The Ranelagh is a small but brilliant pub in the heart of lower Kemp Town. If you’re a music-lover, you’ll probably know that this place is most famous for its Sunday night Blues gigs and eccentric decor. In winter, there’s usually a proper roaring log fire, which sits in a bizarre contrast to the blue flickering fairy lights on the ceiling which are wound around old records that must have been stuck up there for decades. They also have guitars and banjos randomly hanging from the rafters and the walls are plastered with old gig posters. Sounds odd, but combined it all creates a fantastically unique atmosphere.
If you fancy a change from your thumping R’n’B and club-style music in packed-out pubs on a Saturday night, then head to The Ranelagh. There always seems to be just the right number of people in there to make it feel buzzy but not crowded and the music is loud enough to appreciate but quiet enough to have a conversation. Definitely my kind of place.
They also have a brilliantly-placed beer garden situated right on St. James Street and is one of the best people-watching spots ever. I spent a year living two minutes away from this absolute gem of a pub and really miss heading to this home-from-home with my housemates of an evening.