Three teachers and an IT professional will open Brighton and Hove’s first micropub in the spring.
The Watchmaker’s Arms aims to open its doors to punters in March or April after the team behind it won planning permission and a licence.
Focused around locally produced beer, the pub will feature none of the modern-day trappings of your average pub – spirits, music, all-day food and children.
Instead, it will all be about the drink and the atmosphere.
The team behind the project is made up of two couples from Hove: Rick and Ruth Evans and Dave and Ali White.
The quartet planned to open their micropub in the former York House Wines off-licence in Richardson Road, Hove. But despite having everything in place, the plan fell through in the summer.
Undeterred, the team set their sights on a former secondhand electronics shop in Goldstone Villas, Hove.
Mr Evans said: “In hindsight, we have secured a much better property and location this time round. It is a good size and close to the station, so will hopefully get lots of passing trade.”
The micropub movement began with the 2003 licensing act, which allowed the change of use from a shop to a public house.
Since then, dozens have popped up including the Anchored in West Buildings, Worthing, and the Old Star, Shoreham.
The focus will be on beer, with four ales from small independent breweries on tap during the week and five at the weekend.
There will be no music and limited food, with opening hours midday to 2pm and 5pm to 9pm. On Friday and Saturday, the pub will be open until 11pm and will be open only for lunch on Sunday. It will be closed on a Monday.
Describing why micropubs have become so popular, Mr Evans said: “The environment inside is just lovely. There is no music, children running around or teenagers drinking lager. People just talk to each other and enjoy good beer.
“It’s a bit of a throwback to a traditional pub.”
The name for the new boozer came after a research session at The Keep records centre, in which they discovered the building was once a watchmakers.