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The John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant

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Address: 51 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FH, Northern Ireland
Phone Number:
+44 28 9023 3768
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Today
23:30 - 01:00
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Hours:
Sun 19:00 - 01:00
Mon - Fri 23:30 - 01:00
Sat 12:00 - 01:00
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The Award winning John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant is a traditional pub in...

The Award winning John Hewitt Bar & Restaurant is a traditional pub in the heart of Belfast’s lively Cathedral Quarter. Lunches are served between 12pm and 3pm Monday - Saturday. Live music is played in the bar six nights per week. The bar is completely free from TV’s and gaming machines.

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Great Guinness

Came across this pub while looking for a taxi and remembered the name from a list of recommended pubs, so we went in. It was late afternoon, so we had no trouble getting a table... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Danielsrating
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Came across this pub while looking for a taxi and remembered the name from a list of recommended pubs, so we went in. It was late afternoon, so we had no trouble getting a table. But the place started to fill up quickly. We ordered a pint of Guinness & hoogarden and it was the nicest pint we had that... More 

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Thank Danielsrating
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

They don't serve Magners Lite (or any Magners) which I didn't like. The visit was mostly pleasant until my last mouthful of wine. It was as if I had gulped sand and when I spat it out back into the glass, it had the consistency and taste of dishwasher powder. Absolutely disgusting. We were rushing for a bus or a... More 

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Thank JennyB1984
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Had lunch here and it was really good. Plenty of choice and very reasonably priced considering portion sizes. I went for the Seafood Chowder which was beautiful. Really tasty and very filling. Great spot!

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Thank EggHead2013
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Dropped into The John Hewitt in a cold day in November to be welcomed by a warm ( gas ) fire and a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Seemed to be populated by genuine, nice people having a civilised drink and matter.

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Thank Davidwilliamss1
Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Used to love this bar especially making sure I attended the open mic night with a few other musical friends who often played. Went in one day when I seen the Guinness+ sign on the door (where Guinness assigns free pints to bars when you show the app). Ordered my Guinness and showed the bar man the app, said they... More 

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3 Thank Chris M
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great pub always call here for the large selection of great beer and the Irish music sessions ,, can get very busy and if you get a seat hold on to it

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Thank binflynn1
Tipperary, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

A lot of pubs were shut on Tuesday evening in Belfast but this place was open and we were able to sit and chat with live music as a background. Coolio!

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Thank Paul H
belfast
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Went here on a Saturday afternoon/evening. Drink spot on, a bit of live session music going on but pub is tiny and you have not much chance of getting a seat. Can't comment on the food as we didn't have any. Will probably give it a go again, but would be nice to have a seat next time.

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1 Thank mikeBelfastTripper
Belfast, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

I order a real ale last night and it tastes like soapy bathwater. I take it back and the wannabe hipster barman tells me it is my fault for ordering it. I then checked policy with apparent duty manager and yes - the customer is always wrong - my fault for not liking it. This is now a pub best... More 

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7 Thank Yanni M
Banbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

A visit to Belfast or the Cathedral Quarter would not be complete without a stop at the John Hewitt pub. Opened at the end of the last millennium – the John Hewitt is owned and run by the Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre. A great place to meet and chat with local people; learn about Irish culture and listen to live... More 

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