A licensed premises for over 100 years and steeped in Belfast history, Henry’s is the regeneration of an old favourite.
I could quickly write an accurate post about Henry’s & The Jailhouse in a few short words; it would read something like this “If you’re visiting Belfast, don’t miss this absolute gem!”
However, there is so much to say about Henry’s that a short post wouldn’t do this place the justice it deserves. From the moment you enter Joe’s Entry, you can’t help but be immersed in the history that surrounds this place.
Formally known as McCracken’s bar, Henry’s has had a total make-over with an emphasis on keeping original character & history intact. Now compromising “The Jailhouse” next door and joined to Henry’s this has become one of the top spots in Belfast to visit for excellent pub food, live music, pints, and cocktails.
Intriguing as the name is there is also a great story behind it; In the 1700’s, the Jailhouse was an actual Jailhouse, where prisoners would wait until trial before being sent to hang in Cornmarket, Belfast. Keeping with tradition and preserving history, Henry’s was named after Henry Joy McCracken. A Belfast man born on High Street in 1767 and son of a shipowner, Captain John McCracken. Henry was a founder of the Society of the United Irishmen in 1795. After many successful coups throughout Ireland, Henry was arrested in Dublin in 1797 and transferred to ‘the Jailhouse” where he would await his fate. Henry was then court-marshaled and hanged in Cornmarket, Belfast, on land his grandfather had donated to the city, on 17th July 1798, aged 30.
Rumour has it Henry is still occasionally spotted in the Jailhouse and around Joe’s entry to this day (If you believe that kind of thing… Pint anyone?)
Frozen in time for the last 70 years Henry’s and the Jailhouse has now been restored with original windows, brick walls and as much as the unique character as possible. Every detail has been brought to life with a modern twist to bring you an instantly soothing atmosphere to enjoy through the night.
Some of the City’s best pub grub
An excellent choice of food is on offer both in Henrys & the Jailhouse. With Allday, Sunday & Breakfast menus available be tempted with everything from soup, salads & sandwiches to Armagh chicken to locally produced sirloin steak.
“Great night absolutely loved this place… gorgeous interior great atmosphere… bar staff so helpful and pleasant… such a range of drinks I didn’t know what to have spoilt for choice… and to top it all off the guy singing and playing guitar was fantastic… definitely will be back.”