The astute among you will probably notice that Everyman is, in fact, a cinema. But it’s not like your average multiplex, and actually makes an effort to provide a nice atmosphere for casual drinkers who may or may not be interested in seeing a film.
The Everyman complex occupies two floors, with a pizzeria on the lower floor and the bar area and screens on the upper floor. The bar area is decked out with movie memorabilia and other studio paraphernalia and has several seating areas to choose from, including a very large and beautiful outdoor terrace that looks out onto the roof of Trinity’s section of Lands Lane. TV screens show classic movies in silence throughout the bar and neon signs advertise “24 hour liquor store” and “Durex”, for reasons unknown to us.
The beer selection is small but there’s something of everything here: Asahi, Pacifico, Brooklyn Lager, Black Sheep and Guinness “surger”. The prices leave something to be desired at £3.50-£4.80 for a bottle, but they’re not extortionate (considering you might pay that for a watered-down Pepsi in other cinemas…) and you are free to take them into a film with you if you want. As well as the main pizzeria downstairs there are mini-pizzas, bar snacks, cakes and (of course) popcorn available at the bar.
In addition to the three main screens there’s a tiny “Screen 5½” that shows classic or cult movies at special events, often with food or drink included, and it can be hired for your own private screenings when it’s not in use. And the toilets deserve a special mention: a long row of non-gendered cubicles with their own handwashing facilities. Why can’t all toilets be like this?
Because of the prices we’d normally only come here if we were going to see a film, but we’ll be keeping it in mind when we want a quiet drink in very pleasant surroundings.