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Your new pop-up bar on campus

It has been a long time coming, but the new pop-up bar has finally opened its doors to students and staff on the IOE concourse on 20 Bedford Way. 

The new bright and shiny, temporary pop-up bar, which we named (hold your breath) ‘Institute Outside Bar’, is basically everything you loved about the old bar, but outside in a pop-up building which will stay with us until the new place on level 4 is ready for us. Like the old bar, the temporary space will remain a sanctuary for Postgraduates and the most chilled of our bars with pizzas, comfy sofas, pool tables (yes, they are back) and great drink deals.

Kick back with one of our specialist whiskies and a game of pool or enjoy a slice of our delicious pizza. With low prices, a programme of live entertainments and a chilled atmosphere, it’s a real hidden gem.

Fancy some food? 

Take a sneak peek at our drink offers…

We have a lot more exciting times ahead! Watch this space for our 125th birthday celebrations for Students’ Union UCL in the IOB and for updates on Wimbledon and World Cup public viewing, 

Just a quick recap

Should you hear about this for the first time, here is a quick recap of what happened so far. 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 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: 12:00 - 23:00

Thursday to Friday: 12:00 - midnight

Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED


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