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!!



Matty Rea / Acoustic Act / Live Band

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

Matty Rea 5pm-8pm - Matty brings a mix of contemporary songs ranging in style and tempo. Always gets you in the mood for the weekend

Acoustic Act 8.30pm-10.30pm - See Facebook for details.

Live Band 10pm-late - See Facebook for details. Resident acts include the ‘Nine Inch Nialls’ and ‘Him & Her


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.

Live Band 11pm-1am - Every Saturday Yardbird Unplucked presents our resident band Drum & Bates


Traditional Irish Sessions

Sundays are all about the trad….

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


Santa Paws

Christmas has gone to the dogs! Join us for an afternoon of winter fun at The Dirty Onion. Meet the one and only Santa Paws!

Has your doggy been naughty or nice? Let Santa Paws be the judge of that! Bring your furry friends along and get their personalised photo taken with Santa himself!

We have two dates available:

2nd & 9th December | 12 pm - 4pm



(Includes photo with frame)