Stepping through into The Mesmerist is like stepping back into a brooding episode of Boardwalk Empire, decadent yet dark. From a shelf brimming with oddities and vintage luggage trunks to rich leather chesterfield booths and kitsch wallpapers, The Mesmerist have taken their 1920s theme and created a moment in history.
Vintage Bars in Brighton
Vintage is no longer reserved to that hand me down radio that your nan re-wrapped for Crimbo, vintage is now a lifestyle, a design choice and a down right chipper way to decorate your bar. From petite bars doused in junkyard trinkets to pubs that are found in a building of vintage heritage, Brighton is leading the raring retro front. Check out our recommendation for the best vintage bar in Brighton; their decor might be dated, but they're leading the charge when it comes to cool bars in the city.
Vintage need not be all about scruffy wares and junkyard collectibles, vintage can also represent the glitz and glamour of a particular era; with Proud Brighton being just that vintage ticket. From its seductive charm and 1930s glitz to its collection of burlesque shows, cabaret nights and fanciful vintage adornments, even the building that Proud Brighton resides in is a thing of historical charm.
The Nightingale Room is a secret den of 1920s glamour and intrigue located on the first floor of Grand Central Pub. The bar is now an excellent live music venue along with regular cabaret and burlesque performances.
Housed in a Georgian building, Bohemia has the credentials of a serious vintage bar. The decor is eclectic with bare-brick walls, leather booths and bright bicycles mixing it up. On sunny days there's a roof terrace, and for a special treat, try their Champagne afternoon tea.
From candlelit tables and mahogany seating booths to sumptuous spirits, Speakeasy at The Wick is a prohibition den of splendour and vintage regalia. Join in with the speakeasy vibe in this 1920s bar which is adorned with old photos and a sense of the secret.
These lovely Brighton ladies are keeping cocktails and tea parties a sweet 1950s affair in the heart of Kemptown. A Parisian style bar-cum-cafe for romantic evening tipples and hen nights, Metrodeco is dripping in vintage wares and retro thoroughfare.
Some would call it vintage, some would call it a mess, we'd call it a dream of a drinking den! From junkyard oddities and a spinning mannequin head to greet you on arrival to their ever-expanding collection of past-due wares, The Bee's Mouth is a style of vintage bar unto its own, from its quirky collectables through to its premium beer menu and cracking cocktails.
Vintage boozers used to boast sawdust on their floors, and guess what, this joint just so happens to have the same. From their dated furniture and walls smothered in historical regalia to bookcases brimming with vintage pages, JW Lennon's are keeping the boozers of old alive with their charm and dusty collectables.
Other than the telephone and the bar staff, we doubt you'll find anything at The Black Dove that isn't from at least 50 or so years back. From its main first floor bar bustling with dark interiors, candelabras and deep emerald curtains to a galleon-inspired basement room, The Black Dove have mastered the art of junkyard rustling and retro thoroughfare.
It may look like your bog standard boozer on the exterior, but nip on in to the Hobgoblin and your peepers will be treated to a fun-filled selection of vintage treasures. From retro game console tables and cracked ol' chesterfields to walls smothered in vintage gig posters; the Hobgoblin aren't going for any particular era, but they're bang on when it comes to a rustle down your local junkyard.