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Cafe Bar Contemporary

Cafe Bar Contemporary

Our cafe bar designed by Matthew Brannon

Our cafe bar designed by Matthew Brannon

Live Music

Live Music

Our cafe bar designed by Matthew Brannon

Our cafe bar designed by Matthew Brannon

Live at Cafe.Bar.Contemporary

Live at Cafe.Bar.Contemporary



Café.Bar.Contemporary – the most elegant, artist designed café-bar in the city. If the sun comes out we’ll be opening our glass doors onto our terrace where you can soak up the rays or take shelter under our parasols.

Closed on Monday except Bank Holidays. We are open

Sun and Tue 10am to 7pm
Wed - Fri 10am to 9pm
Sat 10am to 11pm

Food and Drink

Our menu changes with the season – enjoy the finest quality local produce in our regular menu, and in our daily special lunch dishes devised by our resident chef.


Nottingham Contemporary's music programme brings you the best local, national and international contemporary music. Experience great music from the worlds of jazz, world, electronic, folk, blues, indie, soul and more. See what's on this week >>

Loyalty Cards

With a Loyalty Card receive 10% off food and drink, plus exclusive offers each month. Ask for one at the till.

Special Offers

Friday at Five End your working week in a cosy corner specially reserved for you, with free nibbles and offers on wine. Book in advance by phoning 0115 948 9754.

Family Elevenses Tots aged five and under get a free cookie week day mornings between 11am - 12pm. Bring your buggies and meet your mates.

Student Discount receive 10% off with NUS card.

NTU alumni can enjoy a 10% off food and drink with a Venture Card. See the NTU alumni webpage for more infomation.


Our Café Bar is a very important part of Nottingham Contemporary. We want our building to be a welcoming home for art and audiences, and the Café Bar is our kitchen, dining room, living room – and our garden, too.

Café.Bar.Contemporary is for everyone, from breakfast, through lunch, dinner and well into the evening. Families are most welcome – please ask for our special family offers – as are artists, business people, students, shoppers, the retired, our gallery goers – and everyone else.

Relax, linger, discuss, contemplate, meet - and eat and drink. Our menu is creative and affordable, sourced locally wherever possible. It offers international contemporary cuisine combined with classic British dishes. In the same vein we have continental beers, and local cask ales. We also offer fine wine, speciality teas and some serious coffee.

Our Café Bar is easy to find. Look out for S Mark Gubb’s neon sign above our Sun Terrace and walk down the new steps from Middle Hill. You can easily reach the Café Bar from our Main Entrance, too. Just follow the signs that lead down the stairs or take the lift to Level 1.

As you would expect, we have international art at Café.Bar.Contemporary. In fact we’re surrounded by Matthew Brannon’s.

Matthew Brannon

New York artist Matthew Brannon has given us possibly the most stylish art café in the country. He has designed murals, a screen and curtains that suggest a 50s American advertising aesthetic – sharp, sleek and sexy - and the lifestyles it invoked. Coffee cups, typewriters, flight and train tickets are the props for a fictionally glamorous lifestyle. Brannon’s work turns the Café Bar customers into the protagonists of chic yet cynical short stories. Blank notepads suggest that they are about to be written by us all.

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