Brighton Beer Blog review The Western, Brighton

Read a beer-by-beer account of our visit

The Date: Monday 16th September 2019
The Beers: Two Tribes Brewing Co Electric Circus, Laine Brew Co Mangolicious

The Western, like a beacon of neon hope, stands on the corner of Churchill Square Shopping Centre, its disney-esque sign drawing people in for a variety of entertainment.

The exterior is rustic and modern – literally rust clad – and the interior is a dark wood and bare brick affair decorated with murals and bizarre signage, such as the Hungarian town name on the back wall. It gives the impression of trendy city night-club location, which again makes it stand out from the more typical pubs nearby.

It’s deceptively spacious inside and, being quite open plan, caters well for groups. On warm days the side windows are thrown open and the bar extends its presence into the street, with DJs often playing as much to the passing shoppers and foreign exchange students in the square as to the punters sitting at the tables outside.

Where this place really stands out is in its full weekly menu of entertainment – weekly themed club events, regular funk and soul DJs and monthly live music residencies as well as pop-up events in the decent-sized event room with separate bar upstairs. There is a genre or event each month to suit almost everyone.

There’s plenty of variety on the bar as well, offering a mixture of lagers, ciders and craft pale ales, three of which are made by Laines (as this is a Laines pub). There’s only the one cask pump, sporting a Gun Brewery clip on this visit – perhaps further hinting at the bar’s appeal to a younger crowd passing through as part of a night out.

We pitch up outside in the sunshine and try a couple of the IPAs. Two Tribes electric circus is first – at 4.7% it’s a solid, well-balanced American pale. For a double dry hoped it’s not too dry, and is clean and crisp in mouthfeel. In general we’re really enjoying the beers coming out from 2Ts.

Laines’ Mangolicious, 4.7%, is a full-bodied hoppy beer with tropical zestiness. Starts a little sweet but finishes with a welcome bitterness, and is a great summer drinker.

The Western is one of those bars that seems to pull in both passing newbies and loyal regulars, and feels comfortably familiar in its situation by Churchill Square. The exciting weekly event schedule and great music gives the place an exciting energy day and night, and puts it squarely on the map for regulars and day trippers alike.

 

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The Date: Monday 16th September 2019
The Beers: Two Tribes Brewing Co Electric Circus, Laine Brew Co Mangolicious

The Western, like a beacon of neon hope, stands on the corner of Churchill Square Shopping Centre, its disney-esque sign drawing people in for a variety of entertainment.

The exterior is rustic and modern – literally rust clad – and the interior is a dark wood and bare brick affair decorated with murals and bizarre signage, such as the Hungarian town name on the back wall. It gives the impression of trendy city night-club location, which again makes it stand out from the more typical pubs nearby.

It’s deceptively spacious inside and, being quite open plan, caters well for groups. On warm days the side windows are thrown open and the bar extends its presence into the street, with DJs often playing as much to the passing shoppers and foreign exchange students in the square as to the punters sitting at the tables outside.

Where this place really stands out is in its full weekly menu of entertainment – weekly themed club events, regular funk and soul DJs and monthly live music residencies as well as pop-up events in the decent-sized event room with separate bar upstairs. There is a genre or event each month to suit almost everyone.

There’s plenty of variety on the bar as well, offering a mixture of lagers, ciders and craft pale ales, three of which are made by Laines (as this is a Laines pub). There’s only the one cask pump, sporting a Gun Brewery clip on this visit – perhaps further hinting at the bar’s appeal to a younger crowd passing through as part of a night out.

We pitch up outside in the sunshine and try a couple of the IPAs. Two Tribes electric circus is first – at 4.7% it’s a solid, well-balanced American pale. For a double dry hoped it’s not too dry, and is clean and crisp in mouthfeel. In general we’re really enjoying the beers coming out from 2Ts.

Laines’ Mangolicious, 4.7%, is a full-bodied hoppy beer with tropical zestiness. Starts a little sweet but finishes with a welcome bitterness, and is a great summer drinker.

The Western is one of those bars that seems to pull in both passing newbies and loyal regulars, and feels comfortably familiar in its situation by Churchill Square. The exciting weekly event schedule and great music gives the place an exciting energy day and night, and puts it squarely on the map for regulars and day trippers alike.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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