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The Top 10 Nightclubs in Belfast

27 May 2022

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, that’s how the saying goes.

When you’re at uni you’re working hard, you have exams, lectures, revision periods.

It’s absolutely essential, then, that you also know how and when to let off some steam and enjoy yourself.

That’s why we’ve come up with a list of some of our favourite nightclubs and bars in Belfast where you can enjoy food and drink, live music, and DJs.

Here are our 10 top picks of the crop…

 

Gypsy Lounge

Soak up the decadent interior design that pays homage to Romany culture, with its bright red carpet, velvet cushions and stools.

The Gypsy Lounge boasts three rooms which play host to some of Northern Ireland’s best DJs, where you can enjoy alternative dance tracks and indie anthems.

Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday and Sunday night.

 

Cuckoo

Head over to Lisburn Road in the south of the city, and you’ll find one of the best nightclubs in Belfast. Cuckoo is a bar and nightclub, where you can enjoy the cocktail bar and spend the night bopping away on the dance floor.

Cuckoo is also a versatile hub of entertainment, with its VR pod and games arcade, pool table and karaoke lounge. It’s a great place to take your friends for a fun night out with no airs and graces.

The music during the week is indie and metal, while on Saturdays they blast out House music. 

Great craic.

 

Ollie’s

Ollie’s is one of the more exclusive nightclubs in Belfast. It’s set in the basement of the five-star Merchant Hotel and is dripping with opulence and luxury.

What was once a bank’s vaults, it now has a reputation for being upmarket and exclusive. You can book a table or a birthday package, and the club is open on Fridays and Saturdays.

You can still tell that Ollie’s was originally a bank vault, the clues are in its brick-vaulted ceilings, old granite walls, and divided spaces. Although it has a capacity of 500 people, it feels much more intimate and clandestine.

You can book a VIP booth and enjoy the exclusive members’ lounge for an unforgettable experience.

 

Limelight

This is one of the longest standing and most iconic nightclubs in Belfast. It owes its staying power to its quality club nights. 

There are two club rooms, the larger Limelight 1 and its sister Limelight 2, connected by Katy’s Bar.

The larger room plays standard club tunes, whereas the other plays rock and metal. 

Here you can also attend live music gigs, in the past Limelight has been known to host Oasis, Two Door Cinema Club, and the Arctic Monkeys.

So remember to keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events, as you could be witnessing the next big thing live!

Alibi

Alibi in the Queen’s Quarter is one of the newer nightclubs in Belfast, and is gaining in popularity.

During the day you can get hold of cocktails, spirits, and food on the ground floor. 

At night, the club on the upper floor opens.

On summer nights, you can step out onto the three-tiered smoking terrace.

Throughout the week, Alibi hosts varying club nights. On Mondays there are plenty of drinks promotions, while on the weekend you’ll have your breath taken away by live fire-breathing performances.

 

21 Social

Located in the PortHouse Building in the Cathedral Quarter, 21 Social is one of the more quirky nightclubs in Belfast.

It consists of three floors of “exquisite libations, delectable eats and carefully curated sounds.” There’s a section called the Cigarette Girl bar which is exclusively for members and their guests. The name is a nod to the American speakeasies of the prohibition era and the chainsmokers who used to frequent them.

There’s a club wine list as well as canapes, DJs and very obliging and friendly staff.

The wine list was created by Robb Bros, an independent wine merchant in Northern Ireland. You can buy it by the glass or by the bottle.

It’s the ideal setting for a private party.

 

Thompson’s Garage

Thompsons should be up there on your list of clubs in Belfast to visit.

It has become an integral part of Belfast’s nightlife, and attracts partygoers from all walks of life.

Situated close to City Hall in Belfast city centre, it hosts dance and EDM nights, and is open every night (and has been for the last 20 years!).

 

Boombox

Boombox is super diverse.

Here you can enjoy a wide range of music, from electro-pop to indie, hip hop, house, and techno. 

This gay bar hosts drag acts during the week, and famous guest DJs give the venue a buzzing atmosphere. 

Boombox also hosts special club nights, most notably during Pride week.

 

The Art Department

On Donegall Street in Belfast, you’ll find the ultimate party spot.

The Art Department attracts a young and cool crowd on Friday and Saturday nights, thanks to its tradition of hosting artists during themed nights.

The music varies from one night to another, with nights hosted by RADAR consisting of house and techno tracks.

Plastik

This one of the biggest nightclubs in Belfast, and host to the biggest Saturday club night in Ireland, Different Gravy.

Here you can take your pick of atmosphere as there are three floors playing different genres of music on each one. The ground floor plays RnB, hip hop and dance; the middle floor plays house and disco, and the top floor plays club and trance music.

Plastik also hosts themed party nights, and you can really let your hair down on the dance floor until the early hours of the morning.

At the end of the night, kick off your dancing shoes and sink into your cosy bed at your Novel student residence in Belfast. Tomorrow you’ll be ready to repeat it all over again!

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