Welcome to The Northern Whig

Neo-classical bar & Restaurant SITUATED IN THE HEART OF the city


The Northern Whig is an ultra stylish, neo classical bar and restaurant situated right in the heart of the cathedral quarter, Belfast’s social and cultural centre.  

Well known for its award winning cocktails and locally sourced cosmopolitan cuisine, The Northern Whig offers a spacious and smartly decorated interior. As one of the premier outlets within The Horatio Group portfolio.

The most notable features of the bar and restaurant are three magnificent granite statues depicting socialist workers which were rescued from the Communist Headquarters in Prague after the fall of communism there. 

The front bar, which boasts floor to ceiling windows, is the perfect place to enjoy a lunch time coffee or post work drink with friends, while the restaurant offers sophisticated dining in sumptuous surroundings.

The building (and namesake) was originally a newspaper - formed in 1823 to which it moved to the current bar's location in 1922 until 1963 when the newspaper ceased production. During the 1941 Belfast blitz, the building sustained sizeable damage which can be seen in historical images. From 1963 - 1997, the building was used as office space until it was bought and turned into a bar that it stands as today.

The Northern Whig has some great offers including two courses for £14.95 including a glass of house wine or beer of the month and £4 cocktails during our cocktail happy hour. We also have great entertainment with a live DJ every Friday & Saturday night. 

We look forward to welcoming you to The Northern Whig soon.

Like to make a booking?

Contact us

T: 028 9050 9888


our team

GM: Gerard Keaney
AM: Declan Murphy
Restaurant M: Michelle McKeown


028 9050 9888


2 - 10 Bridge Street
City Centre
Belfast, BT1 1LU (map)


M-Su 12pm–1.30am


We can now process large party deposit payments online. Click below button for more.


Enjoy a meal at The Northern Whig

Open from 12pm - 9pm daily, the restaurant at The Northern Whig serves a menu of cosmopolitan cuisine designed by Head Chef Rick Orr. 

Rick's commitment to sourcing only the best possible local ingredients is reflected in the quality of the dishes he produces and he offers up an exciting selection of menu options which are influenced by cooking styles from all over the world. 

We understand that for some, dining out is a rarity, and want to ensure your experience is a special one regardless. Our menu reflects the flexibility of tastes of our customers, perfect for those wanting to make a night of it. 

Have a specific dietary request or requirement? Please contact us and we will endeavour to meet your needs.

See our menus listed below, or click opposite button to download full menus.



Lunch: M-Sa 12pm - 5pm

A La Carte: M-Sa 5pm - 9pm

Sunday: 12pm - 9pm

Set Menu


Premium drinks & delicious cocktails


The Northern Whig offers a huge selection of premium wines, spirits and beers while our carefully prepared cocktail list reflects the enthusiasm for mixing drinks which all our bartenders share. 

All our cocktails are made with premium spirits and you will find all the classics on there as well as some of our own award winning creations. If you can’t decide on what tipple to tackle first, the team at The Northern Whig will be only too happy to help you choose the right drink for you.

See below just a sample of our drinks menu, for the full list you will just have to drop in! (And why not grab a drink whilst you are here?!)


Function Packages

Planning a birthday, engagement or anniversary party?

The Northern Whig, in the heart of Belfast’s buzzing Cathedral Quarter is the perfect location for your next event or night out. With our 120 seater restaurant and our newly refurbished mezzanine there are plenty of options for you to choose from.

See below our function package options, or download the full list by clicking the below button.

All our food is freshly prepared by our chefs. Allergen and dietary requirements can be accommodated for, please speak to a member of staff for further information. For parties over 70 people, please enquire.


Reserve a dedicated dining area in our main restaurant for a two course sit down meal which includes a glass of house wine or a beer of the month. Perfect for your next semi-formal to formal event. Suitable for up to 50 guests.

Allergen and dietary requirements can be accommodated for.

Why not add on any of our optional extras?



Looking for an exclusive function area?

Our newly refurbished mezzanine area with it’s own private bar serves as the perfect
space for birthdays, engagement parties, anniversary parties and religious events.

We offer three types of catering options:

1. Hot Food Platter 

2. Cold Food Platter 

3. Dessert Platter 

Customised platter menus are created on a per-occasion basis. Contact us for more information. 

Mezz Party Packages

£20 per platter
(1 platter serves 5 people)

Why not hire the Mezz for your next meeting?
Perfect for informal meetings in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.

Meetings on the mezz

from £3.50pp

cocktail masterclass
on the mezz

Our cocktail masterclass is the perfect way to kick start your night out in Belfast.
Gather your mates and learn to shake and stir your own cocktails with the guidance of
our expert bartenders in the privacy of our Mezz VIP bar. Learn how to mix up some of
your favourite classics and sample some of our best in-house cocktail recipes too.

The Sip & Stir Package - £25pp
Our standard package includes a sparkling cocktail on arrival, a cocktail to make (and
drink!) per person & a cocktail to end proceedings. Plus plenty of fun and games with
one of our top bartenders.

The Shake & Serve Package - £30pp
Includes everything from the Sip & Stir package plus a selection of our delectable party
platters to ensure the night is total perfection.

The Drink & Dine Package - £40pp
Our drink & dine package is perfect for the ultimate night out, with a sparkling
Cocktail on arrival, a cocktail to make (and drink!) per person followed by a delicious
two course evening meal in our restaurant served with another cocktail of your choice.

Great for your next Stag or Hen Party!

Now for the boring bit: Cocktail classes are based on a minimum of 6 persons. Classes last between 1.5hours and 2 hours. Two course meal with drink and dine package is served after the class. Please arrive promptly. Classes are available Monday to Thursday from 12pm to 8pm and from 12pm to 6pm on a Friday and Saturday. Contact us for further details.

Looking for a space for your next exhibition or social gathering but don’t want
any food or drink options?

Simply hire the Mezz area for a one off price with no extras, it’s as simple as that.

Contact us for details. Price based on minimum numbers.


Mezz VIP table packages

from £15 per table

Our table packages are perfect for those wanting a night out with full VIP treatment.
Upon arrival at The Northern Whig you will be shown to your reserved table on the
Mezz with VIP bar where a bottle of house red, white or rose wine will await you.

Planning something a little extra special? Why not substitute wine for bubbly or a bottle of spirit and mixers?

optional add-ons

Tailor any of our packages by adding on our optional extras
• Tea & shortbread - £3pp
• Glass of bubbly - £3.50pp
• Cocktail/sparkling cocktail - £4pp

Like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us. All packages are subject to terms and conditions.

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Purveyor of a feel-good atmosphere through deep, funky, commercial grooves.”

That’s how Phlip describes himself as a DJ. Through hard work he has climbed the ladder to gain a respected reputation within the Irish club scene, playing at some of the most elite clubs in the island along the way. 

Using the crowd as his focal point Phlip's sets go beyond the spectrum of just mixing tunes, his creativity on the decks enable him to offer musical satisfaction to everyone.




As a DJ, Gareth is known throughout the Northern Ireland club scene for his far-reaching mixing style and cheeky mashup of music genres. The last few years have kept Gareth busy on the circuit providing the finest sounds to the biggest student nights Northern Ireland has to offer. 

Playing in top venues to thousands of party go-ers every week, DJ Gareth Barr keeps the energy levels high all night long with a blend of current chart, dance, hiphop & RnB. Gareth likes to keep the dancefloor in anticipation of whats coming next "I love playing a wide range of music and engaging with the crowd when DJing. I especially love getting and playing requests, throwing in a few shout-outs and getting a few laughs too". 

Gareth is known for providing top tunes and quality banter for many events across the province.



£12 - 4 VODKAS & 2 RED BULL




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Celebrate your Christmas party this year with The Northern Whig. With a delectable menu and plenty of entertainment and atmosphere, make yourself look good. Book your party at The Whig.

Contact us in your would like to make a booking enquiry. Already booked? You can pay your party deposit online here.

Check out our menu below. Dietary and lifestyle requirements can usually be accommodated for. Please ask when you make a booking enquiry.

Christmas 2015


Sittings:      12.00     3.00pm     6.00pm     8.30pm

Sunday to Thursday - £19.95 all day

Friday & Saturday - 12noon & 3pm - £24.95

Friday & Saturday 6.00pm & 8.30pm - £29.95



Prawn and smoked salmon cocktail

Vegetable broth with a buttered roll

Fresh melon with homemade champagne sorbet

Grilled Portabello mushroom, creamed leak duxcelle, swiss cheese topped with a garlic & chive crumb

Chicken liver & garlic terrine with melba toast and redcurrant & cranberry sauce



Roast beef with creamy peppercorn sauce

Roast turkey & ham with traditional stuffing and a red wine gravy

Chargrilled chicken with a smoked bacon & leek sauce

Braised lamb shank, rosemary & mustard, parsnip ribbons & a sweet beetroot glaze

Stuffed roast peppers with a wild mushroom & baby leek risotto, Cajun corn & grano padano crisps

Roast vegetable nut roast with a cranberry and crisp apple compote

Grilled seabass served with a red pepper pesto and baby spinach



A gourmet selection of mini desserts with our homemade ice cream

A trio of Irish cheeses – Brie, Blue, Farmhouse cheddar with biscuits and a caramelised onion and mulled wine chutney

Christmas pudding, brandy sauce and homemade rum & raisin ice cream