Belfast

In a city that built the Titanic, motivated some of U2’s best work and provides the background for Game of Thrones, you’ll find an incredible and vibrant party scene.

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Although the majority of pubs and bars shut at 1am, there are a few nightclubs that stay open until the wee hours, which we discovered the hard way on our first night.

Lavery’s looks like a chav pub from its exterior and even after entering, but if you navigate it’s labyrinth, it becomes increasingly hipster and then you reach a pool hall…

After being kicked out at 1, we took the advice of the locals and went to Thompsons. Unless you are under the age of 20, you will not have fun here! The highlight of my night was the footlong I got from Subway across the road from our hotel.

Fortunately we braced our second day with optimism, thanks largely to the amazing flat white and poached eggs on toast from The Town Square.

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Whites Tavern and Kelly’s Cellars claim to be either the first or oldest pub in Ireland. Whether its true or not, both these places made an Instagram worthy backdrop to enjoy a #guinness, because #wheninbelfast, and provided my snap story with quintessential Irish folk music.

If you’ve had enough of guinness, Granny Annie’s host traditional live music in a modern setting, where you can sip on an espresso martinis  and be Lord of the Dance.

Ollie’s is the perfect place to twerk-out the effects of the E.Ms (Espresso Martini’s) and mingle with rugby players who aren’t in their early twenties….and the closing time is well after 1am.

If your hangover keeps you from getting the bus to the Giant’s Causeway then you’d enjoy sampling the food, particularly the Oysters, and admiring the knick knacks at St George’s Market.

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The Titanic Museum is apparently really good but after taking this Insta-fabulous photo out the front, I felt like I achieved all I needed.

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You can’t leave Belfast without a history lesson, after all, U2’s Bloody Sunday wasn’t written about the massacre in Russia (1905). The Black Cab tour will take you down Shankill, giving you an insight into a chapter of history that kept the city divided for so long.

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