We heart Brighton. From the oh-so-kitsch pier to the Crayola-coloured town houses and the vintage emporiums of The Lanes. If you’re planning a vintage hen party, we’d even go so far as to put our pretty little necks on the line and proclaim it to be one of the best destinations in the UK.
Of course, with your vintage makeup look expertly created by our glam squad and your luscious locks primped and preened into those of a retro pin-up gal, what really matters is where you’ll be showing off all that hard work on the dance floor. The local boozer doesn’t quite cut it when you and your girls are looking so darn good, so hit up some of these vintage style bars instead; you’ll feel right at home.
Join Felicity Furore, Cherry Shakewell et al for an evening of ‘lavish debauchery’, as one of Brighton’s best vintage bars likes to put it. This retro supper club puts some of the world’s biggest burlesque talents up in lights, their risqué stage shows set against a backdrop of snakeskin booths, golden velvet chairs and flirty feathers galore.
BYOC had us at ‘gateway to a Narnia of cocktails’. This is how Brighton’s coolest concept bar describes itself and it certainly had us hooked from the outset. From outside this quirky little haunt in The Lanes looks just like another shop, but step inside and you’re in for a hen party like no other – and it won’t cost the earth. Patrons at the 1920s style joint pay £25 each and bring a bottle of their favourite spirit. BYOC will then create completely original cocktails, based on the spirits you bring along and their own signature ingredients. The bar welcomes fancy dress in-keeping with its vibe, so if you’re planning a 1920s prohibition era hen party, it only makes sense to head here after.
Darlings, this place is a circus, literally. Taking the best bits of the big top and bringing them to Brighton, this vintage inspired circus club promises everything from fire breathers to face painting, burlesque shows to snake charmers. Mind those curls on the cut out photo boards, because let’s be honest; who can ever resist a photo opportunity like that? Satisfy the midnight munchies with warm popcorn and end your last night of freedom with a swan dive into the ball pool.
Dears, it’s time to don your dancing shoes because the Mesmerist is the place to show off those new moves. If you’ve perfected your twinkle toes at one of our dance classes, an evening here promises plenty of opportunity to deliver on the dance floor. Wild weekends are spent rockin’ and a rollin’ to vintage vinyl, so bring your circle skirt and ask our girls for the biggest darn victory rolls they ever did see.
The Plotting Parlour
When the guys and dolls behind The Plotting Parlour said “We take our drinks seriously, but we don’t take much else seriously”, we knew we’d get along just dandy. Rumour on the street is that the hip haunt recently awarded ‘Best Bar in Brighton’ grew from slightly naughtier roots, but there ain’t a hint of brothel about the place now, aside from the rather raunchily named ‘Take Your Cloves Off’ cocktail. Master mixologists make for a tasty old night but be warned; The Plotting Parlour bartenders are old hat at creating the kind of cocktails that go down a little too easily!
The Black Dove
Whether it’s a Friday spent tappin’ a toe to Mo’Taters 50s to 70s jazz or ‘Foot Stompin’ to 60s pop soul and rock ‘n’ roll, nowhere gets a weekend started quite like a night in The Black Dove. Come the first Saturday of the month, it’s over to Brighton’s vintage beauties Ms Cotton Tail, Becky Boop and Ginger Fizz, who command the stage as the wild and wonderful Whistle Bait. Worship at the alter of The Black Dove’s cocktail bible while listening to this flirty little trio ‘spin wax’ from the 20s to the 60s.