7 London Theatre Bars to Grab a Drink at This Summer
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 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!
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!
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.
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.
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.”
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!