Cocktails, Aperitifs, Dinner & a Show!

Cocktails, Aperitifs, Dinner & a Show!


Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre is a year-round celebration of arts and culture offering a spectacular 2024 season chock full of surprises. There’s drama, magic, comedy, fringe, musicals, rock stars and of sublime moments of classic beauty. Now is the time to dive in, book tickets and plan pre- and post-theatre possibilities. 

Pre-theatre is all about shaking off the day and getting in the mood. Local bar staff can definitely help by matching cocktails and aperitifs to upcoming shows – just ask them. When it comes to dining, keep it light pre-show and top-up afterwards. A variety of delicious share platters and light meals are available throughout Toowoomba CBD venues. 

Post-theatre suppers and sweets are essential energy-boosters for those who like to kick-on. Others may prefer to sit quietly and mull over the complexities of their recent experience. Think gourmet ice-creams, coffees, cakes, fine wines and cocktails. 



Great bars with fabulous light dining options – all within walking distance of the Empire Theatre: 

  • UVA Wine Bar
  • Cork & Lever Wine Bar
  • The Rock 
  • Tailgate Sports Bar – great for beer lovers
  • And of course, the much-loved Encore’s right next door to the theatre which offers a popular and carefully designed pre-theatre menu. 



Most bar venues stay open late on Friday and Saturday nights but best to check online:

Some suggestions from us include

  • Gelatissimo for gelato, cakes and coffee
  • Fitzy’s for cocktails and live music


For Kicking on

  • George Banks Rooftop – views over the city 
  • Bodega Bar – bring your dancing shoes
  • Bone Idol Brewery – live music and shuffleboard