Located in the building of the Victorian era church with its impressive appearance and acoustic sound, the Empire first opened its doors in 1987 and became famous shortly for its premier live music bar. Many famous musicians and performers were greeted at the stage of the Empire: Sigur Ros
, Snow Patrol, Brian Kennedy
, Westlife, Billy Bragg
, REM and Nancy Griffith. Before hitting the bigger arenas, Duke Special
, The Answer
, Divine Comedy and Ash
were also performing on the stage of this venue. The Empire also offer a consistently popular comedy club for those who’s not into music that much.
Located right in the heart of Belfast, the venue is easily accessible by car, train, and bus.
By train and tube: If you wish to travel by train, it will take you from Great Victoria or Central train stations to Botanic Halt, which is right beside the venue. The Empire is also located within walking distance from the city centre.
By bus: If you would rather travel by bus, the nearest bus stop (line 600 and a number of night buses) is located on Great Victoria Street within 9 minutes of walking distance to the venue.
By car: the Empire Music Hall is located not too far from Shaftesbury Square. The nearest major street is Donegall Pass. All you will have to do is to turn into the Botanic Avenue, and you will find the venue on your left.
International: if you are travelling to the venue right from the Belfast International Airport, you should be taking the M2 motorway to get to the Empire. It will take you only 26 minutes to reach your destination.
Even though the venue does not offer its own parking, there are plenty of car parks with yellow line spots and on-street parking spaces available nearby.
Access for people with special needs
Unfortunately, the Empire does not accept wheelchairs because it is a listed building without lifts to the lower floor.