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Traditional Music

Traditional music is as popular as ever in Northern Ireland and it's easy to join in the fun. In Belfast check out Maddens Bar, Kelly's Cellar or White's Tavern while McHugh's hold traditional sessions every Wednesday night or Saturday afternoon. In Derry~Londonderry, visit Peadar O'Donnell's for nightly music. The Dungloe Bar and Culturlann ui Chanain also offer regular sessions, please check listings.

The beautiful Glens of Antrim are famous for their traditional music and culture.  Download the Traditional Music, Dance and 'The Craic' in the Glens of Antrim leaflet.

There's a number of pubs and venues across Northern Ireland that play host to traditional music sessions every day and night! Contact your local Tourist Information Centre for listings in your region.

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Katy Dalys, Belfast

Katy's Bar is at the hub of Belfast's most exciting music venue. In 2012 along with the whole complex the always welcoming Katy's Bar enjoyed a simple, subtle refurb. This was followed by The Rock Garden, a brand new roof terrace.

Pavilion Bar, Ormeau, Belfast

Established in 1899, The Pavilion or "The Big House" draws its clientele from all over the city and beyond, and is a must for all who wish to experience a traditional Belfast pub with three floors, three bars, in one Big House with five-star food.

Robinsons Bar, Belfast

Relax and enjoy a drink in the Saloon bar before tapping your feet in Fibber Magees - enjoy free folk and traditional music 7 nights a week. Enjoy a meal in the Bistro, Karaoke in the spotlight in BT1 or party in Roxy nightclub.

Time Bar and Venue, Cookstown

Mid-Ulster’s most premium Bar and Nightclub with three floors offering a unique bar and nightclub experience under one roof.

TIME offers an opulent bar and bistro offering on the ground floor 5 days a week.

Kiwi's Brew Bar, Portrush

Something is most definitely brewing in Portrush. Beer is making a quiet and classy comeback.

Sunflower Public House, Belfast

Sunflower is a simple corner pub, it is free of gimmicks or themes, and it is one of the few remaining. It is instantly recognisable by the security cage on its front door, a relic from 1980s Belfast. Music is very much part of the pub's life.

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