The Lanes, Union Street, Brighton.
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Once upon a time there was a great friendly pub called the Font in the south lanes in Brighton and from what I can tell some time about late 2003 it was either brought out or received new management, a cheap makeover and lost all its charm. It once was a place where you'd meet your mates, be able to banter with the staff and occasionally listen to some great live music (and an Elvis impersonator) all in a the great atmosphere of a beautiful listed building. Post refit it has turned into some form of chav hangout, where the décor has lost its beauty and the live music has been replaced by a poor DJ that tries to over compensate his floors by playing his music to loud. Their aggressive new clientele seem not to mind the greatly inflated prices and rude staff but I find it an affront to the great old font. With the bath arms, black lion and so many other vastly better pubs just round the corner I can not see a reason for anyone to go there anymore. To be fair the new font does have some good points, much like Yates, and the Standard it provides a public service by keeping the type of person who frequents these pubs off the streets and not bothering decent pub goers. If the government wants to make a success of 24 opening hours and wants to put an end to yob behavior they know which pubs to gas.
This is the first pub in a series of my opinions telling of a short pub crawl around 5 Brighton pubs / bars. *************************************** On the 18th of June myself and my friends Tom and Charlotte decided to celebrate the end (or near end) or out college years (well that was the excuse...we were really just bored). After a discussion with suggestions of paintballing, gokarting, laser quest etc. Charlotte came up with the idea of Brighton. We agreed this was a good idea and set off to Brighton, arriving 25 minutes later. We went on the pier on a couple of rides and had some chips, then hit the pubs. The first pub we went in was called the Font and Firkin. We decided to go in here because firkin pubs are familiar and are generally pretty good. Once inside we realised that it is actually a converted church with real pews, hymn number boards and other religious oddities around the pub. Not to mention the stained glass windows. This may sound a little dodgy, but it was quite tastefully done and as far as my understanding of religion goes, non offensive either. (Well maybe the 'Hymns and Hers' on the toilet doors would be heading that way, but I thought it was clever anyway!) The pub itself is circular with the bar just offset in the centre. There is also an upstairs with a view of the bar and the stage above the bar which apparently hosts live bands on some nights. The pub is very large and although was quite empty at 7:30 on a Monday evening I would think that it comes alive at weekends or later in the evening, especially with live bands. The staff (well the one we spoke to) were very friendly and was only too happy to answer our queries about where the best pubs are. Prices: JD & coke £2.30, Bitter (can't remember the name, but apparently not a good selection) £2.40 ish. In the pub there is table football, a couple of fruit machines and a quiz machine, though as far as I could see, no pool table (we didn't venture upstairs). The pubs had a nice atmosphere and as I mentioned earlier would probably come alive later in the evenings. After this we moved on O' Neil’s. Please rate this opinion and go to the O’Neils section :o)