Alfresco Drinking in Brighton
When the sun is in the sky? You'll find Brightonians drinking alfresco style. Boasting some of the best sun traps in the UK and an award-winning sea breeze (okay, it's not award-winning, but it is rather grand), Brighton has a wealth of charming rooftop terraces, raucous streetside spots and boisterous beer gardens to sip away in. Check out our recommendations for the best outdoor drinking dens in town and get your daily dose of vit D whilst enjoying a selection of top-notch tipples.
The in-house restaurant at Brighton's iconic Palace Pier, Palm Court serves up everything from traditional fish and chips to premium pies and classic cocktails. When it comes to soaking up those seaside holiday vibes? There's no better place.
Major players on Brighton's burgeoning burger scene, the lads and lassies at Honest know what they're doing when it comes to oozing cheese, juicy patties and crispy fries. We enjoy ours best with a side of people watching - easily done from this place's streetside terrace.
Take a break from playing on The World's End's epic selection of games and VR to soak up the sun on one of their streetside tables. An eye-catching building, sit outside and you'll also get a prime view of this boozer's stunning painted frontage.
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. Situated among Brighton's rooftops, it's the perfect place to escape the chaos of the seafront and refuel with a cocktail (or three).
You'll have to move quickly to bag yourself a spot on Wahaca's streetside tables, but 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 drag you away from the sun for a feast worthy of any fiesta.
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? Get yourself down for art murals, DJs, BBQs and fun.
One of Brighton's most buzzing nightlife spots, Patterns also just happens to boast a sunshine-filled terrace. Adorned with vibrant colours and pretty fairy-lights, this place is a wonderland of ice-cold drinks and thumping house music in the warmer months.
Located in The Arches, Brighton Music Hall is a quirky and laidback spot, perfect for lapping up the sun on their gigantic and much-loved terrace. Grab a pew for some of the most impressive sea views in town, along with local beers and delicious burgers.
The perfect pub for a session of alfresco day drinking with your nearest and dearest, The Hare and Hounds is located slap bang in the middle of London Road. Head here early to nab one of the pretty pergola benches, that come complete with toasty heaters and enough space for the whole gang.
As close to the shore as you can get without getting your toes wet, The Tempest Inn has summertime boozing written all over it. Head to this transformed archway bar for views of the ocean, fresh seafood plates and, come nightfall, some of the best bashes in town.
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 sun-soaked sippers found on its streetside terrace. Head here for mouthwatering cocktails and juicy burgers before continuing your evening with some live comedy inside.
With interiors as quirky as its name would suggest, Hobgoblin is decked out with sports memorabilia, vintage mirrors and bold modern art. Head out the back and you'll find the main attraction though - a sprawling beer garden perfect for all your outdoor drinking and dining needs.
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 handmade cocktails with a view of the beachfront to boot.
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 boasts its very own rooftop spot.
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 streetside tables laden in sun and brimming with cool, indie locals, this vibrant venue never fails to show its guests a good time.
As wacky and wonderful as Brighton bars come, each corner and crevice of Mrs Fitzherberts has something new to discover. Manage to pull yourself away from the quirky cabinets though and you'll find one of the town's cosiest gardens, complete with its very own wood-burning fire and a retractable roof.
One of the few 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 laidback boozer.