10 Western Road,
(01273) 770 083
The ViewBrighton Review
A bees mouth is complex to say the least - its jaws suspended from its head at the sides of its mouth. Thankfully, the owners of the Bees Mouth bar were thinking more about serving up drinks as sweet as nectar when it came to renaming the bar, rather than embarking on a bizarre campaign to recruit some of Brighton's strangest looking bar flies.
Normally a name change of a bar denotes a new owner however, this isn't the case of the Bees Mouth, formerly known as The Arthouse and renamed not (thankfully) as some weak pun on bees knees or as some kind of scientific statement, but as something to do with a bee’s mouth and nectar (…or something). It still retains its artiness and is a long, dark, narrow bar with paintings on the walls and a range of kooky paraphernalia. You go down some steps at the end and there’s a room at the back. Then you go down some more steps, and then some more, and you eventually reach a basement area which is used for a chill-out room and for live music nights. Thankfully, it's worth the effort.
Live music fans and self confessed arty types mingle to talk about life is art and art is life and life is art...you get the picture.
The Food and Drink
The bar’s friendly staff serve an offbeat selection of Fruli Strawberry Beer, Asahi, Hurlimans, Oranjeboom, Guinness, Brugs and Suffolk Cider from the pumps. There are lots of speciality bottled beers too and cocktails at £5.95, including house cocktails such as the appropriately named Clockwork Orange (Tuaca, lime and orange).
The Last Word
Kooky and quirky, the venue itself is intoxicating and that's even before you start on the drinks. Unequivocally worth a visit.