Steinbeck & Shaw | New Bar

Steinbeck & Shaw | New Bar

Deltic Group bring Steinbeck & Shaw to Brighton

Steinbeck & Shaw is a brand new bar to Brighton’s notorious West Street. West Street?! I can hear you thinkingbut do bear with me.

Opening within the Tardis-like building that houses Pryzm and Odeon (I honestly can never get my head around how it’s all in there), Steinbeck & Shaw promises to blur the lines between bar and club.

Nightlife isn’t really something I’ve explored singularly on the blog before. But, whilst a bar might not typically be my third place, it might be for someone else. And I do love me some cocktails. And gin.

The red pony atop a piano

Blurring the line between bar and club

Borrowing some attitude from the Shoreditch bar scene, Steinbeck & Shaw features a heavily stripped back look, softened by leather sofas and splashes of colour sprayed across the walls. I’m not entirely sure that I’m convinced, but it’s certainly different for the West Street area.

I met fellow Brighton blogger friends Holly and Tania here*, and we went on a little wander around with venue manager, Damian. He told us that the inspiration behind the venue comes from authors John Steinbeck and George Bernard Shaw, and sure enough there’s the red pony smack bang in the centre of the bar. Why though? I have no idea, and I think they’re missing an opportunity to incorporate this into their brand identity. Looking at their social pages and website, there is no mention of this backstory, which seems a shame.

Bar interior with paint splashed walls

Cocktails & service

But what about the cocktails? Well I’m pleased to report that the cocktail menu is huge, and the bar is very well stocked with a vast range of vodka, gin, craft beer and wines. Damian had informed me that a new gin menu was on the way, which is something I’m definitely keen to get back to.

There are cocktails to suit all tastes whether it be sweet, sour, traditional or in a milkshake. Plus, the even better news is that happy hour is every day from 5-10pm. I started with a Pornstar Martini, with which I could actually detect the vanilla vodka for once, and then a Shades of Disco, a fruity purple concoction that tastes like sweets.

Drinks are shaken up by professional bar staff, and your table is served by a dedicated member of the team – so no more going up to the bar for you.

A selection of cocktails from the menu

Oreo milkshake and Shades of Disco cocktails

Relaxed bar seating by the window

Third place?

Plenty of times, I’ve found myself out in the early evening with friends wondering where we could find a happy hour past 7pm (that isn’t Las Iguanas for the millionth time). I’d definitely consider Steinbeck & Shaw for the 2-4-1 deal, plus the great range of cocktails on offer.

It serves the purpose for that “in-betweeny” kind of night-out – you want more than dinner and drinks, but don’t want to end up all out clubbing and waiting for your friends to leave at 2am because you want chips.

I’m interested to see what Brighton, and West Street, makes of Steinbeck & Shaw – tell me, have you been yet?

*I was invited along to a preview evening at Steinbeck & Shaw for complimentary drinks – however, you can be assured that this review reflects my own, honest opinion.



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