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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
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Londonderry Northern Ireland
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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

Thank judithobrien
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

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 

2 Thank snowieWales
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

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
Reviewed 23 January 2017 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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241 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 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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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

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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307 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 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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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, the Merchant's cocktail bar creates the perfect atmosphere to do just that. It is the perfect spot to enjoy a nice drink in a comfortable and elegant setting either before or after dinner, or if you're lucky enough, both! The drinks and little bites, along with the very attentive staff make... More 

Thank Adrienne K
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Such a lovely place and experience. Went here for cocktails. The atmosphere is very relaxing and comfortable. Fabulous Christmas decorations and a huge fire. Delicious cocktails. Staff were exceptionally nice and helpful.

Thank Neasa F
Titchfield, United Kingdom
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522 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped off here for early evening cocktails. The Christmas tree in the great room was fabulous -as was everything about this place -you can just imagine what it was like in the glory days. Cocktails were fabulous with complementary nibbles. Highly recommended.

Thank maddiePortsmouth

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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, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?