history

history

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There's been an inn or hotel on the site since at least 1839. It passed from the Wigney family, owners of the Ship Street brewery in the old center of Brighton and 10 or more other pubs in Brighton and nearby.

It wound its way through history always named in some way after the Richmond name – “The Richmond Hotel”, “The Richmond Bar” – right up until the 90s when it became the beloved Pressure Point club and played host to bands and DJs as one of Brighton’s best small venues.

Our building has an interesting story to tell which continues now with the Home Brighton backpackers and, back from the ashes, The New Richmond bar. Brought back for the people of Brighton to enjoy as many have in the past.

From the early sixties, the first-floor ballroom was a regular Sunday evening venue for dances, featuring many of Brighton’s rock and pop bands. Much later in the sixties, evenings where featuring Blues and soul music. Mr. Bob Harding, the Chimes, The Giants and the sapphires where some of the artists found playing here.

The Teddy boys and Rockers threw parties in the basement.

In 1983 -  TheZap  Club moved to the upstairs of the Richmond Pub and continued to thrive. Choreographer Liz Aggiss and musician Billy Cowie invite Neil to join them and Ian Smith in the 'Wild Wigglers', a lunatic Bauhaus influenced dance performance group.

Zap attracts a wide range of artists to perform in cabaret. Chris Coco and Lene become regular performers with music and super eight installations. Writer Kathy Acker performs regularly.

Rave music and then Bands were to play at the Pressure point club. At some point, the Pressure point closed and the place became a hostel.

June 2016 facing closure it was taken on by an entrepreneur who had been to the pressure point in its good old days. Determined to bring it back online it has been renovated sympathetically and the bar reopened in March 2017.  Many bands and guests through the door the Richmond and Home backpackers above is going from strength to strength. Come enjoy and support a local business for the next generation.

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