Built in 1865, at a time when industrial Belfast was beginning to expand, it is renowned for the famous mural of Edward Carson signing the Covenant against Home Rule in its front beer garden.
Through the ages, The Rex has seen its fair share of colourful events. In 2000, it was the site of a shooting during a feud between the UDA and UVF. Two weeks later, it suffered from a bombing. Fortunately, there were no fatalities from the two events.
The bar has become an infamous tourist attraction.
A sign reading “NO SHOOTING,” marred with bullet holes, hangs from the ceiling.