A bar joined to a live music venue, The Empire pulls in the punters.
There was a bit of controversy when Wine Inns decided to convert this former chapel into a bar, but the hardcore religious were outnumbered by the hardcore drinkers. There are palm tree frond plants outside and, if you walk down some steps, inside it’s pretty spacious with terracotta and black tiling and very dark brown woods everywhere.
There’s a raised area on the right with booth seating and old pictures of sports teams, lifeboat crews and farming families on the dark pink walls. There are small Victorian style red lamps dotted around the place and the wooden chairs are upholstered with light red velvet material.
There’s also some rather cool blue and crimson gold embossed wallpaper. There’s a mirror behind the bar, which is at the end of the room on the left. There are comedy nights in the bar and live music almost every night of the week in the music hall upstairs.
The Empire Music Hall is popular with bright young things and students, particularly on its comedy nights. And there’s a music-loving crowd too, who flock to the venue when there are gigs and performances on (generally every Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Tribute bands are particularly popular here: ZU2, UK Guns and Roses and Deft Leppard are just four of the acts that play here.
The Food and Drink
On tap you’ve got Guinness, Heineken, Harp Tennents and Bass. Bottled offerings include Corona, Coors, Cobra, Crown, Magners and Stella. Wines come courtesy of Alamos, Hardys and Caliterra and there are half a dozen each of red and white and they cost from £12 to £16 a bottle. You can also get them by the quarter bottle for £3.40.
On the bar menu there are sarnies for around a fiver (a steak baguette is £6.95), burgers and a pie of the day (£5.95). They also do twelve different pizzas for £5.95 each.
The Last Word
Despite being demonised for selling the devil’s juice in the house of the Lord, The Empire has struck back.