Gourmet hot dogs and bottomless booze on a sunny, seaside terrace
Patterns, which opened last Summer on the former site of Audio on Marine Parade plays host to a varied music and culture programme, whilst serving up the best hot dogs in Brighton.
The Patterns team have smartened the place up since replacing Audio but in other ways, not much has changed. There are still plenty of gigs both upstairs and downstairs and there’s still a good terrace to enjoy those sunny Brighton summer evenings on.
The ground floor bar / restaurant area has a DJ booth and acts as a relaxed hangout space for sipping cocktails, craft beers and loaded hot dogs from The Dog Haus, while the downstairs has been kept as a pure gig venue, with an impeccable L’Acoustics sound system.
The gigs and events schedule is pretty packed out so there’s pretty much always something going on, whether it’s a live gig downstairs or a chilled out ‘Sunday Social’ event where mums, dads and kids can hang out together, listen to music, eat, drink a bit and have fun with like-minded families.
The Mrs and I were invited to check out Patterns’ weekend Bottomless Boozy Brunch offering, which runs every weekend from 12-4pm. It’s £17 and includes a Happy Days hot dog – pork frank stacked with caramelised & crispy onions, classic ketchup & Frenchies mustard plus unlimited Prosecco or Bloody Marys.
You can pay an extra £2.50 and upgrade to any hot dog from the menu and to be honest, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t – there’s some really tasty sounding stuff on there like the Hot Mess – foot-long beef chilli frank topped with beef chilli, cheddar cheese, jalapeños and sour cream and the Acid Haus with BBQ bourbon pulled pork and topped with potato smiley faces!
All Dog Haus sausages are supplied by the award winning The Sausage Man, with a minimum of 85% lean meat (vegetarian options are available too) and are served on a brioche bun.
In the end, Antonia went for the Happy Days and I upgraded to the Pork Favor – flame grilled spicy beef sausage smothered in a spicy tomato bravas sauce, topped with crispy sweet potato, aioli, and roasted peanuts.
The Happy Days is your archetypal hot dog with a lovely balance of onions, ketchup & mustard. A solid choice if a classic hot dog is what you’re craving. As good as the Happy Days was, I preferred the Pork Favor. The sausage had more depth of flavour and although the peanuts felt a bit of place, the piquant bravas sauce, aioli and sweet potato mix were a beautiful mix.
We both started out on Bloody Marys, of which there are three to choose from – Traditional with Black Cow Vodka, Kicking Cow with added Ancho Chilli and Mary’s Smoking with Montelobos Mezcal & Ancho Chilli. The Mary’s Smoking deserves a special mention – I love a classic Bloody Mary but this version with smoky Mezcal and chilli was ACE.
As will all bottomless brunch deals, they’re only worth it if you plan to drink. Patterns’ £17 price-tag sounds a little steep as the Happy Days menu price on its own is only £5 but once you’ve had a couple of drinks, you’ll be up.
Patterns has a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and a good quality food and drink offering. It’s definitely a great option for a boozy weekend brunch, especially when the sun’s out.