Join us at the

American Bar in the

heart of Belfast’s


Dating back to the 1860’s the pub has always been called The American. Why exactly we don’t know but being on Belfast’s dockside it would have had links to the Americas through shipping, trade and emigration, not least during the Irish famine of the mid 1800’s.


Delicious Craft

Beer & Cider


A favourite with the locals, tourists and staff, Kinnegar produce many clean, crisp, full-flavoured farmhouse beers.

5 – 7.2% Alcohol


The first brewery in NI to bring together modern US styles with the more traditional Belgian/French style beers.

5 – 7% Alcohol

MacIvors Cider

MacIvors Cider

A delicious cider made using natural ingredients and traditional methods – a lively cider that keeps people coming back.

4.5% Alcohol

Clear Sky Brewing

Clearsky Brewing Co. stays true to the values and ethos of locally brewed craft beer to bring you beer of uncompromising quality.

5 – 5.5% Alcohol

A rich


Historically the pub would have been frequented by dockers, carters and riveters… truly the hard men of Belfast. Sailortown is also the home of the legendry Belfast boxer Rinty Monaghan, an undisputed world champion in the 1940’s. His photograph along with other Belfast champions fill the back wall.

This new chapter commenced in October 2016 and the pub is once more alive with impromptu music sessions, poetry and gigs over two floors. The walls are adorned with both Sailortown and American photographs and paraphernalia – car number plates, boxers, scarfs, beer signs and mirrors.

Only the finest

Live Music

David Browne Murray

1st & 3rd Thursday at 8pm

Experience our local finger-style guitarist playing original pieces and you favourite covers.

Sailortown Folk Night

2nd & 4th Thursday at 8pm

Open session with some of the best musicians Belfast has to offer, compered by Joshua Burnside.

The Clay Pigeons at the American Bar

The Clay Pigeons

Saturdays from 8pm

Foot tapping Americana songs intertwined with original tunes on banjo, guitar, bass and cajón.

Afternoon Blues at the American Bar

Afternoon Blues

Every last Saturday at 2pm

Run by the infamous Chris Roddy of The Rotterdam and The Pound. Proper music for grown ups!


Hire a room

For a party or event

Our upstairs room can be hired anytime for gigs, book/album launches, parties, readings or plays and at quieter times for rehersals, classes or meetings.


Kit: In-house p.a. system, mixing desk, 2 x mics/stands & leads.

Cut off time: Sunday-Thursday 12am. Friday & Saturday 1am.

Cost: The room is free to hire but we do ask that any cancellations are made at least 7 days prior to the event.

Capacity: 50

Bookings Contact: 028 9074 3964

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The American Bar, Belfast

65-65A Dock Street,
Belfast BT15 3AF

T 028 9074 3964
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Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 12am
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 1am
Sun: Closed

American Bar

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