The Observatory opens from 1pm Daily. Afternoon Tea bookings can be enjoyed at 1pm and 3pm.
Last orders are served at 12am nightly.
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
- Age Restricted in Bar
About Grand Central Hotel - The Observatory
Sublime, sky-high sips start here
Welcome to The Observatory – The Grand Central’s jewel and the most spectacular and luxurious of liquor lounges. Take a seat and marvel over never-before-seen views of Belfast and beyond. From pavement to panorama, this is the highest bar in all of Ireland and it makes for a phenomenally dreamy destination. Take in the view, pore over the dazzling menu and savour the most masterful mixology creations in Belfast’s most memorable sky-bar…
The dress code is smart attire and as with anything the management reserve the right to refuse admission. Sports tops/shorts and other such attire will not be permitted.
We permit a small number of pre-bookings each evening for the Observatory, this is to ensure there is availability for residents. Otherwise admission will be on a first come, first served basis. For information call 028 9023 1066.
Expensive drinks menu. Perhaps a little over priced
a really lovely afternoon spent with my daughter in stunning surroundings
Couldn't fault it.
It was a lovely experience and we had a relaxing and decadent afternoon. Staff looked after us extremely well. We hope to repeat the experience again.
Superb vista. Exceptional customer service. We had a thoroughly enjoyable experience
Thank you for a lovely afternoon tea. Lovely views great staff and beautiful food.
The food and service was excellent. We had a very relaxing afternoon tea.
Beautiful afternoon tea in lovely surroundings
We all had a wonderful day out, really pleasant place and views were excellent. We were so lucky to get a sunny day.
Really enjoyable afternoon tea post lockdown 2. Felt very safe and comfortable with staff. The only reason that the atmosphere was a 4 was because of the social distancing. It is dear at £50 each but worth it for a special treat - christmas, and my daughter passed her singing exam
Should bring all the food together on the cake stands instead of sandwiches coming first on plates, would look more impressive. But was most enjoyable
Staff were helpful and friendly, food delicious and the view was amazing!
Had a good time enjoyed it
Beautiful views of Belfast and Veronica looked after us brilliantly, very helpful and attentive! The food was also very tasty and exquisitely presented! Top class.
Very warm friendly staff. The staff made my daughter feels extra good special with a candle lit on a small cake and sang Happy Birthday to her. Also as she is diary intolerant everything brought to her was as per that specification. Absolutely absolutely beautiful views from above. Fantastic photo opportunities.
Really enjoyed the Afternoon Tea. The service was great, particularly the lady who hosted us from reception in the lift up to the observatory.
Didn’t catch the name of the staff member serving afternoon tea in the Observatory, but he was absolutely fantastic - really added to the experience
The staff with their attentive service were fantastic ! We had a lovely day and will definitely come back soon.
We had a wonderful time and found the staff and atmosphere "Grand" but not uptight or stuffy. Our party of 6, including one 8 year old child, can't wait to book again. The view of Belfast and surrounding mountain ranges are worth the visit alone.
Perfect service from the very start with a friendly front desk host, to a really wonderful waiter and waitress team in the Observatory. Food was beautiful and we were made to feel very welcome and relaxed.
Had an absolutely brilliant time here. I had just proposed to my girlfriend and afternoon tea at the Grand Central was our first stop. In the days leading up, I had spoken with the observatory bar manager, Caelan McVeigh who was fantastic. He made sure everything was perfect, from the seats with an amazing view to the complimentary champagne and sweets on arrival. Everything was perfect and the afternoon tea was delicious. We also had some cocktails which were lovely! If I could give more than 5 stars for this review, I would. Thanks again Caelan and the staff at the Grand Central
Wonderful visit. Fantastic staff and food. Terry was extremely helpful and explained interesting facts about the hotel. We were very disappointed that none of the staff were wearing face masks especially as they moved around as they served us. This made us feel a little uneasy. The Observatory is a wonderful experience. Thank you.
Afternoon tea was delicious
We went for afternoon tea for my friends birthday. It was a lovely afternoon, staff couldn’t do enough for us and even presented my friend with a cupcake and sang happy birthday to her. It was a great day can’t wait to go back
Excellent service, great selection of drinks. Staff knowledgable on drinks selection. Staff very welcoming, especially the lady on ground level taking bookings for The Observatory, we arrived earlier than planned and we were accommodated straight away. We ordered the breads which were delicious and good value. Lovely relaxing experience, not to be missed.