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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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19:00 - 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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Excellent traditional bar

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Davidwilliamss1
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 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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2 Thank Chris M
Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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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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Tipperary, Ireland
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 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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79 reviews
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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 6 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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6 Thank Yanni M
Banbridge, United Kingdom
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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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1 Thank mariposa888
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Popped in for a quick lunch after flying into Belfast City Airport. A quick look of the menu then checked the specials board; bingo, "crispy fried fillets of herrings, champ, lemon butter sauce". Superb... now did I have room for a pud? Of course, spiced apple pie... also superb. Washed down with a Yardsman Pale Ale.

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1 Thank agbarron
Rockville Centre, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Friendly courteous service. Great ambiance. Delicious food and creative menu with local food. It would however had been a bonus if he lunch menu had some lighter fare, maybe a sandwich or a salad. Otherwise a great pub lunch experience!

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1 Thank Lise Z
Tipperary, Ireland
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166 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

Good old fashioned pub with local beers and warm friendly atmosphere. Decorated with paintings by local artists. Live music.

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1 Thank Paul H

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