The new Wonder Bar at the New Theatre has just been opened at the top of the entertainment venue

Step through the looking glass into a curious new theatre bar

A CURIOUS new space where audiences can escape, ahead of performances, has been launched at the New Theatre Oxford. 

The Wonder Bar, which takes inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, officially opened this week with an extra-special tea party bursting with teapot cocktails, cupcakes and croquet. 

And we were there to enjoy the teapots filled with cocktails and fairy cakes extraordinaire.

The transformed bar, which was previously the Balcony Bar and largely unused, is now filled with topsy-turvy quirkiness – from curious eat-me treats to top hats, teacups and a bar covered in playing cards. 

The Wonder Bar will be open to ticket holders pre-show and interval as well as being used for a programme of events and is also available for private hire. 

Theatre Manager Alice Pegrum said: “The theme of Alice in Wonderland is perfect for the Wonder Bar. It has strong Oxford connections and is incredibly theatrical, which is perfect for us. 

“The launch party was a huge success and we had some wonderful feedback on the look of the bar from our guests. We’re now looking forward to audiences making use of this fantastic space.

“The team here at the theatre have creatively worked together to transform this underused area into an amazing space with plenty of things to catch your attention. You really do notice something new every time you go in there.”

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