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The Belfast Empire

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Neighbourhood: Queen's Quarter
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Address: 42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JQ, Northern Ireland
Phone Number:
+44 28 9024 9276
11:30 - 01:00
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Sun 12:30 - 01:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 01:00

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great venue, especially the open mic nights...

when you stand at the front of a large crowd jostling to see open mic acts, then you know you're in a special venue... nuff said

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Derby, United Kingdom
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Derby, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

when you stand at the front of a large crowd jostling to see open mic acts, then you know you're in a special venue... nuff said

Thank leds777
Telford, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Comedy Club night was well worth visiting and I had a hoot of a time in there. No buts, the place supplies drink and nibbles and does a good engaging show well worth the £8 on the door. There no pre-booked seats, you queue with everyone else and sit where you can.

Thank Allan W
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

My son Rory and I visited the empire recently on a visit to Belfast. Rory wanted to see the the champions league match Leicester v Seville. Pub wasn't overly busy and had big screen for March viewing. Great atmosphere. Nice staff. A very reasonable offer of a drink and pizza for 3 pounds. Couldn't beat that! Also pub had my... More 

Thank Mary o
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92 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Spend four days in Belfast with my 30-something year old daughter, and on our way back from touring, en route to Tara Lodge, we stopped for soup and beer at the Belfast Empire. Subterranean, dark and well-appointed, we had Guinness and Irish stew, while a wood fire burned and a barber cut hair. Lovely experience.

Thank ChrisMcNeil
1 review
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

an alright night out but I don't go there as often anymore, the band that used to play Tuesday nights downstairs were class, don't know why you got rid of them. I don't go for the music on a Tuesday night anymore and am less likely to go downstairs if I've been at the comedy. It's a shame

Thank strawberryfields93
Co Fermanagh,
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Yet another excellent night's entertainment at the Empire. Rab McCullough and his band play authentic down-home blues that reaches the parts others don't. The interval act was a bit too self-absorbed for my liking but there was no denying his talent. A range of craft beers in bottle and on tap helped make this a memorable evenig in an first-class... More 

Thank Stopout
Newry, United Kingdom
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175 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

It was party night and packed out, the people there were a good crowd and in good spirits. The ABBA sound alike band and the subsequent disco were darn good. The bar staff were efficient and courteous. The only thing that marred the night for those near the stage was one so - called security man. He was a nasty... More 

Thank Newryoneisback
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93 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Once more we enjoyed a bloody brilliant night out here while we were working in Belfast... Friday 9 Dec 2016, the two young boys singing were superb..brilliant set, totally varied, suited to all walks of life, great sound..thoroughly enjoyed our night..Thank you Empire...x

1 Thank Martyne04
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

I have never ever seen a more run down pub in all my life, from start to finish it was awful, 1stly when we went in I asked for soup and he says yes to later return and say u can't I could only get it if I was getting a sandwich, chips were oven cooked and stinking and onto... More 

1 Thank Niamh L
Bangor, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Just spent the best £10 ever!! Went to see The Sweethearts of Swing in The Belfast Empire Music Hall and what a night. These three beautiful young ladies know how to sing 3 part harmony. They treated us to a tremendous show singing 40's favourites from The Andrews Sisters & Vera Lynn. Their voices blend superbly, timing and choreography spot... More 

Thank Rita R

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