By Hannah Chambers, Excalibur Press
With the weather in Northern Ireland heating up, what better time to get out in the city and enjoy the many beer gardens that Belfast has to offer.
From burgers and pints to cocktails and charcuterie there is really something to suit all tastes available in the Cathedral Quarter.
Here are the top 7 Beer Gardens in the Cathedral Quarter to check out this summer:
1. The Thirsty Goat
As one of Belfast’s newest offerings in the Cathedral Quarter, The Thirsty Goat boasts a spacious outdoor seating area, right at the entrance of Hill Street.
Offering everything from a perfectly pulled pint to local gin serves, there’s certainly something to suit all tastes.
2. The Dirty Onion
If you’re looking for a beer garden that has it all then The Dirty Onion is the place to go offering pints and chicken, what more could you want? Serving up their famous Yardbird chicken and sides alongside an extensive drinks menu, The Dirty Onion has quickly become a firm favourite of the Cathedral Quarters visitors.
Offering a wide selection of craft beer options and the option to bring your four legged friend, it provides the perfect spot for chilled weekend drinks.
3. The Dark Horse Courtyard
If you want to soak up the rich arts scene of the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast’s best kept secret, look no further than The Dark Horse Courtyard.
Centering around an oak tree the courtyard features a gallery of custom street art inspired by Belfast’s rich history, including the words of Seamus Heaney cut into stone.
With exclusive access only through the Dark Horse the courtyard provides the perfect escape to relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of the city.
4. The National Grande Cafe
The National’s new beer garden offers paired backed cocktails and casual dining.
With a signature menu of ‘Summer Swalls’ including a ‘Froze’ – a Frozen Rose Cocktail or a Classic Pimms Cup.
Having teamed up with the ever popular ‘Coq Burger’ visitors won’t go hungry with a garden menu of burgers and sides available until 8pm everyday.
5. The Sunflower
The Sunflower has quickly become a favourite amongst Belfast punters.
Serving signature woodfired pizza and a large selection of beers and ciders it’s the perfect place to waste a summer day. Priding themselves on being dog friendly the Sunflower even offers bowls and treats for your furry friends.
6. The Second Fiddle
Belfast’s newest beer garden on Waring Street offers al fresco dining and pints from 12pm each day.
In lieu of live entertainment, the bar is also offering free Bodhran Irish drum lessons, the bar has a strong focus on local artists and their upcoming ‘Handed Down’ sessions will feature traditional music reworked by local artists.
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7. The Maverick
Whilst not strictly known for its beer garden, Maverick’s new outdoor area offers the perfect opportunity to relax in the sun.
Serving their signature Gorge Boards (a charcuterie board packed with a selection of seasonal, cheese, meat and chutney) and Jugs and Kisses cocktails, The Maverick provides the perfect weekend retreat.
With regular drag shows, guests are sure to be entertained during the visit.
To find out more about what’s happening in Belfast Cathedral Quarter check out the Destination CQ website at cathedralquarterbelfast.com