The Observatory opens from 1 pm Daily. Afternoon Tea bookings can be enjoyed at 1pm and 3pm.
Tables can be reserved for cocktails and drinks between 4pm and 11pm. Last orders are served at 12am nightly.
- Disabled Access
- Private Dining
- Free WiFi
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.
Superb service and food, the afternoon tea was delightful and the views are amazing!! Thank you again for a special day!
The staff were very friendly and provided a great service. I have already recommended afternoon tea to family and friends.
Service is very slow. I had been promised free champagne for 10, which arrived, after I had twice personally spoken to staff before the date. On the night we had to wait while they again checked we were due the champagne! I think a hotel of this standard should be able to keep its promise without all the waiting and checking.
Lovely surroundings... long wait on drinks
There’s a fab grand piano- why is no one playing this? Would add to atmosphere.
A very enjoyable afternoon
Will defiantly be back, a great atmosphere in a relaxed environment with great scenery over Belfast. The music/live singer made the experience all the better and would recommend it to anyone that asks! Staff were 10/10 and very Pleasent! Keep up the good job! 👍🏻
We had a fabulous day and I would definitely rate the whole experience 5 star. From the welcome at the front door to the service in the Observatory and the food. We will most certainly be back.
Fantastic view though £40pp is a little steep.
Paul and Chloe were great hosts we had a great afternoon
Very well looked after by staff, food and tea etc all good quality. Was quiet but we had a drink in bar after and that was busier. Thanks very much.
Lovely food and such a relaxed atmosphere the service was excellent
Great location, service,atmosphere and selection of drinks - perhaps a little expensive!
A lovely atmosphere and surroundings for a drink. We had reserved online and were immediately taken upstairs to the observatory where we were lucky enough (early enough!!) to be able to choose our table.
The staff were wonderful.
Loved it. Clients impressed. I will use this regularly going forward for business.
Absolutely fantastic time food and staff were fantastic .
Lovely experience - expensive though!
We had a lovely afternoon with amazing views and gorgeous food!
Service was far too slow
Good atmosphere and the waiter was excellent. Expensive drinks for what they were
Excellent views and very friendly staff leads to an enjoyable experience.
It was a wonderful experience. The staff could not have been more helpful and friendly, the food was great and the views were stunning.
Fabulous afternoon tea in a spectacular, atmospheric location. Professional, relaxed service put us at our ease. Delicious but pricey cocktails.
Lovely friendly staff. Made to feel really welcome. Very tasty food. Perhaps add a savoury something else to the selection. Thank you very much for a lovely afternoon tea. :)