A seafront drag and cabaret bar re-opened its doors to revellers in time for the busy festive season and the start of the new year.

Brighton’s Charles Street bar has added “Tap” to the end of its name and introduced a new selection of craft beers and ciders, while doubling its covers and creating 13 jobs.

Owners hope the £350,000 investment, along with its existing unique atmosphere, will make it the place to be for trendsetters, the LGBT community, artists and fashionistas.

General manager Chris Marshall said: “Our vibrant atmosphere still reigns and we have given the venue an extra va-va-voom to keep up with modern trends.

“It’s shiny, new and our entertainment line-up is as prominent as ever.”

As the venue taps into the world of craft beer, a “craft shrine” now lines the back bar with eights taps of unusual craft blends on rotation, including Project Babylon and Hop Head.

Four cask pulls will offer beverages from local breweries such as Long Man, Harvey’s and cider from Lilley’s Craft.

The venue is now decorated with neon lighting, reclaimed wood and an industrialised theme running throughout.

The garden has also received a makeover, with undercover seating available to be enjoyed all year round.

The opening weekend from December 15 to 17 was described as “a celebratory extravaganza”, entertaining guests with menu tasters, the chance to meet brewers and distillers, heart and soul duo acts, cabaret shows and DJ sets.

Legendary drag acts Drag with No Name and Mrs Moor were on hand to entertain with a triple bill of cabaret on the Sunday night.

Already recognised with accolades for its cabaret, the investment is expected to build on the venue’s reputation as the go to show bar.

The pub also has a range of botanicals on offer, from Hendricks to Monkey 47 and Bloom garnished with a variety of fruits with the options to jazz it up with flavoured tonic water.