Welcome to The Empire Hotel

Welcome to The Empire Hotel in Townsville: A Legacy Since 1901

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Discover a unique blend of history and modernity at The Empire Hotel, Townsville’s iconic pub and functions venue.

Nestled in the heart of the city, we have been serving the community since 1901, offering an authentic experience that combines tradition with contemporary hospitality. Whether you’re in the mood for a refreshing pint, a grand event, or a simple gathering, The Empire Hotel is the destination to be.

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About Us

Best Local Family Friendly Pub in Townsville

Meet Rob and Kaite, the passionate duo behind the revitalized  Empire Hotel. When they reopened the iconic pub’s doors on 21st September 2022, they had a clear vision: to create a hub where families could come together, unwind, and craft cherished memories.

Rooted in Townsville’s history since 1901, The Empire Hotel now combines the allure of the past with a fresh, community-centric spirit.


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Weekly Specials

Dive into our daily food specials at The Empire Hotel’s restaurant! Experience a culinary journey with diverse flavours, crafted to perfection. Every day brings a new dish to delight your palate, offering unmatched value and taste. Join us and elevate your dining moments with our ever-changing, delicious specials.

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Food & Drinks

At The Empire Hotel, experience culinary brilliance with our diverse food and beverage offerings.

Savor expertly crafted dishes and pair them with a curated selection of wines, brews, and bespoke cocktails. Using fresh, local ingredients, we promise a memorable dining journey in a setting that exudes timeless charm. Join us.

What Our customers Say

“The owners have done a fantastic job with renovating the Empire. With a nice public bar, a spacious and relaxing beer garden, a playground for the kids and even a soccer field. The Empire Hotel is certainly well worth a visit.”
Les Clarke
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“Fantastic food, beer, and service. We gave it a go for lunch and it was excellent. We had steak sandwiches with chips, it was delicious. Play ground was good for the young fella to have a play as well. Really looking forward to going back.”
James Keegan
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Out of 5
“A short walk from the Palmer Streets restaurants but well worth the effort. Recently renovated and re-opened. Plenty of different spots to enjoy a drink and a feed. You can watch the world go by out the front, take a rest at a wine barrel out the back or make the most of the amazing beer garden. No shortage of big screens to watch sport. Bar staff were great. And they're supporters of the Reschs Appreciation Society.”
Laurence Pratt
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“Phenomenal sticky fried chicken and calamari. Roomy outdoor beer garden, and the interior has also been renovated beautifully. Clean and well maintained areas.”
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Functions & Events

Nestled in the heart of Townsville, The Empire Hotel emerges as the premier destination for functions and events.

The perfect setting

With expertise in hosting elegant weddings, dynamic work functions, and vibrant birthday parties, our dedicated team ensures every occasion is memorable.

Utilising a blend of historic ambiance and modern amenities, we tailor each event to your vision. If you’re in Townsville and seeking a venue that combines class with impeccable service, look no further than The Empire Hotel. Make your event the talk of the town with us!

The Empire Hotel Townsville
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Features & Capacity


Up to 200


Up to 200


Up to 200