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7 London Theatre Bars to Grab a Drink at This Summer

31 July 2018 by TodayTix
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A trip to the theatre doesn’t just have to be about the main event. If you find yourself with some time to kill before a show, check out some of our favourite theatre bars for the perfect pre-show drinks or nibbles.

Don’t want your night to end so soon? Some of these bars even open late, making them the ideal place to hangout after the show!

The Cut Bar

The Young Vic
With an outdoor roof terrace and over-spill area on the ground level, The Cut Bar at the Young Vic offers a tasty, seasonal menu as well as cocktails, wines and craft beer. This bustling, airy space within the theatre’s award-winning building has delicious food and drink and a vibrant atmosphere, and it’s is great for people watching!

The Bridge Theatre
Possibly one of the most beautiful modern theatre foyers in London, a visit to the Bridge Theatre is not complete without spending some time in the large café-bar area. For a pre-theatre bite to eat, check out the specially devised sandwich menu, as well as the changing selection of cakes, signature doughnuts, and freshly made ice cream. The bar is stocked with St. JOHN wines, local beers, and classic cocktails.

The bar at The Old Vic

The Old Vic 

For a relaxed all-day artisan cafe or late night drinks, the bar in the basement of The Old Vic serves up coffee, unique cocktails, instagrammable brunches and seasonal dishes from the best London suppliers. Come in for some air con during those hot summer nights. Plus our favourite thing: it’s open until 2AM on the weekends!

Book now for the powerful new adaptation of Patrick Ness’s piercing novel, “A Monster Calls.”

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 

Off to meet those dancing feet? If you’re heading to see “42nd Street” this summer, make sure you give yourself time to enjoy a drink on the outdoor terrace! Set in one of the oldest theatre sites in London, make your way up the sweeping staircase of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to the Grand Saloon on the Dress Circle level.

Unlock £25 Rush tickets for “42nd Street,” starring Bonnie Langford, from Sept. 3!

The Swan Bar at Shakespeare’s Globe


The Globe 

Located at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, Swan is a beautiful Bar and Restaurant set over two floors, with stunning views of the Thames and St Paul’s. The Balcony Room has been transformed this summer into an enchanted midsummer’s garden. By day, you can enjoy Midsummer Night’s Dream Afternoon Tea and by night, check out Puck’s Gin Emporium for delicious cocktails and sharing boards.

Encompassing political intrigue, tragic death and wild humour, don’t miss the 2018 Summer Season at Shakespeare’s Globe! Book standing tickets now for just £8.

Menier Chocolate Factory

With bare brick and timber beams, the restaurant at the Menier Chocolate Factory incorporates all the charm and history of this renovated factory. Going to see “Spamilton”? Don’t miss their specially themed pre-theatre menu, which includes “vegetable BURRitos,” “Schulyer Sisters sliders,” and “The cake turned upside down.”

Unlock the Rush for “Spamilton” and get ready to buy £20 tickets every performance day!

The National Theatre

A relaxed and friendly craft beer pub at the National Theatre, The Understudy has outdoor riverside seating and serves a range of craft beers, wines and cocktails. With free board games and a schedule of live music, you don’t even need to be going to the theatre to enjoy the great atmosphere!

Don’t miss Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) in the acclaimed production of “Julie” at the National Theatre.