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The Cocktail Bar at The Merchant Hotel

16 Skipper Street | The Merchant Hotel, Belfast BT1 2DZ, Northern Ireland
+44 28 9023 4888
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
16 Skipper Street | The Merchant Hotel, Belfast BT1 2DZ, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

Called in for lunch, told the only seat available was in the annex, despite there been three unoccupied tables in the main cocktail bar I feel I was asked to sit in annex because I was on my own. It is a dark dismal area...More

Thank sorcha412
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The hotel is lovely! We were disappointed with some of the staff and their attitude! Some of the bar staff made us feel very uncomfortable. We will not be back.

Thank Eva M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had stayed at the Merchant some years ago and decided to go into the bar for a drink on this trip. The hotel itself is amazing and the bar is a lovely place to sit. We sat on stools at the bar and chose...More

Thank Colm M
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Great dinner and surroundings,felt the couples tables were too close together but otherwise opulent venue.

Thank FussyTraveller00
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Went for a cocktail and stayed for the surroundings. The drinks in this bar are absolute heaven on earth! As one friend said when we were there...even the still water was delicious. There was a roaring open fire lit when we were there and it...More

Thank StephDeane
Reviewed 7 October 2017

The cocktail bar at the Merchant is lovely, with a nice fire, great drinks and accompanying nibbles. Best of all was our waiter Michael who told us about the history of the hotel and the neighborhood and shared lots of great tips. He was service...More

1  Thank ckcanary
Reviewed 28 September 2017

Lovely surroundings and THE biggest list of cocktails you'll ever likely find. Great service. Not cheap but treat yourself.

Thank B J
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful waiter named Jamie who was not only welcoming and courteous he was very knowledgeable about whiskey..such a.chic and sophisticated way to spend an evening. The bathrooms are glamourously Art Deco. Jamie also told us about the Friend in Hand a charming...More

Thank jazzgoddess
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

We stumbled into this place looking for a cocktail and desert after dinner and after exploring Belfast all day in the rain. So we were super underdressed and pretty ragged. But we were welcomed and served as if we were in ball gowns. The desert...More

1  Thank Jess111985
Reviewed 24 August 2017

Just a fantastic place to have a cocktail. Beautiful surroundings, attentive staff and a cocktail menu that's crammed with ideas and drinks to be discovered. OK, they are expensive BUT they are the best in Belfast and they use only premium spirits, wines and juices....More

Thank MartinChilds2013
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7 August 2016|
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Response from Eliz B | Reviewed this property |
Berts Bar is part of the merchant hotel so the menu and all info is on the merchant hotel website . Hope this is off done help
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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 28 9023 4888
  • E-mail
Our multi award-winning bar with staff whose knowledge of all things “imbibable” is every bit as encyclopedic as our highly renowned drinks selection. This beautiful room has many wonderful original architectural features. Antique Baccarat chandeliers and a stunning antique fire complement the design. The Bar at The Merchant serves an impeccable selection of exceptional drinks. From rare spirits to vintage Champagnes - not to mention a cocktail list of encyclopedic proportions, this extensive offering allows us to cater to all tastes – no matter how diverse. Our knowledgeable staff will be pleased to help you with your selection. The refined simplicity of The Cocktail Bar food menu provides a relaxed yet elegant alternative to the fine dining experience in The Great Room Restaurant
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