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By Christine Fleming

The nights are getting darker, and sometimes all you want is a decadent cocktail on a Thursday night. Preferably somewhere softly lit, cosy and with the ability to make you feel a bit fancy.

If you find yourself in Brighton and Hove, then Third Avenue could well be the candlelit drinking den you’re hankering after.

A new opening for the area, this Art Deco-style bar and restaurant boasts classic leather booths, velvet furnishings with a hint of rock star art on the walls. It helps that it’s open until 2am Friday and Saturday nights for late night drinking.

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The Art Deco decor. Credit: Third Avenue

The front half of Third Avenue is arranged around an old school central bar so you can watch the intoxicating scenes of your cocktails being made. Or you can venture further back into the ‘Paris boudoir’ themed lounge/dining area. Perfect for a date night.

When it comes to drinks, there’s a lot to choose from and most cocktails are priced at a reasonable £11-£12.

Expect to see modern twists on classics like a Smoked Old Fashioned and Flat White Martini, but also a few signature surprises including the delightful Montenegro Sour.

Third Avenue bar
The booth seats near the bar. Credit: Third Avenue

If you’re hungry, the food menu features Eastern Mediterranean style small plates.

Signature dishes include Glazed Pork Belly Skewers with Burnt Apple Puree (£9), Baked Fig and Jamon Serrano (£10) and Crispy Fried Squid with Black Garlic Aioli (£8.50).

You must also try the Harissa and White Wine-Soaked Mussels with Charred Sourdough (£12), a nice match for one of the gin based cocktails available (ask staff for their top recommendations when you visit) and perfect for sharing. Be sure to add some crispy Spring Onion Fries for dipping (£4.50).

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Delicious small plates. Credit: Third Avenue

The Sticky Braised Pedro Ximenez Pig Cheek with Charred Leek and Pickled Fennel (£12), while small in stature, is big on flavour and pairs nicely with a large glass of full-bodied house red.

If you visit in the day, there is also a delicious sounding brunch menu available, served Monday to Sunday between 10am and 3pm.

Think Duck Waffles (£17), Crab Royale (£13.50) and Baked Shakshuka (£11). Breakfasts are coming soon.

Third Avenue duck waffles
The duck waffles. Credit: Third Avenue

Third Avenue is part of a trio of business ventures on a large corner site in Hove, but there is a soon-to-open fish and grill restaurant (Catch & Grill) planned for next door and a private bar but downstairs that is available for hire too.

Having ventured down on a cold and stormy evening, Third Avenue was a warm retreat from the elements and quickly made us forget the outside world. Just what you want from a midweek jaunt.

Best For: Date night, brunch, late night drinks

Third Avenue at 70 Church Road, Hove BN3 2FP is open Sunday to Thursday 10am to midnight and Friday and Saturday 10am to 2am

Cocktails start from £10. Small plates start from £5. Brunch dishes start from £7.50

Book a table at Third Avenue, Hove here

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