Linen House, Belfast – the one-stop-shop for all your Christmas festivities

Considering how last year’s restrictions reduced the scope of Christmas celebrations, the 2021 holiday season is shaping up to be the most memorable in a generation.

Live music is back, dancing is back – and the Christmas parties are back!

Located in the Linen district (next to Bedford Street), The Linen House is one of the city’s most iconic buildings and is home to some of Belfast’s most beloved spots. It is the perfect place to meet our loved ones during this holiday period.

The premises are also very close to the Belfast Christmas Market and are a great place to visit and relax after your stroll around the Christmas stalls.

And when it comes to planning your Christmas parties this year, the four The Linen House rooms: Sweet Afton, Ritas, Franklins and The Perch each offer something completely different and special.

Here’s our take on what makes them so distinctive and what you can expect from each of them in terms of food, drink and entertainment for Christmas 2021.

Sweet Afton

Sweet Afton is one of Belfast’s most popular bars, period.

Always lively, always cozy and welcoming, the large central bar allows everyone to have a perfect Christmas evening.

During the Christmas season, Sweet Afton will offer a delicious three-course Christmas menu for lunch and dinner, as well as an extensive bar snack menu, catering to the different needs of all guests.

Sweet Afton can accommodate any size Christmas party, just call the team with your needs. Although the Christmas season is already shaping up to be busy, there is still plenty of availability for groups and occasional impromptu dates can also be arranged.

Live music is a regular fixture Tuesday through Sunday, so whether it’s a Christmas party or a relaxing night out with family and friends, Sweet Afton’s open fireplace is always there. welcoming.


Christmas is the perfect time to discover or rediscover Rita’s, with its warm fire and superb cocktails flowing freely.

Smaller and more intimate than its sister rooms, this is one of Belfast’s hidden gems.

Rita’s is famous for its lavish decor, upscale and handcrafted cocktails, relaxed vibe, and brilliant music.

The place is inspired by the life of a 1940s Rita ‘It Girl’ with its lavish interiors, velvet curtains and a roaring log fire, it truly is the perfect place to sit with a cocktail of Christmas prepared by some of the city’s most talented mixologists.

Throughout the holiday season, Rita’s will have a DJ starting at 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


You have to see the Franklins Sports Bar mega screen to believe it.

Reaching over 6.5m in height, it is Belfast’s largest indoor viewing screen, unsurprisingly making the venue a huge hit with all sports fans.

Franklins is located on Franklin Street and football, rugby, F1, NBA, NFL, GAA, rugby, horse racing, boxing, basketball, darts – all available on 11 HD screens with a huge list of sports fixtures.

And as if that weren’t enough, the upstairs play area of ​​the bar is adorned with pool tables, beer pong and darts.

During the holiday season, the Franklins Sports Bar will be offering Steins and a Christmas banquet which is the perfect combo for Boxing Day sports or a long-awaited reunion with old friends and family.

In addition, the top floor of the place can be privatized, perfect for Christmas parties, company parties or simply for an evening.


And finally, our favorite spot of the bunch – Belfast’s first and most unique rooftop cocktail bar, the magnificent Perch .

Belfast’s rooftop venues and winters may not seem like a perfect match, but when it comes to Perch, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more perfect combo.

When winter arrives, the gorgeous fifth-floor rooftop bar transforms into a Winter Wonderland featuring a range of winter-inspired cocktails, hot alcoholic drinks, comfy blankets and string lights, no better place to have a drink after the meal and the unmissable Insta Christmas photo.

The Perch will also have a DJ playing from 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the Christmas period.

For more information on all locations as well as booking details, please email your inquiries to [email protected] or phone 028 90 248000

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