Ownies Bar Bistro | Ownies Bar Bistro is all about ambiance and great people
Ownies Bar and Bistro is a popular bar located right in the heart of Carrick, Co. Antrim, close to the historical Carrickfergus Castle. An award-winning bar with live sport, live music, great entertainment, a cozy ambiance and good quality traditional food in Carrickfergus.
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With a comprehensive offer spanning a main bar, two lounges, snug and bistro downstairs, upstairs restaurant seating 120, and two beer gardens Ownies Carrickfergus aims to offer as good as, if not better than, the best in Belfast. A family-friendly venue, we’re quick to embrace evolving consumer demand; most recently welcoming dogs. Open from 9am daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as functions, funerals and weddings, we serve a wide range of fresh, locally sourced dishes. Catering for customers with allergies, produce also benefits from a quality upgrade such as using an onsite sparkling water system to produce a light, crisp batter for scampi. As well as other traditional pub dishes such as fish and chips, lasagne, and beef and Guinness pie, Ownies serves higher end fare from chowder to speciality fish dishes and tomahawk steaks. A wide drinks offer, includes strong cocktail, whiskey and gin menus, with the right glassware and presentation regarded as vital. We’ve a harmonious client base of 18 to 80 year olds and everyone in between. Families come to dine, including couples that met at the bar and now bring along their children. Beyond locals, visitors and business people from across Northern Ireland often stop by, as well as tourists from further afield.
History: When Jack Creighton took over the bar in 2001, it was known as the Joymount Arms, and before that The Little Red Pub, which held only 30-40 patrons and had a long-term owner with the nickname Ownies. Renaming the venue with a nod to the well-known publican, Jack has since expanded it year on year and Ownies is now licensed to hold 600 people.
Recently recognised as one of Northern Irelands Top 100 Hospitality Businesses in Northern Ireland we welcome guests from near and far to join us at Ownies for a great experience!

A warm and friendly atmosphere is guaranteed. Brining a stylish, modern spin to a traditional Irish Bar, Ownies is clean warm, and inviting with open fires and cosy lighting.

A wide selection of wine, spirits and choice beers. With three bars stocked to the gilders with all your favourite wines, beers and spirits our experienced staff can make the perfect drink and signature serve! Keeping up with the drink trends we’ve strong, cocktail, gin and whiskey menus!

Walter's Place

Walter's Place

Carrick’s Cutest Hotel
If you’re searching for somewhere lovely to stay in Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, we highly recommend our neighbours Walter’s Place, it’s the cutest little boutique hotel facing Belfast Lough. 
  • The best Guinness in town!

    Slowly and expertly poured, we get lots of compliments about our pints of the black stuff.

  • Room for Hire

    From private parties, meeting groups or funerals, hire our room and private bar for your personal function.

  • Our Team

    Our staff are our family. Friendly, welcoming and full of Northern Irish banter!

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