Come and join us at the Rival's Bar & Café and soak up the unique and stunning view of the Royal Exchange Theatre


From 11am until the show starts at 2.30pm or 7.30pm.

On a matinee day (usually Wednesday and Saturday), The Rivals Café will reopen after the show and stay open until the evening show.

When there is a show on, you can access The Rivals Bar through the separate entrance via St Ann’s Square.


The Rivals Bar and our new bottle bar will both be open, serving a range of drinks including some new craft beers.  Pre-order your interval drinks before the show starts to save time later on. And don’t forget that The Rivals Bar is still open after the show so why not enjoy a post-show drink with us.

Our new Bottle Bar is situated next to our cloakroom. The Bottle Bar serves bottles and cans of beer, cans of gin and tonic, cans of wine and a selection of soft drinks. Open before the show and during the interval only. Card and cash accepted.


The Rivals Café is also open every day (besides Sundays) from 11 am for delicious hot drinks and snacks. We also have a new tasty Christmas menu, with lots of mouth-watering treats such as mince pies, mulled wine and festive paninis!

As well as selection of sweet & savoury treats with ice cream available pre-show, as well as during the interval. There are a number of outlets dotted around the theatre, with card and cash accepted throughout.


Please note – cold drinks are allowed into the module but must be transferred into our reusable eco-friendly plastic glasses (just please remember to return them!) No glass or ceramic mugs/plates is allowed inside the auditorium and please do not take hot food or hot drinks into the auditorium for safety reason. Thank you.


  • Malaysian Style Chicken & Veg Curry
  • Chorizo & Sweet Potato Stew
  • French Style Creamy Chicken Stew
  • Chicken & Butternut & Quinoa Stew
  • Sweet Potato Caribbean Style Curry (vegan)
  • Thai Veg Curry (vegan)
  • Cauliflower & Lentil Malaysian Curry (vegan)
  • Tomato & coconut Butternut Curry (vegan)
  • Chickpea, Potato, Tomato & Lentil Indian Style Curry (vegan)
  • Moroccan Aubergine, Chickpea, Apricot & Almond Stew (vegan)

(Please note, we rotate our menu and any of the above meals can be available during the week)