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The Institute Bar is the best kept secret in UCL; with pizzas, pool tables and a patio, it’s become a sanctuary for Postgraduates.

The Institute Bar is the most chilled of our bars, which is probably why it’s become such a popular Postgrad haunt. Kick back with one of our specialist whiskies and a game of pool and enjoy the best kept secret on campus.

Whether it’s a quiet craft beer in the sun, a flute of fizz on a Friday or a catch up over pizza, The Institute Bar has the answer. Our Postgrad bar’s comfy sofas are the perfect place to while away a few hours and unwind from the stresses of university life. With low prices, a programme of live entertainments and a chilled atmosphere, it’s a real hidden gem.

Food is served available daily and we have Jazz Jammin’ every Monday during term time from 8pm and a pub quiz every Wednesday during term time from 7pm.

Did you know that the Institute is moving?

Last year, students got together to oppose the university’s plans to close the bar and relocate it to a smaller venue in the basement. We’ve now secured agreement that we will still get a new bar, but that it will be a bigger, brighter space on the fourth floor. Take a look at the plans here.

Term-Time Opening Hours

Monday to Wednesday: 12pm - 11pm

Thursday to Friday: 12pm - midnight

Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED


The Institute Bar, Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG