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The Bar at The Merchant Hotel

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35-39 Waring St., Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 153
    Excellent
  • 37
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic bar worthy of its reputation

I enjoyed coffee, cocktails and a late night bite over the course of my weekend stay at the Merchant. We were treated like royalty every time we went in to the bar. A huge thank you to Lee whose wonderful service stood out and made our visit that little bit more special.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
lottie03
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Littleborough, Lancs
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Littleborough, Lancs
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164 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

I enjoyed coffee, cocktails and a late night bite over the course of my weekend stay at the Merchant. We were treated like royalty every time we went in to the bar. A huge thank you to Lee whose wonderful service stood out and made our visit that little bit more special.

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Sheffield, England
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122 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Was at a wedding here and had a great time Lovely bar area a bit expensive but heh ho Staff very helpful and amazing cocktails Felt like s treat!!

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Never liked this bar. Of a weekend its packed and dark and makes one think hey I resent paying for these overpriced drinks and could be down the street doing something else. Not a fan Im afraid. But I guess each to his or her own.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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402 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 via mobile

If you want old world elegance and a great martini then this is the place for you. Great staff, service and a fantastic bar. Don't pass by.

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Called in for a pre-dinner cocktail and had a Mojito, Manhattan, Pina Colada and a Margherita which were all superb. The decor and ambience were magnificent and the staff polite and helpful. Well worth a visit!

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Wheathampstead, England, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

This was a great place for cocktails. We sat in the main room and had a view of the lovely chandelier. It was a nice and grown up place to have a drink and chat. We even got nice little nibbles to go with our cocktails for free. Not the cheapest place you will ever go but cocktails were yummy,... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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99 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This bar has won numerous awards and deservedly so. The service is excellent. My wife said her margarita was the best she had ever had. Each drink is made with impeccable precision. Beautiful to behold. We highly recommend The Cocktail Bar.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Just love the Space here at the Old Merchant Hotel!!!! So so Cool and olde World. Simply delightfully pleasant for morning Coffee!!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This place is beautiful, the food is so inventive and presentation a feature or art. We had to get a third starter because everything sounded so good. Best cocktails in town

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Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Every time we visit Belfast we come here for a little piece of luxury! The best cocktails in the world (not cheap but that's not the point) and the service second to none! The rich and famous frequent this place (last time we were there James Nesbitt was holding court here!). Amazing history - the toilets are well worth a... More 

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Address: 35-39 Waring St., Belfast, Northern Ireland
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: 35-39 Waring St., Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business

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