. East London meets Left Bank Paris.....a mixture of eceletic design and rare grooves, top service and affordable mouth watering dishes, which change daily. We love it. At City Hall and Cathedral Quarter. Website: www.madeinbelfastni.com
The Spaniard: Tapas at Skipper Street! You bet, the "Belfast/Basque" style bar is worth a visit for its food and cocktails. Great fun.
Union Street Bar: Belfast's trendy award winning gay bar has also a great restaurant. Check out the Union Street website for the latest menu: www.unionstreetpub.com.
Music Venue: Odyssey Arena.
Belfast Visitor Website: Check out what Belfast has to offer: www.gotobelfast.com
City Visitor: Learn more about what Belfast has to offer: www.city-visitor.com
Discover Northern Ireland: For information on places to visit and stay in Belfast: www.discovernorthernireland.com
Low-cost airline, easyJet, fly into Belfast International Airport from several national destinations including Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Bristol and Newcastle, as well as international destinations Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Malaga. Other airlines flying to Belfast include Jet2 and bmibaby.
Translink / Bus Eireann operate a number of services between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland while National Express can provide information on travelling from mainland Britain to Belfast by coach.
The Enterprise service connects Belfast & Dublin in 2 hours. See Translink for more info.
Banks: Hours are generally Mon-Fri, 9.30am - 4.30pm with some opening Sat mornings. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) dispense cash at hundreds of locations - banks, garages, and shopping centres. Using a credit card in an ATM is an easy way of obtaining sterling if you are travelling from the Republic of Ireland or from abroad. Bank of Ireland, a corporate partner of BVCB, has 47 branches across the province. Bureau de Change are in larger bank branches, travel agencies, the Belfast Welcome Centre, some other Tourist Information Centres, big hotels and a few visitor attractions.
Business Contacts: Chamber of Commerce: 028 9020 0201; Belfast City Business Club: 028 9032 0202; Investment Business Ltd: 028 9033 1136; Belfast First Stop Business Shop: 028 9027 8399; Rotary Club: 028 9036 5131
Cars-Breakdown: Automobile Association Emergency Tel: 0800 88 77 66
Cars-24 hour petrol: A number of petrol stations with extended hours are on major roads to Belfast, usually with mini-markets attached.
Car Parking: Multi-storey and off-street car parks have hourly tariffs dependent on location. On-street pay and display zones are clearly marked. Pay heed to restriction notices drawing attention to morning and evening rush hour clearways and bus lanes when in operation.
Central Library: Royal Avenue Tel: 028 9024 3233 Open Mon-Sat to visiting browsers, with spacious and well-stocked reference section.
Disability Access: Belfast Buildings are more accessable to wheel-chair users than ever. Disability Action: Tel. 028 9049 1011
Emergencies: Police, ambulance, fire service: Dial 999
Internet Cafes: Internet Cafe at the Belfast Welcome Centre, 47 Donegall Place, Belfast. Tel: 028 9024 6609 Friends Cafe, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast. Tel: 028 9024 1096 ITXP, 175-177 Ormeau Road, Belfast. Tel: 028 9022 8111 ITXP, The Kennedy Centre, Falls Road, Belfast. Tel: 028 9096 2222 Revelations, the Internet Cafe, 27 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast. Tel: 028 9032 0337
Lost Valuables: Police Lost Property Tel: 028 9065 0222 will put you in contact with the nearest police station.
Medical & Dental Services: Advice on medical and dental emergencies- Health Information Service. Tel: 0800 665544
Newspapers: Belfast is unusual in having three dailies, Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and Newsletter, as well as the Sunday Life. All have daily entertainment listings. The free monthly tourism newspaper "Northern Ireland Travel News", obtainable in Ports, Tourist Information Centres and travel agencies etc., has pages on current attractions and events. The monthly events guide 'Whatabout?' provides a detailed definitive guide to the city, and is available in all airports, ferry terminals, bus & train stations, hotels and from the Belfast Welcome Centre.
Places of Worship: Main Sunday services of major Christian denominations are advertised in the Saturday edition of the Belfast Telegraph. Places of worship for most faith communities are listed in Yellow Pages. The two cathedrals in central Belfast are St. Anne's Cathedral (Anglican/Church of Ireland) on DonegallStreet and St. Peter's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) on Derby Street.
Postal Services: Post Offices and red post boxes are all over the city; Main Post Office is at Castle Junction and late mailings are accepted at Tomb Street Sorting Office. Small books of UK stamps are available in most convenience stores and petrol stations.
Phone Numbers: The Northern Ireland Dialling Code (028) or (28) is used as a prefix when dialling from outside the region, or when making internal calls using a mobile phone. All Belfast numbers are composed of (028) followed by 90 and six digits. Eg. Belfast Welcome Centre: (0)28 9024 6609
Pub Hours: Generally Mon-Sat, 11.30am-11pm, Sundays, 12.30-10pm. Many bars in Belfast have later opening hours on Thurs- Sat nights. Children are not permitted on licensed premises. No alcohol may be served to under 18s.
Shopping Hours: City Centre Shops generally open Mon- Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm (Thurs. until 9pm).Some larger stores open Sun 1-5pm. Neighbourhood stores and garage forecourt convenience shops often open much longer - 24 hours in many cases.