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Lack of Bars/Late drinking/Cocktail fun

On 15 Mar 2018 at 7:47pm Dixie Normus wrote:
Lewes is great, I love it here, but it would be good to have a few bars with music/dj's late with cocktails and something with a bit of atmosphere and class for young adults to go and have a bit of a dance in. It is all pubs really, they do their best, but it is limited, Fuego could step up, but it seems not to have that vibe....
On 15 Mar 2018 at 8:03pm Staying in wrote:
With a name like that, I bet you are used to drinking alone.
On 15 Mar 2018 at 8:28pm Sol wrote:
Either you will reply soon with the name of your fun place you are plugging or you should just go to Brighton like everyone else!
On 16 Mar 2018 at 8:25am Kat wrote:
I do agree. I’m early 40’s and it would be good if there were somewhere open a bit later. Even if one of the pubs opened until 12 or 1. Lewes does seem to shut down at 11pm.
On 16 Mar 2018 at 9:20am Zero Cool wrote:
Nothing like the morning-after regret after you've decided to tackle the Volly on a Friday or Saturday after all other pubs close. You convince a couple of mates to go with you (despite protestations), finally get to the bar, remembering it's cash only, running over to Barclays ATM, running back, getting that one pint of Stella before last orders ring, necking it, seeing a couple of people square up in the smoking area, wonder how you ended up there again...then walking home. A tale as old as time.
On 16 Mar 2018 at 9:55am Chaz wrote:
Some late pubs open til 1 or 2 would be decent.
On 16 Mar 2018 at 11:48am Observer wrote:
i Even if one of the pubs opened until 12 or 1.
I'm sure I've been in the Lewes Arms and the Swan well past 12 at the weekends.
On 16 Mar 2018 at 12:17pm late night drinker wrote:
Last bus back from Brighton 12:30am, 1:30am on Saturdays
On 16 Mar 2018 at 12:55pm Actual drinker wrote:
Loads of pubs in Lewes oen that late on the weekend, do you people even go out in town? The Lansdown is regularly open until half twelve, one-ish, as is the Volly, Lamb and Elly occasionally, possibly others too. People don't half chat some nonsense on here.
On 16 Mar 2018 at 1:34pm Dan wrote:
The Lansdown and Ele definitely don’t serve after midnight, although punters are allowed half an hour to drink up. Not sure about the Lamb seems to be a rule onto its own, the Volunteer is the only pub with extended licensing hours hence “zero cools” recount. Many of the pubs in town put on great entertainment though, we are lucky to have such variation in our small town, just start earlier!
On 16 Mar 2018 at 5:02pm the drinking man wrote:
Half hour to drink up ! used to be 10 minutes
On 16 Mar 2018 at 5:20pm thirsty wrote:
cafe du jardin is always fun and out of the way which is nice!!!
On 16 Mar 2018 at 7:12pm Licence wrote:
Every pub in Lewes has a late night licence, it's just that very few choose to use it as it costs a load in staffing and you don't want to be the last place open as you get everyone else's drunk punters at the end of the night. The only restriction on anyone's licence is that you can't sell food for a couple of hours at three in the morning.
On 16 Mar 2018 at 8:43pm Licence Holder wrote:
@Licence, just to clarify you're wrong on practically every point you've made. Next time you're in any pub have a look at their Premises Licence (stating what hours they're legally allowed to sell alcohol, host live music, etc), each license is unique to the premises
On 18 Mar 2018 at 10:09am huw wrote:
Most pubs have licences that run later than midnight. Ours runs until 2am at the weekends.
Each pub had to apply for their own premises licence under the new laws, Greene King, as far as I'm aware, applied on behalf of their pubs and they have "City" licences allowing drinking until 1-2am and most others went for similar (we extended ours the other year as we had very modest opening ties).
Most people don't use them because of the expense of staffing, that you have to be up the next morning to open up no matter what time you worked until, in consideration of neighbours and that most people have had enough by midnight and you end up opening for people to hang around asking for glasses of water.
Also, traditionally in Lewes, when one place opens late everyone ends up there and "feuds" that have run since the dawn of time flare up because it's the only time both parties are in the same establishment together.

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