Come up to the attic

L’Atelier Du Vin – The prohibition themed bar in Kensington Gardens happily ends it relationship with 1920’s at the bit where there’s no alcohol. Rather it is a celebration of socialite culture, a place for conversation lubricated by exquisite drinks.

Two years in planning and constructing, L’Atelier is a love affair with the Golden Era, so why not find your way to the ‘secret’ entrance, go up to the attic and take a step back in time.

With a list that runs to nearly 30 pages, L’Atelier du Vin is the best stocked wine bar in Brighton. A broad spectrum of wines is available from a glass of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo for just £4.50 up to a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino Riserva for £1200, and plenty in between.

A good cocktail can be a time capsule for the era it was invented. At L’Atelier you can sip your way back into the roaring 20’s with a classic Sidecar or celebrate the end of Prohibition with a Between the Sheets.

A thousand polished 2 pence pieces top the bootlegger bar, in the eclectic and reclaimed attic space. Behind the bar are a range fo rare and prohibition strength spirits, made to recipes that encapsulate their hay day.

There’s no escaping the slightly fabulous feeling of the rooftop terrace, with the sound of the busy North Laine below. On sunny days it’s a blissful spot for a glass of champagne or a classic cocktail; hey, is that Ernest Hemingway talking to Gertrude Stein in the corner?

There is a small but elegantly crafted food selection for casual but quality dining, a charcuterie board is a great sharer whilst meeting friends. Or for something more substantial there’s Waygu steak, perfect with a glass of quality red.

If L’Atelier is looking to be you home away from home then you can cement that relationship in by buying your own bottle of vintage spirit and having it locked away for your personal consumption. It’s quite a way to dazzle your guests who, if keen eyed, may also notice your steak arrives with a personally engraved knife.

It’s a subject that’s hard not to come back to when considering the ‘studio of wine’. Co owners Steve and Demitri both trained under Master Sommelier Gerard Basset OBE, MS, MW who provides a selection of wines, available by the glass as part of a changing menu.

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