Review – Dead Wax Social

The team behind many Brighton pubs, Drink In Brighton, recently opened Dead Wax Social, a new club-come-bar-come pizza parlour situated in the heart of Brighton’s North Laine. Open on the site of where the infamous Riki-Tik used to reside, Dead Wax Social serves up a plethora of craft beers, artisan pizzas and a vinyl theme. Could this be the most “Brighton” Brighton bar?

Having been closed for a good couple of weeks I was intrigued to see what would emerge from the old Riki Tik site. And the wait was certainly worth it.

Inside the layout is very similar to the previous owner but with a complete over haul of the décor. Every inch oozes cool. Think low lit bulbs, reclaimed shabby chic tables and chairs plus murals displaying the best in Brighton’s record labels.


Image – Dead Wax Social’s own.

In the corner is a very small self contained open plan kitchen which is run by the Pressing Plant Kitchen. Serving up a menu of eight traditional pizzas on a homemade 12” or 7” (see what they did there?) sour dough base, we were itching to try everything to say the least.

First up we ordered the #2, (£9.00) an exclusively fungus orientated pizza with lots chestnut mushrooms, wild porcini, fresh garlic, parmesan and finished off with a good glug of truffle oil. I was very impressed with the pizza especially the sourdough base. Mushroom pizzas can get very heavy sometimes but this was light and definitely had the artisan vibe down. The truffle oil was rich but not overly indulgent, and we both felt that the combination of mushrooms worked well.

Next up was the #8, (£10.00) this was the “meaty” one off the menu and was filled to the brim with lots of delicious deli meats such as crispy pancetta, a delicious spicy sausage, pepperoni and chorizo. Helped by a thin, crispy and light base – all the meat flavours came together to make this pizza a carnivores dream. I’d recommend this pizza is you like your meat toppings chunky, meaty and flavoursome.

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As well as the pizzas we ordered some sides, unfortunately their coleslaw wasn’t available at the time but the olives (£2.50) we had more than made up for it, as it was such a big portion. Instead of coleslaw we tried the mixed green leaf salad (£2.50) which was exactly what it says on the tin; mixed leaves. Although fairly tasty I felt that the price didn’t really reflect the portion size.

My only minor, minor quibble with the menu was, although delicious, the menu lacked inspiration and was very similar to many of the other pizza parlours in Brighton. Again this isn’t a bad thing as the pizzas were great but with so many artisan pizza makers in Brighton I wonder what’s going to start setting them all apart.

Excellent beer at Dead Wax Social

Excellent beer at Dead Wax Social

You can’t go here without tasting their fantastic beer selection which is constantly evolving. If you’re unsure what to wash down pizza’s with – which we were – ask the very friendly bar staff as they were very knowledgeable and knew exactly what they were talking about.

With friendly staff, delicious food, good music and excellent beer this could be my new favourite watering hole in Brighton. A fantastic addition to the city and a refreshing change from the other bars and pubs in Brighton’s “cultural quarter.”

Dead Wax Social, 18 Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD – 01273 683844

Rob’s food and drink was complimentary, courtesy of Drink In Brighton.