The Limelight, Belfast
With an eclectic and ever-evolving array of artists, music fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to Northern Ireland's live music scene.
Whether you're sitting back to some blues, rocking out in a bar or singing along with the crowd, you're sure to wind up having the sounds of Northern Ireland stuck in your head well after a visit to this place of serious musical talent.
The Limelight, Belfast
From pop to rock and funk to house, The Limelight allows everyone to experience a night of lively entertainment. Split into Limelight 1 (club venue), Limelight 2 (alternative live music/ club venue), Katy's bar (traditional bar) and The Rock Garden (rooftop terrace), music lovers can pick an atmosphere to match their music. The likes of Two Door Cinema Club, The Strokes and Marina & The Diamonds have formed what can only be described as a small insight into the plethora of musical talent that graces The Limelight stages.
The Dirty Onion, Belfast
Immerse yourself in the history of Belfast and come down to The Dirty Onion housed in one of the city's oldest building's to experience traditional Irish music with the locals. The extensive beer and whiskey menu on offer is the perfect accompaniment to the lively sounds of traditional and bluegrass at this authentic yet modern bar.
Bert's Jazz Bar, Belfast
If it's a touch of class you require, then step into 1930's New York, sip an exclusive cocktail and unwind to the sounds of Belfast's finest jazz musicians at Bert's Jazz Bar. Compliment your evening with the exquisite French bistro menu on offer to truly listen in luxury. With jazz swooning the crowds seven nights a week, there is no reason to miss out on this fabulous live music venue.
Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast
If it's passionate people and upcoming artists you're looking for, then the Oh Yeah Music Centre is the venue for you. This centre focuses on developing the hottest music talent straight from the streets of Northern Ireland. This no-fuss, friendly and fresh powerhouse of music is as good as it gets.
Gweedore Bar, Derry~Londonderry
Let loose and have some craic at the local legend that is the Gweedore Bar. Whilst you can certainly expect to enjoy the likes of pop and rock, the highlight of this venue are the crowds you will be listening with. A long standing favourite of locals and tourists alike, this venue combines contemporary music with traditional pub culture to create something truly spectacular.
Peadar O'Donnell's Bar, Derry~Londonderry
The next-door neighbour of and counterpart to The Gweedore Bar, Peadar O'Donell's promises just as warm a welcome. With its' bustling crowds and traditional Irish music influence, this bar offers guests the chance to soak up an authentic side of live music in Northern Ireland. Expect impromtu performances, in between the pints of Guinness poured, from both musicians and the crowd alike.
The Empire Music Hall, Belfast
From the legendary likes of Snow Patrol and Ash, to the cult makings of bands such as Death in Vegas and Lambchop, the size of this smaller venue is no indicator of the huge talent it showcases. You can expect to hear just about every genre under the roof of this historic and iconic venue that is the Empire Music Hall.
Black Box, Belfast
Unlike anything else you can expect to see in the city, Black Box represents the avant-garde, outlandish and eccentric side to live entertainment. This urban and edgy venue ooses artistic freedom and is certainly a must for those who want to experience the alternative side of Belfast's live music scene.
The Crowe's Nest Bistro Bar and Nightclub, Enniskillen
This locally loved bar/nightclub is appreciated for its' efforts to always throw a party. Local and upcoming talent feature on the stage of this warm and welcoming live music space various nights a week in between the club and karaoke offerings. Make sure to come down to the Crowe's Nest on Tuesdays and Fridays to get a feel for the real traditonal music.
Macken's Bar, Newcastle
This cosy bar utlises all areas of its atmospheric venue to maximise live music potential. Join in on a jamming session with the locals inside Macken's Bar, or step into the large and lively beer garden where you're sure to see a traditional Irish band playing the classics.
Armagh City Hotel, Armagh
The Armagh City hotel hosts quite the variety of musical events for both guests and visitors alike. Its' smaller scale offers a more intimate and up close experience. From country to classical, expect to find something that lives up to your live musical expectations and doesn't break the bank.
Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, Belfast
This beautiful building located in North Belfast is no stranger to showcasing emerging young talent. As the first shared space venue dedicated to arts in the area, the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts promises an ever-growing selection of phenomenal live entertainment.
The Five Points, Belfast
Inspired by the Irish immigrant gangs of 1820's New York City, this is the newest addition to Belfast's live music scene. The Five Points is the ultimate trendy take on a traditional Irish bar. Savour the flavour of whiskey as you grab one of the signature Manhattan or mint julep cocktails and settle in to the sounds of traditional and folk music played by our talented local muscians.
Fibber Magees, Belfast
Tap your feet in Fibber Magees with free folk and traditional music seven nights a week. Nestled in the corner of Blackstaff Square, this is the city's hidden gem steeped in Irish tradition. Enjoy the tunes of traditional musicians with fiddles, pipes and bodhráns by the open fire every night of the week.
Seán Óg's, Omagh
Located at the heart of the bustling main street in Omagh, step off the cobbled streets and into this charismatic thatched cottage turned bar. Come in for a well deserved drink and a dance to the sounds of traditional trad and folk with a twist.
It's out with the old and in with the new at this contemporary and alternative music venue and eatery. Rock dominates the sound of this edgy bar, however, visitors to Vodoo can also expect Drum 'N' Bass, karaoke and an open mic night throughout the week.
If you fancy getting involved in the traditional music scene yourself, then check out the Traditional Music Trail, which takes place in the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast. This guided traditional music tour features performances, stories and local beverages.