History

Kelly’s Cellars is Belfast’s oldest traditional Irish pub, often described as “a hidden gem that oozes old traditional values”. It’s famous for the best pint of Guinness in Belfast, served with our homemade Irish beef stew.

Built in 1720, it is situated in the heart of the city. Kelly’s Cellars has changed very little in 200 years and still has most of its original features.

The whitewashed walls and uneven concrete floor are in keeping with a traditional Irish bar. There is nothing plastic about this place – it is the genuine article. Unlike modern places, the bar is what you would imagine a few hundred years ago – low arches and an original open fire makes Kelly’s Cellars feel like home from home and people singing a song or two is a familiar part of a vibrant pub.

Although Kelly’s is in the city centre it boasts a local clientele from all over Belfast and you’re always guaranteed some local banter and a true Irish welcome.

Kelly’s has rich musical heritage and Irish musicians from all over Ireland and beyond often call in for a few tunes in a relaxed atmosphere.

Kelly’s is also known for it’s history – the United Irishmen used Kelly’s cellars as a meeting place and plotted the 1798 rebellion against English rule, which is still prevalent in today’s political climate. Henry Joy McCracken, one of the leaders, was eventually caught and executed 300 yards from the bar. He is buried in a local cemetery, ten minutes walk from the city centre.

The Irish language is spoken by the owner and most members off staff and Irish speakers flock to Kelly’s and are proud to speak their native tongue and hear it spoken. The Irish language is an important part of our rich culture and has taken pride of place in Kelly’s Cellars!

We have a wide range of beers, spirits, liquors and ales to suit all tastes as well as famous whiskeys made here in Ireland.