Did you know that hanging out with your friends once a month can be super beneficial to a woman’s mental health? That’s why it’s a great idea to arrange regular get-togethers, grab some cocktails, scoff some food, and have a great time. So we sat down with our besties and put together this list of the best places for a girls night out in Belfast.
Six by Nico
If your gang is anything like ours’, there’s nothing you love more than trying out the new kid on the block. Enter Six by Nico. This Glasgow import serves up a brand new six course tasting menu every six weeks, based on different concepts like Disney, New York, and childhood. You can also kick things off with their cocktails, paired to match the menu, and try out the matching wines with your food. Best of all, it’s not massively expensive, coming in at just £28 pp for food, or £53 if you throw in matching wines.
Nothing says “lining my stomach for a big night” more than a huge Italian feast. At Il Pirata, Italian is always the dish of the day, with pizza, pasta, and risottos all served in generous portions. And make sure that you get plenty of sides because the truffled polenta fritters, and the parmesan fries will have you drooling. It’s not just all about eating though, because their cocktails menu is vast enough to keep you trying different things all night.
AM:PM Bohemian Restaurant
No girls’ night out in Belfast is complete without a bit of a show and AM:PM Belfast offers both dinner and a show. This quirky venue is festooned with fairy lights and random artefacts, its quirky corners making it a perfect place to hang out. Best of all, it also has its own cabaret supper club where you can watch jazz acts, comedians, and burlesque while enjoying dishes like trio of duck, parfait, or risotto. If it’s a nice evening, hang out at The Treehouse, a hidden rooftop hangout above the cabaret club.
Made in Belfast Cathedral Quarter
Another fun, quirky venue, Made in Belfast brings together fine dining and a cosy environment to create one of Belfast’s best restaurants. Famous for doing a really great steak and being experts in fish, they specialise in classic dishes done well, with a bit of a twist. Their sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel ice cream is one of all-time favourite desserts and *we hear* it goes down particularly well with their Jaw Breaker cocktail, a gin, ginger, and lime mix, served with homemade honeycomb.
The Chelsea Bar
If stunning opulence is your bag for a Belfast ladies’ night, then The Chelsea Bar will be too. Situated on Lisburn Road, this beautiful bar and restaurant is where all the cool kids hang out. Open for over 20 years, The Chelsea is a Belfast staple. Not surprising when you see their menu, full of dishes like crispy Thai beef noodle salad and a sirloin sandwich with smoked bacon jam(!). There’s also live swing music every Friday and acoustic singers very Saturday, meaning you can do a bit of dancing after dinner.