Sculpture Bar at the National Gallery

19 Jan

After just a few weeks, the Veuve Cliquot Sculpture Bar at the National Gallery (timed with the Renaissance exhibition) has become a big hit. Set amongst the Sculpture Garden, it just might be the new “OPH drinks” which previously attracted a large crowd on Friday afternoons.

I’m always up for Friday afternoon drinks, so thought it was well worth checking out.

The Bar officially opens at 5, and I can confirm it was packed by 6. Most people were crowded close to the bar area, where there were two bars – one only serving Coopers Pale and

Drinking in front of a sculpture - very refined

Sparkling Ales (this line was much shorter) – but, being set up in the Sculpture Garden, many people were found lounging in the sprawling gardens nearby. (Amusingly, one of the security guards was running around quite frantically removing all the empty glasses that people had placed on the sculptures!)

We’d read that the Bar would cater for a fee, so were pleasantly surprised when a waiter came up to us with one of those little cardboard Chinese takeaway containers filled with just the right amount of simply delicious mushroom pasta. We watched as the waiter went around to everyone with his black drinks tray piled with the ‘dishes’ and they were gobbled up. While a little slow (I would have been jealous if we weren’t one of the first served), it was incredibly civilised – no rush to the bar for free food. And it was really great – much better than our dinner following – I wanted more.

The Coopers bar area had run out of Pale Ale by 7.30 or so, but we still ordered a Sparkling so that we didn’t have to wait in the other line. It was lovely to wander through the sculptures – most people were using the evening to socialise rather than take advantage of art around them.

Great venue. Great relaxed atmosphere. Great food. I wouldn’t be surprised if we find ourselves back there tomorrow!

Date: Friday, 13 January

Cost: Free + two drinks each (more if you want to go to the exhibit of course)

Worthwhile factor: Very worthwhile

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2 Responses to “Sculpture Bar at the National Gallery”

  1. Geoff April 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    Art, alcohol and a pleasant evening … I do like your “Worthwhile-ometer”. I didn’t get my bottom to the Sculpture Bar this season but I’m going this coming season 🙂


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