Brighton team to open cocktail bar at new London hotel

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A new cocktail bar is to open in London’s Pimlico as part of the new outpost for Brighton’s design-led hotel Artist Residence.

Due to launch this September, the hotel in Cambridge Street will include the bar along with the 48-cover 64 Degrees restaurant – inspired by the restaurant of the same name in Brighton’s Regency Square.

Chef Michael Bremner plans to build on the success of 64 Degrees restaurant in Brighton which opened in 2013 and was dubbed by The Guardian as “food-wise, the most exciting thing to hit Brighton for years”.

It will offer a daily changing, seasonally driven menu of small plates consisting of four meat, four vegetarian and four seafood dishes, all sustainably sourced. It will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The cocktail lounge, called The Arts Bar, on the lower ground floor will be headed by award-winning bartender Ali Bell who, with bartender Max Curzon-Price, is transferring from The Cocktail Shack bar at 64 Degrees in Brighton.

The Arts Bar will have an industrial feel with a list of “concise but creative” cocktails created by Ali. They will range from twisted classics such as a Banana Daiquiri, made with house-infused banana rum, to the Shipwreck Martini, made with seaweed-infused Gin, Talisker whisky and samphire.

Brighton’s Cocktail Shack (pictured), which is partly made with reclaimed wood salvaged from Brighton’s West Pier, specialises in rum but offers a full range of classic and original cocktails.

The interior of 64 Degrees in Pimlico is being designed by Brighton-based design firm Niche Interiors, featuring informal, counter-style seating. There will also be a private dining room with a separate menu for up to 12 guests.

The hotel, with eight bedrooms and two suites, follows the opening of the 23-room hotel in Brighton and the 11-room Artist Residence in Penzance, Cornwall.
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