Eat & Drink
Tara Lodge, Belfast
Tara Lodge is located in a peaceful side street off the cosmopolitan Botanic Avenue in the Queens Quarter of Belfast. This area is full of Italian, Chinese, Japanese and European restaurants only yards away from the hotel.
After to checking in to Tara Lodge for your overnight stay you’ll need a bite to eat. Check out the numerous popular restaurants and trendy cafés nearby on Botanic Ave or take a 15 minute walk to Belfast city centre to try new culinary experiences. For a city the size of Belfast the choice of eating out is surprising. Everything from fine dining to the best fish and chips around!
After a great night out, you can return to the comfort of your four star bedroom with a five star welcome. We are happy to recommend the following restaurants based on the experience of guests and staff members:
Recommended Restaurants in Belfast
Shu Restaurant: The long established, award winning restaurant is a favourite among the foodies of Belfast. With attentive and professional service and consistently excellent food this restaurant is definitely worth a visit. Set course menus from £20 - £26 with an extensive a la carte and wine list available ££-£££ (£4 in a taxi - it's worth it!) shu-restaurant.com
Deanes at Queens: The closest of Michael Deanes eateries, this stylish restaurant offers food invented, prepared and displayed by the Great British Chef Chris Fearon. The food is packed with flavour and is locally sourced. ££ deanesatqueens.com
Ginger: Relocated to Great Victoria Street sits Ginger, a quirky but stylish restaurant where it’s all about the food. Professional, friendly service makes for a very pleasurable dining experience. (15mins walk) ££
Scalinis, Botanic Ave: Italian fare including pizza, pasta, steak and salads. Good value for money, efficient service and as a bonus dinner is served until 10pm. £ (4mins walk)
Deanes Deli, Bedford St: This cosmopolitan eatery located in the city centre is relaxed, fun and fabulous. A smart but casual dining experience with the chance you might spot the odd local celebrity! (15mins walk) ££
Best Belfast Bars
The Empire: Just round the corner, the Empire is a lively music venue with great live music Thurs-Sun. Tribute acts are a common feature every Friday. Great comedy every Tuesday. 3 minutes walk
The Dirty Onion: This recent addition to the pub scene in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast offers authentic traditional Irish music every evening in rustic surroundings - complete with the open fire in winter months. 45minutes walk or £4 - £5 by taxi
The Points: The Points Whiskey and Alehouse is situated on the busy Dublin Road, at the heart of Belfast’s City Centre. They aim to preserve a traditional sense of Belfast’s history and culture with live music performances seven nights a week, showcasing a variety of Irish folk bands from across the country. 5-7 minutes walk
The Crown Bar: Owned by the National Trust, the Crown bar is a must see. Whether you're having a Guinness or a coke you'll be amazed by the ornate decor of this original Victorian Gin Palace. 10-15 minutes walk
The John Hewitt: The place to go to find cultural and artistic expression with a great atmosphere. Live music most nights.
The Duke of York: This busy pub is worth a visit for the Guinness alone. Very popular with locals and visitors alike. Famous for the throngs of people who stand outside on the cobbled streets surrounded by blooming flower baskets. Traditional music on Sunday afternoons. 45 minutes walk £4 - £5 taxi
Nightclubs in Belfast
Ollie’s Club: Situated in the basement of Belfast’s Merchant Hotel, Ollie’s is opulent and luxurious. Music on offer is mixed - 23+ on the age front.
The Kremlin: Belfast’s longest established gay club where the welcome is warm, loud and colourful. Tues, Thurs-Sun.
Limelight: This no-frill nightclub and love music venue has been staging rock & indie greats since the 1980's.
The Thirsty Goat: Belfast's latest Bar and Garden Venue. No Kidding.. an unmistakable menu, live music 7 nights a week and great craic in the Cathedral Quarter.