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“Man V. Food Burgers, Good quality ingredients, and great Cocktails / Drinks.”
Review of The Mesmerist

The Mesmerist
Ranked #181 of 1,124 Restaurants in Brighton
Price range: $5 - $18
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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…
Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Man V. Food Burgers, Good quality ingredients, and great Cocktails / Drinks.”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

I love this place. They often have a live Jazz band at weekends, or some sort of event going on Friday/Saturday evening. The food is always good too - MUCH better than your average pub food! Their Sunday roasts are good, and I've had a burger there which was both massive and made fresh with good quality meat - definitely a man vs food challenge. If I could upload the photo from iPad I would. Personally, I like the atmosphere they are going for too - very quirky. Admittedly it is a little dark, but it's certainly NOT grotty as the other review says. They have a good selection of the standard drinks that you would expect to find, and cocktails both on and off the menu (try thier expresso martini!!). And note these cocktails are made properly with bothncare and attention, not just simply thrown together like many other places. Ive seen them pour one or two away before because it was quite right. If there is a cocktail you want that isn't on the menu, they will happily make it for. I'm not going to drop names, but as a result of great food, sevice and drinks, you'll get a few "celebs" come here on a regular basis too. Bouncers on the door at weekends stop all the riff raff and over the top stag doos coming in - after all, who really wants to go drinking in a rowdy pub? Recommended stop in Brighton for a pre-evening drink, lunch/dinner, or cocktails.

  • Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“great fun bar”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

I cannot comment on the food as I have not eaten here but regarding drinking, socialising and dancing, there is nothing quite like the Mesmerist. This is a brilliant bar!

It's got a great atmosphere, tasty (though pricey) drinks, brilliant music if you like jazz and rock n roll. I love jive dancing so always had a great time there.

  • Visited November 2011
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Thank littleturnip
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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“Dark and grotty”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

The latest incarnation of this bar is as disappointing as the rest - dark and grotty bar with a very odd clientele - I assume most of which are on hen and stags... The drinks are pricey and the food, tho piled high on the plate, takes a lifetime. Not surprising that bouncers on the door - take it as a sign and stay away!

  • Visited August 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“No place like the Mesmerist”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

Its got everything every other bar in Brighton doesn't. The food is also superb with a great variety on the menu. Come for a boogie to the best music and the most bohemian people and atmosphere.

Were so happy to leave behind the cavemen and tacky hen nights of west street and get ourselfs a cocktail here. you find anywhere better.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank joshtaylor11
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London, England, United Kingdom
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“Best Chicken Sandwich I've ever had!”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Popped in here for a spot of lunch with my partner during a recent trip to Brighton. We were craving a club sandwich (not served here) but settled for a menu full of good bbq and grill food. We both had the chicken and chorizo. The chicken was marinaded and cooked in something yummy, the home made bread was delicious and the chips were great! My other half doesn't really love chips but there were two completely clear plates by the end of it! The only let down was the slightly iffy coke on tap, but we could've had real bottles if we'd wanted. All in all an amazingly yummy lunch!! Mmmmm!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank neverhalfempty
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