The full ADC experience is returning as our bar reopens this Summer!

The ADC Bar is reopening this Summer with an order and collection service available for all our audiences.

When the theatre reopens to in-person audiences this May, you will be able to order drinks and snacks from the bar to take into the auditorium and enjoy during the show.

Pre-show and interval drinks can be ordered at the bar upon arrival at the theatre and up to five minutes before the performance is scheduled to begin. We recommend arriving early to ensure you have time to order and pick-up your drinks before the show. Once you collect your drink, you can only consume it inside the auditorium.

Interval orders can be picked-up from the collection point in the bar, with a limited counter service available for any further purchases.

You can even buy one of our delicious Beechdean interval ice creams before you arrive at the theatre. Simply add an ice cream to your basket when buying your ticket online and bring along your print-at-home ice cream voucher to the bar counter or to one of our ice cream collection points. A wide range of flavours are on offer subject to availability.

In order to speed up our service, a slightly reduced menu will be available which can be viewed in advance on our website. This will include a range of beers and ciders on tap and our house wines supplied by the Cambridge Wine Merchants. A selection of soft drinks and spirits and mixers including our esteemed show cocktail of the week will also be available.

We kindly request that all customers continue to observe the theatre’s social distancing policy and one-way system at all times. With sufficient social distancing, reduced capacity and ventilation measures in place in our auditorium, customers are permitted to temporarily remove their face coverings when at their seats in order to consume drinks or snacks purchased from the bar; however, we ask you to please promptly replace your face covering in between.

Payment should be by card or contactless only. Cash payments will not be available.

All drinks will be served in plastic receptacles which should be left by your seat or outside of the auditorium after the show.

ADC Friends and Fellows will be able to continue to enjoy exclusive discounts on all drinks and snacks from the bar, as well as £1 off ice creams. To find out more about joining our membership programme, visit

Frequently Asked Questions

What COVID-19 safety measures will be put in place to allow the bar to operate?

- Social distancing markers and a one-way system is in place throughout the venue.
- 1m+ social distancing in the auditorium, alongside regular cleaning and natural ventilation.
- Mandatory face coverings for all customers and staff, alongside stringent hygiene protocols.
- The bar will operate as a contactless service.

What drink options will be available?

The ADC Theatre’s bar will be serving a limited range of alcoholic and soft beverages as well as snacks, for customers to enjoy in the theatre during the show. The reduced menu will be available to view on our menu soon.

Will I be able to order a show cocktail?

Our signature termly cocktail menu themed around upcoming shows will be back, with a brand new show cocktail available to try each week. Customers will only be able to order the show cocktail for that week. The 2 for £7 offer will be temporarily unavailable.

Do I need to order food with my drink?

As a COVID-secure performing arts venue, the ADC Theatre is exempt from having to provide a substantial meal alongside serving alcoholic beverages. Therefore, you can enjoy a drink whilst seated in the auditorium without having to order food.

How do I get a discount at the bar?

ADC Friends are eligible for a 10% discount on bar purchases, with ADC Fellows eligible for a 15% discount. All ADC members and CUADC members are eligible for £1 off interval ice creams. Simply show your membership card when placing your order and we will be happy to apply the discount for you.

How do I order drinks for the interval?

We cannot guarantee that the bar will be open for sales during the interval for every performance. We highly recommend that any drinks or snacks for collection during the interval are ordered at the bar order point upon arrival at the theatre. Your order will then be available to pick up from the designated collection point in the bar during the interval. Our staff will be on hand to guide you through our one-way system.

Can I visit the bar if I am not seeing that evening’s show?

Unfortunately, with present government restrictions, the bar will only be open for ticketed customers and a seated table service will not be available.

Can I remove my face covering in the theatre?

Face coverings should be worn at all times in the venue and can only be temporarily removed when seated in the auditorium to drink beverages bought from the bar. We kindly ask that all customers replace their face covering as soon as possible when not eating or drinking.

Can I sit in the bar to eat or drink my purchase?

Bar service will only be offered to ticketed customers for that afternoon or evening’s performance. Drinks and snacks can only be consumed when seated in the auditorium.

Will communal tap water facilities be available?

There will be no self-service or communal drinks facilities available; however, glasses of tap water can be requested for free from the Box Office or Bar.

Can I order an ice cream for the interval?

Our delicious interval ice creams supplied by Beechdean are back! These can be pre-ordered before the show and can also be purchased from the bar counter. Please be aware that flavours are subject to availability and we cannot guarantee the availability of any specific flavour at the point of ordering.