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The Mesmerist

1-3 Prince Albert Street, Brighton BN1 1HE, England
01273 328542
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Ranked #347 of 833 restaurants in Brighton
Price range: $7 - $24
Cuisines: American, Hamburgers, British, Fish & Chips
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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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English first
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Very good fish and chips despite limited menu. Seemed pub was full of friends meeting up after work. Very dark inside but seems to be a popular local place with music venues during the week and weekend. Very central Brighton location in the Lanes shopping area.

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

Went with 2 friends and stopped by for a few drinks to watch the world go by . Nice place and good service .

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Mesmerist is great for those who fancy something a little different than the average "bar scene". The bar serves great cocktails (make sure you go for the Ginger Beer - Ginger Nut biscuit included on top!) and plays a huge variety of swing and 1920's music as well as playing host to live bands. I'm yet to eat here... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I adore this bar, and I don't think it's given the justice it deserves with these reviews! The music is great, the atmosphere is great too, they offer a great selection of drinks and the food is okay for a bar. The staff are friendly and live bands are fantastic, this being the first bar I drank in when I... More

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Was quite looking forward to going for a few drinks here after looking at the website, but unfortunately didn't stay long. A good idea with the music but far too loud; bar 5 deep at times; floors sticky; too dark; just looked like a bit of a run down student bar.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The doormen would not let myself (a girl) and 5 guys in (1 being my father, the other being my brother) because 2 of them looked like trouble as they walked up. Just as the other reviewers are saying the staff were bizarrely rude. I have been to the Mesmerist many times and was shocked at how rude the bouncers... More

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I can't understand where all these negative comments are coming from! Obviously something must have happened to prompt them but I've never had any problems myself, I often end up here when I'm on a night out with my footy team mates and as long as we're not too drunk we always get in even if it is just lads.... More

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

obviously changed hands since last year, complete menu change. Not very exciting menu & when I did decide had to wait 45 minutes for it. food was unexciting, bland,expensive for what it was & it came out warm. Staff not particularly friendly.no real atmosphere & music obviously on a reel as we heard same music repeated.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Had a nice cocktail while listening to a one-man band. Room was decorated with antique poison bottles (?)! I agree with other reviewers, one has to run a gauntlet of bouncers to enter, which makes it rather unfriendly looking on approach.

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UK
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Had a lovely day out in Brighton with three friends, we are all of a mature age and no harm to anyone. Chose to visit this bar as I had been there before with my other half. Couldnt get in because we had no ladies with us (WHAT) the place was dead anyway and seeing as we were on a... More

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