The Middlesbrough Empire
The Middlesbrough Empire
3.5
ConcertsBars & ClubsDance Clubs & Discos
10:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 PM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
10:30 PM - 4:00 AM
About
Opened in 1897 The Middlesbrough Empire is one of only 3 surviving theatres designed by Ernest Runtz and is one of the oldest entertainment venues in the North East of England. Following constant substantial restoration, it is working successfully as a live music and performance venue with its much-loved proscenium arch stage and iconic original features remaining the focal point over 100 years after their installation. The Empire has played hosts to the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Laurel & Hardy, Harry Houdini, Roger Sanchez, The Arctic Monkeys and James Arthur, has supported fresh up and coming talent through BBC Introducing and NME new music tours, is an active member of the Music Venue Trust and is an official grass roots music venue, supporting and championing local talent. The Empire is also the official venue of Teesside University
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3.5 of 5 bubbles33 reviews
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MrsH
England, UK64 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Genuinely one of the worst places I’ve ever been too. Bar was 4 deep, not enough bar staff and some of them were rude. The corridor to the toilets was like an ice rink where people had spilled their drinks and not mopped up. No bouncers inside the venue and grown men full of drink wanting to create issues, felt uncomfortable! Will never return
Written October 20, 2021
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Lauren
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Solo
Gorgeous venue and perfect sound but unfortunately door staff didn’t scan tickets. We could have walked in with a plain piece of A4 paper! I believe the overcrowding to be somewhat dangerous. The main comment I have to make is that one member of bar staff in particular was extremely rude - looked and spoke to us as if we were dirt on the bottom of her shoes which really put a dampener on our first experience at the Empire after travelling down for a show.

Another group also mentioned that she’d refused them service because they asked if they could take their order next as they’d been waiting the longest. It has put us off coming back which is a shame as the venue is bringing some incredible talent and upcoming bands to the city. Some training in customer service wouldn’t go amiss!
Written October 1, 2022
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Ian J
Muggleswick, UK33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Came to see Frank Turner. Around 6 staff on each bar. At any one time 3 or 4 of them standing talking ignoring customers. When I eventually got served asked for a guiness which the staff member refused to serve me as the fridge which the Guinness was in about 3 metres from her belonged to a different bar! Absolute shambles and crap service
Written March 10, 2020
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Alice H
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
Really dodgy. I wouldn't recommend it. Full of really creepy people, my friend got spiked, and I had guys grinding up against me every 15 minutes. Some of the performances were great, which was the only saving grace. But I wouldn't recommend d it overall.
Written October 29, 2023
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Jack S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Great friendly bar staff and a great night out. Would recommend this place to anyone if they want a good night out. Always feel safe, door staff do a great job
Written February 1, 2023
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Josh H
Stockton-on-Tees, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
Terrible, it's one of the few places in Middlesbrough to go and it's not very impressive, the door staff are by far the worst trained I have ever seen and think they are high and mighty and are just plain rude, Friday night's 'Sumo' is awful, same music every week it seems and the drinks are tasteless, would not recommend
Written June 7, 2016
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Thornaby on Tees, UK174 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Family
Door staff spoil the whole feel of the night!
Looking to start on people for no reason!
Better places to go!
Written September 15, 2015
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krock900
Northallerton, UK72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Friends
This place is awesome!! I don't live in Middlesbrough but every few weeks I like to pay a visit! The music is rock downstairs and sort of pop dance upstairs all the favourites whichever floor you're on you can recognise the songs and get your dance on!! Staff have never got my order wrong and the door staff have also helped me on the stairs - they're very kind (there are lots of stairs and my heels are high!). I'll definitely be back here and would recommend!! :D
Written November 28, 2016
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sallwoodley
Middlesbrough, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
Best and busiest venue in middlesbrough for live music and going out on a night. Loads of rooms to choose from, so much variety.
Written October 23, 2016
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joestone2
Middlesbrough, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
Door bouncers where rude and thought they where something for wearing all black and thought they where better than everyone else, for some reason? inside was boring and not much to do, songs where very poor, felt like I'd stepped back in time, and above all this it felt very untidy and full of young teenagers, would never recommend to a friend.
Written March 26, 2016
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