Second question, more interesting hopefully. Best real ale pubs in Cathedral Quarter?
Not in the Quarter, but close by is the Woodworker. Some good options in there.
I'm not sure the Woodworkers have much in the way of real ale. The John Hewitt should have some cask options and you will find some real ale bottles in a good few bars but the real ale movement hasn't taken hold here properly yet. There are plenty of 'craft' options available but most of these will be served using gas so do not qualify as real ale.
We don't really do Real Ale in NI, and I certainly wouldn't recommend it in the John Hewitt. The husbandry is poor and they seemed to have gone through a change in management and scaled down the beer range. Similarly Bittles does real ale but again, they don't keep their beer well.
To be fair to them, although I'm not a big fan, Wetherspoons do a good run in real ale, up Bedford Street ways and the famous Crown on Great Victoria Street as well.
The best spot is the Dirty Duck, but's that's in Holywood, just at the outer edges of Belfast in North Down
If you want decent independent keg beer (or what some might call 'craft'), the Green Room in the Black Box is the only really decent spot in the Cathedral Quarter, although the Dirty Onion stocked Beavertown last time I was in, which can't be bad in anyone's book.
This is where you need Bridget Jones :)
Not happy with my take on it bgekk?! ;)
I forgot about the Dirty Onion, last time I was there the barmaid spent ages discussing all the ales and their merits.
James ... your knowledge of the bar scene is to be applauded ... although anything bar or drink related was right up Bridgets street .... not my forte at all, hence my lack of input :)
Cheers all. Had a couple of recommendations for good pubs if not ale. Don't mind Hophouse 13 if all else fails
Don't forget to let us know how you get on please.
Stick to Guinness. :)))