Café and Bar


Tucked away in the basement of The Old Vic, Penny is your all-day and late-night neighbourhood café-bar with a heart – and you don’t need a ticket to come inside.

With a passion for ethical production, sustainability and local produce, it’s a place to grab your morning coffee, share a healthy, hearty meal and end your night once all the pubs (and shows) have closed.

Our carefully curated drinks menu includes speciality gins, with no and low alcohol options, craft beers from leading local brewers and spirits selected with sustainability in mind – including a vodka which invests in the future of the snow leopard.

From our sourdough breakfast rolls and warming soups to delicious toasties and sharing boards made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients (and with a third of the menu offering vegan options) there’s something for everyone in our kitchen – pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner from 8am–11.30pm.

All of our disposable plastic and paper cups, straws and takeaway items are 100% biodegradable and you can join us in our commitment to be 100% single-use plastic free by early 2020.

Our new food menu is designed by London-based café Brown & Green.


Penny is fully accessible via the lift from the entrance on Webber Street.

Opening times

Mon–Wed: 8am–1am
Thu–Fri: 8am–2am
Sat: From 1pm (when there is a matinee show) or 6pm–2am

Please note: Penny will be closed on Tue 21 Jan 5pm–midnight and Thu 23 Jan 8am–5pm

Penny Food Menu Penny Drinks Menu


The Foyer bar is open every day as a public bar (you don’t need a ticket)

Opening times:
Mon–Fri: 9am–11.30pm
Sat: From 1pm (when there is a matinee show) or 6pm–2am

Please note that post-show, Penny and the Foyer Bar operate as late-night public bars and anyone under the age of 18 won’t be admitted.

Foyer Bar Drinks Menu


From 6pm pre-show service begins in the Dress and Baylis Circle level bars and anyone with an e-ticket can order a pre-show or interval drink (only those over 18 can purchase alcohol). These bars will stay open until the end of a show.

Circle and Baylis Bar Drinks Menu

Skip the queue

You can pre-order your interval and post-show drinks using The Old Vic Bar app. Receive 10% off your first order when using The Old Vic Bar app. Download the app for free from the App Store and Google Play to pre-order and pay for your drinks.

Drinks can be booked right up to the start of the performance. Once you’ve placed your order, you’ll receive confirmation and your drinks will be ready for you to collect when and where you choose.

Please note that for your comfort and security there are bag checks in operation – we appreciate your patience and understanding.