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Black Dove (The), Kemptown, Brighton

 

Address:
74, St James's Street
Kemptown
Brighton
Brighton and Hove
BN2 1PA
Telephone: 01273 671119
Email: Via website form    or email info@blackdovebrighton.com

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Owner: e.g Enterprise Inns
Tenant / Lessee: e.g. Mr John Smith
Landlord: e.g. Mr John Smith and Mrs Jane Smith
Real Ale: Yes / No
Real Cider / Perry: Yes / No
Free House: Yes / No
Website: Yes / No – if ‘yes’ state url
Facebook: Yes Black Dove, Kemptown
Twitter: Yes @BlackDoveBTN - not active since 2015
Free Wifi: Yes / No
Child friendly: Yes / No
Dog friendly: Yes / No
Car Parking: Yes / No
Disabled access: Yes / No
Accommodation: Yes / No – if ‘yes’ describe

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Amenities:

Snug downstairs, basement area. 

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Description:

 

The stereo plays a healthy rotation of be-bop, vintage ska, cool jazz, delta blues, 30s/40s/50s vocal greats and contemporary beat music to whet your whistle.

Live, acoustic performances of rhythm&blues and soul through the week.

Also available are 11 of Sheppy's Award Winning Ciders, Scrumpy & Pyder, Cotswold Lagers, Brooklyn Lager (on-tap), Professionally made Cocktails, International Pale Ales, Champion Beers of Great Britain, Belgian Trappists, Abbey and miscellaneous, 100% Organic Wine list and Real Bar Snacks.


The stereo plays a healthy rotation of be-bop, vintage ska, cool jazz, delta blues, 30s/40s/50s vocal greats and contemporary beat music to whet your whistle.

Live, acoustic performances of rhythm&blues and soul through the week.

Also available are 11 of Sheppy's Award Winning Ciders, Scrumpy & Pyder, Cotswold Lagers, Brooklyn Lager (on-tap), Professionally made Cocktails, International Pale Ales, Champion Beers of Great Britain, Belgian Trappists, Abbey and miscellaneous, 100% Organic Wine list and Real Bar Snacks.


This place is my “local”, and I live more than two miles away. Seriously, the Black Dove is a gem. Step inside and you’re transported to a cocktail parlour at the turn of the Twentieth Century. Deep colours, wood accents, heavy curtains, chandeliers, and that’s before you even descend into the sumptuous basement lounge. On certain nights, the Dove has DJs spinning music, and it’s (gasp) actually enjoyable, ranging from speakeasy sounds to new stuff that makes you stop at the booth and ask what’s playing. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly, quite charming, and got the muscle for those cocktail shakers, and those boys are some of my favourite bartenders in town. The bar snacks… well, I’m not allowed to have the pork scratchings anymore, so if you see me reaching for the jar, just slap my hand. There’s a fantastic selection of stuff to please every palate, from salty too sweet to super spicy, all good value, as are the drinks.

Really, if this place was just a hole-in-the-wall with dusty bar stools and surly servers, the drinks selection alone would keep me coming back. The Dove had me at Absinthe. This the only place I know of that will make me a Sazerac, while I sit and dreamily watch the performance. Beyond that, the bar has a Cocktail Bible that you can peruse, and the boys will make you just about anything listed in its scriptures. Also, the bottled ciders collection is astounding, and, believe it, decently priced.

It is time to  stop my rant. It’s clear that I have a crush on the Dove. In other words, yes, it’s worth a visit.

— ‘verushka26’, Qype.com

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