A small colourful bar that would be just as at home in Spain as tucked away on a side street in Brighton.
The former Skid Row is still just as quirky in its current guise as Medusa Bar. Spanning a corner, it has two entrances on both Preston Street and Little Preston Street, an old fashioned touch that's still just as welcome today for anyone who can't be bothered to walk the extra few steps around the corner. Medusa may have turned men to stone but this charming bar would melt even the hardest of hearts. Spanish in feel, the bar is a riot of colour. Bright red, orange, yellow and green cushions are scattered on the red plastic banquette-style seating, Latin music fills the air and there's not only a wooden floor but wooden panelling on the wall and on the ceiling that adds a further cosy kitschness.
There are very few senors and senoritas here but the locals are all lively and full of energy, often beaming welcoming smiles that you'd normally only expect to see after a couple of jugs of sangria.
There may not be jugs of sangria but there are jugs of Pimms during the summer whilst during the winter months the bar does a roaring trade in jugs of Pimms and Red Bull and vodka. There's also a well thought-out selection of draught and bottled beers with Kirin Ichiban, Liefmans and Leffe on tap and Chimay, Modelo and Singha in bottles. But if you're still not feeling like a fiesta then shots of absinthe, sambuca and Tuaca at £2 a throw are your best bet.
The Last Word
Brighton prides itself on unusual, off-beat bars and Medusa Bar is not only popular and fun, it's one of the best.