L’Aterlier Du Vin has just launched in Brighton’s North Laine, and it brings something a little different to the Brighton bar scene. Located above Grow 40, the prohibition themed bar brings you a selection of over 500 wines and 300 spirits. There’s something for everyone here.
The L’Atelier Du Vin Team
Founders Steve and Dimitri, who used to make up the Hotel Du Vin team, have been working on their new venture for over two years, bringing together two of the industry’s top experts in wine. They both worked under Gerard Bassett OBE, (Master Sommelier and Master of Wine), so they know what they’re doing!
Bar Manager Giuseppe Mannini, who trained at London’s famous Opium bar certainly knows his cocktails. Just name a few spirits you like, and he’ll whip up something to match your taste buds to go down a treat.
The 1920’s themed bar is dimly lit, with cosy vibes and arm chairs dotted around for ultimate lounging. The bar itself was built by Co-Founder Steve, using vintage doors from chest of drawers which he sourced from local auctions.
The top of the bar is covered in two pence pieces, a homage the Steve’s arrival in the UK around 20 years ago. Hidden amongst the two pence pieces, there’s an Irish pence, and if you can spot it you can get a free drink!
The exposed brick and wood walls are dotted with frames filled with old newspaper front pages, to pay tribute to the era the bar is themed on.
Let’s get on to the good stuff. The vino. As mentioned, L’Atelier Du Vin have a selection of 500 wines, so regardless of your preference, there will be something here to your liking.
Wines range from £24 a bottle, right up to £1,500 a bottle – something to match every budget! You can also buy wine by the glass, starting from around £4 a glass, so really reasonable prices for excellent quality wine.
The team at L’Atelier Du Vin are proud of all their wines, so the House wine isn’t the cheapest on the list. It’s a wine that they think everybody will like, it’s affordable yet smooth and delicious. I don’t really drink red wine, but the House red here is really good, I even popped back on my birthday for a glass or two!
If wine isn’t your thing, there are plenty of cocktails you can choose from.
The cocktail menu is based on different decades, so you can choose from a cocktail from the 20’s, 30’s etc which are all priced around £9. If you can’t find anything you like on the menu, the expert mixologists are on hand to whip something up for you.
Although the bar is mainly focused on the drinks, the same attention to detail has been made to their food menu.
The menu is small, but well paired to the wine menu, and features charcuterie boards and wagyu steak locally sourced from Trenchmore farms. You can pick and choose which cheeses and meats for your boards, which include Comté, charcoal cheddar and blue cheese along with duck, boar and your more traditional meats.
The menu is primarily meat based, however if you’re a vegetarian the team are happy to accommodate to your dietary requirements. Being located above Grow 40, the team are happy to grab you something to eat from downstairs.
It’s all about the little things…
It’s clear that the team have put a lot of thought and effort into every aspect of the bar. Everyone is an expert in wine, spirits and the accompanying food. However, the team are even more passionate about making L’Atelier Du Vin a place you can call home. Cheesy as it sounds, they are really making the effort to go that extra mile or two!
Regulars can expect to get a steak knife or wine glass engraved with their name, and you can buy a bottle of spirit which the team will lock away for you behind the bar – ready for the next time you fancy a drink!
L’Atelier Du Vin is now open to the public, open from 12pm til late every day (closed on Tuesdays). They run regular 2-4-1 offers and special events, check out their website or instagram for more info.
We were invited to L’Atelier Du Vin but all words, opinions and love of wine are our own and not influenced at all by this.