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Hercules is a busy city centre bar which serves pub food and is often a place to find traditional Irish music on Saturday nights.
The Hercules bar takes its name from Hercules Street, the previous name for Royal Avenue which itself was named after Sir Hercules Langford.
The bar was founded in 1875 by Patrick McGlade, who, with his brother Francis, went on to establish many other licensed premises in the city. The Hercules name dates back to 1901, when it was known as the Hercules Wine and Spirit Stores.

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: 028 9033 3905
The Hercules Bar
61-63 Castle Street
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one of the best bar in belfast that doesent rip you off food and drink very reasonable

Submitted by tom thum on 21st April 2023

i agree the guinness guru would lap this bar up

Submitted by norman on 26th August 2022

have to say what a pub has to be the best pub in BELFAST the staff are first class food and drink superb and very good value not expensive would love to get GUINNESS GURU to visit i would say he would give it 10 out of 10 top marks

Submitted by tom on 26th June 2022

Best bar best price staff friendly great craic with local punters

Submitted by Seán and Anita mcdonald on 13th February 2022

one of the best bars in belfast a bookmakers next to it saurday the place is packed with punters trying to make a view quid and a few pints TOP CLASS

Submitted by jojo on 7th February 2022

the best pint in belfast and for Â�£4 a pint its a no brainer cheers

Submitted by joe scott on 10th November 2021

great staff well run pub food is exellent drink is supurb and no over charging all in all a great pub

Submitted by dave on 5th September 2021

i agree with the last review if the hurk can sell a pint for Â�£3.90 why dont other bars do the same then the punters will come back

Submitted by jo jo on 10th July 2021

great bar great staff and for drink Â�£3.90 a pint who wouldent say no respecting the punters cheers

Submitted by sambo on 3rd July 2021

24th may the bar will be open to the public

Submitted by laim on 20th May 2021

12oclock friday 26th of feb 2021 still dreaming for my pint of guinness and the clock is still ticking how much longer have i to wait

Submitted by wee joe on 28th February 2021

8 oclock friday havent had a pint if guinness for 3 months i will giva Â�£10 for a pint if i have to

Submitted by danny boy on 3rd July 2020

they dont make bars like the HERCULES any more a bar that you lick over a pint or three its like going back in time and no over charging SUPER BAR

Submitted by wee mick on 9th November 2019

The best meal iv had in years ..beef and bushmills pie my wife had the rib eye steak .She said it was the best steak she ever had anywhere in Belfast ..def be back ..staff were brilliant .

Submitted by Sean McCoy on 15th July 2019

are you ready (they have sorted the boggs out) about time

Submitted by willy john on 19th May 2019

one of the best bars in belfast to be proud of staff are excellent food and drink are first class and reasonably priced

Submitted by lilly mc on 15th December 2018

drank in worse bars in belfast

Submitted by danny on 19th November 2018

like the last reviewer the toilets are a big turn off they are 2 small

Submitted by ducky on 21st May 2018

lovely bar excellent staff but please could some one please sort the toilets out as they are to small smelly a big let down to this super bar

Submitted by mick on 25th December 2017

super bar a bar to be proud off guinness is the best in BELFAST

Submitted by jimmy on 3rd May 2017

it is great to see BELFAST buzzing again well this bar is top of my lists a great bar good food at a reasonable price the bar staff are spick n span a must see bar on SATURDAY nights free band on what more would you want

Submitted by joe seally on 20th February 2017

one of the best bars in BELFAST that does not rip you off as the saying goes you get what you pay for

Submitted by davy on 20th December 2016

when in BELFAST i always call in for a pint or three these bars are becoming hard to find the staff are all first class food very reasonable a must see bar in BELFAST Paddy the bar man looks the part

Submitted by rabydoo on 3rd December 2016

top class bar the best in BELFAST the food is excellent value to you will not get a better pint of GUINNESS in BELFAST PADDY THE BARMAN is good crack

Submitted by wee jim on 30th July 2016

i have visited some bars in belfast this bar is at the top of my lists when in Belfast give it a try you will not fault it in a word SUPER

Submitted by john on 8th April 2016

i love going into this bar. The food and drink are spot on the bar staff are the most welcoming you would get in BELFAST and FREE music on a SATURDAY night as Frank Carson says its a cracker

Submitted by tommy on 25th March 2016

super bar proud to live in belfast

Submitted by bill n ben on 7th November 2015

great bar spot on in castle street this is a gamblers bar theyd bet 2 flys up the wall drink is spot on

Submitted by mike on 16th April 2012

why go to the golden mile when this we gem is here good quality barmen good food always buzzing a part of old belfast must try the guinness lovely and creamy can be a bit dodgy at night the locals can be good crack if u buy them a pint or 2

Submitted by george on 23rd March 2012

bring back raymond he was the only one who kept the bar flys away wat a shame theyd let anyone drink in there must say the food is good

Submitted by willy on 3rd March 2012

the hurcules bar super bar best barmen in belfast food super only problem is its full of spungers no hopers licking over a pint for 2 hours hoping somone will buy them another one harmless people but the best pint in belfast

Submitted by minto on 27th February 2012

The staff are great and they are now holding the best reggae and ska night I have ever been to and the friendliest atmosphere ever

Submitted by Rude bwoy on 4th November 2011

we tried here today after walking past it lots of times. The staff were friendly and the food was great: we had the curry and the burger and couldn't finish it. the waitress said it is a new chef. Either way, I would definitely recommend it

Submitted by mickeyc on 18th May 2011

probably a good bar if you are Irish

Submitted on 2nd February 2010

The `Herc` has one of the best Irish trad sessions on a saturday night in Belfast. Some times over a dozen musicians take part and the atmosphere can be magic on some sat. nights. The bar-staff

Submitted by brianboru on 13th August 2009

Seen the menu board with a 'Classic 80's Menu' It looked good and I must sy I had an excellent homemade pate, followed by a great Chicken Maryland...no room for dessert, but they sounded great. Overall a very pleasing experienc. I will be back for one of those Knickerbocker Glories.

Submitted by Peter Malley on 1st March 2009

Recently visited 'The Herc' for something to eat in the upstairs restuarant on a Saturday, the food was tasty and good, pleasant staff and was reasonably priced. After my food i went downstairs to the public bar and it was just as good because i had good craic with the other customers and the bar man was nice. I reccommend you go there, especially on a Sunday for the cavery stlye meal.

Submitted on 17th December 2008

Down to earth food, friendly staff and woth a visit. I got a leaflet and it was worth visiting for the Carvery style meal

Submitted by Paddy Mac on 23rd November 2008

Went for Lunch Saturday...Great food and great prices. The McDonald kind go with the burgers it seems. Fair enough

Submitted by Molly on 23rd November 2008

Ended up in the Herc with a group of guys on a Friday night and had a great time. The bar staff were friendly and, on the Saturday night, there was a session.

Submitted by Kara on 12th November 2008

had my lunch in the herc today have to say sorry to see some of the staff away the food was just ok

Submitted by miss on 9th November 2008

was in this bar for lunch yesterday the staff were refreshing but the food was a disgrace the chips looked and tasted like mcdonalds

Submitted by jim on 9th November 2008

went to this bar today and have to say the waitresses were excellent but the food was disgusting the chips lookedlike they were razored!! and freezing cold!! oooonmammmaaa not

Submitted on 8th November 2008

I just visited this pub while on a shopping trip, great lunch and best burger I have had in a long time. Good Luck with Ooomami at the 'HERC'

Submitted by Mary Thompson on 29th October 2008

Dropped into this bar today and had what is proably the best burger I have ever had. The service was great, the presentation was superb and the price was just right. I think the restaurant was called Oomami. Well done and a great menu all round.

Submitted by Visiting Tourist on 25th October 2008

I recently visited the Hercules and was most pleased to have a wonderful lunch in this vibrant City Centre Bar

Submitted by Tony Marks on 29th September 2008

if your looking to b ignored and cold food this is the bar to go in to, the bar staff hav no respect for thier customers and certainly no how to make you feel unwelcome!!

Submitted on 24th September 2007

cold food would not go again

Submitted on 3rd July 2007

I Went for a quiet lunch and it was good.... if you consider ordering food and not getting it good, i would recommend going to the hercules if you have hours to waste and like ordering your food 3 times!!

Submitted by Saz on 26th May 2006

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