Belfast entertainment

Top Choice Arts Centre in Cathedral Quarter


The MAC is a beautifully designed venue overlooking the neoclassical St Anne's Sq development, with its two theatres hosting regular performances of drama, stand-up comedy and talks, including shows for children. Th…
Top Choice Live Music in Queen's Quarter

Belfast Empire

A converted late-Victorian church (reputed to be haunted) with three floors of entertainment, the Empire is a legendary live-music venue. Look out for stand-up comedy and quiz nights too.
Live Music in City Centre


This combined pub and club is one of the city's top venues for live rock and indie music. Past acts have included Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, the Manic Street Preachers and the Kaiser Chiefs.
Theatre in Belfast

Lyric Theatre

This stunning modern theatre is built on the site of the old Lyric Theatre, where Hollywood star Liam Neeson first trod the boards (he is now a patron).
Arts Centre in Cathedral Quarter

Black Box

Black Box is an intimate venue for live music, theatre, comedy, film and more on buzzy Hill St in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.
Club in Queen's Quarter


In Shine, the QUB Student Union has one of the city's best club nights, with resident and guest DJs pumping out harder, heavier dance music than most of Belfast's other clubs. Student or other photo ID required. The…
Live Music in Queen's Quarter

Sonic Arts Research Centre

Queen's University's School of Music stages free lunchtime recitals on Thursday and regular evening concerts in the beautiful, hammerbeam-roofed Harty Room and at the Sonic Arts Research Centre. You can download a p…
Live Music in Queen's Quarter

An Droichead

This Irish cultural centre offers Irish-language courses, stages traditional dance and céilidh workshops, hosts art exhibitions and serves as a live-music venue. It's a great place to hear live Irish folk music perf…
Ice Hockey in Titanic Quarter

Belfast Giants

The Belfast Giants ice-hockey team draws big crowds to the SSE Arena at the Odyssey Complex; the season is September to March. The arena also hosts indoor sporting events including tennis and athletics.
Concert Venue in Titanic Quarter

SSE Arena

Within the Odyssey Complex, this is the venue for big entertainment events such as rock and pop concerts and stage shows. It's also the home stadium of the Belfast Giants ice-hockey team.