The in-place pub for discerning Belfast people, who like the combination of traditional interior and good quality sassy modern food, The John Hewitt is owned by the Unemployment Resource Centre next door, which was originally opened by the poet and socialist John Hewitt in the 1980s. Some years ago they decided to open the premises as a bar, and all profits go back to that worthy cause.
High-ceilinged, with a marble bar, a snug and an open fire, there’s a pleasing preference for conversation and civilised relaxation. It operates more or less as a restaurant by day - they serve lunch every day except Sunday, and offer a light afternoon ‘Talking Bowls’ snack menu on Friday and Saturday afternoons.
There are traditional music sessions three nights a week (Tue, Wed & Sat), live music every Thursday and jazz on Fridays - which leaves Mondays free for exhibition launches.
The day’s menu is posted on their website. Craft beers are available and a short wine list includes two wines of the month, four by the glass and two bubblies.