Competition – Win an iPod shuffle

Review any business throughout February and you’re automatically entered into a draw to win an iPod shuffle!

Click here for more info.


We’re giving this away to say thank you to all of you who are supporting us in our early stages of launch, and of course to entice you into writing a few more reviews ;)

Use Lookaly to find the business you want to review (it can be good or bad). Once you review, you’re entered and our state of the art computerized randomizer will select a winner at the end of February. You can enter a maximum of 5 times (i.e. write 5 reviews and you’ll be entered 5 times, increasing your chances of winning).

Tips for reviews

  • Tell us about the last restaurant you ate at
  • What was your last trip to the cinema like?
  • How was the night club or bar you visited over the weekend?
  • Who does a good Chinese takeaway?

There are a few terms & conditions that apply to the competition, which can read about here.

Best places in Northern Ireland results

A few weeks ago we launched a survey on my personal blog entitled ‘Best places in Northern Ireland‘ allowing users to enter their favourite places/businesses for a number of categories.

The results have been calculated and are listed below along with pie charts of the results. You can view all the results here.

Thanks to all who took part, much appreciated. Hopefully the results below will be useful to you if you live in NI or are visiting. Well done to those businesses who came out as ‘the best’.

Best restaurant

Tony Roma’s


Best coffee shop


Coffee shop

Best hotel



Best pub/bar

The Spaniard


Best night club

Stiff Kitten


Best fashion retailer

Best Vintage, Top Shop/Topman, Cult

Fashion retailer

Best entertainment venue

Movie House Cinema


Best high street store

Apple Store

High street store

Not liked?

Click here to view all the results, including the businesses that people didn’t like. The main reasons for not liking somewhere are:

  • Poor or unfriendly service
  • Expense
  • Poor quality

What do you think?

Share your thoughts on the results above. Where do you like to eat? Where do you like to shop?

Check out Lookaly and share your experiences.

Get ready for Valentine’s Day

February 14th is approaching (this year it’s on a Saturday) so it’s time to get your reservations booked and roses ordered. Don’t let the loved one down by leaving it too late. McDonalds is tasty but it’s no Valentine’s treat ;)

Restaurant suggestions in Belfast

  1. Villa Italia
  2. Tony Roma’s
  3. Apartment
  4. The Sonali Tandoori & Balti Restaurant
  5. Red Panda

Restaurant suggestions elsewhere

  1. The Ranch House Banbridge
  2. The Lombard Restaurant Coleraine
  3. The Ganges at Holywood
  4. Ed’s Bar & Grill Lisburn
  5. Arizona Newry


  1. Ferguson Flowers
  2. First 4 Flowers
  3. Fiona Harvey Flowers
  4. Woodvale Flowers
  5. The Flower Bay

Wherever you end up, have fun and let us know how it was.

Lookaly on show at Multidisciplinary Design show

Last week the Lookaly stand went on show at the University of Ulster Belfast campus for the end of year MA Multidisciplinary Design show. Lookaly is my (Lee) final project for the course that I’ve been studying for the past 17 months. The course has been hard work, productive, a learning curve and good fun, and it was great to get Lookaly out on show.

It was the 3rd and final semester of my studies that James and I teamed up to develop Lookaly and we’re both very happy and proud of the outcome. Hopefully it will get me some good marks :)

Multi-Disciplinary Design

The exhibit, showcasing great work from other MA students also, will be on show from Thursday 22nd January – Friday 30th January 2009.

Welcome to Lookaly

Hey welcome to the Lookaly blog. Here we’ll be covering everything that happens to do with Lookaly, on and off the website. is the brain child of Lee Munroe and James Gallagher, 2 guys from Northern Ireland who want to make a difference on the web. Our aim was to produce an online business directory and community that lets people share their good and bad experiences with local businesses. At the same time we want to provide businesses, particularly smaller ones with the opportunity to be found online and have their own webpage.

Some of the things you can do on Lookaly:

  • Find businesses in your area
  • Signup and have your own profile page
  • Rate and review businesses
  • Add businesses
  • Follow other users and form friendships

We hope you enjoy the site and will find it as useful as we envision. Keep an eye out on our blog for updates and follow us on Twitter if you want to keep up-to-date with the latest reviews.