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“A fine ornate bar.”
Review of Colonnade Bar

Colonnade Bar
Ranked #13 of 126 Nightlife in Brighton
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This beautiful Bar with its Splendid Victorian Décor is situated next door to the Theatre Royal in New Road, Brighton, and specialises in a wide range of Gins, as well as a great selection of Wines, Ales and Beers.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Technically the Colonnade is the theatre bar for the Georgian Brighton Theatre Royal next door. But it is a pub in its own right and functions even when the theatre is shut.
Externally it still has the traditional 1920s green tiled outside décor and stands out well against the modern development of New Road.
Internally it is one narrow room with the Edwardian bar down the left hand side, the decorative features of which match the exterior façade. These include arched framed mirrors and a small glass panel at the centre painted with Britannia figure trade mark and then brass rails that line both the top and bottom of the carved counter. Then on the right hand wall opposite the bar there is a row of lamp-illuminated timber framed mirrors, having the overall effect of making the room appear larger than it actually is. The décor is very theatrical as you would expect with a red plaster ceiling with cornices and an etched glass insert by the entrance door, red velvet seating and curtains and several thespian posters and photographs of actors and actresses past and present who have appeared at the theatre, and then looking out from the central projecting window bay into the street outside is ‘Willie’ an antique automated mannequin dressed for the theatre in top hat and tails, carrying a cane.
Fortunately I have timed my visits here when there hasn’t been a performance going next door, and it was a quiet, voluptuously comfortable place to sit and have a beer. And especially, unlike other theatre bars which are on the second or third floors of theatres and have only boring keg beer options, the Colonnade provides more than standard drink options and there are four ale and cider pumps on the bar usually dispensing a couple of local brewery brews alongside a national ale and Westerns Old Rosie cloudy Scrumpy. The bar also does an extensive range of specialist Gins which means the other half can have a better than normal G&T whilst I enjoy a pint.
This is a fine example of a traditional theatre bar external to the theatre, the like of which has long disappeared from London. So if you get the chance, pop in to look at the décor and have a drink if you manage to catch it when it’s not full of theatre goers..

Thank Steve_of_N21
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GoldenLionGroupBtn, Manager at Colonnade Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Hi Steve,

Thanks for the kind review! I think you probably know the place better than we do!
We haven't sold Old Rosie for years but otherwise spot on!
Hopefully see you again soon!

Lyndon

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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We stopped here for drinks prior to going to the theatre. The service was good and staff friendly.

Lovely atmosphere, with memorabilia on the walls from days gone past.

Thank SJBerkshire81
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GoldenLionGroupBtn, Manager at Colonnade Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Thanks for this review! You must have caught us in a good mood! :)
Hopefully see you again soon!

Lyndon

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Reviewed 19 January 2018

An old-fashioned bar with lost of theatre memorabilia celebrating stage stars who have performed at The Theatre Royal next door. If theatre, is your thing, you will love it in here. We were particularly impressed that the bar staff offered us a bottle of wine rather than the 2 large glasses we ordered as it worked out better value.

Thank ZoeBailey72
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Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

A delightful small bar attached to Theatre Royal with nice staff quick service but a tad expensive. You can sit outside and view all the people passing but difficult for the loo if you are in a wheelchair. Expensive but full of History no food apparently.

Thank Ultimate007
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GoldenLionGroupBtn, Manager at Colonnade Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2017

Hi and thanks for your kind words!

Just a thought but if in future you have difficulty with the stairs to the loo, the lovely folks at The Theatre Royal allow the public to use their wheelchair accessible facilities. It’s not ideal, but most likely easier than the stairs!

Thanks again!

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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

The Colonnade Bar is an absolute gem, and the perfect place to visit in Brighton. It’s centrally located, right next door to the Theatre Royal, and has brilliant decor with a great, buzzy atmosphere. The range of drinks is impressive, and superb gins a speciality. The staff are very friendly, cheerful and helpful. It’s a very comfortable bar that caters for all ages, and is exactly how a perfect pub should be. When in Brighton, do not miss this gem of a bar!

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