The Dirty Onion is Belfast's oldest building – dating back to 1780, the building was used as a bonded spirit warehouse from 1921. It was then known as ‘STACK N’ – a reference to its position on the north side of Waring Street – and still bears a giant red painted ‘N’ on its brick façade. The distinctive external wooden structure is another original feature, which, following careful restoration frames the venue’s beer garden to the front of the complex, with a new contemporary courtyard stretching out to Hill Street.
Inside, low ceilings supported by exposed wooden beams and original brick walls throughout nod to the past. As well as this, a sensitive partnership with Jameson Irish Whiskey showcases the heritage of the building further – paying homage to the tens of thousands of Jameson barrels and crates that passed through the building, which was operated by Edward Dillon Bonders [now a subsidiary of Irish Distillers/Dillon Bass] until 1991.
A modern take on a traditional Irish pub, The Dirty Onion’s novel partnership with multi-award winning cultural centre, An Droichead, delivers a varied music programme in the outlet seven nights a week. From open workshops in singing and various traditional instruments, to sessions with the highest quality traditional musicians – there is something for participators and spectators alike every night in The Dirty Onion.
12pm - 1am.
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.
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