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Great bar to visit

I've been going here for a week each year while working in Belfast. Great atmosphere, great staff... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John M
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Superb atmosphere for the World Cup, tv screens in every direction and ample amount of staff... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JQ, Northern Ireland
Queen's Quarter
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been going here for a week each year while working in Belfast. Great atmosphere, great staff and customers. Never had a bad visit. Live muisic in the downstairs bar every night at 10pm and various events on each week in the music hall upstairs...More

1  Thank John M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Superb atmosphere for the World Cup, tv screens in every direction and ample amount of staff, everyone friendly and a great bar too.

1  Thank RobbieBaillie
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Spending a long weekend in Belfast was recommended to visit The Empire by a restaurant owner. I honestly don’t think I’ve seen better anywhere and I come from London. It was amazing just like this City 😘

1  Thank browntracy28
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

We called in on a Friday night for a few drinks. The band were amazing. Great buzz and energy in the place. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful!

1  Thank Caitriona A
Reviewed 4 April 2018

Live music and great venue. Would love to have this as my local music venue. Plenty of choice of drinks and complimentary snacks at the tables too.

1  Thank Bfords
Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

Called here for a quick pint. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff lovely decor . A little pricy but then I am used to non Belfast prices.

Thank Dondewande
Reviewed 10 February 2018 via mobile

Food was good service was brilliant & music as well. Trio acoustic rock/ country/folk. We went for something to eat & stayed up till the end. This was a Monday night not too busy. Apparently it gets very busy at weekends with music or comedy...More

1  Thank Eleanor M
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The Empire, a converted church on Botanic Avenue, has proven to be one of the best and most enduring spots in Belfast for live entertainment over the last thirty, with live music on offer several times a week featuring a mix of local and international...More

1  Thank Wandering_Aengus
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Second time we’ve called in here, it’s not a bad bar, good atmosphere and some live music at times too.

Thank Bertie W
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

I'm a tennis coach and went out walking from my south belfast home on Tuesday night with my earphones in listening to music and simply stretching my legs. It was pouring and I was wearing my usual tennis attire of black shoes, black track pants,...More

1  Thank Stuart M
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