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The John Hewitt

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51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
11:30 pm - 1:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Sun 7:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:30 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great music pub especially on Thursday night the Woodcutters are great .. atmospthere is great all ages are welcome ... only fault is the loos .. they are rank and the back hallway stinks so a few pounds need to be spent to sort this out and the fact that the kitchen is in same area well... More 

Thank Norma B
Belfast, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Named after amazing local poet in the Labour and trade union heartland of Belfast with Spanish civil war memorial nearby.

Thank E1209AWjohn
County Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An absolutely beautiful bar located at the start of the Cathedral Quarter, went here as the start of a rather messy pub crawl and it was excellent, great music great atmosphere and great staff

Thank Tyler M
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an unique bar with great food and a wide selection of craft beers. With all profits going to support the local Belfast Centre for the Unemployed, this is a great place to meet progressive people and hear some local bands. Must be one of the friendliest pubs in N.Ireland.

Thank Irishguest517
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch, food was great, I'd give 4 ⭐️for that but, toilets were beyond smelly, there was dust everywhere, a sense of just no one really caring about this place, windows covered over, dark, and a barman wittering on about some gin, apparently it used to be a great pub, clearly been awhile. Guinnes was good though.

Thank Awwjaysus
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fish and chips were excellent. It was a very filling lunch! It was neat to look at the various pictures, signs on the walls since this is one of the older bars in the area. We went at lunch time and it wasn't too busy, which was nice.

Thank NittanyLaura
Derby, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

in the four days we spent in belfast this was the only one we found with draught beer, mine host was very helpful whenwe asked about places to go, guinness good also.

1 Thank graham d
Winchester, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If your over with friends or a few of you on business I would encourage you to pop by this pub later in the evening for a few drinks. I have been 3 times now when I'm over & the music is excellent, the clientele very friendly & local, & the service at the bar great.

Thank Rick J
Holland-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

after all the hype i was expecting something special but it is an ordinary boozer as far as a tourist like me is concerned. employing bar staff with a spark of life seems like a good idea all in all you are better off in the spaniard just off waring stree wher the staff are less like androids

1 Thank martini3402
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171 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Great live trad session which just kept adding members as it went on. Really good range of craft beers, a couple on draft and lots of bottled options.

Thank rojo81

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Irish, Bar, British, Pub, European
Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 pm - 1:00 am
11:30 pm - 1:00 am
11:30 pm - 1:00 am
11:30 pm - 1:00 am
11:30 pm - 1:00 am
11:30 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast
  • Phone Number: 02890233768

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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