Cathedral Quarter on the Rise
The 2007 addition of the Spire of Hope to then-108-year-old Belfast Cathedral (St. Anne's) may have generated controversy, but it certainly points the way--upward--for Belfast and, especially, the surrounding Cathedral Quarter. Worth an extended exploration night or day, the Quarter, home to some of the city's oldest buildings, has risen from extreme disrepair to become a bustling hub of dining, drinking, and nightlife. In addition to such restaurants, bars, and pubs as Coppi, Made in Belfast, Salt Bistro, House of Zen, 4th Wall, Mumbai 27, 21 Social, the Dirty Onion, the Spaniard Bar, the Duke of York, Maverick, the John Hewitt, and others, there's the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Center), the Oh Yeah music center, the Black Box night club for live music, and the annual Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.
By Derk Richardson, AFAR Staff
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