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The Public Bar

The Public Bar is the beating heart of Lavery’s, whether it’s for a bite to eat or to watch the match you’ll find some of Belfast’s best characters hanging out here.


The Public Bar, the oldest and original hub within Lavery’s. Established in 1918, this esteemed establishment stands as one of the last remaining gin palaces in Belfast, a beacon of authenticity in a city steeped in heritage.

As you walk through the entrance, you’ll be immediately embraced by an ambiance that is at once welcoming, authentic, and convivial. The central point, a grand circular bar, serves as the heart of this historic haven. Designed in true traditional Irish style, it not only dispenses the finest drinks but also invites and encourages spirited conversation between staff and patrons. Clad in rich wood and adorned with vintage details, the walls echo with laughter and tales of times long past.

Classic snugs, those intimate corners where secrets are shared and friendships deepened, add to the warm and inviting character of this one-of-a-kind place. But it’s the time-honoured design, preserved and celebrated, that truly sets The Public Bar apart. With its traditional architecture and decor, every inch of this bar whispers stories of Belfast’s rich cultural tapestry, just look to the walls where you’ll see old photos of the bar & photos of the Lavery family.

Original fixtures, burnished by time, bear witness to a century of camaraderie, celebration, and community. The layout of the bar is thoughtfully arranged to accommodate all manner of social gatherings. Whether you’re looking to catch up with friends over a pint, revel in the excitement of watching sport, or simply sink into the comforting embrace of history, The Public Bar provides the perfect setting. And when the lights dim, the bar comes alive with live music. Showcasing the best local talent Belfast has to offer, the melodies intertwine with the very fabric of this historic space, adding a vibrant layer to an already rich experience.

Furnished with a blend of traditional elements that evoke a bygone era. Soft lighting enhances the soothing surroundings, casting a gentle glow that highlights the intricate details of woodwork and craftsmanship. In the heart of a bustling city, The Public Bar offers an experience that transcends the ordinary. It’s not just a place to enjoy a drink; it’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in a living piece of Belfast’s history.

Come, take a seat at the grand circular bar, and let the echoes of the past envelop you as you create new memories in a setting that is truly without parallel. Raise a glass to the enduring spirit of tradition, and celebrate the timeless appeal of a place that continues to be a treasured cornerstone of the Belfast community.
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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.

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The Public Bar is the best place to catch the match. Whether it’s soccer, rugby, GAA, snooker, darts, F1, whatever your sport; if you don’t see your fixture listed drop us an email or call in on the day and speak to a manager, we’ll do our best to show it.

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 view all fixtures
n.b. the fixtures above may not be shown in this specific area.

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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