It’s Sunday and you don’t know what to do. You’ve caught up with EastEnders and Hollyoaks so the omnibuses are out, you’ve got a few friends down but you’re all looking for an alternative to the normal Sunday morning café routine. That’s where the Sunday Social Club comes in. Hosted at Patterns, it offers an alternative to the lazy Sunday some may have become accustomed to, in favour of Sunday Funday. With an event during the day and a different event in the evening, there really is something for everyone.
I’d visited Patterns in its former glory as ‘Audio’ and a few times since its refurbishment, but spent most of my times downstairs in the club area, so seeing it in the daytime was a treat. Having previously been closed on Sundays, the Sunday Social Club now makes Patterns the perfect venue to come and chill out. Although the British weather was trying its best to rain (as usual), the inside of Patterns had a nice relaxing environment. From the red and yellow banners hanging from the ceiling to the friendly bar staff, it was clear that the socialising wasn’t just limited to the customers but everyone inside the venue. With plans to extend the Sunday fun into the terraced area when the Sun does start to shine, Patterns is sure to become a social hub on Sundays.
With a friend in tow, I settled into Patterns and opted to take advantage of the Bottomless Boozy Brunch (£15) – three words that sound like they were meant to be next to each other. Consisting of a hot dog and unlimited Prosecco or Bloody Marys between 12-4, I was game. I was excited to finally try a hot dog from Dog Haus and the idea of Bottomless Prosecco was enough to turn any Sunday into a Funday.
After finishing our first glasses, my friend and I were greeted with a member of bar staff who offered us a top-up before exclaiming: “We don’t want to see any empty glasses”. After another glass of Prosecco, I felt a little peckish – and admittedly light-headed. I’d wanted to try Dog Haus since I read the earlier BN1 review and my chance was finally here. Every dog had it’s appeal; from the pulled pork topped ‘Acid Haus’ to the fully loaded ‘Hot Mess’ smothered in beef chilli, sour cream and jalapeños. – I was spoilt for choice! What you’ll notice at the Sunday Social Club is the addition of three new ‘Sunday inspired’ dogs: ‘Hoggy Style’, a hot dog twist on a roast dinner, ‘The Brunch Hound’ which is topped with scrambled eggs, bacon and black pudding and ‘The Big Avacadog’. I opted for the ‘Acid Haus’ and got some chilli fries to accompany it, the temptation of the ‘Hot Mess’ still on my mind now.
Looking around, it was clear that the Sunday Social Club wasn’t exclusively paired with the Bottomless Boozy Brunch; there were people who had hot dogs, topped fries and soft drinks. The main point of the event is to bring people out on a Sunday and there are a variety of activities to help do so: from Lego building for the little ones to dildo racing to the big kids at heart.
Whereas the Bottomless Boozy Brunch will be a Sunday staple at Patterns, the evenings will be a host to different events, the Sunday Social Club kicking off with Musical Bingo. With three different musical rounds and prizes ranging from a box of Malteasers to a slow cooker (neither of which I won unfortunately), the evening still held its excitement – where else will you find an impromptu rendition of ‘Spice Up Your Life’ followed by a staff and customer conga line?
Patterns is changing the way we look at Sundays. Not only that, when they say Sunday Funday they mean it! So be sure to make your way down and see what next Sunday has in store for you.
Sunday Social Club comes to Brighton’s Patterns every Sunday from 12pm.