Ollie’s Jerk Shack & Cocktails is a new venture focused on bringing Caribbean food and good vibes to the city, with drag hosts and a a diverse team of BAME and LGBTQ+ people and allies focused on providing amazing service, an electric night out, and giving back to charities that support all our community.
Ollie’s also has a special story attached to its name. The owner’s best friends, Rodney and Sacha, have a 13-year-old son, Ollie, who was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer last year. After a successful crowdfunding campaign this brave young man is now receiving specialist treatment, and Ollie’s has been named after him to help bring good vibes to him, and every guest. If you would like to donate to Ollie’s battle, CLICK HERE
There’s a passionate team behind the venture. Leanne Brand, general manager, is described as the powerhouse committed to making Ollie’s buzz with good vibes and a great time; Jevan R S Weekes, bar manager, is the mixology wizard, bringing his eclectic knowledge to the bar; Tom Boyland, team supervisor, is a proud Brightonian, taking the sea and the city and bringing it into one great place; while Melanin Monroe, drag & entertainment organiser, is a regular on the Brighton cabaret scene with access to the very best local cabaret, visual/ theatrical, horror, burlesque and lip-sync artists.
The new venture boasts Ollie’s menu features carefully crafted Caribbean cocktails alongside classics, Taste of the Islands Caribbean Specials, innovative CBD-infused drinks as well as the chance to craft your own.
In addition to its cocktails, Ollie’s has partnered with brands for exclusive collaborations, including Gayle, the independent LGBTQ+ beverage company whose message is to champion the right for everyone to express themselves and to love who they want. As another special on the drinks menu, Ollie’s introduces El Bandarra, a cool Barcelona-based vermouth producer that shares in the ‘good vibes’ ethos.
Ollie’s says: “We aim to launch on Halloween and have a legendary event that will be remembered for years to come. No expense will be spared. Expect spookiness, glam, great food and, of course, tasty, Instagrammable cocktails.”
Get your glad rags on for October 31 as we welcome Ollie’s to the Lanes and our Brighton nightlife scene.