COCKTAILS Nautilus Lounge 129-130 St James's Street, BN2 1TH www.nautiluslounge.com
ubmerge yourself into the Nautilus Lounge, and you're transported into a Jules Verne 1920's world of tiffany lamps, cosy leather sofas, old world maps adorning the walls, and even a fine grand piano. You could really be 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. All that is missing is Captain Nemo. We were warmly welcomed by our ‘Captain’, Steve, who escorted us to our seats. Nautilus Lounge boasts an impressive drinks menu of 60 cocktails and mocktails. Steve explained his cocktails are inspired by the 1920s prohibition era going through to the 80s; some being his own creation and others with a nod to the classics. There's definitely something here for everyone, whatever your taste. Where did the inspiration come from for the décor? Steve felt it was fitting for the area and works especially well as the venue is underground. This is a fabulous cocktail bar for large groups or for those seeking more intimate moments. There's plenty of seating areas, the staff are friendly and warm and operate an effective table service. The venue also has regular entertainment throughout the week and weekends. During our visit we had the fantastic Ed Parry perform on the saxophone.’ Let's move onto the good stuff; a review of some of the ‘Captain's’ favourite cocktails. Espresso Martini – A Classic favourite Ingredients: Fresh Espresso Smirnoff Vodka Kahlua This is an elegant demure cocktail, it looks amazing, it even comes with a nautilus octopus dusted in coco powder for that extra special touch. It is rich, dark, and smooth and definitely up there for one of the finest in Brighton. This is the perfect accompaniment to breakfast, lunch and dinner.