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Brighton’s New Bootlegger Bar, L’Atelier Du Vin, Opens!

Located in the heart of the North Laine (in between Grow 40 and Boho Bazar) there’s a new secret bar that you’ll definitely want to discover the door to.

L’Atelier Du Vin has been two years in the making, fusing a partnership between two of the industry’s top experts, Steve Pineau and Dimitri Mesnard. Protégé’s of Gerard Basset OBE (Master Sommelier and Master of Wine) having worked for so many years under his wing and his profound and iconic expertise, the duo have created a place where “wine meets bar”.

Co-owner, Steve says, “We wanted to create a space that we could have fun with, where people can discover great wines and rare vintages, stepping back into the prohibition era where real cocktails were created. We’ve put it together with our own hands and want people to come and enjoy the space, feeling at home.”

Translating as an “artists’ studio of wine”, you’ll discover the space through a secret door off Kensington Gardens, transporting you back to the 1920s to find mismatched cosy furniture, welcoming you to while away the hours. The salvaged space makes the most of the exposed brickwork and rafters, with low lighting and misty jazz sounds setting the perfect atmosphere for popping in to enjoy a glass of wine and a bite to eat, or spending the whole night comfortably sipping on cocktails.

Boasting the most extensive wine menu in Brighton, L’Atelier Du Vin is home to a selection of more than 500 wines and some 300 spirits. Sommelier Stefano Angeloni’s focus is to make wine accessible, with prices to suit all budgets, from as little as around £4 for a quality glass to distinct vintages in their hundreds.

Whilst the main focus of the space is the drinks, the team have created a small, but well paired menu which includes steak sourced locally from Trenchmore Farm and a selection of charcuterie and cheeses to compliment the wine and cocktail list. For steak lovers that want to take their dining experience to the next level, a personalised steak knife will be available to use on every visit.

L’Atelier Du Vin isn’t just a bar or a place to meet, it’s a place for guests to relax and feel as comfortable as they would in their own home, whist being taken on a journey through regions and time to explore a plethora of flavours.

Opening to the public on Friday 16th March, enjoy two for one on a selection of wines by the glass and cocktails between 5 and 7pm, Sunday to Thursday until Thursday 29th March. The bar will be open from midday each day, closing on Tuesdays.

Visit to find out how you can experience Brighton’s biggest selection of wines and spirits, being part of one of Brighton’s best kept secrets.

Find L’Atelier Du Vin at 40B Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL.