Kelly’s Cellars, Belfast, had a grand re-opening on September 24, 2004
Kelly’s Cellars tavern on Bank Street, Belfast, re-opened its famous doors on Friday, September 24, 2004. Since this change in management, Kelly’s has re-established itself as a platform for traditional musicians, singers and dancers.
The bar is a popular venue for both concerts and informal music sessions.
As Kelly's Cellars dates back to 1720, there are many colourful tales relating to the tavern's past. Indeed, the United Irishman Henry Joy Mc Cracken is said to have evaded capture by hiding beneath the bar.
Nowadays, Kelly’s is more of a ’family’ establishment, which is attractive to all sections of the community and which promotes Northern Ireland's rich musical heritage among foreign visitors.
According to Paul Flynn, traditional arts officer for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland: ‘Kelly’s Cellars is where most traditional musicians in Belfast started off and the cream of Irish music has passed through its doors...’