the dreaming spire(s) of brighton

There’s something devastatingly romantic about old churches and the faded glory of the wonderful disused chapel that is St Mark’s that is hard to beat. So we’re excited that the Spire Festival Bar, an intimate pop-up and Kemptown’s newest Fringe venue, has opened in this somewhat off-the-beaten-track spot. (In our minds’ eyes, we’ve already settled in for the night in our silk kimonos and are scribbling great words and aphorisms onto our pad as we gently sip at a lush green absinthe. Ok, we may have been reading too much Wilde.)

Open every Friday, Saturday and bank holiday Sunday for the duration of the festival, it’s so much more than a bar: the chapel also has a secret festival programme, so you can enjoy unusual art, intriguing performances, and live music from 9.00pm. Aside from being one of the most atmospheric venues you’ll find in the city, it’s got something else going for it, too: You won’t have to shell out a penny for anything other than your cocktails (made largely from local suppliers’ products, by the way).

This Friday (11th May) sees the first RAW, a relaxed evening of short performances that is part theatre and part social club. And from 7.30pm this  Saturday (12th May), you can expect big beats and basslines from local band Commands Alternates and soulful vocals with a punk twist from singer and DJ I am Fya. We reckon this little secret won’t stay hidden for too long!

Open from 6.00pm – 11.30pm every Friday, Saturday and bank holiday Sunday in May; free
The Spire, St. Mark’s Chapel, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5JN