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. 

Pho Brighton

199 user reviews 5

Pho boasts a cosy terrace for eating and drinking when the sun is out to play. Not only is the menu fresh and delicious, but you can accompany any salad, rice bowl or curry with a fresh juice, beer or Asian-inspired cocktail.

Grand Central

10 user reviews 5

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).


121 user reviews 4

Cool inside and out, Sidewinder has got our vote for alfresco drinking spots in Brighton. With quirky street art murals, regular gaming nights and live music, this watering hole will keep you entertained long after the sun has gone away.

Wahaca Brighton

490 user reviews 4

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 Hare and Hounds

1 user review 4

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.


2 user reviews 5

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. 

The White Rabbit

40 user reviews 4

The White Rabbit's tiny terrace is strewn with bunting and colourful pot plants. The perfect spot for a sunshine-filled date, this terrace is themed all things Alice In Wonderland - what better place to fall down the rabbit hole of summertime day drinking?


3 user reviews 5

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.


5 user reviews 5

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.

Mash Tun

19 user reviews 5

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.

Fortune of War

3 user reviews 4

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.