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.


August 26th, 2014


We are delighted to be serving The wonderful DINGLE GIN from County Kerry. This is a real gem of a Gin.

July 24th, 2014

The John Hewitt Wins ‘BAR of the YEAR’ 2014

June 16th, 2014

John Hewitt wins Bar of the year 2014

The John Hewitt was delighted to Win the LCN (Licensed & Catering News) Bar of the Year Award 20014

WookaLily Every Friday Night from 9:30pm Admission FREE

May 16th, 2014

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.



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