Beer and peanuts are fine, but beer and and peanuts AND movies are even better…
It’s no longer enough for bars and pubs to serve beer, provide tables and seats and put on weekly karaoke and quizzes. Today’s discerning punters are on the hunt for something a little different, and movie nights provide exactly that.
What’s not to love about being able to watch a film where the bar’s practically within arm’s reach? Here are some of the best bars with movie nights in the UK.
The Brass Monkey, Edinburgh
It’s bit of a rite of passage for students or any newcomers to Edinburgh to learn about – and then attend – a movie night at The Brass Monkey’s original bar just off Nicolson Street. But their daily film screenings – along with a large array of bottled beer and a relaxed atmosphere – have proved so popular that they’ve replicated the concept at their second, larger bar on Leith Walk.
Brass Monkey, 14 Drummond Street / 362 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, 0131 556 1961 / 0131 554 5286
Despite billing themselves as the oldest bar and restaurants in Glasgow, Sloans keep things contemporary with the weekly movie night Eat Film in The Grand Ballroom. As the name suggests, you can watch a cult favourite while you chow down on some delicious grub (hot dogs, nachos and mac & cheese) – and it’s good value at £13.95 for two. They tend to keep the films seasonal, so expect plenty of festive flicks over the next few weeks.
Sloans, Argyll Arcade, 108 Argyle Street, Glasgow, www.sloansglasgow.com
Twenty Twenty Two, Manchester
Culture vultures are spoilt for choice in the Northern Quarter, and now even more so thanks to this relatively new addition to the area. It’s a multi-arts (plus ping pong) space, so as well as the exhibitions, gigs and club nights, it also puts on regular screenings. It’s worth keeping up with the latest events on Twitter or Facebook.
Twenty Twenty Two, Little Lever Street, Manchester, M1 1EZ, 0161 237 9360, www.twentytwentytwo.co.uk
Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Boasting a gig venue, gallery and kitchen, Belgrave Music Hall does many things well, and cinema is another string to its bow. The best thing about watching a cult favourite here, of course, is that you can order a pint of craft beer – or help yourself to popcorn if you prefer – and watch a movie in one of the coolest places in Leeds.
Belgrave Music Hall, 1A Cross Belgrave St, Leeds, LS2 8JP, 0113 242 2066, www.belgravemusichall.com
Crowd of Favours, Leeds
Secret cinema set up for bill and ted! Starts at 7:30! pic.twitter.com/6vN91KJcZC
— Crowd of Favours (@CrowdofFavours) June 17, 2014
Like most of the bars featured here, Crowd of Favours in Leeds puts the focus on cult classics. ‘Secret Cinema’ takes place every Tuesday night from 7.30pm. Best of all, it’s free (including free popcorn), and the bar is a real beer specialist with an eclectic range on tap. Recent films to screen have included Robocop, Running Man and Ghostbusters.
Crowd of Favours, Harper Street, Leeds, LS2 7EA, 0113 246 9405, www.crowdoffavours.co.uk
The Church, Birmingham
A relatively new addition to Birmingham’s bar scene, The Church has much going for it, including a rooftop area and its 1920s speakeasy-style decor, influenced by the traditions of New Orleans. But they’ve also started screening movies, and some of their selections are just as diverse as anything you’d find in an arthouse cinema programme, with guest curators sometimes involved.
The Church, 22 Great Hampton St. Birmingham B18 6AQ, 0121 448 3866, www.churchjq.co.uk
1331 Bar, York
Situated off the main tourist centre of the city, 1331 sports a small but very plush single cinema screen complete with luxury sofa-chairs and personal ordering service. A great place to book out if you and your mates fancy watching a Hollywood classic.
13 Grape Lane, York, Y01 7HU, 01904 661130, www.1331-york.co.uk
Roxy Bar & Screen, London
One of the very few customised cinema bars in the country, the Roxy in London is a top destination for film fans and is often cited in lists of the very best cinemas in the capital. As well as programming films that have recently been on general release, cult favourites and double bills, the Roxy also sources its food from the nearby Borough Market, has a decent cocktail list, and sometimes invites filmmakers along to talk about their work in the bar. Sofas and tables can only be reserved by members, so it’s best to arrive early.
Roxy Bar & Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB, 020 7407 4057, www.roxybarandscreen.co.uk
The Exhibit, London
Sofas and screens are a winning combination, and The Exhibit in London has enough two-seater leather couches to host 28 people in its cosy cinema room. Tickets are £7 but you can choose to take the Dinner & A Movie offer at just £15.90. Not bad at all.
The Exhibit, 12 Balham Station Road, London SW12 9SG, 020 8772 6556, www.theexhibit.co.uk
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