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The John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant

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Address: 51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: 028-9023 3768
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Today
11:30 pm - 1:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Description: The Award winning John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant is a traditional pub in the...
The Award winning John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant is a traditional pub in the heart of Belfast’s lively Cathedral Quarter. Lunches are served between 12pm and 3pm Monday - Saturday. Live music is played in the bar six nights per week. The bar is completely free from TV’s and gaming machines.
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Great Pub, Great Food, Great Music, Great Experience!

Nice pub with a friendly staff and atmosphere in the center of the most interesting part of Belfast. We had heard about the fine trad music sessions but the quality of the food... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2014
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New York City, New York
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English first
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Never thought this place had any kind of atmosphere. Staff aren't great either. Feels like a bar that you owe them something for being there. It is always busy, music ok, same old same old but in general even on a quiet day I wouldn't go in. Been here at least eight or nine times so it's not like I... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Really horrible service here tonight. Friend was buying drinks at the bar, asked for Koppaberg and they gave her a bottle of something else which they said was the same - tasted nothing like it. Went up to complain, young guy at the bar was exceedingly rude: "We won't be swapping it, everyone else likes it." Friend went up to... More 

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Nice pub with a friendly staff and atmosphere in the center of the most interesting part of Belfast. We had heard about the fine trad music sessions but the quality of the food was a big surprise, it is way over and above any standard pub food.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Although I now live in England, the John Hewitt will always remain my local and it's always one of my first ports of call in the city. Whenever I'm back home in Belfast I try to get out for a few beers and some grub in the Hewitt - in over 10 years of drinking there I've never had a... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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160 reviews 160 reviews
54 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

A pub named after a poet.Couple drinks here and you may feel poetic yourself.I had a bottle of local cider and I thought Byron Wordsworth who are those guys.I can give you a rhyme and a reason.Well its a great pub anyway lots of tables nice atmosphere.Lots of people chatting laughing having a good time.

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Calgary, AB
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47 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Walking aimlessly Sat nite looking for some music when we happened upon this pub. A group of people were having what looked like an impromptu music session, and it was before 8 pm. Apparently most trad music occurs closer to 11pm in Belfast.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Had a lovely pub grub lunch at this bar reasonably priced and nice food. Friendly welcome! Value for money!

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Inverness
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We always pop in for a pint after the the rigors of playing with 3 grandkids on our regular visits to Belfast .The atmosphere of this place is first class ,the service is spot on and the mix of musoc chat and laughter from the broad cross section of humanity is great AND any pub that calls itself after the... More 

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SW Scotland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Stopped here yesterday for lunch whilst in Belfast for the Giro D'Italia. Tucked away in a scruffy street with a pretty uninviting frontage. Nice old fashioned pub inside I was greeted by a friendly waiter and seated in the window which was good as a lone diner I could watch the world go by. I had a vouchers for a... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

Was in with my sister and few friends for open mic and the craic was good but the manager was rude unprofessional refused to sell me alcohol saying I was to drunk I had two beers so why he took a dislike to me made no sense I've been here a few times for open mic and never had a... More 

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