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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, Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 9
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  • 12
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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
Great food and great cocktails.

The food and drink mixed with the atmospheric decoration really make this a place that is well worth a visit. I recommend the swan profiteroles and the Pimm's cup!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The food and drink mixed with the atmospheric decoration really make this a place that is well worth a visit. I recommend the swan profiteroles and the Pimm's cup!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Nipped in to try the cocktails. Wasnt disappointed, stunning surroundings, think titanic 1st class. Huge chandeliers and alround fab place to visit.

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Launceston, Australia
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We ate here on two of our nights at The Merchant. Food and service were great both nights. The first night live jazz with a pianist and singer (lady Divine) in New Orleans style were great background to our food. Second night the trio played good music but was too loud and strident for the small area. Nearby guests were... More 

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belfast
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Not generally a cocktail fan but it was a special occasion and five 'ladies' were on a night out! No better place to discover super duper cocktails. As you would expect from a five star hotel the service was discreet, friendly but non intrusive with a book of cocktail suggestions all with clear ingredient explanations. I had the Southside and... More 

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Littleborough, Lancs
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 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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38 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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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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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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

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