A familiar feature on the southwards trail to the city centre, The Hope offered an interesting and unpretentious live music venue. Over recent years though, the place has been a little unloved, and found itself looking for a bit of sparkle.
Rebranded The Hope & Ruin and with new manager Sally ‘Sticky Mike’s’ Oakenfold at the helm, it’s the beginning of a new era for this great venue. With a very different new look, inspired by travels in Eastern Europe, the pub has a new lease of life and is open for business.
Everything on the premises has been lovingly refitted. Found objects adorning the walls give the place a distinctly European feel, each visit revealing another unnoticed treasure or oddity. The bar now sports an expanded range of craft beers, including a continental-style tank offering fresh lager. A full food menu is now being offered, including vegetarian and vegan options, express menus for show-goers and the ubiquitous Brighton Sunday roast.
The Hope & Ruin ‘s upstairs live space has seen a whole host of improvements, most noticeably the repositioning of the bar at the rear of the room. The remodelling has enabled more efficient air-conditioning, better sound and an increase in capacity, whilst still leaving enough space for a proper stage area. A venue previously graced by The Strokes, Adele, George Ezra and James Bay, it remains a staple of the city’s vibrant live music scene.
With DJs at the weekend, acoustic evenings, and events catering for Brighton’s vibrant creative scene, there’s no shortage of entertainment at The Hope & Ruin, upstairs and down. But don’t just accept our word on the improvements, check it out for yourselves.
The Hope & Ruin is at: 11-12 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3WA