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4 new Belfast date night hot spots


Date night... whether it's with your other half, best mate or mum, I think everyone seems to have a night each week that they know they see a certain person. If you are like me, you're always looking for the latest thing to try out in the city after work or on a Friday night.

Here's four new Belfast hot spots that will make you want to glide (LOL, not spon, you're welcome Translink!) into the city ASAP: 

In case you didn't see me in the picture above being an absolute princess at The Observatory, I'm OBSESSED with this new location. Disregard the negative press you've read - it's a 5* experience and something completely new. It has the best views of the city, feels super plush and the cocktails  & afternoon tea are amazing. If you are cocktail addict, you must come here to experience their Belfast themed cocktails. From 'Harland's Wolf' to 'Titanic Quarter', there's something for everyone (I especially appreciate the St. Anne's - a non-alcoholic G&T!). They also do tasty sharing plates if you fancy a snack with your drinks. My advice - book far in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Best for: impressing a new beau, feeling fancy, treating your mamma to Afternoon Tea

Located across the street from some of my favourite restaurants (Deane's and Howard Street), the Broken Shaker is a brand new bar with tapas, big tunes and great drinks. It has a nice atmosphere and a diverse clientele making it the perfect spot for lots of occasions. The decor of this venue is stunning and makes for a great place to start out for a birthday night out. Message their Facebook page to book for big parties. 

Best for: Pre-drinks, post work partying, a BFF date

Formerly McCracken's in Joy's Entry (I had many a good night out here when I was at school/uni - who else remembers the free mix CD's they used to give out!?), the two buildings have been revamped. Recalling Belfast's heritage of Joy's Entry, the buildings look unrecognisable from their former self. Both venues have a different vibe - Henry's is a more homely setting with the Jailhouse being better for chilled drinks. The food is also fantastic making it a great spot for a day drinking sesh/lunch. P.S. they have a really great Christmas menu if you need to book a lunch with work/catch up with friends! 

Best for: all occasions, chilled Sunday vibes, a first date

I've been to The MAC in St. Anne's Square more times than I care to recall. The Luminaire Club is The MAC reimagined as a cool New York jazz club playing host to some of the best musical talent in the theatre world. Using the stage to perform Broadway hits is the theme of the current show, The World Goes Round (running until Sept 15th). There are standard seats or premium at table seating with bar service so you can have a glass of vino and enjoy the show. I honestly enjoyed this experience so much. If you can't make it to this performance, see here for other things coming to The Luminarie Club

Best for: a mate date, getting your man to go to the theatre & not winge, something different!

Tried out any of my recommendations? Tweet me @GemmaLEBond and let me know!