Hotel du Vin & Bistro
May 11, 2018
Part of that fashionable mini hotel chain that’s sprung up all over the UK, although not many have bars like this one. Located on Ship Street and the sea front, it’s a vast open-plan bare brick space decked out with mahogany tables, bookshelves and backgammon boards – pretty much a library with booze. Two models of sea gulls hang from the ceiling though, so if it is a library bar it’s still all-at-sea. Away from the lounge section the snazzy glass and leather bar area specialises in champagnes and cocktails served by magazine cover bar staff: you try ordering their Petal de Rose (gin, cream and lychee) special and keeping you eyes off the bartender’s thighs. In a nod to the city’s louche Regency era, the upstairs balcony has a Cigar Gallery and billiards table. Now that’s what we call a proper hotel bar!