The bar is intimate, luxurious and oozing with personality. You enter the main bar, which is small but fresh and set out in a bistro style.
If you’re looking for a more intimate space, then move up to the mezzanine which is set out in a lounge format with comfy mismatch chairs and tables.
“Here our aim is to provide a place where one can pop in for a glass of wine and a bite to eat, a place where one can spend the whole night lazing and sipping cocktails from our ‘bootlegger’ bar or even purchase your own bottle of spirit and ‘lock’ it behind the bar for your future visit when you bring your friends along for a laid back Sunday afternoon and it feels like your own lounge,” says the bar’s website.
The cocktail offering is clean and well thought out, but it’s the ingredients used in the drinks that are really special.
Owner Steve Pineau goes out of his way to source ingredients that are out of the ordinary.
Drinks are made expertly and carefully with well curated ingredients, easily outweighing a handful made using mediocre spirits in other bars
“L’atelier is our passion for drinks has extended to a real unique and eclectic offering of spirits with some rare bottles of gin to solera aged cocktails in French oak barrels.
“Our cocktails are drawing back to 1920s and 1930s – the prohibition era, which was hardly a dark era for alcohol, hence why the classic’s deriving from that time are very clean, innovative and cleverly put together.”
The cocktails are mostly classics and twists on classics made with high-quality spirits and ingredients, while bartenders are also known for being creative and pushing boundaries should you not see something you like on the menu.
Also, the venue has two sister sites alongside the original on the North Laines, being Seven Dials and Q Quarter, all in Brighton.