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The Belfast Empire

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Golden Mile
Pub, Pizza
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42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JQ, Northern Ireland
+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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68 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Tribute Show on a Friday night, loads of customers but plenty of space, lovely layout, great decor, friendly staff and great bar. Highly recommend and will be back

Thank Misskia10
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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142 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Staff are friendly and drinks are what you would expect in Belfast. The only thing is they should offer wine in different sizes from than 1 standard

Thank JennyB1984
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Saw Rab McCullough on Thursday. Fantastic blues music. Slightly spoiled by some drunk 6 foot skinhead who started chanting a sectarian song. The staff handled it very professionally. They cleared a path through the crowd and two of them swiftly guided the chap outside without any fuss. Despite one idiot I would highly recommend this bar if you appreciate good... More 

1 Thank KevH111
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Such an amazing atmosphere, amazing venue and just a great place to visit, always super excited to go and enjoy my time here!

1 Thank Edgar N
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Great blues music on a Thursday night downstairs with the Rab McCullough Band, the blues legend of Ulster

1 Thank Rob S
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95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

My partner and I went here for the first time with a few friends for the comedy club on a Tuesday night. The admission fee is £8 which I found a bit expensive for what is on offer. Colin Murphy (I think I got that right) is hilarious! I really enjoyed his humour but the comedian after him literally killed... More 

Thank Aimee L
Roermond, The Netherlands
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We ordered the Empire burger (x3) and a cheeseburger with bacon. 'Can't go wrong with a burger', I hear you say. Well, you can. One of my worst burgers ever due to the complete lack of flavour of the actual burger. Guess the chef had completely forgotten to season the minced meat. Hugely disappointing!

Thank JeroenSegers
Burbank, California
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40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017

This is a great venue for gigs with 3 floors of bars and music, including punk,rock,blues,jazz and traditional Irish acts, as well as comedy. The DJ for the Gbh/Defects gig was great as well. Extremely clean restrooms.

Thank Renee T
Belfast, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

I've been frequenting this place for the last 25 odd years and had no idea how much they had upped their game in recent times. The staff here have always been great regardless of the turnover of people they have had over the years. The owners must have their recruitment model perfect as you don't get snotty arrogant people behind... More 

Thank PaddyCunningham
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Went to a concert. One of the best services at the bar I ever had. Great concert as well! The space is interesting in itself and you can sit upstairs, on the aisle or just stand in the middle

Thank VictorHan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Pub, Pizza
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42 Botanic Avenue, Belfast BT7 1JQ, Northern Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Northern Ireland  >  Belfast>  > Golden Mile
  • Neighbourhood: Golden Mile
  • Phone Number: +44 28 9024 9276

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?