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The Mesmerist

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American, Fish & Chips, Hamburgers, British
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1-3 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HE, England
01273 328542
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Roll up! Roll up! Conventionality stays at the door ladies and gentlemen...
Roll up! Roll up! Conventionality stays at the door ladies and gentlemen if you are to enter the Lanes' newest, absinthe inspired wonderland of the weird and burlesque. Prepare to indulge all six of your senses in a 21st century gin palace that celebrates Brighton at its bold, bohemian best. Our policy to embrace the things most of us find bizarre makes The Mesmerist experience full of surprises. We look to the dark arts for inspiration and mystery for our ever-evolving entertainment program. With this in mind we ask that you become a part of our experience and enjoy what we have coming up, be it live music, burlesque, walkabout theatre, circus arts, magic or more. Join our mission to support local artists & keep something good & different alive in the Brighton lanes…
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Good for:
Bar scene

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  • 45
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    Very good
  • 11
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  • 13
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  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lunch and a beer

Walking through Brighton we stopped her for a beer and a snack and we didn't leave for 3 hours. Staff were friendly and chatty. Music was awesome. Good selection on the menu and the food we order was real tasty. It's on our list of places to re-visit when we are next back in Brighton.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
Kelly S
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We came here for lunch on a Saturday as the place looked interesting and had some nice sounding specials on the board outside. Food wasn't bad and they offered a good variety of drinks. However, the service was terrible. We both ordered burgers which took 45 minutes to prepare. We were only given one meal and had to ask where... More 

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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Walking through Brighton we stopped her for a beer and a snack and we didn't leave for 3 hours. Staff were friendly and chatty. Music was awesome. Good selection on the menu and the food we order was real tasty. It's on our list of places to re-visit when we are next back in Brighton.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

If the Chef can't cook a Burger then he should give up. Went in on the afternoon of 21st Feb. Waited 45 minutes for food and our party of 5 all received their food 5 minutes apart. Mine came 25 minutes after the first lot of food came out and my burger was Raw - not pink by the way... More 

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Ashtead Surrey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Great big persosn pub - although we travel with our young adult children - we do not take them here because it is best kept a secret for adults - an oasis from the normal family pubs we go to for lunch etc. Fantastic G and T's - but you have to keep asking the staff to top your pint... More 

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West Midlands, England
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77 reviews 77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We only went here for drinks and the music, which were both excellent. The atmosphere was electric, the decor is cosy and the photo booth was a massive hit when we had had a few drinks!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I've been here a quite a few times because I love the music and the idea, but every time the experience is ruined by rude and obnoxious staff who think that we should be privileged to be served by them. We were served by a girl in the upstairs bar and a guy downstairs, both had no manners, it's must... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Great place to eat drink and in the evening be merry! always different music diverse wonderful decor and good selection of food and drink, would highy recommend a visit. all door staff very friendly and bar staff and overall great service have visited several times!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This establishment really needs to re-evaluate their door staff. One of my friends was refused re-entry from the smoking area as he was accused of smoking illegal drugs in the smoking area - which he wasn't! My other friend who tried to re-enter from the smoking area was also accused of the same thing. So we left and went around... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

I go here several weekends a month and my friends and I always have a good time. Amazing cocktails and interesting music. I love it here, highly recommend a visit!

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MesmeristBar, General Manager at The Mesmerist, responded to this review

Hi Lily, Thank you for your nice review! We are really happy to hear you enjoy our venue and come regularly to the Mesmerist. We hope to see you and your friends again soon. Lilly More 

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I was soo looking forward to go to Mesmerist last night with a group of friends after one year! we all had the same drinks before we went out and ate dinner. None of us was drunk, yet my friend got refused the entry. So we went to other place where the door men were friendly and let us all... More 

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MesmeristBar, General Manager at The Mesmerist, responded to this review

Hi, I apologise for the disappointment caused on your night out, our doormen unfortunately were only applying our house rules, which include no large groups unless previous arrangement has been made with management. Our door policy is pretty strict but has proved to be helpful in building a good reputation and keeping a safe and friendly atmosphere inside our venue.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1-3 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  East Sussex  >  Brighton and Hove  >  Brighton
  • Phone Number: 01273 328542

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 21
  • Cuisine: American, Fish & Chips, Hamburgers, British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Roll up! Roll up! Conventionality stays at the door ladies and gentlemen if you are to enter the Lanes' newest, absinthe inspired wonderland of the weird and burlesque. Prepare to indulge all six of your senses in a 21st century gin palace that celebrates Brighton at its bold, bohemian best. Our policy to embrace the things most of us find bizarre makes The Mesmerist experience full of surprises. We look to the dark arts for inspiration and mystery for our ever-evolving entertainment program. With this in mind we ask that you become a part of our experience and enjoy what we have coming up, be it live music, burlesque, walkabout theatre, circus arts, magic or more. Join our mission to support local artists & keep something good & different alive in the Brighton lanes…

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