Hidden away above El Mexicano restaurant near the Theatre Royal is one of the most treasured secrets of Brighton's all-embracing bar scene. Through a nondescript door & up a flight of rickety stairs, Valentino's continues to keep a select band of in-the-know aficionados well lubricated with skilfully blended cocktails. The art deco interior of seashell sofas & ornate mirrors could do with a refurb, but the fantastic balcony overlooking Pavilion Gardens more than makes amends for a few frayed edges. The huge cocktail list has something for everyone, from classic martinis & negronis to sweet treats such as the ‘hunny bunny’ – a mix of Krupnik honey vodka, raspberries, spiced rum, lime & cranberry juice. The long-running two-for-one deal on cocktails (5-7pm Sun-Thurs) makes this a popular spot for after-work drinks.