Auntie Annie's is one of the first places I ever had a sneaky little underage drink in. Yes that's right people, I am a total rebel! It was always an intriguing place as you walked past it so often when milling around town so as a bunch of youths equipped with our siblings and close friends real ID cards to here we did head!
Unlike other places where we drank as youngsters ( which was mainly streets) this is somewhere I would still go. For me the best thing about this place is the fact that it is really good for local live music. They always have bands playing every night of the week, and will usually have club nights when music is not played live.
There is always live sport on in here and the atmosphere downstairs is usually good and bubbly, which is good as no one likes to head out to somewhere that resembles a library! The drinks are everything you would expect and they do a limited range of food, but that is not why people come here: it is for music and to drink on the street on the rare few nice days in Belfast!
Sitting right-smack-bang between Belfast's student area and the city centre, within walking distance of two train stations and the bus station, Auntie Annie's is ideally situated to be one of Belfast's most visited and vibrant bars.
With a laid, back, casual, alternative feel; this is a bar that is accepting of everyone of all ages but it usually frequented by the 20-27 age group, which means there is a loud, fun atmosphere with live music put on a few nights a week and sport on the TV, although sometimes the TVs aren't the easiest to see.
Upstairs throughout the week there are good live gigs put on by local promoters which allows you to get a sense of the Belfast music scene. Saturday nights are now a little flat since the legendary, long running Ski-Bunny club night stopped.
A great night out.
As far as somewhere for live music in Belfast goes, it is hard to beat Auntie Annies. It has a stage upstairs and a large enough area for a local band to make a profit. I have been to a handful of gigs, both of friend's bands and bands I've been dragged to see. Every night has been enjoyable and the bar staff are always very nice. Downstairs is more of a pub than a live venue but if you get a nice day, I insist on you sitting out with a pint as there are fewer better places to be than out in the sun.
Certainly one of the better places to go in Belfast and it does not attract the club clientele who can often ruin a night out. Everyone is here for the same reason; to have a good night, not to get hammered and throw up.
Love this bar, really love it.
It's run by the same company who operate the Katy Daly's complex, and it's got pretty much the same vibe about it. The atmosphere is totally relaxed and without pretence, so it's perfect for a night out with a big group of friends.
It's also one of the top venues for small gigs. Most weeks there'll be some new, local band cutting their teeth in the upstairs room, so it's a good place to see some up-and-comers.
I've never eaten in it, but from the looks of the food, it wouldn't be anything to write home about. The food's not important, though. What's important is the vibe. And Auntie Annie's has one of the best going.
If Auntie Annie's was my mum's sister, she would be the type of Auntie who I would ask for a tenner, or ask to get my bottle of cider when I was 17.
What I am trying to say is Auntie Annies is Belfast's premier venue for live music. It is known for gently nurturing Northern Irish musical talent, its low comforting ceilings seem to usher the sweet sounds downstairs and drag in passers by creating an unforgettable atmosphere for any gig.
On the drinks front, my advice is to stick to the spirit and mixers, why not try the house Irish whiskey with a dash of coke; this will create warmth in your belly and compliment the cosy atmosphere.
Oh and besides, who wants to carry a pint through a minefield of stray elbows from the music boppers? Not me!
So my advice is pop in and see your favourite Auntie, especially on a gig night, you will be hypnotised by her lucent tones and hospitality.
A super fun bar right in the heart of Belfast's student quarter Aunties Annie's has a real casual feel and usually attracts an alternative crowd looking for some good tunes.
A few months back I saw one of my favourite Irish singers Cathy Davey here. She is an unpretentious songstress of the highest order, a bit Kate Bushy at times, but also rocking.
Auntie Annies was a fantastic place to see her. There was certainly some love in the air for Ms Davey that night. She loved the Belfast crowd and the energy that the crowd gave off was radiated back in her performance. Just a really fun night. And about half of the price that you would pay to see her down South.
I've also drank in the bar downstairs, although my memory is hazy it was also welcoming and fun.
I'd really like to make it to one the indie disco nights here soon as I've heard great things.
Auntie Annies on Botanic Avenue isn't a place I've gone to a lot: although I've sat in a restaurant across the road from it and thought 'interesting, but quite cool and young crowd': it is near Queen's University after all. Now, it's not that I'm neither young, nor cool (On a good day I am definitely one of those!) but I didn't have an actual reason to go there until last week, when we got tickets to see some live music. Wow: nice staff, cold beer, toilets upstairs and down - an excellent night out.
Downsides? We were at a 'sold out' gig, maybe 150 people, tops, so they would only use plastic pint glasses (yuck, yuck and yuck, again). Indeed when they ran out of actual wine glasses the slightly non-plussed couple beside us had their red wine thrust at them in a G&T tumbler (and again, yuck). That was literally the only irritation of an otherwise excellent night out which elevated Auntie Annies straight to 'visit again soon' status.
Oh, PS, I know this review is about Auntie Annies, and I'm really, really sorry but it was a band called the Duke and the King we saw (Simone Felice from Felice Brothers is front man). Pleeease go look and listen to their stuff - totally brilliant (and that's a buy-one, get-one-free review, folks!)
Small but perfectly formed. Alternative bar with a great mix of people. Very hard to get a seat but well worth a visit. Prices maybe slightly on the expensive side.
Ski Bunny upstairs is well worth a go. Again, small, but the tunes are blinding and it's dark enough to convince yourself that bloke really DOES look like Jude Law
Great pub with an alternative/rock feel. The upstairs space is for rock nights and smallish concerts. It's got a definite young feel, the average age seems to be about 25, but it never gets rowdy. Annie's is in association with Belfast's other alternative mainstays the Limelight, Katy Daly's and Spring/Airbrake, so no one bats an eye at my (sometimes) fluorescent hair or visible tattoos. Drinks are cheap enough, and they're open a bit later than other bars in the area. Friday nights are particularly great, when they've got Blackout on upstairs. Indie guitar dance party FTW! Added bonus: the outside smoking area is a great place to sit and watch people during the day in the sunshine!
Accessibility: Downstairs yes. There is no elevator to the top floor. Can't remember about the toilets, I'll edit my post once I've checked it again.
Aunt Annie is a venue that launched many a fledgling Ulster musician. It is a good wee bar and always is packed with people and atmosphere.
Gigs here are always very special and you really get close to the music. The staff do their job and don't get in the way so that is always a positive thing in my book.
Location wise it is generally easy to find. You should get a parking space without too much difficulty and you can get a taxi from many spots nearby.
Young crowd so expect that when you turn up, but a good venue.
A tidy place bordering on a quasi style rock, indie, fashionista type environment but remarkably chilled out.
Beer prices are reasonable and for those travellers who wander on their own it's an ok bar to grab a few to relax to. I didn't have the chance to see any of the live music but as a gathering place to meet, the best I can say it's not bad at all
Auntie Annie's is a local pub and rock band venue situated on the Dublin road. There is no on street parking which is probably a good idea as this pub sells a nice variety of beers and spirits. Each night the venue plays host to local bands in the upstairs music hall while on a Wednesday you can see a local husband and wife musical act entertain the clients from 10pm onwards.
This would not really be my bar of choice anymore but I can see why it attracts students and rockers. The place is very shoddy and dark, there is grafitti on the walls and every available wooden surface has someone's name scratched into it. I think if I were to dance, half-tubed, on the seats with my top around my head no one would care or even bat an eyelid. The ladies toilets need some work as they are grubby - in fact the entire bar has a faint sticky feeling to it. I recently called in at lunchtime to grab a bite and it was a very basic affair on offer; chips, burgers, wraps or wedges - and nothing much else. Plus, the bar was totally empty except for a drunk man and the bar staff who were arguing over which pubs in Belfast take Euros. My chicken wrap was just that - a bit of chicken inside a wrap - nice but far too basic for over £3.00. Ace for music, but not much else.
Auntie Annie's is great! If you can picture a bar favoured amongst rockers and students for many years then you might have an idea of the feel of this place. Its dark, dingy and has graffiti and posters everywhere and there does seem to be a sticky feeling to everything! Don't let this put you off though as the pints are great, the atmosphere buzzing and music is awesome! Upstairs plays host to many different music acts every weekend and although it's quite small its big enough for a good gig by budding and established musicians. There is outside seating which is really great on a sunny day (when we get them) and its a great place for students. The food is basic, burgers, chips and wraps, but its cheap and really quite nice.
This is probably one of the first places we ever went out drinking when we first ventured into town looking for some adult related hi-jincs! The down stairs part is a great bar for drinking during the early hours of the evening and is really quite relaxed. Come the night time however, it is a sweat box. Virtually impossible to move around and the mood of the places changes. It loses its character which is really disappointing! Upstairs there are various club nights but these rarely attract any major crowds which make them not worth the entrance fee!
Can't really understand why I haven't been in here more often. Even on non music evening it's a still a nice place just to sit down for a drink. OK, perhaps nice isn't quite the word for a place that attracts studenty/rock types but it is relaxed and quite friendly. You can just get on with having a drink, a chat and generally minding your own business without being made to feel you are too old and grown up for a place is really best for under 35 year olds at least, admittedly group to which I now no longer belong.
Ah, Auntie Annie's. Here is a pub that's surely in the category for Belfast's Best Contenders. For me, it's definitely in the top 5.
If, like many friends of mine, you are afraid of good weather and take up to two minutes to go lobster red in the sun, this is the place for you. To be honest, the weather could be doing anything outside, but Annie's will always be nice and dark inside. There'll always be good music playing (how Belfast lacks places with the nerve to play anything slightly different), there'll always be weird and wonderful beers and friendly staff.
I've spent many day and night here, but haven't eaten in the place as the most expensive thing on the menu is £3.75. It's just stomach-lining burgers and wraps, really. But, Auntie Annie's is definitely one of the cooler, more unique pubs in this town.
I really enjoyed this pub. Great pint of Guinness, great interior and a nice feel to the place. Happening crowd later on during the weekend. I would definitely make this stop along Dublin Road.
Auntie aunnies is good for a quiet drink during the day, Staff are friendly and helpful and so are any of the people ive ever met there. Ski bunny is worth a visit, the music is good, though it can get crowded as its small. Food is awesome. Alcohol can be overpriced though.
Not a huge place and does get pretty busy but always has a great atmosphere great place to go on the weekends if u want aome alternative music.
The lunches in here are gorgeous! I always get either the chicken goujons or Irish Stew MMmmmmm :) Interior really traditional & homely & staff are lovely! Can be quite busy though but good for a quiet drink during the day! Good music on different nights & reasonably priced!
It is a small bar and it does get quite full, but the atmosphere is fantastic and you always see someone you know. Good venue to meet friends or on the other hand to meet new people!!! Great craic always!!!
auntie annies does some of the best food in belfast and definetly the best food in this part of the city. i use to go here every other day for my lunch and it was beautiful. your food is served really quickly and the staff are nice and polite. the prices were good with lunch coming in at about £7 which was before drinks. they do put on a wide selection of food, and it is always busy here at lunch time. i would say the best time to come here is in the afternoon when it is quieter, as i think they do some promos at this time to get more customers in. there are other really nice bars close by if you fancy something different after a meal or even if you have had a drink here
love this place so much and its a nice chilled out wee pad.theres no hassel,nice peeps and ive always enjoyed my experience there
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