Get Spirited away in the Science of Alcohol at the Science Museum’s October Lates with MasterCard


Whether you enjoy a glass of red wine or prefer a pint, there’s plenty to sample as Science Museum Lates explores the science of alcohol this Halloween on Wednesday October 31st, 6.45pm – 10.00pm. Here’s to a truly lively evening as we delve into the science of alcohol, including distilling, brewing, mixology and the effect of alcohol on people.

Raise a glass in our Sake tasting workshop, brew your own ginger beer and discover the science and social history of distilling gin, in our special alcohol-themed events. We’ll also be looking at the serious side of drinking, with talks on alcoholism and the effect of alcohol.

Other activities include…

Cockroach Tours, meet at the front of Making the Modern World gallery, Ground Floor. Times: 7.30-8.00pm, 8.45-9.15pm.
Put yourself in their shells. Take a Cockroach Tour of the Science Museum and get a quirky and inquisitive take on the human race.

Speed Dating, Launchpad City, Third Floor - 8.15-9.30pm
This could be your chance to meet the person of your dreams... or possibly nightmares. There’s also a free drink thrown in for all daters. Limited numbers, buy tickets early to avoid disappointment. Charge £10, free to members. Tickets can be purchased from the main ticket desk on the ground floor.

Silent Disco, Exploring Space, Ground Floor, 7.30-9.40pm
Whether you’re practising your moves or just in the mood to slam dunk the funk, grab a headset, select your tunes and dance until you drop. The Science Museum does not accept responsibility for the quality of some of the moves you will see this evening.

Punk Science, IMAX Theatre – 8.15-9.00pm
In this month's Punk Science comedy spectacular we'll be experimenting with alcohol and seeing if we can make real life beer goggles. So, if you're the kind of person who's stupid enough to attend a lecture given by idiots this is the show for you.

The Pub Quiz, upper level Energy café, Ground Floor Mezzanine, Ground Floor, 8.00-9.00pm
Come to our Pub Quiz. It’s now an institution, with fantastic treats for the winners. Losers get directions to the library for extra swotting.
Places limited to 70 visitors. Charge £2, free to members.

Launchpad, Third Floor – including science shows - 7.30, 8.00, 8.30, 9.00pm
You remember it well from when you were nine... and if you don’t, now’s your chance to discover what you missed. Exercise your brain through interactive science fun with no kids between you and the big red buttons.

Who Am I? Gallery Tour, First Floor, 8.15-8.45pm
Do our genes define who we are or does nurture still have an important effect? Join us on this tour to see how genes impact on our whole lives and beyond!
Suitable for deaf and hearing visitors

Fly with the Red Arrows in Fly Zone, All night, charges apply
Discover the thrill of flying in the cockpit of a Red Arrows jet in our breathtaking Red Arrows 3D flight simulation theatre.
Half-price Lates special offer – £3 per ride. £5 combination tickets available for Red Arrows 3D and Legend of Apollo 4D. Members go free.

The Lates VIP area, Cosmos and Culture, First Floor, All Evening
Calling all Science Museum members and Corporate members. Visit our VIP members’ area, where you can pick up your free drink and sugary treats, and enjoy our giant games.
For priority member queues you must arrive at least 10 minutes before the event starts (limited allocation). Please note we are currently not accepting new members

MasterCard Bar, Challenge of Materials - 6.45-9.30pm
MasterCard, partner of the Science Museum Lates, will be hosting their MasterCard Bar offering complimentary drinks, canapés, a specialist talk as well as a themed workshop for cardholders who have registered in advance at

Coming soon…

November Lates, 28 November – The Science of Communication.
Lates in November celebrates 20 years since the first text message was sent.


For further information about the Science Museum, please contact:

Will Stanley
Science Museum Press Officer
020 7942 4429 | 07971 312 915


Entry to Lates is FREE, no booking necessary
Doors open 6.45 – 10pm, Wednesday 31st October
For further information visit or call 0870 870 4868.

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Open daily 10.00 to 18.00, except 24-26 December
0870 870 4868 |

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