10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar

In honour of Independent Venue Week (25-31 Jan) we asked one of Brighton’s most loved independent live music locations Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar to share some fond memories and fun facts about the popular venue.

Here venue manager Sally Oakenfold steps up to the plate to share ten titbits you’ve probably never heard about Sticky Mike’s before.

1. Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar is named after a now defunct venue in New York

“The original was located on Great Jones Street in the NoHo district of Manhattan back in the early 1990s. The venue was described thus in a 1990 edition of the New York Magazine:

“If you want to discuss semiotics or Truffaut while drinking Rolling Rock, head to Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. The Crowd at this funky bar has a Bohemian, postgraduate air. Upstairs small groups cluster around the long circular bar and the retro diner booths. If you risk the walk down a slippery flight of black steps you come upon the pulsating dance space…”

“We may not sell Rolling Rock but apart from that it’s an uncanny description of what we aim for.”

2. The mural at the end of the bar was drawn by Jeffrey Lewis after he played a gig in the venue

Sticky Mike's Frog Bar

3. John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten once visited the bar for a post gig beer

“The DJ was playing hip hop which Johnny thought was dreadful.”

4. You can pop in for a pizza

Pre-gig vegan pizza and beer @canneryterror @pelicandefeu #vegan #brighton #gig

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“You can always get a vegan Pizzaface pizza at Sticky Mike’s, along with other varieties of course.”

5. There is no Mike nor any frogs

“The name for Sticky Mike’s was suggested to the owners of the original venue by painter Jean Michel Basquait, who once said if he owned a club that’s just what he’d call it.”

6. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes played here last year to a sold out crowd

“Although lots of folk don’t believe it happened… it did.”

7. It wasn’t always a music venue

“In a previous life Sticky Mike’s was Brighton’s first internet cafe.”

8. Plenty of famous faces have performed comedy at Sticky Mike’s

Sticky Mike's Frog Bar Adam Buxton

“Our intimate comedy night – hosted by Brian Gittins (AKA David Earl from the TV show Derek) – has seen performances from Harry Hill, Stewart Lee, Greg Davies, Adam Buxton, Joe Wilkinson and Al Murray who even pulled a pint for us.”

9. We’ve got buckets of beer

“We sell lots of real ales from local breweries as well as Laines 48 which is brewed by The Laines Pub Company specifically for us.”

10. This is how the floor looks after a busy night!

Sticky Mike's Frog Bar

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