Opening times and how to find us

Our core opening hours are:

Wednesday 12 – 10pm*
Thursday 12 – 10pm*
Friday 12 – 10pm
Saturday 12 – 10pm
Sunday 12 – 4pm
* We will sometimes close earlier if there are no events on Weds/Thurs

We are also open at other times for events, take a look at our calendar

178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW

How to find us

We are on the intersection of Commercial Road (where the City Art Gallery/Central Library is) and Above Bar Street, next door to Mango Above Bar and Goblets Wine Bar and The Frog & Parrot, opposite the Southampton Solent University building.

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We are in a city centre and we’re not going to tell a lie, parking can be tricky at times.  Please see here for the best parking places and allow a little extra time if you are coming to a workshop or event to find parking.  Please don’t park in the depot behind us as you may get clamped!


We are situated on two floors.  The ground floor has level access and an accessible toilet, a variety of seating and large print menus are available on request.

Our first floor gallery is often the location of performances and workshops – it is accessed via a wide staircase with two corners, and bannisters either side.  Sadly we do not have wheelchair access to the first floor at the moment.  Individual events will usually have details about where they will be and whether they can be relocated to the ground floor if needed.

The cafe has a wide variety of seating, quieter spaces and our crew are all committed to making your visit as pleasant as possible – if you need anything, please just ask.

Are children allowed at The Art House?

Oh yes!  We have a toybox, a kid’s menu, baby changing facilities and are a very welcoming space for families.  If you do bring your little ones, please be aware that it’s not OK to bring your own food for them unless they are very little babies, and if you do bring baby food we ask that it be vegetarian.  Also, remember our crew are volunteers so be aware of the mess your small companions may be making and perhaps have a little tidy before you leave.

What about dogs?!

Well behaved canine companions are very welcome, please ensure that they’re kept on a lead and don’t bother other customers, though.  If you need water for your doggie, please ask.