Thursday Night Belfast Blues

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Photo by Reicheru
Photo by Reicheru

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.

About the author

TJ developed a taste for travel while living (and ostensibly) studying in Rome. He soon began catching bargain-basement Ryanair flights to various European destinations, where he would immediately scope out the dodgiest bar upon arrival. (He also saw some art along the way.) After returning to SUNY Albany, he developed an independent study in travel writing, which was mostly an excuse to drive cross-country. The 7200 mile trip, made in 11 days with two friends in a very small red car, culminated in a collection of essays called MOVE!, which he describes as incredibly self-indulgent and quite un-publishable. After moving to Manhattan, he found his way to EuroCheapo and has spent most of his time writing reviews for the New York City listings.

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