McHugh’s Bar & Restaurant

McHughs is within a grade A listed building, built between 1710 and 1720, making it officially the oldest building in the city of Belfast, enjoying a long history and a sometimes colourful reputation.

Built in the thriving dock area of Belfast under the gaze of the Albert Clock, McHughs has been restored as an integral piece of Belfast's past for Belfast's future. The new McHughs is a combination of the old McHughs building and it's end of terrace neighbour Du-Barry's. McHughs is open all day, every day, offering a traditional feel in contemporary surroundings filled with examples of the best local art and artefacts. The Main Bar is the perfect place to enjoy drinks with friends, socialise, meet people and mingle in a lively atmosphere.

Food is available Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 10pm Sunday 12:00 - 9:00pm.

The spacious basement bar plays host to live bands and DJs Thursday - Saturday. Private parties can be catered for during the week - call for info. The Lord Lucan room is McHughs hidden treasure, reached only by the original spiral staircase dating back to 1711. Catering for parties of up to 30 seated for that intimate and select private function. Alternatively it can be used as conference/meeting space with facilities to accommodate 20 delegates, with overhead projector, screen and flipchart available.


The Dana Masters Sextet

An all-star band featuring the astonishing US vocalist Dana Masters and fellow American, saxophone sensation Meilana Gillard, has taken up residency at McHugh's

The pair are backed by some of Northern Ireland’s best jazzers including drummer Steve Davis, pianist Scott Flanigan, bass player Carl Harvey and trumpeter Linley Hamilton.

With its low ceiling and intimate, cavern-like atmosphere, the basement at McHugh’s is an ideal place to listen to live jazz in Belfast.

The Dana Masters Sextet plays every Saturday from 5.30pm to 7.30pm in McHugh’s Basement Bar and entry is free.


Opening Times: Sunday – Saturday 12pm – 1am

Menu Type: Modern

Age Restriction: Children until 9pm when dining in restaurant, bar until 7pm. Over 18s at all other times.

Private Dinining Room Capacity: 30

Number of Seats: Basement 160, Bar 200, Rest 70, Larkin Room 30

Licensed and Type: Full license

Reservations: Recommended

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