Clover Group NI To Invest £1.4m Into New Local Venues

The Clover Group NI has announced that it is investing £1.4m into two innovative new venues. The aim is to support the hospitality trade and increase footfall in Belfast City Centre, with 50 new jobs set to be created.                                                                                       

The plans will see the development of a cutting-edge new venue called Brat, which will become an extension of popular cocktail bar Margot’s, and a new hotel in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.                                                                                                                         

Adjacent to Belfast City Hall, Brat will add a late-night dimension to the underground vibe of Margot’s and bring together a diverse range of customers with quality food and music.     

The new hotel, located in Little Donegall Street, will see the Clover Group collaborate with O’Donnell O’Neill Design to create a one-of-a-kind venue which will extend over three different levels.                                                                                                 

The hotel will have 23 self-contained Pod Hotel Rooms. It will exclusively feature Market Food Kitchens, with bars and tiered seating terraces overlooking an al fresco dining courtyard protected by stretched sail cloth awnings.                                                  

Developed with music and theatre shows in mind, the courtyard’s focal point will be elevated and surrounded by refectory-style tables and benches to provide a unique viewing experience.                                                                                                      

Discussing these ambitious plans, Clover Group NI Director Mark Beirne said: “The vision across all our outlets has always been to provide unique, exciting and new experiences for our customers here in Belfast and those that are visiting our great city.                            

“Both Brat and our creative new hotel project will add new vibrant, hip and urban offerings that will appeal to a broad range of people who are looking for the best fun and craic that Belfast and the Cathedral Quarter has to offer. We are confident that these new venues will not only be dynamic new dimensions to the city’s night life but they will also be a significant draw for people outside these shores who are looking for unique cosmopolitan experiences, with a distinctly Belfast twist.”

The Clover Group has recently confirmed that it will open another new venue in September called White’s Beer Hall, located in High Street.

Warren Collection Takes On Belfast Guesthouse For £1.2m

Luxury hotel company Warren Collection acquired a 17-bedroom property on Eglantine Avenue at the beginning of June.

The landmark guest house The Gregory in South Belfast was on the market for £1.2m and is now among four properties run by the hotel company in Northern Ireland, three of which are in Belfast. This includes The Quarter based in Cathedral Quarter.  

Director of the company David Warren said the opening would bring nine new jobs to the company. 

He said: “I’m delighted to be opening our newest property. We see great opportunity for further growth in both the corporate and leisure markets for travellers in Belfast who want safe, accessible, luxury, accommodation at an affordable price.

“Belfast is a great city with a real buzz and an excellent reputation and attitude to doing business.” 

David’s outlook matches the overall projection of tourism growth in Northern Ireland according to the NI Statistics and Research Agency who’s last annual report recorded a 7% increase in tourist traffic to the region every year since 2013. 

The purchased property The Gregory had been run as a guesthouse by husband and wife Jim and Alison Ferrin before coming under the Warren Collection. Mrs Ferrin’s family, the Gregorys, were described on the guesthouse’s website as “a prominent business family in Belfast since 1900” showing the long prestige and history of the unique property.

In 2016, The Gregory was voted best ‘hidden gem’ in the UK in awards celebrating the UK’s best B&Bs, guesthouses and small independent hotels.

The Warren Collection opened its first boutique accommodation The Number 11 on the Malone Road, Belfast in 2021, followed by affordable accommodation The Quarter on Donegall Street in 2022. 

The Cathedral Quarter based accommodation opposite St. Anne’s Cathedral and the Ulster University campus, received a makeover and is now a minimalist and quirky place to stay with rooms available at competitive prices.  

The opening followed Mark Royal House, a former office building on Donegall Street being converted into a 45-bedroom student accommodation in 2015 in anticipation of Ulster

University’s relocation to its new York Street campus.

Company directors, David Warren and Mark Docherty are also looking at sites

in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and abroad with plans to open 250 rooms by the end of 2023.


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The Cathedral Quarter’s Must Try Lebanese Restaurant: Deerah

Opening in 2021 on Royal Avenue, this cafe-restaurant provides a unique experience for any foodie looking to broaden their horizons and try something new.

Set in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, Deerah offers a diverse menu of traditional Lebanese foods which are available from both sit in or takeout. The restaurant’s owner Saeb Shaath wants his business to provide an authentic Lebanese experience.

He said: “We are proud to say nobody in the Island of Ireland can make authentic Lebanese food as we do. It’s fresh cooked the same day on the spot, nothing in the restaurant comes from outside, everything is fresh.

“freshness, healthy food, vegan and vegetarian diversities are available” he added.

It was by no mistake that Saeb chose the Cathedral Quarter for the home of his restaurant business. 

When asked why he chose the area Saeb explained that he remembered the area from his time as a student as one of the busiest locations, saying: “Cathedral Quarter is close to my heart.

“I hope by bringing my business here it will add to reviving it and moving it forward.” 

The Lebanese restaurant has been a hit with locals and tourists alike who have embraced Middle Eastern cuisine with open arms. Saeb found himself surprised by how many people in Belfast knew some kind of Arabic, had travelled around the Middle East and had tasted the food. He said: 

“You’d be surprised, so many people in Belfast are attached to Lebanese food and they like it and they keep coming.

“So they are attuned to the culture of Lebanon and Arabic Culture as well and to healthy food.”

Saeb sees his restaurant fitting into the trend of middle eastern food becoming more popular in the UK, Ireland and Europe catering to an audience of food appreciators who are already familiar with dishes such as Baba Ghanouj

His restaurant joins other Middle Eastern restaurants which are already popular in Belfast like Nora’s Palace and Umi Falafel.

Saeb has ambitions for the future of the restaurant and the surrounding area. 

He explained: “I really try to diversify the menu to suit different tastes while preserving the authenticity of the food by working with Lebanese chefs.”

He hopes to be able to serve new students as they come to the area via the new Belfast Campus for Ulster University, introducing them to the cusinese. 

Saeb said that his restaurant is: “in a location that is close enough to the University of Ulster with its international students and to serve local communities and mixed parts of the community as well.”

Deerah hopes to be able to obtain a drinks licence in the future to widen the restaurant’s potential and bring in new clientele. 

Make sure to add Deerah to your must-try list so you don’t miss out on the action and taste Belfast’s own Lebanese restaurant for yourself.

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Article by Abby Davdison of Excalibur Press on behalf of the Cathedral Quarter BID.

4 Things To Do With The Kids Before The End Of The Summer In The Cathedral Quarter

As summer comes to a close and the school routine draws closer, it can be difficult in knowing what to fill the remaining weeks with.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of activities to do with the kids before the end of the summer:

1. Circusful- Youth Circus and Itty Bitty

Trying to let the kids burn off some steam? Why not consider enrolling them in some circus programs at Cathedral Quarter’s circus school.

From unicycle to acrobatics to juggling, there are programs and sessions suitable for ages 4-18 throughout the remainder of August. And if you fancy giving some circus a go yourself, there are family circus sessions available too for all the family to join in. 

For more information and to download their full program: 


2. ‘Gadgeteers’ Summer Reading Challenge 2022 

Let the learning carry on through the last of the summer holidays by joining in the Summer Reading Challenge 2022 at Cathedral Quarter’s Belfast Central Library. 

A science-themed challenge in partnership with Science Museum Group and brought to life by children’s writer and illustrator Julian Beresford, children aged 4-11 are inspired to use their imagination and creativity while reading. 

Running up until September 3, children can sign-up in any library or online for free, choosing their reading goals and collecting rewards. 

To sign up today go to:

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3. Family Gallery Tour 

To celebrate Ron Mueck’s MAC exhibition, the gallery is running a series of 30 minute family gallery tours August 20-21 for £3 per person. 

Best suited for children aged 4-12, the tour is created and delivered by Young at Art artists and includes gallery tours of both the Upper and Tall Galleries, giving a unique insight into the world of Ron’s art.

Two tours suited for different ages are available throughout the two days. 

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4. Matilda JR. 

Running at the beginning of August at the MAC, this musical is the perfect choice to keep the kids entertained. 

For £5 a head, you and your kids can enjoy a lively and exciting musical experience based on Roald Dahl’s Matilda. With catchy tunes and spectacular energy, New Lodge Arts junior production of this classic promises not to disappoint.

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Everything You Need To Know About Belfast Pride 2022

Belfast is gearing up for its biggest Pride celebration yet. Tomorrow’s parade will be the first since 2019.

2021 marked the 30th anniversary of the first Belfast Pride. 

If you’re planning on heading into the city centre tomorrow to watch the parade or get involved with the celebrations here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening and where around the city:

Pre-Parade Events

Start the celebrations early with one of the many events running before the parade itself. 

Friday July 29

Air Punch Pride Special

Oh Yeah Music Centre, 9.30pm – 1am, Tonight 

Begin to build the excitement the night before the Pride Parade and come along to Oh Yeah, where they will be holding a Pride Special of Air Punch. Enjoy a night full of power ballads to really get you in the mood for Pride the next day. 

Tickets are £6, £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to Cara-Friend and the Rainbow Project.

For more information go to >>  ​​

Saturday, July 30

Official Pride Breakfast

The Northern Whig, all morning

Start your day off with a hearty breakfast at the Northern Whig, where they are once more hosting the official pride breakfast. A full cooked breakfast or healthy handmade granola are on the menu, with £1.50 from every breakfast donated to Belfast pride. 

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Rainbow Ready at the MAC

The MAC, 10am – 1pm

Get the kids ready for the Pride celebrations by bringing them along to Rainbow Ready at the MAC, organised in partnership with Young at Art and Here NI, where there will be rainbow face painting and streamer-making.

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Cara-Friend & Queertopia Big Pride Breakfast

Black Box, 10am – 12pm

Cara-Friend & Queertopia are also holding a Big Pride Breakfast, open to all Cara-Friend and Queertopia service users and volunteers, from 10am – 12pm.

Held at the Black Box on Hill Street, the event will serve as somewhere to get ready, have breakfast, and meet your friends before the parade begins. 

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30th Anniversary Belfast Pride Parade 

Where And When?

The Belfast Pride Parade will set off at 1pm sharp on Saturday 30 July from Custom House Square. 

Join in with the party atmosphere from 11.30am as the pre-parade build-up begins at Belfast Pride’s Party in the Square. 


The theme for this year’s parade is ‘Community – United in Diversity’, and it is set to be a celebration of the diverse array of identities, cultures and people that makes up Belfast’s queer community. 


This year’s parade begins at Custom House Square, and will then progress down Queen’s Street before turning onto Bridge Street. From there, it will then follow Donegall Street and will progress down Royal Avenue and Chichester Street, before finishing at Victoria Street. 

Both Kremlin and Libertine are welcoming anyone that wants to march with them. Meet with Kremlin at the Big Fish, or meet Libertine at Custom House Square before the parade begins.

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A detailed map of the full parade route can be found on Belfast Pride’s Twitter, at (@belfastpride). 

What’s On After The Parade?

The party doesn’t have to stop after the parade finishes. There’s an array of afterparties to choose from, in various venues throughout the city centre, from drag acts to DJ sets and club nights. 

The celebrations continue on into Sunday, where there are many more events to be enjoyed. 

Here are some events set to take place after the 2022 Pride Parade: 

Saturday, July 30

Belfast Pride Village

Donegall Quay, from 12pm

A family-friendly event, filled to the brim with Pride festivities. There’s plenty to do in the Pride Village, with a Pride-themed market, coffee stands, entertainment and a bouncy castle, as well as the opportunity to find out more about support services (and even grab some freebies!). 

Starting from 12 and continuing after the parade, you can find the Pride Village beside the Big Fish. 

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Belfast Pride’s Party in the Square

Custom House Square, 12pm – 6pm

The Party in the Square is the place to be this Pride. Starting with a welcome from the Mayor, the party begins before the parade commences and is set to continue in full swing after the parade finishes. 

The Main Stage is set to feature a host of incredible LGBT+ entertainers, the event promises an accessible, inclusive Pride atmosphere.

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Rainbow Quarter Pride Street Party

Union Street, 3pm – 11pm

Nadine Coyle is headlining this exciting Pride street party, which will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter Dean McCullough. Entry to the event is free and open to everyone. 

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Pride Party 2022

The National, 1pm onwards 

Get ready for a full evening of entertainment, starting with live music in the beer garden and tent and DJs in the inside bar from 1 pm til late. The top floor and cub is open from 9 pm.

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Maverick’s Pride Party 

Maverick, Union St, from Midday

Head down to Maverick’s free Pride Party, from midday onwards and celebrate with Lady Portia Di’ Monte and guests. 

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Kremlin, Donegall St, from 6pm

Join in with Belfast’s biggest club night for a special Pride celebration.

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Libertine Pride 2022

Libertine, 1pm – 3am

A full day of pride celebrations awaits those attending Libertine’s Pride party. 

March with Libertine at the Pride Parade before going on to enjoy hours of entertainment, from DJs to drag acts and live music. 

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Pride Sesh

Dirty Onion, Hill Street, 1pm – late

The Dirty Onion has a full day of live music planned for Pride Day. The lineup includes Luke O’Loan, Courtney Louise, Nathan O’Regan and Koos Koos.

For more information go to >> 

Official Belfast Pride After Party 2022

Taboo, Telegraph Building, 9.30pm – late

Taboo returns again this year, following the sell-out success of the 2019 Pride night party. With Judas DJs in Room One and Harland & Poof in Room Two, the night promises to be a non-stop party. 

Tickets start from £17 each and are available at

Sunday, July 31

Pride Brunch

Union Street Bar, 5pm

Treat yourself to a brunch with Barbara Bryceland and Cabargay.

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Maverick’s Pride Sunday

The Maverick, 1pm – late, 31 July

Finish off your Pride weekend with a bang by attending The Maverick’s Pride Sunday, featuring Rusty Hinger, Onya Becks and Tiffany Von Tussle. Entry is free. 

For more information go to >> 

Not Another Disney Drag Show

Libertine, 9pm, 31 July

A Disney-themed drag show, featuring Onya Becks, Elle Vosque, The Only Sassie, Oh’Neilly and Becca Boots.

For more information go to >> 

For more information about Belfast Pride 2022 go to 

To view the full schedule of events taking place at Pride this Saturday, check out the Official Pride Festival Guide 2022 at 

Belfast Students Shortlisted For Global Student Living Awards

Residents of York Street’s LIV Student Belfast have propelled their home-from-home to the shortlist of the unique Global Student Living Awards, the only industry awards based on direct feedback collected from tens of thousands of students around the world.
LIV Student, whose 717-room building opened in the city’s Cathedral quarter in September 2021, is a finalist in two categories of the highly sought-after awards: Best Customer Service (UK & Ireland) and Best Small Operator (UK & Ireland). It is the only operator of student accommodation in Belfast to make the shortlists.
The nominations are based on feedback from students participating in the Global Student Living Index. They add further recognition for the “exemplary” building, the first in Northern Ireland to meet rigorous standards for design and resident welfare, but are particularly special for Claire Preston, LIV Student’s Head of Operations (Ireland), who said:
“We’ve long known how excited our residents are about living in our building, telling us they love how it’s designed with their student experience in mind. And what they’ve said about our team really means so much to us. When I read comments like ‘the staff are lovely, absolutely everybody tries their best and I appreciate them and all they do’ in student feedback, I’m thrilled. We’ve got a top-notch team of people doing everything they can to help residents’ love where they live in Belfast and enhance their student lifestyle, and it’s wonderful to hear their work is so appreciated.”
The recognition comes after LIV Student Belfast cemented its relationships with Belfast’s two main universities, Ulster University and Queen’s University, for the next academic year. New nomination agreements with both will “make us an extension of each University’s accommodation,” added Claire, “and mean the building is already nearly fully booked with freshers and returning students who enjoyed their first year here.”
The winners of the Global Student Living Awards will be announced in October 2022 and Peter Brook, LIV Student Operations Director, added:
“We regularly ask residents for feedback then we act based on what they’ve told us – for example, we’ve introduced regular events, work with other local and independent businesses and come up with ways to help our residents and our local community too. Claire and her team must be some of the hardest-working people in student accommodation, determined to make the place students spend such an important part of their life somewhere which is more than a bed for a night. I’m so proud of them and over the moon to see their efforts so appreciated by our residents.”
The Global Student Living Awards [] for the UK & Ireland, and Europe are based exclusively on direct feedback from tens of thousands of students about their student accommodation experience. With no written nominations and no ‘expert’ judges, the Global Student Living Awards are uniquely credible and highly prized.
The Winners of all UK & Ireland and European Awards will be announced on stage at GSL Live ’22: Net-zero Student Living in London on 20th October.

The Ultimate Pub Crawl Guide To Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

Whether you go out for the atmosphere, the drinks or simply just the craic, there’s something and somewhere for everyone in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Boasting the best pubs and bars in the city, there are over 20 to choose from, giving you the best selection right in the heart of the capital.

Can’t decide where to go? Why not take the ultimate pub crawl and see what each instalment has to offer – you can even treat yourself to a bite to eat along the way.

Use this handy guide to ensure your night goes as seamlessly as possible, stopping at every available place and not having to worry about missing a thing.

1. Sunflower Public House



Offering live music and an iconic insight into Belfast’s social history from just a simple glance at the exterior, this relaxed pub is the perfect starting point for a drinking sprint.

Sat at the top of the Cathedral Quarter, the building has been used as a public house for over 100 years, providing historical relevance before you get too drunk to remember it.

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2. Union Street Bar


Incorporating camp fun into your night out is a must, with Union Street Bar having entertainment on seven nights a week.

Whether you stay for the drag queens or try one of the fabulous house cocktails, you’ll be left feeling more rejuvenated than ever thanks to the uplifting atmosphere.

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3. The Maverick


Another top spot for flamboyant fun, The Maverick has drink deals for days and promises to showcase the best talent from around Belfast.

They invite you to take a walk on the wild side as you see exactly what queer entertainment is on offer in the city.

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4. The Reporter



One of the Cathedral Quarter’s newest residents, they provide several local products, ranging from craft beers to spirits distilled in Belfast.

The aptly named bar pays homage to the various printing and publishing sites that were once based near the now-bustling hub for drinking.

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5. Kremlin



Arguably the cheapest spot for drinks and shots, Kremlin adds even more spice to the queer sector with its many offers and themed evenings.

From in-house DJs to celebrity appearances, you’re sure to find something intriguing and exciting within.

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6. John Hewitt



Having opened its doors back in 1999, this established pub is still going strong and hosts live music every night of the week.

Named after poet John Hewitt, the historical nature is enough to tempt anyone in to have a pint or two.

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7. Duke Of York



Promoting traditional Belfast craic, music and humour, the Duke Of York sits proudly with memorabilia and photos of Belfast on show inside.

Known as a celebration of the city, there’s no better place to sample the finest drinks available in Belfast and Ireland as a whole than this homey pub.

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8. The Harp Bar



Continue your journey of cultural and historical discovery as you venture around the corner to The Harp Bar, carrying on the heritage of the original 1970’s Harp Bar.

Bringing Victorian Belfast into the modern era, the velvet walls and furnishings embed its chic and classy style.

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9. Common Market



Switch the vibe to a more modern setting as you enter the energetic ambience within Common Market. 

Take advantage of the three bars on site, picking from the variety of beers, cocktails, spirits and wine.

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10. 39 Gordon Street



Serving both food and drink, soak in the live music and array of culture on offer within 39 Gordon Street.

There’s never a dull moment, with plenty to treat yourself to within 39 Gordon Street.

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11. The Black Box



Known for its wide variety of events ranging from cabaret to comedy, there is always something to enjoy. 

Stop off for a live music session and drinks before furthering your trek throughout the Cathedral Quarter.

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12. Dirty Onion



Home to two bars and one of the biggest beer gardens in Belfast, there’s entertainment on every night for you to enjoy.

There are over 40 Irish whiskeys to try, so get a head start and see what takes your fancy.

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13. Thirsty Goat



Just next door to the Dirty Onion, the Thirsty Goat prides itself on highlighting Irish culture, mainly the drinking culture.

Despite being one of the Cathedral Quarter’s newest arrivals, it’s already a fan-favourite, so don’t let the taxidermied goat put you off. 

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14. The Cloth Ear



Adding a twist to the quintessential pub, The Cloth Ear, held within The Merchant Hotel, hopes to reinstate conversational chit chat into drinking.

Marvel at the inventive list of cocktails or treat yourself to a wine straight from the keg.

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15. The Spaniard



Tucked away in the Cathedral Quarter, this easy-to-miss bar instantly exudes cosiness with its intimate set-up, so keep your eyes peeled.

Grab a drink and make time for a chat with the locals who will have a story or two to tell, that’s for sure.

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16. The Northern Whig



Offering a memorable drinking experience right in the heart of Belfast, The Northern Whig blends luxury, comfort and glamour.

Experience premium drinks and specialist cocktails alongside top class hospitality service. 

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17. The National



Tackling a minimal, industrial concept within a listed building, The National is a perfect spot for socialising.

With innovative and inspiring drinks creations as well as craft beers on the menu, you’re sure to find something to your taste.

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18. Berts Jazz Bar



Another classy instalment from within The Merchant Hotel, Berts Jazz Bar offers exactly what it says on the tin – cool jazz and swanky drinks.

Enjoy the lush arrangement of decor whilst you sit back and listen to the live jazz music being played in front of your very eyes.

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19. Ulster Sports Club



If sports are your thing, you’re bound to love this retro sports bar, filled with everything from pool tables to pints.

Sit back, relax and take in the atmospheric sights and sounds of the bustling Ulster Sports Club.

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20. Libertine



Dubbed as Belfast’s newest gay venue, this quirky bar hosts club nights as well as the occasional drag star.

If karaoke and cabaret is your thing, you’ll be lost for words as you enter the world of Libertine.

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21. McHugh’s



Offering great food, great drink and great craic, McHugh’s is set to put a smile on your face in the traditional Belfast way.

Having survived since 1711, it’s the longest standing building in the city, and if you make it this far then you’re sure to be tackling the longest standing pub crawl.

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22. Bittles Bar



Last but certainly not least, you can’t have a pub crawl without including the famously historic and eclectic Bittles Bar.

A Belfast landmark in its own right, finish your adventurous evening with an instalment of Irish culture.

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If you would like to discuss what the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District can do for your business contact BID Manager Damien Corr 028 9031 4011 or email him at

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Belfast City Council Opens Property Owner Vacant To Vibrant Capital Grant Scheme

Belfast City Council have opened a ‘Vacant to Vibrant Capital Grant Scheme’ in order to incentivise property owners and potential occupants alike as they continue to work towards the revitalisation of Belfast city centre.

With £700,000 pledged to the support of start-ups, independent retailers, social enterprises, and cultural and voluntary organisations, the aim of the scheme is to increase diversity and vibrancy in the city; while also working to improve street quality, job longevity and employment opportunities.

The pilot scheme will be open for two years from 7th July 2022 and funding will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis; eligible applicants are invited to apply until all available funding has been allocated.

Property owner and business or organisation eligibility states that; the vacant property or space must fall within in the Belfast City centre boundary, the business or organisation must be registered as such and have three months of active operation as of date of application submission, the property must be vacant for 12 months prior to the application, submission of the relevant template found in the application pack, and ability to deliver the scheme within nine months of Letter of Offer.

For further information, Belfast City Council will be hosting a series of drop-in information sessions at 2 Royal Avenue, Belfast on Thursday 21st July, Friday 22nd July and Thursday 28th July from 10am-4pm.

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12 New Businesses In Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter

With Belfast in full swing to recovery from the turbulence of recent years the Cathedral Quarter has much to celebrate.

Businesses are still continuing to choose this art, culture and heritage hotspot to set up base and we’re delighted to welcome them.

Business Improvement District manager Damien Corr said the number of businesses opening in the area is an encouraging sign of the times.

He added: “The Cathedral Quarter remains a jewel in the City’s Crown. The BID is encouraged that entrepreneurs are voting with their feet and choosing Cathedral Quarter as the best location for their new business. 

“In addition to the 12 new businesses highlighted here, we are aware of several more in the pipeline. The development of the University on our doorstep is an obvious catalyst and the increased footfall can already be seen and we are on course to see a daily footfall of over 15,000 students and staff to the area when the University is fully open this September. No wonder entrepreneurs are seeing opportunity!”

“I have no doubt that these 12 new businesses are just the beginning of the resurgence of the Cathedral Quarter and I look forward to working with them and the many who will follow.”

1. Common Market

16-20 Dunbar Street, Belfast, BT1 2LH

Open Thursday-Sunday from 12pm, Common Market is a street food market, bar and events venue all rolled into one – it’s even dog friendly. 

For the first time ever, guests are able to feast on all of the best street food Belfast has to offer; including options from Ball & Roll, Moon Gelato Co, Lasa, Hey Chick!, Oui Poutine, Al Pastor, Baps by Freight and Rebel Dough. Additionally, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available from this selection of vendors.

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2. Deerah

107 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF

Bringing the middle east to the Cathedral Quarter, Deerah is one of the only Lebanese cafes in the area. 

With a handpicked variety of Lebanese favourites, the menu has a selection of high-quality dishes created with the freshest and finest ingredients available. 

Open from 12-9pm Monday-Wednesday, 12-10pm Thursday-Saturday, and 12-7pm on Sunday’s, staff are described as always being extremely friendly and helpful.

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3. Neighbourhood Cafe

60 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2GT

Dubbed “the coolest coffee shop in Belfast”, the Neighbourhood Cafe serves all things brunch. 

Open from 7:30am-4pm Monday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, pop in for a late breakfast, early lunch or a cup of their specialty coffee.

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4. Never Never Clothes Shop

62 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2GT

Never Never is an independent physical and online clothing store based in the Cathedral Quarter. 

With a range of authorised dealers and products to choose from, Never Never sells high quality clothing and accessories for affordable prices. 

Currently, the brands available are Beams+, Liberaiders, Pop Trading Company, Satta, IDEA Ltd, Adsum, By Parra, Real Bad Man, Gimme 5 and much, much more.

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5. The Academy Restaurant

Ulster University, York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED

As the name suggests, The Academy Restaurant combines learning, culinary talent, and a dine-in experience. 

Known as a state-of-the-art educational centre, the restaurant is also a beverage school and provides conference and meeting facilities. 

The aim is to nurture the talents of students wishing to enter into the hospitality sector following graduation. As a result, the menu is complete with a range of high-quality food options for affordable prices.

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6. Cathedral Pizza

24 Donegall St, Belfast, BT1 2GP

Open from 5pm-12am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, 5pm-1am on Thursday, 5pm-2am on Friday, and 5pm-3am on Saturday, satisfy those late night pizza cravings at Cathedral Pizza. 

Available for sit-in or delivery, the menu is complete with options for one or for groups of friends. Not to mention the toppings options, where guests are invited to add as many as they would like.

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7. The Quarter by Warren

70-74 Donegall St, Belfast, BT1 2GU

After opening in March 2022, The Quarter by the Warren Collection provides a range of facilities for all guests; including room service, a terrace, a 24-hour front desk, air conditioning, a patio with a garden view, private bathrooms, flat-screen-tvs and a daily continental breakfast. 

Located in the heart of Cathedral Quarter, this hotel proves to be in an ideal location for visiting sights near and far.

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8. Unique

Ulster University, 25-52 York St, Belfast, BT1 2NR

Unique is a student lead art shop that allows students and graduates of The Belfast Art School to continue to thrive.  

As Ulster University continues to foster creativity, guests are invited to view and purchase uniquely handcrafted products; including, but not limited to, paintings, photography, ceramics, sculptures, jewellery, fashion, graphic design pieces, illustration, printmaking, textiles and fine art.

To find out more, go to

9. Libertine

10-14 Tomb St, Belfast, BT1 3AS

One of the only gay bars in the area, Libertine is the Cathedral Quarter’s newest gay bar, nightclub and garden. 

Split into four areas, live entertainment is guaranteed 7 nights a week alongside themed cocktail menus, drag and club nights. 

Open to everyone, the only requirement is to be ‘dead on’ when you get there!

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10. The Reporter Bar

Union St, Belfast, BT1 2JF

Inspired by the history of the newspaper industry, The Reporter is a dog-friendly bar that pays homage to Belfast’s printing and publishing heritage. 

Open from 4pm-1am Monday-Thursday and 2pm-1am Friday-Sunday. The welcoming atmosphere is complete with decoration of reporters and photographers past and present, artefacts and memorabilia. 

Serving local products, The Report has craft beers and spirits behind the bar; including Beer Hut, Bullhouse and Lacada, Belfast Vodka, Hinch Whiskey and Ninth Wave Gin.

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11. Mackles Ice Cream

41 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG

Having amassed over 36 thousand TikTok followers, this sister-run store has hit the Cathedral Quarter. Tagged as having ‘the best whipped ice cream’, the menu also includes a range of drinks and sweet treats.

Open everyday to 10pm to satisfy those late night cravings.

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12. Waterman House Cookery School

33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2NG

Moving from their previous James Street South location, Waterman House is the Cathedral Quarter’s newly built and interactive cookery school. Available for a day of cooking, one meal wonders, or even classes on global favourites, such as curry, sushi and cocktails.

Open 12-2:45 pm and 5:45-10:45 pm Monday-Saturday.

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Newly built, Waterman House is the Cathedral Quarter’s interactive cookery school.

If you’re a new business in the Cathedral Quarter get in touch with Business Improvement District manager Damien Corr to find out how the CQ BID can benefit your business. 

Cathedral Quarter BID Chair Les Hume said he was delighted to see the area being rejuvenated by new business: “The business community have voted with their feet and are investing in our area but they want assurance that at the very least our public realm will be fit for purpose when people return. 

“We are committed to working in partnership with business and statutory partners to ensure that streets are safe, clean and welcoming…these baseline services should be a given.”

Call Damien on 028 9031 4011 or email him at For more information about the Cathedral Quarter or the CQ BID go to



By Zahra Baz, Excalibur Press

CQ Advertising Agency AV Browne Now Recruiting

Creative hub AV Browne are searching for talented, like-minded creatives to join their studio and client service teams across a range of levels.

Based in Hill Street in Cathedral Quarter the agency has opportunities for employment in both Belfast and Dublin available, the job application has been extended to those wishing to create change and foster innovation with local and international brands and organisations.

In a constant state of evolving with the times, generations and business needs, AV Browne’s mission remains: helping brands and organisations discover their true story through meaningful change.

With change at the heart of the company and forefront of what they do, AV Browne has worked with clients across an array of industries and remains committed to employing field experts to discover the most effective creative solutions to client needs.

Those wishing to grow their skillset and work with a variety of individuals should send their CV and cover letter, as well as portfolio if appropriate, to or

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