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The John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant

51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 3768
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Not even for a quiet one. ��

Never thought this place had any kind of atmosphere. Staff aren't great either. Feels like a bar... read more

Reviewed March 17, 2015
Fitzy20
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Horrendous customer service

Really horrible service here tonight. Friend was buying drinks at the bar, asked for Koppaberg and... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2014
Lyra M
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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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible7%
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“great pub” (11 reviews)
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Hours Today: 11:30 AM - 1:00 AM
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51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
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+44 28 9023 3768
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"great pub"
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"resource centre"
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"selection of beers"
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"traditional bar"
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"pint of guinness"
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"hake"
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"cathedral quarter"
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"irish music"
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"worth a visit"
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"unemployed"
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"session"
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Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

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...More

4  Thank Fitzy20
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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...More

5  Thank Lyra M
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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...More

3  Thank BoulderBro1
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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...More

3  Thank Aaron_Edwards
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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...More

1  Thank joseph850
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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.

2  Thank laxjunkies
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

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

2  Thank Helen C
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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...More

2  Thank Bowserd
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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...More

1  Thank Loskie
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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...More

3  Thank mariaflood
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