Forget the penny whistle and fiddle. Whenever we’re in Belfast, we like to swing by the Empire Music Hall for one of Rab McCullough‘s blistering Thursday night blues sessions. And we’re not the only ones.
Though the Empire is a spacious venue, it’s typically packed soon after McCullough’s band takes the stage at 10:30 p.m. Nevertheless, there’s enough room for the shimmyin’ and shakin’ that’s known to break out as McCullough’s set reaches its culmination. And since there’s no cover charge, Cheapos can indulge at the bar should they require some liquid courage before hitting the dance floor.
The Empire Music Hall is at 42 Botanic Avenue, a few blocks north of Botanic Gardens Park. Arrive early if you prefer a table.