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The Cocktail Bar at The Merchant Hotel

16 Skipper Street | The Merchant Hotel, Belfast BT1 2DZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 4888
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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16 Skipper Street | The Merchant Hotel, Belfast BT1 2DZ, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a wonderful waiter named Jamie who was not only welcoming and courteous he was very knowledgeable about whiskey..such a.chic and sophisticated way to spend an evening. The bathrooms are glamourously Art Deco. Jamie also told us about the Friend in Hand a charming...More

Thank jazzgoddess
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stumbled into this place looking for a cocktail and desert after dinner and after exploring Belfast all day in the rain. So we were super underdressed and pretty ragged. But we were welcomed and served as if we were in ball gowns. The desert...More

Thank Jess111985
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just a fantastic place to have a cocktail. Beautiful surroundings, attentive staff and a cocktail menu that's crammed with ideas and drinks to be discovered. OK, they are expensive BUT they are the best in Belfast and they use only premium spirits, wines and juices....More

Thank MartinChilds2013
Reviewed 31 July 2017

We spent a pleasant 2 hours here on a Sunday afternoon before going to Bert's Jazz bar for an anniversary celebration. Lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, very chilled!

Thank Lesley F
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Really extensive selection of cocktails all beautifully decorated! Really friendly and helpful staff who where happy to make cocktails which weren't on the menu. Selection of nibble and water on arrival a nice touch!

Thank TChm
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Over rated cocktails which you picked from a journal of cocktails. My friend went too pay for them and happen to say she didn't like the big blocks of ice on glass was too much ( blocks not cubes).The bar man shrugged his shoulders another...More

1  Thank Julie H
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

The cocktail menu has 109 pages! What more can I say! Lovely nibble given which makes the £9/£10 cocktail seem more value. Money well spent. Would love to go back!

Thank redvelvet15
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Had pre- dinner cocktails here last night and although 2 cocktails cost us over £20 we loved the experience. I had a sloe gin and ginger one and my friend had an orange type martini with a strange name I can't remember. Both were lovely...More

Thank holidayseeker
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Visited here for afternoon tea as a birthday treat which was lovely. Then went to the bar for a drink. The birthday girl decided to have a Shortcross Gin and I have to say this was very disappointing. Thought that this would have been amazing...More

Thank mcdaid12
Reviewed 16 June 2017

An interesting venue, in an art deco style, where you can just have a drink or have a meal. We did both and found it all very enjoyable. The staff are all friendly and attentive, in both the bar and the restaurant. The drinks list...More

Thank Alec L
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Response from Eliz B | Reviewed this property |
Berts Bar is part of the merchant hotel so the menu and all info is on the merchant hotel website . Hope this is off done help
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Skipper Street | The Merchant Hotel, Belfast BT1 2DZ, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9023 4888
  • E-mail
Our multi award-winning bar with staff whose knowledge of all things “imbibable” is every bit as encyclopedic as our highly renowned drinks selection.

This beautiful room has many wonderful original architectural features. Antique Baccarat chandeliers and a stunning antique fire complement the design. The Bar at The Merchant serves an impeccable selection of exceptional drinks. From rare spirits to vintage Champagnes - not to mention a cocktail list of encyclopedic proportions, this extensive offering allows us to cater to all tastes – no matter how diverse. Our knowledgeable staff will be pleased to help you with your selection.

The refined simplicity of The Cocktail Bar food menu provides a relaxed yet elegant alternative to the fine dining experience in The Great Room Restaurant
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