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The Back Bar

The Back Bar, our private hire bar & restaurant is a cornerstone of Lavery's, is steeped in history and cultural significance. Whether you're looking to host a private celebration, a corporate gathering, or any special occasion, The Back Bar provides a distinctive backdrop that promises to make your event a memorable one.


The Back Bar, our private hire bar & restaurant , is a cornerstone of Lavery's. It is steeped in history and cultural significance–established as a bohemian haven, it has long been the favoured retreat of Belfast's vibrant subcultures - the punks, hippies, and stoners. A symbol of counterculture and free expression since its inception.

Central to The Back Bar's charm is its laid-back vibe. The space is deliberately designed to foster a sense of community and shared experience. It's the bar's unwavering commitment to being a sanctuary for the unconventional that truly sets it apart. The Back Bar has always been a place where the norms of society are left at the door, and the spirit of freedom and creativity takes hold. Here, stories of past adventures blend with present experiences, creating an ever-evolving narrative that is as dynamic as its patrons.

Whether you're a lifelong regular or a curious newcomer, The Back Bar at Lavery's welcomes you. It's a place to enjoy a cold beer, engage in deep discussions, or sit back & watch the football.
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Please Note: We don’t accept same-day bookings. For same-day visits, come down to the bar and we’ll do our best to get you a table.

What's on?

Pour Your
Own Guinness

Join us for a one-of-a-kind experience in our iconic Public Bar, where you’ll discover the art and skill behind pouring the ultimate pint of the black stuff.


The Back Bar is a prime spot for watching sport. Be it soccer, rugby, GAA, snooker, darts, F1, or any other sport; if you don’t find your event listed, simply send us an email or come by on the day to speak to a manager–we’ll make every effort to get it up on a screen for you.

On the Screens

Tuesday, 28th May 2024

Twenty20 Internationals

England vs Pakistan

England vs Pakistan

Kicks off @ 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 29th May 2024

Europa Conference League

Olympiakos vs Fiorentina

Olympiakos vs Fiorentina

Kicks off @ 8:00 PM

Click here
to see all upcoming sports fixtures.

Sport FAQs

Can I wear a football/ rugby/ GAA top to watch the match?
Yes, football tops are permitted except for Irish & Scottish league soccer.
Can I bring my U18 child with me to watch the match?
Yes, children are legally allowed on the premises up to 9pm on the groundfloor only. The pool room is strictly over 18s.
Do you show Irish or Scottish League football?
We do not show Irish or Scottish league football in the bar. 
Do you show boxing or MMA?
We do not show boxing or MMA


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Planning an event?

(Less than 20 people? Go ahead and book yourself in using one of our booking widgets)

Fill out the form & one of our team will be in touch with a range of options based on your responses.