The John Hewitt – Belfast Bar

Located in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, The John Hewitt first opened its doors in December 1999. The bar is unique in its ownership as it is owned by The Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre. The Resource Centre's managers had always relied on various grants to fund its work, when in the mid ninties, they came up with the idea of generating some of their own funds by going into business... And why not a pub! John Hewitt, the late poet, socialist and Freeman of Belfast officially opened the Resource Centre on Mayday 1983, hence the name of the bar.

SHORTCROSS GIN now available in The John Hewitt

April 15th, 2014

A new addition to our range of fine Gins. Shortcross Gin is locally distilled.

YARDSMAN , Belfast Handcrafted Lager

April 14th, 2014

Wonderful Handcrafted Premium Lager brewed in Belfast with Passion and Served here in the Hewitt with Pride.

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November 4th, 2013

Have you enjoyed one or more of our wide range of Local and World Beers, sampled one of our 14 classic Gins, had one of our great value lunches or been here on an evening to enjoy and listen to some of the best local bands and musician’s around. We would be very grateful if would take the time to leave a review on the TripAdvisor website. Thank you





NOW AVAILABLE! at The John Hewitt Bar To delight and refresh your taste buds! FULCRUM a Wonderful NEW locally brewed Artisan Handcrafted Wheat Beer.

October 16th, 2013

Now Serving Real Ales from Shepherd Neame

September 9th, 2013

April 26th, 2013

Now available Sam Adams ‘Spring Lager’ Seasonal Brew. This is One really refreshing tasty Brew

SHEL ‘Live’ in The Hewitt 19-04-13. 9:30pm.

March 23rd, 2013

Don’t Miss this wonderful night of amazing music and song, from SHEL.



New Installation.

February 20th, 2013

To Ensure that we continue to serve you the highest quality draught beers, we will be installing a new dispensing system. The installation of this state of the art system unfortunately takes time and will cause some disruption, we will therefore have to close for a period of time today (Wed.) but will be open again at 6pm. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.


January 7th, 2013

Yes Folks it’s that Time of year again, We would love it if you took the time to Give The John Hewitt your vote for “PUB of the YEAR” at this years GO AWARDS. Thank you so Much. Just follow the Link –

January 7th, 2013

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