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The Bar at The Merchant Hotel

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16 Skipper Street | The Merchant Hotel, Belfast BT1 2DZ, Northern Ireland
+44 (0) 28 9023 4888
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Fife, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went to the merchant specifically for a cocktail. Made an excellent Bellini and hotel itself is very old with lots of character. Walked through the dining area which was gorgeous. Would definitely recommend a trip to see the building and sample the cocktails

Thank LD1970
Stranraer, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The building is completely stunning. Cocktail menu extensive. Unfortunately it took us a long time to get to see it. We sat down and a male waiter passed us several times without acknowledging us. He eventually came and wiped our table, again without a word. So much so that we asked if it was OK to sit there. Our drinks... More 

Thank BarbaraBaillie
County Monaghan, Ireland
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely bar, open fire, delicious cocktail.. bit on small side but great service.. nibbles and constant refills of water which was a nice touch... will return!

Thank 41sin_adm
Londonderry Northern Ireland
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bar at the Merchant is cosy and quirky with fabulous customer service. i have never been disappointed!

Thank judithobrien
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have visited the bar for cocktails many times over the last few years and cant help but feel sad that what was once an amazing experience is slowly being eroded by the management. What made it special were the bar men who were really enthusiastic about their job and would always suggest 'off menu' drinks tailored to your tastes. They... More 

1 Thank snowieWales
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Limited, but good selection of meals Great ambience,excellent, but unobtrusive service. Enjoyed my fish pie, as did my husband. Our host ate his fish and chips with relish. The portions are not large,but more than adequate for a light lunch I will return!

Thank Joy S
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

At my request a group of 14 stayed in The Merchant Hotel to celebrate my birthday on 6 and 7 January and we had high expectations given its 5 star rating and the TV programme that showed the hotel in such a good way. It is with great disappointment that I say it did not live up to to those... More 

Thank 896marcella
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Seated next door to the Great Room I can't imagine a more atmospheric venue to knock back cocktails and discuss days gone by. With the open fire and smoky smell it's a great venue BUT maybe just a touch too expensive to be justified. Still, an excellent a lot for a Dark and Stormy

Thank PhilClarke11
Belfast, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Choice, choice, choice is all I can say about the cocktail menu, it was so difficult to decide and the photographs are exactly what your drink will look like. Our two kids loved the fruit cups, made them feel so special. We are a range from the menu and everything was fantastic, delicious soups, salads and fish dishes. The whole... More 

Thank anne marie m
Houston, United Kingdom
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283 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Obviously expensive as it's in the hotel but good cocktails and comfy settees etc. The room is a bit dark for me but heh, I'm old. The girls enjoyed it, I'm an old man's bar kinda guy.

Thank Ewen A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 Skipper Street | The Merchant Hotel, Belfast BT1 2DZ, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: +44 (0) 28 9023 4888

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?