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
  • Reduced price entry to exhibitions with National Art Pass

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

  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Free entry to all

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

  • Tate Modern, London
  • 50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass

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.



  • Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast
  • Free entry to all

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

  • Arnolfini, Bristol
  • Free entry to all

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.

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