Merkaba

Merkaba, Brighton: Hours, Address, Merkaba Reviews: 4/5

Thursday
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Friday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
About
Voted “Best Hotel Bar 2019” at the Brighton Bar Awards and “Best Drinking Venue 2017” at the Brighton Restaurant Awards, at Merkaba we believe cocktails should be enjoyed in a beautiful, cultured and relaxed environment. Come on down with friends and family to celebrate life with an artisan cocktail from our extensive and ever-changing menu. *The management reserves the right to refuse entry to the premises at all times. After 9pm age restrictions of 18 years and over applies.
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Brett P
Brighton, UK3 contributions
Poor
Nov 2021 • Friends
Firstly I used to love this bar however it is a shame it has changed so much. I understand it is table service due to the current situation. We were asked by many different staff if we had ordered we had however the cocktails took a while.The menu is slightly stange and the Netflix cocktails were lost on me as I do not have it. Why did you not keep your signature classics?? When you are excited to take people and you just feel it is a massive damp Squid Game.
Written November 20, 2021
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lindsy
Brighton, UK7 contributions
Great service, quality cocktails
Sep 2021
Very good service from the lovely manager and bar staff. Manager was passionate about his craft and very easy to talk to. Cocktails were first class.
Written September 25, 2021
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Iuri G
4 contributions
Great Valentine’s Day Location
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went there for Valentine’s Days and had a lovely time, good quality cocktail with kind and courteous bartenders to boot!
Written February 21, 2020
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Bethany W
5 contributions
Valentine’s Drinks
Feb 2020 • Couples
After such an amazing experience last year, I brought my girlfriend to Merkaba whilst we were in Brighton for a Valentine’s weekend away! The staff were so welcoming and helpful - and even went the extra mile to make a special cocktail for us which wasn’t on the menu! They explained that they’re always happy to make cocktails that aren’t on the menu if you fancy something different. I think that that is what makes this place so special, the staff really make an effort to ensure you’re having the best time! I will always recommend this place to anyone who is visiting Brighton, and I’ll definitely be visiting again!
Written February 20, 2020
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Matthew
1 contribution
Amazing staff and lovely cocktails!
Feb 2020 • Couples
Been here twice now and had the best time both times. The staff are really friendly and make such amazing cocktails. The atmosphere is so good and music is good. Would definitely recommend to friends and will be back when next in Brighton.
Written February 20, 2020
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Emily B
1 contribution
Great cocktails, lovely staff
Feb 2020 • Friends
Have visited Merkaba loads over the years for date nights, pre drinks & birthdays. Have always enjoyed it here, the cocktails are great & the staff always helpful & accommodating. Recently visited with friends and we had a great time as always.
Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Brighton and looking for a decent drink :)
Written February 19, 2020
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Diane
1 contribution
Phenomenal Service & Quality Cocktails!
Feb 2020 • Friends
Phenomenal service from some very knowledgable people. Really enjoyed coming here after dinner for some quality cocktails. Their menu of original drinks has a fantastic range which suited my friends and I. We also had a couple of classic cocktails and had a conversation with the bartender who made us some fantastic cocktails when we said what sort of thing we liked. Will definitely be returning and hopefully will book a cocktail masterclass next time!
Written February 19, 2020
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rebecca l
2 contributions
Love it!
Mar 2019 • Friends
Absolutely love it in here! Great cocktails and atmosphere, will definitely be back! I’m never sure what to order and the bartender was great at suggesting drinks based on what alcohol I like, they have such a good menu!
Written February 19, 2020
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sussexguy68
Haywards Heath, UK20 contributions
Homophobic! Discriminates against people with disabilities!
Feb 2020
Myself and 5 friends visited on the night of 15/2/20 to celebrate a friends birthday. We had just come from a wonderful dinner near by and it had been a memorable evening for all the right reasons until we visited this appauling excuse for a business. We were not drunk, loud or inapropiatly dressed. I was using my walking stick and my friends wanted to find somewhere fast for me to be able to sit as I can't walk far or stand for long periods. We entered the bar and were looking to sit on a long table - the place was dead. My friends were approached and told that we were not welcome. We are a group of gay men in our 40's and 50's.
Written February 16, 2020
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Good evening, I am shocked and saddened to have read about your experience at Merkaba. I would like to state that we categorically do not discriminate against any persons, under any circumstance – as a team, we take pride in our diversity. We operate a maximum group policy for our door and venue, which is a standard at most establishments throughout the city. This allows us to make sure everyone has a great experience within the space. This policy isn’t set in stone and I can only apologise for your group being turned away based on this. I will communicate with the security to ensure flexibility in the future and make sure a repeat doesn’t occur. I can only hope that you will give us a second chance and return for the true Merkaba experience in the near future. I am sorry that you have been left with a poor impression of the bar.
Written February 19, 2020
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dashbar
17 contributions
Unfortunately slipping
Dec 2019
Used to be somewhat of a regular at Merkaba, going a few times a month through 2018, but it appears to have gone through some real changes, most of which aren't for the best. Firstly, the service has really slipped. Previously it was possible to sit at the bar itself and have pretty personal service, these seats have been removed.

The number of staff appears to have been reduced, and on a weeknight its not uncommon to see just one bartender; not a problem if only a few people are there, but this can make a large group difficult to serve.

What used to be a very extensive cocktail menu has been slimmed down to one piece of paper, with the number of available cocktails for happy hour also being reduced.

A number of staff have left to work at other bars, including a personal favourite called The Golden Pineapple, which has perhaps caused this lowering of standards.

Will probably visit again sometime, as My Tiki makes a great showpiece cocktail for visiting friends which always impresses, but not really worth staying for more than a round or two.

Decor is "Austin Powers meets alien spaceship" which I quite like, but if the bar is empty it can struggle with atmosphere, as its a large room with no little nooks.
Written January 10, 2020
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Hello, Thank you for your review as well written reviews always help a business improve exponentially. I would like to answer each of your points one by one as to why your experience with us wasn't to your normal standards. As your review was left on a Friday I can assume that it was a Friday in which you came in. The stools are usually placed towards the bar throughout the week as it's normally quieter. We try and avoid it on Friday and Saturdays as we can get very busy, very quickly and we don't operate table service on a weekend. I will agree with you that the team at Merkaba really enjoy being able to offer a personal touch to our customer service during the week though. The staffing numbers have been reduced as you have correctly stated, however, it is January and the hospitality industry does take a hit during these early months of the year for many reasons. However, that doesn't excuse slow service and we always try to balance good service with numbers of staff members accordingly and I will make sure to look at this issue. You highlighted the new menu, which I will attest is a lot smaller than the previous one. Our new menu consists of 10 cocktails which are all original creations from the talented team we have here. These are drinks you won't get anywhere else in the city. But we do have an extensive range of tools and ingredients which allow us to make all the classics we all know and love. The happy hour menu is the same size as the old one but will change more often, giving customers to try cocktails they never have at a discounted price. We are trying a few new radical ideas here at Merkaba and albeit they are very different, I do hope that we will see you again and you will give our new ideas another chance.
Written January 14, 2020
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