There’s a real cocktail revolution taking place in Northern Ireland.
With a new generation of mixologists and a massive movement in locally produced spirits, this is the best time to check out our charismatic cocktail bars.
The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
Start with a touch of class at the magnificent Merchant Hotel. This hotel houses some of the finest champagne sipping spots in Belfast, including the 1930s New York inspired Berts Jazz Bar. What better way to sip your cocktail than when being swooned by the sounds of our finest jazz musicians?
If you want the longest list of cocktails on offer in the city, then step into the hotel’s cocktail bar where a 112 page bar book awaits. With its' plush floors and antique Baccarat chandeliers on the ceiling, this bar and its beverages ooze grandeur.
Filthy Chic, Belfast
For a younger crowd and quirkier vibe, head to Filthy McNasty’s on Dublin Road. Handcrafted cocktail in hand, unwind in the Filthy Chic bar surrounding yourself with candelabras and distressed white décor. This bar uses organic and local produce in its' range of contemporary come classic cocktails, so you can be sure to sip on something extra special.
The Treehouse, Belfast
Another bar bursting with bohemian charm is The Treehouse at AM:PM. This quirky rooftop bar features fairy lights, comfortable furnishings and a retractable roof for the perfect cocktail catch up or romantic evening. With weddings and private functions regularly held at this intimate and electric venue, try your best to arrange an unforgettable experience of your own.
The National Grande Café, Belfast
For the ultimate in upscale sophistication, The National Café’s cocktail bar serves up city views, premium liquor and a strict table service policy. This bar resembles that of an old gentleman’s club with its' dark leather furnishings and roaring open fires.
The Blaney Bar, Enniskillen
Out of the city, you will find the Blaney Bar at Lough Erne Resort in County Fermanagh. This bar boasts a stunning backdrop of Castle Hume lough as you enjoy an Irish whiskey based cocktail.
The Crozier Lounge, Holywood
For more tastes of local luxury, step into the Crozier Lounge at Culloden Estate and Spa Hotel. The cocktail menu here offers more than 25 types of gin and a range of sumptuous cocktails to enjoy them in. Another firm favourite ingredient is the locally produced Ruby Blue Vodka, a limited edition small batch potato vodka. For something extra special, be sure to try the ‘After Eight Espresso Martini’.
Salty Dog Hotel, Bangor
This dog friendly bar and bistro offers a combination of classic and creative cocktails on its menu. Another on the list with an extensive list of gins to choose from, this bar boasts a great night out with great cocktails to accompany it. Be sure to try whatever eccentric concoction they the Salty Dog has on the menu at your time of visiting.
The Ramore Wine Bar, Portrush
This exquisite bar located in the seaside town of Portrush offers an extensive and classic cocktail menu. Gin is the speciality on the menu at the Ramore Wine Bar with well known brand names and locally produced offerings being served up with flavoured tonics. Alternatively, get in the spirit of your seaside stay with their house cocktail 'Sea Breeze' - a refreshing combination of vodka, cranberry and grapefruit soda.
Coppins Bar, Derry city
Located in Derry~Londonderry's City Hotel and just a 5 minute walk away from the historic walls, this is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a delicious cocktail after a day of sightseeing and exploring.
The Granary Bar, Newry
Situated in the Canal Court Hotel & Spa, this homely bar allows for a relaxed cocktail-sipping evening. The cocktail menu here boasts everything from classics and bartender favourites to smoked cocktails to cocktails fortwo. The barmen even encourage you to give them a challenge by requesting something off menu.
The Smoking Monkey, Ballymena
Another quirky bar, located in the heart of Ballymena, The Smoking Monkey offers an extensive range of delicious traditional, classic and signature cocktails and gins with something for everyone. It also boasts 2 vintage outdoor spaces as well as a dog friendly licenced pavement café for those who prefer to enjoy their cocktails alfresco with ‘a man’s best friend’. With live music every Thursday through to Sunday evening, it is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a delicious cocktail, gin or premium drink after a day of sightseeing, exploring and/or shopping.