Whether it’s food, drink or entertainment we have it all at The Dirty Onion. Home to two bars, one restaurant and one of the biggest beer gardens in Belfast, we are sure to keep you entertained all year round.

We offer entertainment 7 nights a week, with a strong focus on authentic traditional Irish music. Oh, and we are free entry every night!

A strong partnership with local Irish music school An Droichead has helped us bring together a fantastic arrangement of Irish music.Contemporary live bands and acoustic acts also offer fantastic additional entertainment at the weekends.


We have live entertainment 7 nights a week - our schedule ranges from traditional Irish music to Bluegrass and contemporary live bands. See below for more details…


Ciorcal Comhra (Music and Irish Conversation Circle)

We welcome those who wish to speak the Irish language to converse together every Monday night. It can also be an opportunity for those who are learning to speak with others and improve their language skills. We combine this with some traditional Irish music by the fire.



Bodhrán lessons

Would you like to learn how to play a traditional Irish instrument? The bodhran is the original Irish drum and is the heartbeat of traditional Irish music. Learn to play with us every Tuesday - lessons are free and bodhrans are provided.



Harp and Trad Session with Ciara Ní Thath and Friends

Ciara Ni Thath is one of Northern Ireland’s most talented harpists. Enjoy Ciara’s classical Irish melodies, blended with other trad instruments to deliver an entertaining collaborative sound every Wednesday



Live Bluegrass Session with The Broken String Band

Whether it’s foot tapping or a good proper jig you’re after, The Broken String Band are a fantastic 5-piece bluegrass band sure to get you going. They perform a mix of old and contemporary songs strongly influenced by Irish and American folk music…..yeeeehaaawwwww!!



Matt Wilson / Realta / Live Band

3 live acts are on offer every Friday at The Dirty Onion

Matt Wilson 6pm-9pm - Matt brings a bit of soul into the Onion with an acoustic set of contemporary and classic songs. Guaranteed to get you in the mood for the weekend.

Realta 9pm-late - Trad session with Realta, one of Belfast’s finest traditional Irish music bands.

Live Band 10pm-late (Beer Garden) - Join us for one of our resident live bands Runaway GO and the Nine Inch Nialls who play alternate Fridays in our garden.


Trad sessions / Matt Jones / Live band

We’ve got entertainment day and night at the Onion every Saturday.

Trad Sessions 2pm - 4pm & 8pm - 11pm: Fireside traditional Irish tunes

Matt Jones 6pm-8pm: Matt is an excellent guitarist and vocalist who brings a unique and entertaining arrangement of contemporary songs.

Live Band 11pm-1am - Every Saturday we turn our restaurant upstairs into a live music venue with Yardbird Unplucked with our resident band Drum & Bates taking to the stage


Traditional Irish Sessions

Sundays are all about the trad….

Sessions take place by the fire at 2pm-5pm & 7pm-10pm