Brighton pub closes with 'free beer send-off'

By Rebecca Weller

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Drink the bar dry: Bison Beer marks closure of its North Laines pub in Brighton with free beer send-off (Credit: Getty/Abstract Aerial Art)
Drink the bar dry: Bison Beer marks closure of its North Laines pub in Brighton with free beer send-off (Credit: Getty/Abstract Aerial Art)

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A Brighton pub has closed its doors for good after letting customers “drink the bar dry” in a “free beer send-off”.

Bison Beer announced the closure of its North Laine site on social media last Friday (5 January) as well as plans to host a “drink the bar dry” event from 5pm on its last trading day on Tuesday 9 January.

Posting about the “free beer send-off” on X, the brand said: "Time at the bar for our North Laine location.”  

Local and independent 

As reported in The Argus​, the North Road pub, which Bison took on in 2018, closed as the lease had come to an end and the site would be re-let to a new company in the near future.

The independent brewing business was founded in Brighton in 2015 by Nick Vardy and Jack Cregan with a bottle shop and small batch brew operation on Church Road in Hove, which is still trading.

Bison describes itself on its website as: “Stocking a huge range of beverages from around the world with a keen interest in the Sussex beer scene. We are local, independent and proud to be a part of what we think is the best county in the country.”

Perfect spot

In 2019, Bison Beer, which is known for its See Side APA and offers beer delivery services for brand such as Cloudwater and Verdant, also partnered with Sea Lanes natural open water swimming centre on the city’s seafront to create a pop-up beach bar and street food venue.

The pop-up beach bar, which trades during the summer months, reopened in May last year following an 18-month closure to allow for “major site redevelopments”, as described on Bison’s website.

Regarding the pop-up venue, Bison’s website claims it is “the perfect spot to sink See Side APA whilst chilling in a deckchair, living your best life.”

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