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…


Trad Session

Every Monday night experience the very best the city has to offer in traditional Irish music next to our cosy 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


From 6.30pm - 12am we also have the very best in live acoustic sessions from Belfast’s finest musicians in the beer garden.


Live Bluegrass Session

Whether it’s foot-tapping or a good proper jig you’re after our bluegrass band is sure to get you going. They perform a mix of old and contemporary songs strongly influenced by Irish and American folk music…..yeeeehaaawwwww!!


Acoustic session in the beer garden also takes place beforehand from 6.30pm - 8.30pm.


4 Live Acts Take The Stage

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

Acoustic Sessions - Take place between 5pm and 10pm in the beer garden.

Live Trad 9pm - late - The very best in local trad takes place by the fire in the main bar

Live Band 10pm-late - See Facebook for details. Acts may include the Nine Inch Nialls, Drum and Bates or Jav & Dave.


Trad sessions / Matt Jones / Live band

We’ve got entertainment day and night at the Onion every Saturday with Trad Sessions from 2pm - 4pm & 8pm - 11pm by the fireside.

Matt Jones 5pm-8pm: Matt is an excellent guitarist and vocalist who brings a unique and entertaining arrangement of contemporary songs.

Nathan O’Regan 8.30pm-10.30pm - Nathan is steeped in music tradition. With a voice as gritty as it is delicate.

Drum & Bates 11pm-1am


Traditional Irish Sessions

Sundays are all about the trad….

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