Moving on!

After three years at the helm of The Queens Arms, Barry Nelson is moving on to new challenges.

When Barry took over the reins, The Queens Arms was in need of a face lift to re-establish it as a full-time cabaret bar. That was his aim and this he has now achieved.

A full refurbishment in October 2014 brought new life into one of the oldest established gay bars in the city, creating a bigger better and brighter Queens Arms.

With the help of the staff and acts, new and old, The Queens Arms fought its way back to the top of the list of venues, when people talk about watching live cabaret in Brighton.

During the last three years, Barry and his team have worked hard to become a major part of the annual Pride Village party with George Street becoming the biggest cabaret zone at the event, and in the process raising 1000’s of pounds for local charities and LGBT+ organisations.

Barry says: “In three years I have seen relationships begin, end, and witnessed laughter and tears. I have met some amazing people (and the odd idiot), worked with some fabulous people, made lots of new friends and worked with some of the best acts on the circuit new and old.

Clutching his pearls, he sighed: “It is with a heavy heart that I hand the reins over, but the time is right for me to move on. 

“What will I do in the future? Who knows where I may pop up but I will remain in Brighton, probably take a month off, have a holiday then decide on my next challenge.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support, loyalty and custom and all the acts that have placed a stiletto on the Queens Arms stage.

“As a lover of cabaret I will still be around and to be honest it will be nice to watch the cabaret as a customer once again.

“I would like to wish the future manager and The Queens Arms every success and hope that they have as much fun as I have.

“So it’s bye for now and don’t forget there is still time to vote for me in the Golden Handbag Awards 2017 as your Favourite Landlord and for Victoria Sponge, who for the time being I am shoving back into her box as Favourite Hostess.


Barry’s leaving party will be on Sunday, June 4 from 6pm with cabaret from Miss Penny plus a few surprises throughout the evening.

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