Dirty Blonde comes to Brighton

Published On March 27, 2014 | By We Love Brighton | New Places

75 – 79 East Street

Opens Friday 28th March

New bar & restaurant brings the glamour of the American East Coast to the South Coast

Dirty Blonde, a revolutionary new concept in first-class dining and drinking, has set up shop on Brighton’s buzzing East Street.

Set to open its doors in a VIP launch on the 27th March, you might be forgiven if you don’t notice the bar at first, because, in true Speak Easy style, the wild happenings within the 320 capacity New York-inspired all-night bar and restaurant will be hidden by a Pawn Shop frontage.

Dirty Blonde is a bar, restaurant and late-night experience like no other and set to be the new ‘place to be seen’, bringing an injection of vintage styling and 1920’s decadence to Brighton.

champagneThe look

From the outside Dirty Blonde is a pawn broker’s shop. Imbued with the glamour of the early 20th century’s grand department stores, it will boast everything from guitars and brooches to cigar cases and perfume bottles for sale or trade.

No mere PR stunt, the shop operates as a separate business and will be kept current and curious by working with specialist vintage buyers.

The only clue to the shop’s real identity will be the cheeky viewing panels offering a glimpse of the bar and restaurant beyond. After 9pm, the pawn shop gives way to the hustle and bustle of a meet and greet area and the late-night experience picks up pace. It acts as the first step into daring decadence before drinkers and diners are whisked away, Narnia-like, to enjoy the high-energy magic of the flapper era. With VIP booths available to pre-book for the ultimate in must-be-seen partying that goes on until 3am, Dirty Blonde is stylish hedonism at its best.

The people

And Dirty Blonde’s visitors are likely to be easily able to keep pace. Set to attract a crowd that looks not too dissimilar from itself, Dirty Blonde lovers will be stylish, aspirational, savvy and never willing to settle for second best. As glamorous, sexy and on-trend as the bar; if this was really the 1920s, they’d definitely make it on to Gatsby’s invite list.

Dirty Blonde TankardFood and drink

As you might expect from a prohibition-themed venue, at Dirty Blonde all eyes are on the drinks menu and an extensive range of spirits, Champagnes, wines and beers are enough to whet the appetite. The cocktail menu boasts up to 30 speciality beverages – an eclectic mix of pre-prohibition and prohibition era, aged cocktails, martins and signature blends. Bartenders are so skilfully adept, you have the option to order off menu too – simply tell them your favourite flavours or ingredients and they’ll whip up a concoction bespoke to you.

The bar will host a range of eating options including the Dirty Brunch (served from 12-3pm). Treat yourself to home-made pancakes, waffles and muffins – or for savoury aficionados, dishes like Truffle and Chive scrambled egg on a toasted bagel or the Yanki Mini Dog with mustard, smoked ketchup and crispy onions.  Later in the day sees the delectable Boston Tea Party running from 3-6pm. An afternoon tea unlike no other – enjoy Moët & Chandon Rosé and Chocolate Strawberries, Spiced Lobster Blinis and a selection of Pastries and Cakes amongst other delights.

Other bar dishes available will include small plates, burgers, dogs, sandwiches and salads.

food and drinkFor a more formal dining experience, the restaurant menu won’t disappoint. The food will be a classic New York fusion drawing inspiration from the immigrant cuisine’s of the Big Apple’s melting pot, incorporating tastes and flavours from New York’s five boroughs.

The main menu will encourage people to come together over their food and share the experience. As with everything Dirty Blonde there is a fresh twist on classics and favourites. Highlights include a salads and pastas and a grill section for meat on the bone.

Chef’s favourites include General Tso’s Sweet and Sour Salmon with Furi Kaki Rice, Grilled Chicken Breast with New York Bacon Waffles, Pan Fried Maryland Sea Bass and Pomander Walk Polenta Cake.

Desserts are plentiful, from the baked chocolate fondant Big Chocolate and The Little Apple to Morningside Strawberry Shortcake, and served in a variety of guises including vanity cases to finish off a meal in style.


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