Nestled in the heart of deepest, darkest Kemp Town is the dimly lit and appropriately named Black Dove. Cleverly disguised as a run-of-the-mill pub, it's only on closer inspection that confirms this place is an absolute gem. A veil of hanging glasses conceal the huge oak bar and a collection of international pale ales, champion beers and award winning ciders occupy it.
There are elaborate empty bottles of booze, wax sculpted candle holders, huge gold frames, photos of blues singers, chandeliers, vintage fans, paintings, fairy-lights, diagrams and god knows what else decorate the dark green walls. There’s vintage ska and delta blues on the soundsystem and the nostalgia feels good. If you’re looking for something a bit snug then make your way downstairs, otherwise we recommend getting front row seats at the bar.
When it comes to drinks grab one of their small folded menus and take your pick from the great cocktail list. The Maple Manhattan (Canadian maple syrup, Kentucky bourbon, bitters and vermouth) was bang on the money - the hot bartenders in braces and waistcoats certainly know their sh*t. If you’re looking for something a little less potent check out the organic wine list; ethical, hangover-free drinking, sounds good to us.