Three Northern Irish pubs named among top 20 in all of Ireland by Lonely Planet

Belfast's Duke of York pub.
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Belfast's Duke of York has been named among the top pubs in Ireland Credit: Talia Shadwell/UTV News

Three pubs in Northern Ireland have been named among the island's best.

The pubs - two in Belfast and one in Fermanagh - were named in Lonely Planet’s Experience Ireland guide for its top 20 “in Ireland for pints, music and the time of your life”.

The Sunflower Public House in Belfast made the list with the popular spot, on the corner of Kent and Union Street described as “a cultural hub with plenty of history".

The old security cage remains a feature at the Sunflower Credit: Press Eye

The security cage over the entrance is noted as a part of its social history, while the cheeky "No topless bathing, Ulster has suffered enough" sign also caught the attention of the writer.

In Enniskillen, the Blakes of the Hollow is said to have the perfect Irish coffee, while a photo with the Game of Thrones carved door is one of the highlights.

Visitors to the Duke of York are recommended to take their pints outside by the guide Credit: Press Eye

The final Northern Irish pub to make the list is in Belfast’s popular Cathedral Quarter.

The Duke of York is described as the “perfect spot for a cold beer” in the sun when visiting the capital.

Visitors are recommended to take their pints out onto cobbled lane outside.