Folk Town has all the makings to be a city hot spot – Sophie McLaughlin


Belfast city center has no shortage of brilliant pubs and bars to enjoy on the weekends, so when I see a new one popping up I immediately have to try it for myself.

After seeing Folk Town on social media, I hadn’t chatted with someone who had been and could educate me, so I just decided I had to stop on my own.

Located in Bank Square, it is conveniently located next to its popular neighbors Kelly’s Cellars and Morne Seafood.

The bar itself is completely outside and is made up of beautifully painted and decorated shipping containers and a massive tent and although we were wondering if the outside in this weather was wise the heaters got us all. immediately sorted and we were not cold at all.

A very cool atmosphere

We went on a Friday night and it wasn’t too crowded which was great for us as we had our choice of tables and there was never a long wait at the bar – although I really expect that will change when more people hear about it!

For our first drink to go with our food we both decided to try something we had before and I ended up with a pint of Madrí lager and my friend ordered Aspall cider on tap.

Both went exceptionally well and I would definitely order the Madrí again as I don’t think I’ve seen it in another bar in town before.

Perfect pints

When it comes to food, Folk Town has their own Fear Gorta street food truck. A quick google search at the table showed that in Irish mythology the Fear Gorda is a hungry ghost which in my opinion was a fitting touch to the atmosphere of Folk Town.

We ended up getting the buffalo chicken loaded fries which came with blue cheese and buffalo sauce, the curry chicken fries as you can’t beat the classics and we also ordered potato spirals which were like crisps loaded on a stick because we couldn’t resist.

A menu for the curious

The food truck staff were very pleasant and chatting while we ordered and collected our food which is always nice and can change the whole experience of your evening.

The portion sizes were huge which you can always enjoy and it really was the perfect type of food to line your stomach when you’re on the pints – the fries were like real chippy chips and the buffalo chicken was the right one amount of spiciness so that you can really enjoy it without your tongue feeling like it’s on fire.

Folk Town, Belfast

The potato spirals came in a Cajun seasoning with a cheese sauce and actually surprised me how good they were because I was afraid they were more of a gimmick than just trying Once.

If I took them back I probably wouldn’t have the cheese sauce just so we could sit and munch on the chips all night without them getting soggy.

Price wise our food was just over £ 15 which in my opinion is reasonable for the amount of food provided in each serving and for the pub style. The pints were £ 5 each which in Belfast is about the average price so we were never too horrified by the bill.

The bar staff were all very attentive and had a great time with us every time we were at the bar (they probably wished they let us ask for songs before the night was over!)

There was no live music that I always enjoy at a party, but they had a brilliant playlist playing in the bar that made us sing and laugh the night away.

All in all, we had a brilliant night and believe we have discovered a new gem that will undoubtedly become a hotspot in the city once word spreads a bit more.


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