Food & Drink

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Festival Theatre Café

Whether you are looking for a healthy lunch or a guilty pleasure; a quick fizzy drink or a long relaxing cuppa; a place to enjoy the sunshine or watch the rain fall, the Festival Theatre Cafe is the place to be.

Bars at the Festival Theatre

With access to the auditorium split over 5 levels (Stalls on level 1, Dress Circle on levels 2 and 3, and the Upper Circle on levels 4 and 5), the Festival Theatre has 3 foyer levels equipped with a café and bars for servicing each area of the auditorium. See below for more information about our bars and their location.

All our bars have a range of beers, wines, spirits, soft drinks and bar snacks. There are also self-service water dispensers on Foyers 1 and 2. A wide selection of coffees and other hot drinks are available at the Edinburgh Gin Bar whilst on foyer 2 tea and filter coffee is available.

Our drinks menu


Help us reduce single-use plastic

With over 90% of plastic currently not being recycled, it is more important than ever to reduce the use of single-use plastic. To help do our bit, we have introduced reusable plastic cups at the Festival Theatre. If you wish to take your drink into the auditorium, remember to ask for a reusable cup.

At the end of the performance, you can deposit your cup in one of our collection buckets and it will be washed and re-used. Your cooperation helps us continue to make our venues greener and we thank you.

Where can you purchase drinks, ice creams or programmes? 

On the ground floor, we have our Festival Theatre Café and the box office. On Foyer 1 (F1 on our wayfinding signage and located between auditorium Levels 1 and 2) we have the Edinburgh Gin Bar and The Wine Bar (see below for more information). 

On Foyer 2 (F2) we have the Stewart Brewing Bar which is best for those sitting in the Upper Circle or Dress Circle level 3.

On Level 1 (Stalls) we also have a merchandise counter where you can purchase show programmes, merchandise, soft drinks, sweets and delicious S.Luca ice cream. At the interval of each performance, our Front of House staff will be selling ice creams inside the auditorium. Programmes are available for purchase inside the auditorium pre-show.

Discover our Bars

The Edinburgh Gin bar

We are proud to work with local gin producer, Edinburgh Gin. At this bar you will find the full range of Edinburgh Gin products including some limited-edition gins and the ever-popular Edinburgh Gin Liqueurs – when added to a glass of Prosecco it creates the ultimate Gin Fizz.

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The Wine Bar

We work closely with our suppliers and present an interesting and varied selection of wines in this bar. Champagne by the glass is also available from here so before we raise the curtain on the performance you can head here and raise a glass, relax and enjoy!

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Stewart Brewing Bar

We are proud to be sponsored by local brewery, Stewart Brewing, who supply us with a wide range of delicious Stewart’s beers for all three of our bars. Grab a beer and enjoy looking out to the magnificent views of Arthur's Seat and the Crags across Surgeons Hall.

The Stewart Brewing Bar is the closest bar to Level 3 and the Upper Circle, but it's often the quietest bar pre-show to enjoy the views and avoid the queues!

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