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The John Hewitt

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$$ - $$$
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51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 3768
7:00 pm - 1:00 am
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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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63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A proper bar. The bartender was friendly and we enjoyed the crowd. The beer selection is pretty good. We'd return.

Thank spoilednonrev
Lurgan, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

called in for a drink on a Saturday afternoon while shopping, bar was busy and there was live traditional music being played, very nice atmosphere and lovely traditional Belfast bar

Thank Graham M
Brussels, Belgium
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142 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

A classic pub offering fresh beer and live music on most evenings. Food is available for dinner. Check the website upfront for the program.

Thank Paul S
Downpatrick, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

So disappointed with stereotype! I had a couple of friends to attend the Ulster game that was cancelled today and i brought them to sample the culture Belfast had to offer! After having a great time at a couple of closeby establishments i decided to try 'The John Hewitt' to be told we could not enter due to my approach... More 

3 Thank j30hng
Belfast, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016

None of our city centre bars reach the standard of the Old Kitchen Bar, but at least the Hewitt makes an effort to serve decent lunchtime food. The drink is also decent, if underwhelming and sometimes a good ale makes it on to the roster. The consistently good standard of service is also noteworthy, but the house PA system is... More 

1 Thank Seafishtown
Coventry, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2016

Good, well maintained pub in the Cathedral Quarter. Good range of real ale and local beer as well as all the usual suspects. Live music on when we were there (about 9pm on a Friday).

Thank RichardWoodward162
Berwick St John
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398 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

I came here on the recommendation of a friend and glad I did. I didn't eat here but it was the bar scene and music I'd been told about. Monday nights can be a bit quiet in most places but the band playing jazz were excellent and a great place to spend an hour or two - I'll certainly make... More 

Thank AttitudeAdjuster
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101 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

Third stop on our beer trip, also in the beer guide. I had a bottle of Foxes Rock stout which was excellent. My boyfriend was very indecisive and the bat staff very kindly let him try several of the beers on tap before deciding on IPA. Reasonably priced, with a good selection. I did notice a small range of food... More 

Thank catherinewillows
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016

We visited The John Hewitt last Saturday evening, about 10pm. The bar was busy, with a nice atmosphere. We only stayed for one drink (before moving onto another nearby pub). Good service, prices and selection of drinks - we'd recommend this pub.

Thank JenandNeil365
Baltimore, Maryland
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

I am visiting Belfast for a week with my family for an Irish Dance competition. On Halloween night, we were stuck at the competition late and on my way home I stopped at this pub for a pint of beer and a burger for a late dinner around 9:15pm... The bar tender told me that they stopped serving food around... More 

Thank Susannah R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Irish, Bar, European, Pub, British
Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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: +44 28 9023 3768

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?