Fairground Attraction

Hyper-pattern greets diners at MEATLiquor Brighton, including a surreal lightbox, fly posters and printed vinyl rug

Hyper-pattern greets diners at MEATLiquor Brighton, including a surreal lightbox, fly posters and printed vinyl rug

Arcade anarchy meets dark circus and quirky coastal at MEATLiquor Brighton, where pattern-riot rules...

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Brighton restaurant MEATliquor pushes pattern clash to its limits, with multi-coloured and monochrome motifs wrapping around walls, floors and ceilings. It’s a saucy yet sinister mix of surface prints, from clowns to sculls, steam-punky sailors, waltzers, helterskelters and evil eyes, which fits this hedonistic British beach town to a tee.  

London- and Singapore-based interior architects Shed has curated a whirligig of fairground, arcade and circus influences, teamed with a raw, industrial warehouse vibe. ‘MEATliquor Brighton lives and breathes its seaside surrounds,’ the designers explain. ‘We wanted to ensure we brought every inch of Brighton’s energy into these interiors.’

Partitioned off by mesh and red PVC butchers' curtains, booths line one wall, dominated by a creepy clown sign

Partitioned off by mesh and red PVC butchers' curtains, booths line one wall, dominated by a creepy clown sign

Responsible for the brand’s three London branches in Marylebone, Covent Garden and Hoxton, Shed again commissioned South Coast design studio ilovedust to create the fantastical illustrations. Channelling Brighton’s kooky maritime history, they include a tattooed deep-sea diver on a giant lightbox at reception. The bar is clad in silvered pine (reminiscent of the town’s weathered pier), walls are slathered in black and white fly posters and call-card graphics, and a 13-metre printed vinyl rug dominates the den.

There’s a nightclub feel, even at lunchtime, aided by rockabilly tunes, ‘peephole’ wiremesh-lined glass table tops and naughty-but-flirty caged private booths, running along one side of the sultry space. Throw in pink fluorescent strip lights, a red neon dancing flamingo-girl and a cheeky yellow illuminated SIN sign and you’ve got the ideal environment for consuming meat and liquor, southern States style.

The Fizz tucked into Cajun-inspired Gunpowder Shrimp and Hippie Fries, washed down with a Brown Cow (old-fashioned root beer float). There’s also a serious line-up of whisky here, from 10-year-old Scottish Talisker to Japanese Suntory. The nostalgic fun doesn’t stop at the food, though, with a dedicated radio channel playing retro tunes. Even a visit to the loo is a trip; don’t miss the clowns on WC doors and corridor of distorting fairground mirrors opposite. Or did you just indulge in one Meatjito too many?
meatliquor.com shed-design.com

Staff whip up burgers in the print-plastered kitchen

Staff whip up burgers in the print-plastered kitchen

Loos with attitude: graphic signage has a retro feel

Loos with attitude: graphic signage has a retro feel

Sin City: The pine-clad bar is topped with galvanised metal, lit by red fluoro strip lights and yellow and pink neon

Sin City: The pine-clad bar is topped with galvanised metal, lit by red fluoro strip lights and yellow and pink neon

The minimal charcoal facade gives way to extreme interiors. We heart ilovedust's diver and dog-men at reception

The minimal charcoal facade gives way to extreme interiors. We heart ilovedust's diver and dog-men at reception