Belfast's Cathedral Quarter should be similar to the Temple Bar area in Dublin when the area has been developed. The Community Arts Forum is located in this area of the city. The Cathedral Quarter has an annual Arts Festival which takes place each year at the end of April and beginning of May. There is another Festival, the Open House Festival, which takes place at the end of September / beginning of October in the Cathedral Quarter. Lovers of Irish Traditional Music, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Punk Blues, Alt country and trad-classical fusion should enjoy this Festival and give it their support by attending a few of the events. 

There are already a number of good bars and restaurants in the area.  The John Hewitt Bar on Donegall Street is a proper Belfast pub, yet serves great food and is non-smoking.  To cap it all, it's run by the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre as a community business so all profits are ploughed back into the local community.  Just around the corner you'll find the Potthouse , a glass and chrome cafe bar and nightclub.  There's a small wine bar just down one of the cobbled streets called Printers - they serve a good selection of tapas and have a reasonably good wine list.  There's also the new and highly stylish Merchant Hotel on Talbot Street with it's bar The Cloth Ear next door.  Bring your credit card, it's probably the most expensive place to drink in Belfast.  Finally there's the Northern Whig , another restaurant bar serving good food at reasonable prices. 

If you're in the area and fancy a fry up or fish and chips the very long established Blinkers is a proper Belfast chippie and is just across the road from the Cathedral Quarter at the start of North Street.