The Hope and Ruin Brighton
PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS: The Hope
IT’S: A pub/bar and live music venue
OPENED: Thursday 12th February 2015
DID YOU KNOW: The interior is inspired by Eastern European bars
LOCATION: A 5 minute walk to Brighton Station and Churchill Square
ADDRESS: 11-12 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA
OPENING TIMES: Sun-Weds 12pm – 12am, Thurs – Sat 12pm – 2am
The Hope and Ruin Brighton is the refit/teardown of the much loved Hope on Queens Road, Brighton. Expect an increased capacity for gigs upstairs, a full food menu, an expanded range of craft beers, brewery fresh lager, and a very different new look.
Ask any of those helpful property programme presenters and they’ll tell you – keep things neutral, keep things tidy. But surely we’ve had enough of that dull order now. It’s time for character. Character is wear and tear, it’s cramming a room with things you love, character is chaos.
The new look comes from the team travelling in eastern Europe where bars are frequently cobbled together out of reclaimed spaces using anything the owners can get hold of in that theme ingenious use of found objects to make the bar look like nothing you’ve seen before with some reclaimed objects so big you could literally live inside them.
The venue upstairs has become a more practical live music space by moving the bar to the back of the room. The stage is higher (and larger), the air-con more powerful, the bands bigger, the programming more dynamic. Unmissable gigs like The Strokes, Adele and Bonnie Prince Billy (who have all played in the venue) are only going to increase. The support of the local music scene will remain, as well as making space for upcoming acts like top-selling songwriter George Ezra and 2015 BRIT Award Critics’ Choice winner James Bay, who both played in 2014. Of course there’ll be DJs at the weekend and acoustic evenings, but there’ll also be nights for zine-makers, writers and artists.
For the first time there’ll be a full food menu of interesting dishes, including vegetarian and vegan options, Sunday roasts and an express menu for punters attending shows upstairs. The bar’s expanded range of beers now features a continental-style tank lager: smooth, unfiltered and unpasteurised beer poured directly from the tank into your glass, completely brewery fresh.
The Hope & Ruin Brighton will be completely unique, and one of the most visually arresting bars you will ever drink in, certainly in Brighton, and the venue has taken a big step up. The pairing will be exhilarating.