BAR. 12-16 Bradbury Place, Belfast. T (028) 9087 1100/1106
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Laverys is the default place me and friends think of to go first, when planning a night out, even if its for a few before going to a nightclub! Because there are four different bars in the place, you're getting something different everytime, and there is a different theme every night! The back bar will range from rock, to r&b, to reggae, to singer/songwriter night. The front bar has the most friendliest man on earth doing the music, which is mostly 70s/80s, and he's always happy to take requests. Upstairs is a pool room, everyday apart from saturday nights after 9 when it turns into a night club. Laverys prices aren't great, although they always have a wee offer on that you'll most likely end up drinking, and there is a lack of cocktails which would be great to have! There are two smoking areas, the one on the ground floor, with all the red heated lights, which alot of people just spend their whole night in, and the one on the top floor which is very spacious. Both have their own bar for people who would rather stay outside, chain smokers and dope smokers haha.
Laverys is always really packed especially at the weekends, on a Saturday night, it gets to the point where it takes you ages to get your way through the crowds. Toilets are usually kept clean, never really had any problems there.
The food is tasty!! Nice big burger, or steak I would suggest you get, honestly cannot beat it. Last but not least, the staff. They are so friendly and have a lot of time for you, you always get great craic from them, although they don't like to be messed with and can get angry, but its understandable, it is a stressful place to work, they have drunk people pestering them the whole night! Also the bouncers are brilliant, but also flirts! haha, if you are a good looking girl you will most likely not get ID'ed.
I love Laverys, it is the bar of Belfast. It also won Best Pub of the Year award 2010!
There would be some who would argue that Lavery's isn't the bar it used to be since it's refurbishment a few years ago, and they would be right, but that's not to say it's any worse. It's simply different, and had to move with the times. When the smoking ban came in Lavery's put many of their competitors to shame by preparing sensibly, with a beer garden, heaters and plenty of outdoor TVs. Following the recent completion of the upstairs beer garden, 3D Football and refit of the pool hall, the bar has really come into it's own in terms of offering something alternative for it's customer base (with the exception of the Pavilion on the Ormeau Rd, I'd be hard pushed to think of more bars that offer a good few pool tables in the Central-South of the city).
Drinks prices are about average, even better when there are a few offers on, and the food is better than your run of the mill bar snacks, with the pizzas in particular being of a very high standard. It is a perfectly acceptable place to take children during the day for something to eat, though you may want to ship them out as the post work crowd starts to gather.
Yes the bar does get a young crowd in at peak times, you'll find very few that don't, but the crowd is a loyal one that often sticks with the bar for years on end (those 'kids' will be the ones in a few years time complaining about all the kids and so on and so on), which is I think a testament to its character. You'll also find a fair crowd of older regulars there during the day and weekends to even things out.
Music has always been a strong point for Lavery's, mixing popular indie, rock and electro alternative in the back bar and upper floors, to something for the older crowd in the public bar. Also a great venue for watching sport, indoors or out.
One of the best bars in the area by a long way.
Laveries its a bit of a hole but i like it. I’ve been going there since I was 16 ahem 18 and it hasn’t really lost its appeal. The drinks are fairly cheap in laveries and it is easy to get into (no strict dress code). There is generally a good atmosphere especially on nights when it is happy hour all night. They have DJ’s most nights and they aren’t half bad. There are generally some pretty nice birds in there too. As well as the clubby type bit of laveries there is also the pool hall which is always a good laugh when your drunk. If your underage, get a half deacent fake ID and head on down to laveries.