A dark grey exterior is starkly contrasted with a colourful wit and set alive with pink ‘liquor’ neons, suspended in windows and framed by caged red, fluorescent strip lights. As the lights smoulder through the tinted glass, illuminated boxed out lettering in pink and turquoise spell MEAT over a porch which explodes with colour and unique, fairground inspired murals.
Patterns are rife throughout, with MEATliquor’s ceilings and walls blanketed in black and white fly posters; surreal, dizzying patterns of leopard prints, smiling moons and waltzer inspired graphics are illuminated by hues of red, purple and pink – spilling from the strip lights overhead. The rear wall and 6.5 metre long bar with its galvanised metal top are clad in beautifully silvered pine – drawing direct reference to an old, weathered pier.
Known for its daring interiors, each borne of location – MEATliquor Brighton is a space full of theatricality and following a successful partnership on 3 existing London spaces – Shed again commissioned creatives ‘Ilovedust’ to dramatise the space, and whose fantastical illustrations and obscure sea-side personas bring the restaurant aptly to life; A tattooed deep sea diver displayed across a 3m wide lightbox greets guests as they arrive and a 2 metre high, neon flamingo dances glamorously next to eaters. Further artworks include a 13 metre printed vinyl rug that stretches along the centre of the restaurant. The succession of ‘peephole’ Georgian wire glass tables, invite guests to look down onto this whirlwind of colour.
The ‘MEAT street scape’ is by far the theatrical masterpiece of the room though. Running the length of one side of the restaurant, it features partitions of metal mesh, red ‘butcher’ curtains and rooms papered in call-card inspired graphics which set up a series of bespoke, private booths each with their own style and design. If that wasn’t enough to get you in a spin, even the route to the toilets is set to impress. Two vintage inspired fairground mirrors are mounted to a black wall displaying a sea of gloss icons that pave the route down a narrow corridor.
Additional banquette seating upholstered in bright blue and purple faux leather, galvanised metal and large round mirrored tables, is mismatched with an assortment of crystal and wire lamp shades; the loud and eclectic mix of scenery is further pronounced by the wonderfully bizarre signage including an original Clacton-on-Sea clown, revamped with a rather sinister sneer.