By Mark Williams

Prohibition has come to Brighton, with a 1920s speakeasy bar setting up shop for two weeks on Western Road.

The Wick Inn has converted its first floor into an old-fashioned speakeasy, with patrons able to choose from a range of cocktails inspired by the Prohibition era.

The pop-up bar is sponsored by Buffalo Trace bourbon and is the latest pop-up business to appear in Hove.

It is the second location for the pop up venue after a successful few weeks in Covent Garden, London.

Organiser, and MD of Hi Spirits, Jeremy Hill, 50, explained the decision behind choosing Hove, saying that it had a similar feel to the Covent Garden location.

Mr Hill said: “It's a bit bohemian, with an eclectic mix of people looking to have some fun.”

The prohibition era was a time in American history when the sale of alcohol was made illegal.

Drinkers could no longer go to their usual bars, and so secret underground drinking dens, hidden behind drawn curtains, became commonplace in American cities.

However, in 1933 the law was reversed, and bars could continue operating as they had before, This event celebrates the 80th anniversary of that reversal.

Pop-up businesses are an increasingly attractive option to big companies or smaller entrepreneurs, who want to try out a new venture on the public for a limited amount of time, to see if it may work as a long-term project in future.

The Prohibition era pop-up bar will be at The Wick Inn, in Western Road, until February 9, and entry is free. Table reservations can be made via the guestlist which can be found online at