Five of the best gallery bars

From cocktails to craft beers to a bite to eat. We take a look at some of the best places to refresh yourself after imbibing all that art.

Martini Bar, Barbican. London

Martini Bar, Barbican. London


Martini Bar

Located on the first floor of the iconic Barbican arts complex in the heart of the capital, the Martini Bar brings a touch of Sixties chic to enjoying a pre- or post-show drink. It was actually opened during 2012's James Bond exhibition, and has been offering a selection of cocktails ever since both – shaken and stirred – from the classic martini to the spicy mojito.


Baltic Kitchen

Walk across the Millennium Bridge and explore five levels of contemporary art before heading down to the Baltic Kitchen, which serves a great selection of food, hot drinks, soft drinks and boozy ones too. Sit out on the terrace with a beer or glass of wine and watch the people and the river meander by, with the iconic Tyne Bridge in the background.


Terrace Bar

The Terrace Bar at the Tate Modern is open to until 10.30pm six nights a week, serving food and drinks. After a walk around the extensive collection of modern art, enjoy a beverage or two overlooking the Thames and the amazing panoramic views of London. As well as running a traditional wine cellar, they also specialise in gin and have teamed up with the Sacred Distillery to create their own recipe which changes twice yearly.



Belfast’s MAC is a great multidisciplinary arts venue that features a range of exhibitions, shows and performances. The restaurant is run by a local artisan caterers who specialise in showcasing food and drink from across Northern Ireland. They also have their own herb and salad garden on site. The bar serves a range of locally brewed beers and is the perfect place to start your night out in the city’s exciting Cathedral Quarter.


Arnolfini Cafe Bar

Situated in Bristol's historic waterfront, the Arnolfini is a great place to take in a range of eclectic and exciting contemporary and experimental art. The popular cafe bar serves a range of locally sourced food. Think cheese boards, cured meats and homemade cakes. On the drinks front, they serve a wide selection of wines, specially selected for the venue, making it a great place to unwind after wandering round the gallery, before heading out to enjoy the city's buzzing harbour district.