Hidden in the basement of Brighton’s coolest hotel I recently discovered another Brighton secret – a cocktail bar I didn’t know was there. The speakeasy concept might be a little overdone in other cities, but in Brighton there aren’t many options, so for our latest date night, Dan and I had to check it out…
You’ll find The Curious Mr Hanbury cocktail bar in the Artist Residence Hotel in Regency Square. Once inside, walk through the snug bar, down the stairs and you’ll see a bookshelf. Give it a gentle push, and….
… you’ll find yourself inside a dark and cosy cocktail bar!
There’s space for 14 people, but we had the place all to ourselves. There’s no menu, instead you describe your favourite drinks, ingredients and flavours to the barman or lady, and what you’re in the mood for and like a mindreader, she mixes up your favourite drink.
My cocktail’s a winner. I love vodka drinks so ordered a twist on the traditional Cosmopolitan with blackberry syrup instead of cranberry. It was incredible – the bar lady totally read my mind. Dan’s Coca Cola Old F Fashioned was also a winner. Verdict? This cosy hidden cocktail bar is a great little find, and the perfect jumping off point before dinner at this cool Japanese restaurant around the corner.
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