135 Western Road Brighton BN3 4FF

In a part of Western Road that’s better known for Waitrose shopping than cocktail sipping, this sleekly stylish upstairs bar comes as a surprise. Sneaking inside feels like rumbling a secret and the owners play up to this by calling the place a members’ club – but in practice, everyone’s welcome. There are padded cubes to prop yourself on, and a long list of designer drinks to sample.

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