Formerly The Hydrant, this Preston Circus boozer has recently become The Hare & Hounds. And while the gig space upstairs has been reincarnated as hot spot Bleach, downstairs the transformation has been even more extensive.
What was once a bit of a dingy dive now glistens with shiny hand pumps and lampshades made from kegs. The bar itself has moved too: it’s now smack bang in the middle of the room, serving from all four sides. There’s a plethora of booths and high tables dotted around the exposed brick interior. It looks great.
Billing itself as Brighton’s first “brewery fresh” pub, this space has unfiltered Greenwich Meantime ale delivered directly to the pub, ready for it to mature and be served straight from the tank. But this comes at a price. Around £5 a pint, to be precise. It’s not the cheapest place in town, but it also has another collaborative trick up its sleeve – its food offering comes from the town’s best Mexican street food joint, La Choza. Delicious ales and tacos in one cool new space? We approve.
Best Bars tip: Its leafy beer garden, decorated with La Choza’s colourful, signature Day of the Dead skulls, is one of Brighton’s finest.
— Heather Steele, @steeleheather