Get a Taste of the History of Belfast at McHugh’s Bar
McHugh’s bar is situated right next to the high street, in the very heart of Belfast. This bar originally started out as a private dwelling, built right on the docks in 1711, but it became a pub little more than four years later. It is the oldest building in Belfast, and while it is known as a pub, customers shouldn’t be fooled – it now boasts a really great restaurant on the top floor.
The bar was recently given a Grade A Listed Building title and customers are usually torn between visiting the establishment because of its historic status and visiting for the good food and drinks. This establishment offers more than just good pub food; visitors will be surprised at how much effort the business has put into ensuring they are able to keep up with the other top quality restaurants in Belfast.
Pass by McHugh’s on a Friday or Saturday and you will see customers milling around outside from the late afternoon, drinking a pint and taking in the view from this area of Belfast. The pub often boasts live bands, though this is a more common sight on Saturday afternoons.
The pub’s menu is really good, but the selection will depend on whether the restaurant is offering a set meal or something more a la carte. Expect everything from delicious, stone cooked steak to fish and chips, since this establishment serves it all.
The service is generally good from the moment you walk through the door. The staff are friendly and attentive, but keep in mind that it can get busy, so if you’re looking for a cosy, quiet atmosphere, be sure not to visit during their busiest times.
The building was recently expanded, but it still retains many of the original features. Some of these features include 18th century oak beams.
McHugh’s Belfast isn’t exactly as popular as the Crown Liquor Saloon, which tends to get a lot of attention from visitors, but it is one of Belfast’s hidden gems. It rests in the shadow of the Albert Clock, another historic Belfast landmark, and this along is enough to make it worth the trip.