Discover Belfast’s Creative Vibe
Culture vultures are flocking to Belfast. The arts scene is thriving in a city that has spawned countless great writers, actors, artists and musicians. So put yourself centre stage, or grab a front row seat, for the very best that Creative Belfast has to offer.
ART & SOUL
St. Anne’s Square, Belfast, BT1 2NJ
The Mac (Metropolitan Arts Centre) is Belfast’s newest, award-winning arts venue mixing up music, theatre, dance and art – bringing you the very best of local and international talent all under one roof. Three galleries, two theatres and a café/restaurant/bar that dishes up everything from great coffee and lazy weekend breakfasts to lunchtime treats and pre-theatre fine dining.
The Golden Thread Gallery
84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU
The Golden Thread Gallery is an established visual arts space hosting exhibitions, performances and activities. It works with many major Northern Irish artists and is a place to explore the city’s contemporary culture in unique and engaging ways. Everyone welcome.
WALK & TALK
Belfast Music Tour
Explore Belfast's proud musical heritage with a dedicated exhibition and a guided bus tour through the beating heart of a great rock and roll city. You’ll start at the Ulster Hall, see Van Morrison’s childhood home and get your ‘Teenage Kicks’ at the old Wizard Studios where the legendary song was recorded for just £200.
Belfast Literary Walking Tour
There are few better ways to get to know a city than through its writers. The Belfast Literary Tour will assist you as you journey through the many shades of our history, taking you through great buildings, back alleys and quiet suburban streets where the finest of our writers lived, walked and worked.
LOUD & LIVE
Empire Music Hall
42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JQ
Hewn out of a Victorian Church, the Empire Music Hall has for many years hosted the best in live music and stand-up. This is where Snow Patrol, Ash and Two Door Cinema Club cut their musical teeth. Tuesday nights are reserved for comedy, hosted by Colin Murphy and Jake O’Kane. So if you’re in search of a laugh, or something a little louder, you’ll find it here.
18-22 Hill St, Belfast, BT1 2LA
The Black Box bills itself as a home for live music, theatre, literature, comedy, film, visual art, live art, circus, cabaret and all points in between. It is also a host to the Out To Lunch Festival in January, the Belfast Film Festival in April, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in May and the Open House Festival in September. So it’s fair to say that there’ll always be something to float your cultural boat.
STAGE & SCREEN
55 Ridgeway Street, Belfast, BT9 5FB
The Lyric Theatre, a state-of-the-art venue – the only full-time producing theatre in the country - had a complete makeover in 2011 and has become a thriving social hub in the city. Visitors can enjoy the very best in contemporary performance, and soak up the ambience of spacious lobbies and bars that overlook the River Lagan.
Queen’s Film Theatre
20 University Square, Belfast, BT7 1PA
The Queen's Film Theatre is Northern Ireland’s leading independent cinema. Located a stone’s throw from Queen’s University, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in a celluloid classic or a wonder of world cinema. The Jameson Bar will provide a fitting climax to your film.
EAT & DRINK
St. George’s Market
12-20 East Bridge Street, BT1 3NQ
Grab yourself a great taste of Belfast at St. George’s Market on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Local delicacies and international cuisine available as well as art, crafts and antiques. Live music at the weekend and an atmosphere that you simply won’t get anywhere else in the city.
The Crown Bar
46 Great Victoria Street, Belfast
Belfast’s gem of a Victorian Bar serves a great selection of food and drink. Get yourself a snug at the Crown Liquor Saloon and relax for a few hours. This is where Carol Reed shot the beguiling film Odd Man Out in 1947. Frequented by writers, actors, artists and anyone with a cultural bone in their body.
BROWSE & BUY
83 Botanic Ave, Belfast, BT7 1JL
The specialist bookshop immortalised in Colin Bateman’s Mystery Man series. The staff of No Alibis know that a great bookshop is actually a community of people who love books. They know you’ll love a coffee as you browse, and aren’t shy of introducing you to a new author or crime series.
Kiln & Loom
387 Ormeau Road, Belfast,
The Ormeau Road in South Belfast has a growing number of unique cafes, bistros and bakeries. In Kiln and Loom it now has a place to buy unusual craftwork as well as luxury handcrafted food and beauty products. You can sip a coffee as well.
For more information on the vibrant city of Belfast visit Discover Northern Ireland