I've been going to Muriels with all my chums on Friday nights for ages now. It's a lovely wee place with a great atmosphere and has some of the nicest cocktails I've ever had. Try the Daisy Cosmo - trust me it's good :)
A few weeks ago the BF brought me there for lunch on a saturday and I was shocked. For some reason i had never thought about it for food but the lunch was AMAZING.
He had a lovely fish special with teeny tiny chips covered in yummy black pepper and I had the best curry ever!!!!
The best time to hit Muriel's is a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when its at it's quietest. With the same owners as The Spaniard, you can tell a lot of thought has been put in to everything about this bar. The furniture is worn, but not shabby, the decorations (including bras and pants which hang like bunting) are quirky and the beer and food on offer is fantastic. The staff are lovely, even asking you what sort of music you want to hear.
My top recommendation would have to be the meat-platter. A mere £10 note will get you a wooden board with some of the tastiest cured meats and hams in Belfast. Not to mention a sumptuous tapenade and tasty tasty olives.
I love sitting upstairs on a wet day. It feels like your gran's front room, if your gran was a crazy exhibitionist who liked hanging her sexy underwear all over the place.
Don't let that put you off though.
And they serve Erdinger and Grey Goose Vodka, an added bonus!
I went to Muriel's only last night for a friends birthday. Now, I've always walked by this place and thought it looked a little bit pretentious, but I could have been more wrong.
The atmosphere was welcoming and warm. All the furniture looked quite unique which made it feel a little ramshackle but it the most stylish way possible. Muriel's is quite a small place (we were late for the party and thus were condemned to stand for the rest of the night!), some would say by piling in all the little trinkets, lamps and photographs (on the ceiling!) would make it feel all the more cramped, but it just adds to its vaudeville character. This gives it a little something else that other bars lack. It's not a bar for the casual pint, but for an occasion, a celebration, its the type of place that you would take friends or family visiting Belfast to show them a little glimpse of the cities back alley diamonds.
The bar staff were friendly and always up for a chat in between pouring pints. They are proud of what they are doing at Muriel's won't budge away from an opportunity to show off their silky cocktail making skills.
Muriel's is a nice, warm, living-room-esque pub which I am as at home in as I am in Queen's library. The pub has just the right mix of relaxed chatty atmosphere, and a bit of drunken craic. Although we only came in for a pint, as it usually happens we stayed for more than the one. Though there wasn't any offers on that would make me want to rush back, it was a nice place to be.
However, our experience was tainted by the man at the bar asking us for our ID's, then staring at them like we had just handed him those pens that when you turn upside down the little cartoon lady loses all of her clothes. We were 21 and 22 respectively, yet he stared at us like we were ten and doing it for a dare.
Then he uttered a "hmm it'll do" which if I was marginally more argumentative I could have pursued further. I think the staff could make the place a big of a happier place to have a drink.
But on the whole, the pub is excellent. The staff just need a dose of happy pills.
A great bar right in the centre of town. The decor inside is very luxe and bohemian and comfortable.
You'll feel like you're sitting in a well to do aunt front room with the velvet couches and antique lampshades.
Although I've only been here for drinks, I have eyed up other patrons delicious looking meals and I've heard really good reviews.
The clientele are friendly and there are lots of people popping in to take a break from shopping in town. Recommended.
Muriel's is a really popular bar in Belfast, which is a little surprising, given that it's a relative newcomer to the bar scene.
It's quite small, but full of charm and character, and people hang from the rafters at the weekends. The décor is bohemian without looking forced or affected in any way (not an easy task if you ask me).
In fact, the only thing that puts me off going to Muriel's is the fact that it gets so busy. If you want a seat or even a corner you can call your own for the night, you may get there early - before the rest of Belfast beats you to it!
Muriel's is a nice wee spot, and for some reason it always seems to be a Sunday when I end up here, which suits the place perfectly - it's just the sort of pub you'd imagine lounging about in killing the Sunday hangover and drinking off the impending Monday blues. They do an excellent Bloody Mary, even if the staff do shake it in alternative cocktail mixers for about three minutes, while I'm hopping from foot to foot and gazing at them imploringly.
The interior of Muriel's looks like a spell gone wrong in Amelia Figg's living room, all big sofas and scatter cushions and packets of vintage stockings behind glass. It's a little too carefully done for my taste - personally I prefer places that are genuinely a bit scatty, rather than clearly choreographed as such, but this is a minor quibble.
I've spent a few nights here, but, while I really do like it a lot, to me it's more a place to come for a few drinks before heading on somewhere else, or for a lunchtime hangover cure, or as I say a Sunday evening 'Don't make me go into work tomorrow' gibbering. Its tiny cosiness means it can get very busy and be a bit cramped, not too much of a problem for a while, but a bit annoying when snobby types in the corner get louder and louder while saying snobby things. Actually, I think that's why I usually only have a few drinks in Muriel's. My friends must march me off.
Muriel's is a great little spot for you to find yourself in. Now I don't mean that in a cheesy self discovery way but in a way that if you stumble across it you won't be disappointed!!!
Its quite a random pub as its decor is quite out there at times, but only the supremely observant among you would notice. I love that they serve some wheat beer here, its the only reason that I keep returning.
On a friday and saturday night expect it to be buzzing and don't expect to get a seat without waiting for a bit...but hey isn't that all the fun of it...now go grab some folk and head on down!!!
(My first out of the US Yelp Review -- yay)
Food/Cost: (4) Came here with my friend for lunch on a weekday. We were visiting Ireland and Muriel's was recommended in my Ireland Step by Step guidebook. My friend ordered the chicken sandwich and I ordered the mushroom sandwich (total was 20.90 pounds). Both came with a side of fries and salad. My mushroom sandwich was delicious. The portobello mushroom was huge, sliced at just the right thickness, and marinated/seasoned perfectly. The bread was spot on -- brunch on the outside and fluffy, soft on the inside. The mixed green salad was a surprising hit as the vinaigrette was a well-balanced blend of sweet and acidic.
Ambiance: (5) The interior of this restaurant gave me quite a start as I began to look around. There are undies -- male and female -- hanging from the ceiling, pictures of topless women on walls and on the ceiling, and semi-scary paper mached mannequin heads starting at your from behind their glass wall shelves. Still, all this added to the unique character of the place.
Location: (5) Located in the heart of Belfast's commercial city centre, Muriel's is convenient for tourists (me) and locals.
Service: (5) The lady who served us was motherly and very friendly (as are almost all Irish people as I discovered throughout my trip).
Overall: (4) The food, combined with the decor and good service makes this place a good food and drink destination for tourists and locals alike.
One of the best bars in Belfast today, a great place to get brunch and fantastic staff. Check out the food platters - a selection of deli meats, cheese and olives - as you sit with your favourite tipple under the rows of hanging knickers (you'll see what I mean).
A former milliners shop Muriels is dripping with chandeliers, velvet seats,dark walls, silver-framed mirrors,and not surprisingly an array of hats. It was packed last night on St. Patrick's Eve and despite the crowds the staff continued to provide a cheerful service, balancing drinks and food skilfully through the crowd. Check out the Raspberry Beret cocktail - I'm sure it goes towards your recommended 5-a-day fruit portions. Well, that was our excuse
Muriel's Cafe Bar is a real 'underground' kind of place, somewhere you wouldn't think of going on a night out yet that always turns out to be great craic. I'm not a fan of the food, simply because the menu isn't my kind of stuff, but the staff are lovely and there's nothing better than sitting there having a quiet drink with mates. I agree with the other reviewers, it does have a warmth that few other bars have but also a secrecy, a sort of seclusion, as if it's hidden away from the rest of the world. Love it and writing this review is just making me want to go back right now.
My only experience of Muriel's was on a 'Xmas do' for myself and a few friends who had a lot of catching up to do. We'd been to Little Wing for dinner, the wine had been flowing and of course we decided a nightcap or two was imperative.
The bar was a welcome and cosy sanctuary after the brisk walk through the cold and the décor was immediately striking. It certainly didn't feel like a Belfast bar and the low lighting and candles just added to the Christmassy feeling.
Even though it was busy we managed to get a seat upstairs at one of the front windows and the drinks began to flow. It was quite cramped but that seemed to lead to most of the tables chatting to each other and there was a nice communal atmosphere to the night.
Beers were good and when the brandy appeared it was definitely time to get out of there. The only downside was that one of our party lost their iphone 'somewhere' in the bar and after a ring round the next day he said the bar staff weren't too helpful about going to have a look for it.
Pros: Great atmosphere, outdoor seating area.
Cons: Can get busy.
Downstairs in Muriel's has the air of a continental charcuterie, with its glass counter and boards of cheese and cured meat on display. Upstairs is a rather different, wallpapered with curtains and with a Moulin rouge-esque vibe.
A lot of effort goes into the drinks here, but needless to say, you do pay for that. The whole place is a big glorification of the female form, with vintage photos of ladies everywhere you look. There used to be a whole host of bras dangling from the ceiling downstairs, a la Hogs and Heifers, the bar in NYC that inspired Coyote Ugly, but apparently they had to remove them because people were stealing them. Tramps.
There are comfy sofas and armchairs upstairs that are good for couples and bigger parties of six to eight, perhaps. It's all very cosy and warm feeling.
Muriel's pride and joy seem to be their gins, with a special mention going to the Sipsmith gin with Fever Tree tonic, which is served with cucumber. Seems a bit unorthodox for traditional gin lovers, but I wholeheartedly recommend it.
I try to start the night off here when I come back to Belfast. The food is always great and it is easy enough to get a seat upstairs in the afternoon. Evening tends to be standing only at the bar though, and you soon find yourself blocking the flow of people moving from either the stairs or the front door. Then it's time to move on.
A Belfast-based friend recommended this place to us and we make sure we go every time we're up in Belfast. I LOVE the cosy atmosphere, it's a great place to chill after a busy morning walking around. You can veg all you want in the pretty sofas while enjoying nice food and drinks. I always went for lunch but I've been told their cocktails are amazing, and I'm very much looking forward to trying them.
We went back here - how could I resist (?) on our anniversary night out, as the other half had never been, and he really liked it too. It had a nice buzz about the place, and we had a cocktail - well, I had a cocktail (A gin Collins) and he had a pint, of course. The atmosphere was friendly and warm, very cosy and welcoming as always, and the staff were helpful and friendly. The only thing I bemoan in Muriel's is the lack of seating, which isn't a problem if you get there early enough, but I would imagine if you stick around fairly late, you would struggle to get a seat, not only because its a small place, but because it's got such few tables and chairs in general. A minor point. It's a great place for a few drinks with friends. Am keen to eat there soon so another update might follow.
Muriels is a wee bar spread over two floors hidden away on Church Lane but still close to all the action the city has to offer! I had passed this place a hundred times just thinking it was an old pub, set in its ways full of old men...how wrong was I?! I got caught out in the rain one day (I see a theme occurring) and we figured we'd pop in for a pint (as you do) and I was so surprised! This place really does feel like your nan's front room! Its so cosy and homely and then you look up and see a fine display of knickers and bras streamed across the ceiling which really does make you laugh! The beer menu is really good and when I seen they served food I figured who was I to pass up chips to go with my pint? It's the kind of place I wish was up in Portstewart where I went to uni as I would literally have lived in here! They also offer cocktails so I will certainly be back to try them out...all in the name of research of course!
Cracking little spot. Good staff, drink selection, decor, clientele and seating. The only thing that lets it down is the music but that is easily forgiveable in light of the all that it does well. Read the other reviews as there's not much I can add.
Muriel's is fabulous! A must-see bar that is decked out like a tart's boudoir in dark, rich velvet plushness. Upstairs is quaint and quirky with little floor level windows looking out onto the street below, although the view inside is much more interesting - tasteful antiques, a big old fireplace, intriguing sepia photographs and, most bizarre of all, a colourful selection of bras hanging from the ceiling. A great time to go is a weekday afternoon when the rest of the world is at work. You will have a your choice of soft comfy sofas to sink into while you take in the surroundings and read the menu. The food is delicious and it's very reasonably priced. The staff are very friendly and the atmosphere (on a Wednesday afternoon) is relaxed and unhurried. A very pleasant experience indeed!
Love this for everything a quiet night a party or just something to eat. Has a friendly gay or straight scene.