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After Dark & Dining Delights

Make the most of your day - and night - with these suggestions for extending your enjoyment!

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  • Grand Opera HouseMcHughsOdyssey Arena

    After Dark - Belfast City & Greater Belfast

    • Dine in one of the many restaurants in St. Anne's Square before taking in a show at The MAC, a newly designed and recently open arts centre in the heart of Belfast.  With four galleries, theatre listings and excellent food, it is not to be missed. Or catch a performance in the beautiful Lyric Theatre, Northern Ireland’s only full-time producing theatre. Housed in a newly restored building on the Stranmillis Embankment, the Lyric was the recipient of the Outstanding Award for Tourism at the 2012 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.  Or the ornate Grand Opera House, which hosts a vibrant programme of opera, drama, pantomime, or the latest London comedy or musical.
    • Enjoy a pint of Guinness in one of the cosy snugs in The Crown Bar - it even has its own stained glass and antique bell system.
    • Savour the cultural experience beyond Belfast at Theatre at the Mill (Newtownabbey) and Island Arts Centre (Lisburn).
    • Get spooked with a Ghost Walk in Belfast or a seasonal Graveyard Walk in Bangor.
    • Enjoy live music at one of the many iconic music venues in Belfast – try the Empire, Laverys, Duke of York, Black Box, Oh Yeah Centre and An Culturlann. Sessions are also held in the Greater Belfast area.
    • Take in a Belfast Giants ice hockey match at the Odyssey or go the dogs at Drumbo Park Greyhound Stadium,Lisburn.
    • Chat with locals over a pint at McHugh's, one of the oldest pubs in Belfast dating back to 1711 and gaze across to the Albert Memorial Clock.
    • Take a stroll along the cosmpolitan Lisburn Road, which boasts many informal cafes and restaurants.
    • With its quirky décor, interesting club nights, great mix of craft beers and with one of the coolest beer gardens and snugs in the city, the Hudson Bar has quickly established itself as one of Belfast’s destination bars.
    • The Sunflower Public House is a recently restored pub in the heart of the city centre. Fast becoming one of the most popular bars in the city, the bar hosts many events including monthly Jazz and Stand-up nights, weekly folk sessions, regular music sessions and early doors Blues on a Saturday (From 3pm). Just the place to enjoy some top entertainment and a local ale!
    •  Belfast in August plays host to a number of great festivals including the Belsonic at Custom House Square and Tennents Vital.
  • A view to the Sperrins from Clady, near Magherafelt.The Gortin Glens Forest ParkSperrin Mountains

    After Dark - Tyrone & Sperrins

    • Enjoy a performance at Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Alley Arts Centre, Strabane or the Craic Theatre & Arts Centre, Coalisland.
    • Go for a pre-theatre meal and then enjoy a show at The Burnavon, Cookstown.
    • Enjoy traditional music in Tomney’s Bar, Moy.
    • Head along to a traditional gig or the weekly music session at Dún Uladh Cultural Heritage Centre, Omagh.
  • Lough Neagh Discovery CentreKinnego marina is the largest marina on Lough Neagh located on the southern shore of the Lough with Oxford Island, Lough Neagh

    After Dark - Lough Neagh & its Waterways

    • Enjoy a regular traditional music session at The Crosskeys Inn, near Toome – an atmospheric thatched pub thought to date from around 1740.
    • Watch live performances and film screenings in the historic surroundings of The Old Courthouse, Antrim.
    • Enjoy a play or performance in an intimate local venue such as the Bardic Theatre, Donaghmore or Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown.
  • Lough MacNeanBoa Island, Lower Lough ErneEnniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

    After Dark - Fermanagh Lakelands

    • Have a pint in historic Blakes of the Hollow, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012.
    • Take in a show at the Ardhowen Theatre, overlooking picturesque Lough Erne.
    • Enjoy fine dining at one of Fermanagh’s many waterside restaurants.
    • Take an evening cruise with a local boat company – dinner can be included.
    • Unwind with live music sessions at a range of top venues.
    • Sample black bacon, a Fermanagh speciality invented by O'Doherty's Fine Meats.
  • Murlough Bay and Mourne Mountains, Co. DownMourne Seafood Restaurant.Sunset on the Summit - Slieve Donard Mountain, Newcastle

    After Dark - Mourne Mountains

    • Enjoy a gig at Brontë Music Club – a former church, this intimate and unique venue has links to the literary Brontë family.
    • Sample the specialities of turbot, plaice, langoustine and brill at one of the many local seafood restaurants.
    • Check out the listings of Newcastle Community Cinema, hosting regular events and exciting cinematic experiences in the pretty seaside town.
  • Armagh SkylineNavan FortThe Mall, Armagh

    After Dark - Armagh

    • Take in a show at the city’s Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre where you will find everything from top quality drama to comedy nights.
    • For an alternative way to spend an evening, why not take a ghostly walk through the city’s narrow streets on a walking ghost tour.
    • Enjoy both traditional and modern music in many of the various bars the city has to offer.
    • Known as 'the orchard county' Armagh is home to around 4000 acres of Apple Orchards and is home to the Armagh Bramley, which was recognised as a European food brand in 2012 and is used to make local ciders.
  • Strangford Lough Twilight Boat TourNendrum Monastic SiteScrabo Tower

    After Dark - Strangford Lough

    • Enjoy a performance at the Web Theatre, Newtownards.
    • Historical walking tours of Comber, Donaghadee or Newtownards.
    • Seafood is the speciality of this region and the fishing fleet of Portavogie keeps many of the local seafood restaurants well stocked with supplies.
    • Downpatrick Arts Centre hosts a range of events from music to theatre.
  • Exploring Derry~LondonderryPlayhouse TheatrePeace Bridge

    After Dark - Derry~Londonderry

    • Known as the City of Song, enjoy the best of the city's live music.  From impromptu traditional music to contemporary music in one of the many pubs and clubs, Derry~Londonderry is host to a vibrant music scene.
    • Soak up the culture of this vibrant city by taking in a performance at The Playhouse, Millennium Forum, Verbal Arts Centre or Waterside Theatre.
    • Take a stroll along the newly renovated Queens Quay and choose from one of the many fine restaurants on offer.
    • Enjoy traditional food under a glazed canopy in one of the cafes at The Craft Village.
  • The Giant's Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancienDunluce CastleRathlin Island is an island off the coast of County Antrim in Northern Ireland, and is the northernm

    After Dark - Causeway Coast & Glens

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