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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: Late Night, Reservations

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  • 148
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    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 11
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  • 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
paradise

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
sorkyofthekitchen
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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212 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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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Trent Hills, Canada
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185 reviews 185 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

If for no other reason, it's worth going in to the hotel and bar just to look at the décor. It's an amazing old bank building. It's very cozy with attentive staff. We had drinks in the bar and then went out to another restaurant that was less formal and expensive! The bar is famous for its creative cocktails, but... More 

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Genoa, Nevada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Interesting old comfortable room with a beautiful bar. Expert cocktail makers. Professional and friendly service. A treat!

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

If you like cocktails this bar has plenty to choose from. Cosy, with a log fire. An interesting menu of bar snacks and meals available and freshly prepared when you need to eat.

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Newcastle
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Second to none..first class hotel ..the attention to detail and people here is brilliant ..wedding food to die for an also they do an amazing super for evening guests at weddings and also give goodie boxes if not hungry when leaving..it's not a cheap hotel for staying or food and drink ..but then again all good things in life comes... More 

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Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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112 reviews 112 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Popped in for cocktails tonight and to be be fair , hadn't a clue , but Andrew sat us down took our coats made our choice , told us the history and served the most refreshing cocktail experience I've had ever , so much so I've booked again in Bert's the next night he done that too ,,, if you... More 

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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Thoroughly decadent , a grand afternoon out and a real treat on a no kids weekend away . We had cocktails with ginger sandwiches and lots of cake - a great way to spoil yourself in Belfast . Lovely ambience , great service . Totally lush !

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a trendy, downtown location that attracts an affluent clientele. Standard of bar food left me disappointed.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Combine fabulous surroundings with immaculate service from all staff and the most comprehensive cocktail list you are likely to find this side of Hawaii and you have a very decadent and relaxing afternoon/evening!

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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, Entertaining clients, Romantic

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