‘Creative and rebellious’ – Upstairs at The Joker Review

‘Creative and rebellious’ – Upstairs at The Joker Review
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Upstairs at The Joker Review

Even if you’ve not been into The Joker before, you’ll know the place. Standing proudly at the helm of Preston Circus, the two-storey pub boasts delicious gin bowls, excellent food courtesy of Lost Boys Chicken, and an energy that’s unique to the area – and that’s on top of all the standard pub fare. Always one to go above and beyond, they’ve also recently refurbished their upstairs space (formerly a gig venue) to include an elegant cocktail bar and games room, which we’ve been lucky enough to try for ourselves.

Upstairs at The Joker - Upstairs at The Joker Review

Upstairs at The Joker - Upstairs at The Joker Review

Diamond in the rough

A self-described “diamond in the rough”, Upstairs at The Joker is a contrast to the edgy-cool vibes of downstairs. A beautiful hand-carved rosewood bar accompanies high ceilings, plush velvet seating and a grand piano – though whether guests are allowed to have a little tinkle on the keys is yet to be established.

The permanent cocktail menu is classic with a twist – think kombucha margaritas and other modernisations of prohibition tipples – while the bar is stocked with all manners of unusual spirits – a welcome change from the usual bar stock.

While this space is certainly the yang to downstairs’ yin, their signature creativity and rebellious outlook is still palpable – particularly in its brand new seasonal cocktail menu, which celebrates some of the best spirits on the market.

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Photo credit – Roarke Pearce

Tequila & Rose

First, there’s the Tequila & Rose), a fruity combination of Córdigo 1530 Rosa, pomegranate, lime and, as the name would suggest, a floral hint of rose. A more delicate tequila, the Código 1530 Rosa is rested for 1 month in Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrels, giving it its beautiful tinted pink hue and a light floral finish. The flavour combination is an instant hit, and a must for tequila fans – though it also has the power to change the minds of those who have one too many debaucherous tales after a night on the nectar and swore never to touch it again.

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Photo credit – Roarke Pearce

Lychee & Grape

It’s a rare sight to see lychee paired with gin, but that’s exactly what’s on offer at as Plymouth Gin is shaken with this fruit, plus soda and lemon, to give their Lychee & Grape cocktail (£9). It’s sweet and fruity, but not in the way where one is enough – instead the combination is light and refreshing.

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Photo credit – Roarke Pearce

Blood Orange & Basil

The zesty Blood Orange & Basil cocktail is also a perfect summer tipple, with Beefeater Blood Orange Gin muddled with lime and basil to create a fresh, herbaceous juice that will instantly transport guests to the streets of Seville.

Upstairs at The Joker reveiw

Upstairs at The Joker reveiw

Moonshine & Red Wine

It’s the Moonshine & Red Wine (£10) which is the true showstopper of the evening, however. A sparkling ruby concoction of O’Donnell High Proof Moonshine with a red wine float, it’s true indulgence in a glass. It’s not sweet, nor sour, but instead has a subtle and sophisticated spicy berry flavour synonymous with its surroundings, and will undoubtedly appeal to anyone that walks through the doors at Upstairs at The Joker.

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Photo credit – Roarke Pearce

Not your average cocktail bar

While The Joker’s downstairs benefits from screens aplenty and a weekend DJ (plus sporadic Mario Kart appearances), upstairs goes heavy on the entertainment factor too; even on nights without the monthly jazz.

It’s the perfect spot for whiling away the hours in a comfortable space where you know your needs will be met – and then some.

Pool tables in Brighton and Hove are few and far between, and yet The Joker’s is always thriving and fully-stocked. There’s also a dartboard in this classy games room, which is open until the wee hours and is bookable for parties and events, holding 15-20 people. Whether the evening calls for an exploration of the more cosmopolitan side to Brighton, or a more casual affair, this iconic Brighton bar is sure to fulfil all needs. Upstairs at The Joker is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Games room at The Joker - Upstairs at The Joker review

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