Northern Ireland’s nightclubs are legendary. Whether it's dancing to a guest DJ, sitting back in a VIP booth, or getting to know the locals outdoors, there is no way you can skip this unmissable aspect of nightlife culture.
This venue is a firm favourite and always sees its beer gardens bursting with nightclub lovers. With huge refurbishments made in recent years, Lavery’s offers its visitors the chance to choose between hitting the dancefloor and playing pool with the same amazing atmosphere. With its city centre location, traditional style bar located downstairs, and two dancefloors, this really is a staple of any Belfast night out.
Filthy McNasty’s, Belfast
This outrageous hotspot encompasses a live music bar, The Filthy Chic cocktail lounge, The Gypsy Lounge club area and an open fire and fairy light filled smoking area penned as The Secret Garden. With everything from mannequins turned into lamps and a sit-in birdcage, this venue will fascinate you from start to finish as you join the locals for one truly unforgettable night.
Attached to Belfast’s five-star hotel ‘The Merchant’, this venue oozes with socialite sophistication. Chart and dance music sets the scene around the elegant décor and slick dancefloor designs. Dress to impress and expect prosecco to be pouring throughout the night at this up-scale yet fun club.
TIME, County Tyrone
This stylish spot situated in Cookstown sees its multiple bars, VIP areas and large dancefloors filled with high-energy crowds every Monday, Friday & Saturday. While Monday’s and Friday’s boast the classic commercial dance music and guest DJ’s, you can expect something special on a Saturday. Time’s ‘Beautiful People’ night features a Great Gatsby incorporated burlesque show as well as other live performers and celebrity guests. This premium venue is the perfect place for a night out in Tyrone.
The Coach, County Down
As Northern Ireland’s oldest nightclub, The Coach’s reputation proceeds itself. With an incredible atmosphere in-between the circus, celebrity and burlesque performers, there is really no reason to miss a night at this electrifying location. If possible, try getting down on a Saturday for the club’s weekly ‘Please Don’t Tell’ night with guest DJ’s and live performances.
The Limelight, Belfast
Split into Limelight 1 (commercial club venue), Limelight 2 (alternative club venue), Katy's bar (traditional bar) and The Rock Garden (rooftop terrace), music lovers can pick an atmosphere to match their music. Another firm favourite amongst nightlife fanatics, this club sees big crowds every weekend. These crowds are predominantly student filled as an outcome to the various successful student nights hosted throughout the week. So, check out the vibes of this colourful venue and remember a night is not complete without trying the bars tantalising chocolate tequila.
The Foundry, Belfast
This is Belfast’s trendiest new addition to an already electric nightclub scene. Weekends are busy at any Belfast club, with Foundry being no exception. However, come down for their Thursdaze night where club-goers put on their most eccentric and edgy outfits in hope to be picked for the free-entry rewarding ‘Parful Humans’ of the week competition. Expect techno and dance orientated sounds as the backdrop to your night.
This quirky gay club may be small, but its events attract huge audiences and pop culture headliners alike. Known for its dance music DJ's and incredible in-house drag performers, this club is a hub for both week and weekend entertainment. Avid fans of RuPaul's Drag Race are in for a treat too, as previous contestants (including Adore Delano, Bianca Del Rio and Jinx Monsoon) regularly grace the stage for sell-out performances.
Situated in the Queen’s Quarter, this club is the classiest of the student attractions in the area. Weekdays offer exceptional drinks promotions and weekends boast guest DJ’s from the Marbella and Ibiza scene as well as big crowds from the entire city. With a three-floor smoking terrace and a two-floor club, you will be dressing up in style for an evening of nightclub networking.
This nightclub is the centrepiece of Northern Ireland's gay nightlife. Featuring a two-floor disco bar, a sleek cocktail lounge and a two-floor club area, you are guaranteed to spend the night enjoying dance-floor fillers and special guest performances. As the first gay owned, managed and friendly nightclub in Northern Ireland, this is not to be missed for those wishing to experience the core of Northern Ireland's LGBTQ scene.
Located in the heart of Belfast’s student area, this nightclubs name introduces the establishment aptly. With its jam-jar cocktails and indoor ping-pong tables, this venue truly is… well, cuckoo. Amongst the eccentric décor and electric atmosphere, you will find live music played regularly as well as a separate dancefloor with commercial pop and dance music. With its recent refurbishment, there is no reason to miss a crazy night at this even crazier club.
Lush at Kelly’s, County Antrim
This venue is the ultimate nightclub with over ten bars and music spanning from mainstream pop to commercial R’N’B, this is a night where you are guaranteed to find something you can let loose to. Wednesdays and Saturdays see Kelly’s open its doors to massive crowds and even bigger name guest DJ’s. This is an all-round mega nightlife must.
Blakes of the Hollow, County Fermanagh
From the red and black exterior (used to identify this as a bar to people who were unable to read) to the Gothic and Victorian design inside the two-floor bar, this three-storey venue holds just as much history behind its walls as it does entertainment. "Level 7" takes this fascinating bar into a contemporary transition with its modern furnishings and disco ball designs. Located on the top floor of the bar, this space is predominantly used for guest DJ's and private parties.
Secrets, County Londonderry
Located in the small town of Magherafelt, this nightclub is anything but. Secrets contains a wide range of nightclub necessities including guest DJ’s, live entertainment and an electrifying atmosphere to surround it all. Big nights include Play Fridays and Secret Saturdays where you can party in luxury in the exclusive VIP ‘Secret Lounge’.
Sugar Nite Club, Londonderry
Londonderry finds itself with many traditional bars and pubs as opposed to nightclubs. However, located in Derry’s city centre, this club is an absolute must for anyone hoping to experience Londonderry’s later nightlife. Open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, this nightclub offers residents of and visitors to Derry the opportunity to experience the classic club culture.
Origin Nightclub, County Antrim
This nightclub is the centrepiece of Ballymena’s weekend nightlife. Refurbished in 2018, the stylish décor and state of the art lighting and sound system add to an electrifying experience. Filled with high-energy crowds every Friday & Saturday night it boasts drinks promotions, a VIP area, large open plan dancefloor and 2 outdoor areas. With its town centre location, 3 different bars, live music from Thursday to Sunday and a restaurant located downstairs, this destination venue really is a must for dining, drinks and partying every weekend for locals as well as those from further afield.