Best Bars In Hove

Hove has managed to retain its independent flair, southern charm and cracking selection of boozy hideaways. From independent pubs stocking vintage wares and local craft beers, to European retreats of French fancies and luscious gastro venues, Hove has no shortage of great bars and pubs. Check out our recommendations for the best bars in Hove and discover Brighton's booming little sister. 

Last updated on 19th October 2022

The Exchange

96 user reviews 5

A much-loved boozer filled with characterful charm, toting retro collectables and up-cycled furniture, The Exchange rustles up a range of delicious drinks and top-notch grub. Plus, it hosts live music events, sports screenings and themed shindigs.

Old Albion

118 user reviews 4

Old Albion is all sorts of charming, from the old Victorian features through to the hearty Sunday lunch menu. It also has a massive selection of gins; head over to hear live music and sips some seriously good G&Ts.


45 user reviews 5

While it's top notch fresh Greek cuisine that steers the ship at a restaurant like Nostos, this loval Hove favourite doens't cut ties with a fantastic drinks menu, promising a fresh cocktail selection and wines that go great with a small plate or three.

Located on Church Road, Ink (at etch. by Steven Edwards) is a top-notch spot for illicit serves in a sultry space. Venture inside this ex-tattoo studio, where you'll be met with minimalistic design and a boatload of quirky concoctions. Think root beer and sake-laced concoctions.

Hove Place

1 user review 4

If you don't want to be battered by twentieth century quirks and would rather retreat to a wholly British restaurant bar of bistro fare and classic tipples, then you've come to the right place. From its regionally reminiscent main restaurant to its bohemian beer garden, Hove Place is another bar in Hove that prove that oddities and off-kilter antics aren't the only things pulling in the punters these days.

The Bee's Mouth

1 user review 4

Whilst Hove may seem the place to uncover homemade wares and bohemian eateries, it's also the place to discover this completely off-kilter, jumped right outta the wagon bar. Known for their collection of junkyard oddities, basement schmoozing and quirky collection of cocktails, The Bee's Mouth is a cavern of cool waiting to be discovered.

As if harbouring a secret speakeasy bar upstairs wasn't enough to entice you to this charming Hove boozer, The Wick Inn is boasting a wholly unique menu, it's boasting Thai grub. Whilst its interiors boast of traditionalism with a few added quirks and vintage hues thrown in for good measure, The Wick Inn is serving up a Thai selection of dishes that will see your British pub experience truly changed for the better. 

Based on Church Road, Cafe Chilli is an authentic Thai restaurant and bar that serves fiery dishes and ice-cold cocktails to Hove's local residents. Though the venue primarily focusses on recreating authentic Thai dishes, the bar staff serve up a variety of fruit, spice and liqueur infused drinks for Brighton's revellers to enjoy.

Speakeasy at The Wick

2 user reviews 5

Housed above a traditional pub in the heart of Hove, The Speakeasy is a bootleggers retreat of awesome vintage proportions. Themed upon the prohibitions bars of the 1920s, The Speakeasy at The Wick is brimming with retro wares, rich mahogany colours and candlelit tables, all surrounded by prohibition paraphernalia; just the spot to grab a 1920s-inspired cocktail and whisk the night away.