Alfresco Drinking in Brighton
When Brightonians aren't drinking outside, well, we're sometimes not drinking at all. Boasting some of the best sun traps in the UK and an award-winning sea breeze that flits on through your hair (okay it's not award winning, but it is rather grand), Brighton has a wealth of charming rooftop terraces, raucous street side benches and boisterous beer gardens to sip away in. Check out our recommendations for the best alfresco drinking spots in Brighton, sunning yourself with a silly amount of Vitamin D and quenching that party thirst with a top notch selection of tipples.
The Black Lion is a Brighton stalwart with its extensive choice of real ales, craft beers and pub grub menu - but did you know it also has a great beer garden? Course ya did, get yourself down for art murals, DJs, BBQs and fun.
You'll have to move quickly to bag yourself a spot on Wahaca's streetside tables, and with a long list of icy concoctions and Mexican plates, it's worth it. If you're not lucky, the inside of this charming eatery is pretty enough to take you away from the sun.
Take a break from playing on the World's End's epic selection of games and VR to soak up the sun on their streetside tables. And if the sun can't get you outside, perhaps this pub's incredible painted front will be able to, as one of the most iconic buildings in Brighton.
Not far from the train station, Grand Central has a cute little outdoor beer garden, filled with plants, bright furniture, and hopefully, lots of rays. When you're done outside, head in to find their secretive gin room, which serves up all sorts of wicked concoctions.
Whilst it might be one of the most slamming club spaces in Brighton, Patterns also boast a cocktail bar and terrace drinking spot that sunshine punters will be more than impressed with. Overlooking our infamous shores and often filled with the sweet thump of house music, the terrace area at Patterns may still be for hardened party goers, but it boasts a taste of that fresh sea air that we keep going on about.
If you don't see this sweet little sun spot first, you're more than likely to hear it once that big fiery ball in the sky shows its face. One of the only bars in Brighton boasting its beer garden on the actual beach, The Fortune of War has been a sunny drinking staple since the very dawn of time. Catch yourself an ice cool cider and plant your toosh on either their outside benches or beach pebbles, it's all good at this laid back Brighton boozer.
Spoilt for choice when it comes to a little sun faring sipping at Bohemia? You can only imagine. Found in the very heart of The Lanes, Bohemia is a truly bespoke retreat for a little alfresco schmoozing. Whilst many take to their front of house tables, indulging in a little people watching and handmade cocktails, you might be surprised to learn that Bohemia boast their own rooftop spot. Nipped away at the top of the building, this rooftop nook is just the ticket for sunshine and bubbles.
You're folk of refined tastes but still fancy indulging in a sweet piece of sunshine with your bespoke tipples? To The Waterhouse you should most definitely flock. A must for those after something a little more upmarket, The Waterhouse bar not only boasts some of the most creative concoctions in the city, their sun trap of a terrace spot not only overlooks the Brighton beachfront, but it's sure to charm with its charming atmosphere and luxe feel.
So wait, you do like to be beside the seaside? You do like to be by the sea? Well then pal, you've lucked in with a tasty little reatreat like The New Club. Inspired by simple yet slick New York eateries, The New Club is a den of Stateside charm. If you just so happen to be lucky enough to nab yourself one of their alfresco spots, you'll be chowing down on premium patties and supping away on a selection of hand made cocktails with a view of the beachfront to boot.
You'll hear it, you'll see it and you'll down right want to be a part of it. Alfresco drinking at the Mash Tun is something of a renowned feat. With their bustling street side tables laden in sun and brimming with cool, indie locals, the Mash Tun's posterior drinking spot it a raucous affair of fun filled party moments and laid back vibes. Hard to miss on the streets of the North Laine, alfresco drinking at the Mash Tun is almost as good as it gets.
If you've ever wandered through the North Laine on a bustling summer's day, you'll have no doubt found yourself weaving past Komedia and the liquid sippers looking to get in on their top notch alfresco spot. Found in the heart of the heralded North Laine strip of independent shops, Komedia and their ground floor bar boast a sweet selection of outside tables that boast a bounty of bums on seats when the sun does come 'a' callin'.