Belfast bars and restaurants - 6 new spots to try

By April Curtin

Just when you think Belfast can't get any cooler, a whole bunch of new places pop up.

It really is hard living in one of the best cities in the world...

Despite a difficult year for the hospitality industry, a number of incredible new restaurants and bars have formed over the last few months.

And if you haven't tried them already, you better get cracking.

Some of these new establishments have been born out of existing Belfast businesses. Others are bringing something entirely new to the game.

From trendy tapas to history-inspired bars, and some complete and utter surprises, here are six new bars and restaurants to try in Belfast.


1. Blank

Where? Malone Road.

What's on offer? The same team behind Shed Bistro bring you this never-seen-before experience. Guests will enjoy a five-course dining experience (plus wine pairing if they wish) but they won't have a clue what they're eating until they sit down!

A scary but exciting concept, with local produce at the heart of every dish.

Price? The Blank experience is offered at £50 per person, with the option to add specially selected wine pairings for £25.

Intrigued? Read more about Blank.

2. Millar’s

Where? Upper Lisburn Road, Finaghy.

What's on offer? You'll find bright and chic vibes upon entry to the restaurant, where you'll be served fine-dining yet hearty cuisine by staff providing second-to-none service.

Price? Around £6 to £7 for a starter (decently-sized) and £16 to £24 for a main (but worth it).

Read our review of Millar's Restaurant.

3. Dumpling Library

Bao buns at Dumpling Library (Dumpling Library/Facebook)

Where? St Anne's Square.

What's on offer? Belfast’s new ‘it spot’ in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter serves up d elicious Asian tapas and great cocktails.

Price? Nibbles from £2.80 ranging to £10.80 noodle dishes, cocktails £8.85.

Want to know more? Check out what we thought when we stopped by.

4. Taquitos

Fans of their food truck can expect more options at their new restaurant (Taquitos/Facebook)

Where? The Andersonstown Road.

What's on offer? What started off as a roadside food van has turned into its very own restaurant, serving up authentic Mexican food and cocktails in West Belfast.

Price? Tacos from £2.50, rice bowls up to £10.


5. The Reporter

The Reporter bar serves as a nod to Belfast's newspaper past (Justin Kernoghan / Belfast Live)

Where? Union Street.

What's on offer? Located in the district which was once home to many of the city’s newspapers, this quirky, dog-friendly pub/bar is inspired by the history of the newspaper business in Belfast.

You'll be served up craft beers, local spirits and whatever else an old-school journalist would drink.

6. Folk Town

Where? Bank Square.

What's on offer? A completely outdoor bar made up of decorated shipping containers and a massive tent (heaters included, of course).

Great beers on tap, and mouthwatering street food if you get peckish.

Curious? Read what we thought about it.

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