After The Theatre in London
Planning a night at the theatre but don’t really know where to go for after the theatre drinks? London is a cultural hub in terms of great theatre, with some of the best shows in the world, so you won’t be lacking of choice for musical, dramatic or comedic entertainment. But don’t fret; ‘theatreland’ has much more to offer in terms of post theatre bars in London. If you don’t want your night to end right away, there are plenty of post theatre drinking spots in London. Here are some recommendations of bars near theatres where you can take advantage of special deals and simply have somewhere to discuss the spectacle while sipping some delicious cocktails.
Last updated on 1st September 2016
Mint Leaf is an excellent Indian bar and restaurant near Piccadilly Circus, which specialises in creating contemporary and innovative Indian dishes from carefully selected ingredients. Mint Leaf is perfect as an after theatre bar in London as it has both pre and post-theatre menus available between 5.30pm and 11.00pm. Choose either a 2-course meal for £13.95 or a 3-course meal for £17.50 and get amazing food for a great price. Or you could simply head straight to their cocktail bar to relish in their extensive cocktail menu along with some light bar snacks and platters.
The Slug & Lettuce is the perfect place to reflect on your night in the West End. Moments from the iconic Palladium; the venue offers a vibrant atmosphere abreast with a considerable chunk of theatre-goers who come for a delicious wine, draught beer or bottled world lager and a good old chat.
Resting fittingly above the Barons Court Theatre, Curtains Up is a cosy pub that's ideal for anyone looking to wind the evening down after a show. Beautifully decorated, the plain beige walls and simple yet homely mahogany bar contrasts wonderfully with the fine details of the colourful chairs and patchwork couches. To really put a smile on the face of their guests, the team of chefs have devised a menu of traditional British dishes, including the likes of ale-battered fish & chips, succulent burgers and seasoned steaks.
If you are looking for something a bit more exclusive for post theatre drinks, then the members only Covent Garden Cocktail Club is for you. Don’t worry if you’re not a member, it’s free to sign up; all you have to do is fill out a simple form, and voila! You have access to an exciting venue, offering nothing but the best of ‘classic British hospitality’. With only the highest trained mixologists and bartenders, you will not be disappointed in the array of drinks they are more than happy to prepare for you.
Dirty Martini is a definite go-to as for after theatre drinks in London. Specialising in different types of Martini, you will find yourself tempted by many of their exciting concoctions. Not just that, their other cocktails will have your head spinning with joy as well. If you’re ready to let loose and stretch those legs, Dirty Martini is open till 3am on weekends and blasts party tunes that will have you dancing all night. If you catch an early showing during the week you may even make it in time for Happy Hour, 5pm to 10pm.
If you’re wishing for an adventurous night following the theatre, look no further than the Experimental Cocktail Club in Soho. This Paris inspired, speakeasy style cocktail club is like no other in town. Perfect as a post theatre bar in London, be amazed by an impressive collection of spirits and liquors from the 1940s and 1950s, and by their range of exciting cocktails and mixology. Spend your night in this Parisian inspired décor with dark furniture and low lighting for an intimate atmosphere.
Christopher’s Martini Bar is a great restaurant bar to go to after the theatre. Go straight to the glamorous American deco Martini Bar to sample some classic, contemporary and decadent drinks. Alternatively, you can head to the celebrated American Dinning Room for pre/post theatre meals served till 11.30pm. Hear you can choose from some refreshingly light starters, a variety of deliciously prepared proteins for mains, and something sweet to top off your meal; they also offer great vegetarian options for non-meat eaters.
Mark’s Bar, in the basement of the HIX restaurant, is a New York style apothecary cocktail bar. Located in the heart of ‘theatreland’ it has become a popular place for people to go to as a post theatre bar in London. Open till 1am, you can go down to Mark’s Bar and have fun playing at the pool table or explore their quirky menu of ‘historical curiosities and celebrations’ bringing you an original experience.
Designed in authentic Art Deco surroundings, Bar Américain is a sophisticated choice if you want to relax and have a chat with friends and family and aren’t too fussed about holding back on the cash. Located right by Piccadilly Circus it is one of the classiest bars near the theatre district. A young, professional and trendy place for a glamorous night, enjoy classic and house special cocktails, wines and champagne to your taste.