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FAQs

Got questions? Need a quick answer? Check through our FAQ for quick answers to the most common questions we get asked. 

  • Do I have to be a Qub student to work in the union?
    A lot of our workforce is made up of QUB students, but this is not a requisite.
  • What time do you serve food from/until
    We serve a full pizza, fries and goujons menu from Monday to Thursday 11:30-22:00 and on Fridays from 11:30-20:00, while stock lasts. On weekends we have a fresh panini menu available from 16:00-22:00, while stock lasts.
  • Can we wear shorts?
    Absolutely. Jean shorts, sports shorts, chino shorts, spandex... they're all welcome!
  • Can I request songs from the DJ over instagram/facebook messages?
    You may as well write them on a frisbee and fling them over a rainbow... Our DJs don't have access to facebook/instragram messages. If you want to request a song, just ask them.
  • Do you show football?
    Yes, mainly we show the EPL, Champions League and international tournaments like the World Cup. We also show some games from the American version. You know, the one with all the adverts, where the ball isn't round and they rarely actually kick it.
  • How much does it cost to play Trash Bingo?
    Trash Bingo is FREE to play every Monday during term. We feel that this price is a good reflection of its worth.
  • Do you show international football matches and can we wear national football shirts?
    Yes and yes. But the Union Bar is a shared space and we have zero tolerance for sectarian chants or bigotry of any kind, so keep it civil or we'll boot you out.
  • Do you have gluten free options for coeliacs?
    Unfortunately, we currently don't have the ability to offer coeliac friendly food. We hope to remedy this in the near future.
  • How do I get a Job in the Union Bar?
    You must undergo a gruelling series of trials that test your wit and cunning... not actually... we often advertise positions throughout term. Just follow our socials for recruitment opportunities.
  • I left my wallet/coat/pet hamster behind in the bar last night, how can I get it back?
    Come into the bar during normal opening hours and a member of staff will assist you. Anything that is unclaimed at the end of term will be donated to charity, while small mammals shall be set free.
  • Do you have Pool Tables?
    Yes, we have 3 pool tables in the bar. You need to leave a form of ID with the bar to get cues. Setting pints on the tables, dancing on them or using pool cues to act out scenes from Star Wars is not permitted. Like, why would anyone ever think it was? But yeah, we often have to point out the obvious.
  • Do you accept cash payments in the bar?
    The Union Bar is cashless. We only accept card and contactless payments via card, smartphone or smartwatch.
  • What are the Bar opening hours?
    During term time: Mon-Fri: 11.30am til late Sat-Sun: 4pm til Late. Outside of term time, please check our social media for the latest updates.
  • Are football tops allowed to be worn in the Bar?
    Yes, but only during the screening of games. If wearing a football top while not watching a game, we would advise you seriously reconsider and reflect upon your wardrobe choices. Especially, if it has a player's name on it... it's a bar, not a primary school sports day.
  • What time do you serve food from?
    Union Pizza Full Menu 11.30am -10pm Monday to Thursday, 11.30am-8pm Friday Panini Menu Only 4pm-10pm Saturday & Sunday
  • The bar prices were different today compared to last night. Why is that?
    Our general bar prices are as low as you could hope to find in Belfast. But we also regularly run drinks promos that bring those prices down further for a set period of time.
  • Do you have Vegetarian and Vegan food options?
    Yes, we do. Just check out our menu in the bar or online.
  • Is the venue Wheelchair accessible?
    Yes, we have a number of lifts and ramps. If you need assistance, our staff will be happy to help.
  • How much does it cost to enter your pub quizzes?
    Our regular Tuesday and Wednesday quizzes are free to enter, but specialist quizzes run by clubs and outside promoters may incur a fee.
  • Will the bar put on drinks promotions for my event?
    The Union Bar is, on average, 30-40% cheaper than other bars in Belfast and always has drinks promotions running. Ask when you book and we’ll advise you which drinks will be on offer.
  • Can I advertise my event in the bar and SU?
    Yes, we are more than happy to have posters put up in agreed locations. The bar can also display content on TV screens and can share social media content for your event to help you publicise it. Make sure to tag @theunionbarbelfast and we'll share any promo you post on social media.
  • How can I hire the venue?
    Contact us via our booking enquiry form.
  • What does it cost to book?
    There is no room hire fee, so all bookings start off with zero cost. A pub quiz, for example, won’t cost anything to put on. The venues are equipped with sound and lighting equipment, which can be used for the majority of events. Costs for things like sound engineers, DJs or the hire of additional equipment have to be passed on depending on what you require. Food costs for catering events are priced per-person on an event-by-event basis depending on your requirements.​
  • How far in advance do I need to book?
    Ideally a few weeks in advance but we can sometimes do a quick turnaround if you are stuck and we have space available. Space fills up quickly each semester and it’s a good idea to get organised early so you get a date you’re happy with.
  • I enquired about booking the venue but haven't heard back, what can I do?
    Please be patient. We receive an extraordinary amount of booking enquiries and try to deal with them as quickly as we can.
  • How does payment work?
    The Union Bar is part of the SU, so if you have to pay us for something like food, or a DJ, this is all done via the Clubs and Socs finance office. You should follow Clubs and Socs finance rules and make sure you complete any paperwork required in advance.​​​​​​​
  • Are staff provided by the venue?
    We will provide bar staff and we will have security staff there if you are running a club night. We can provide specialist support like sound and lighting engineers, or DJs, but pass that cost on to you. If you’ve sold tickets for your event you’re expected to check those tickets yourselves on the door.
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