Bars in Kemptown

Home to both one of Brighton's most bustling gay district and some of the best bohemian retreats in the city, Kemptown has individual panache and an eclectic selection of bold boozers. From artistic wares and indie escapes to some of the best cabaret shows in the city, Kemptown's nightlife has got a lot going for it, and we're here to show you exactly what that is. Check out our recommendations for the best bars in and around Kemptown and discover all the wonders of this bohemian retreat just shy of Brighton city centre. 

Last updated on 25th June 2021

Cabaret schmoozers and decadent drinkers will be truly inspired by this Kemptown watering hole. A premium entertainment venue for cabaret nights, vintage parties, burlesque and retro club nights, Proud Cabaret is a unique bar in the heart of this bohemian town. Doused in nineteenth century charm, kitsch paraphernalia and its historic venue, Proud Cabaret is the place for a truly special night out in Brighton.

Looking for place to drink in Kemptown? Check out Brighton Bier as they bring their stunning craft beer to the beach. As well as offering delicious sips and tasty street food to accompany, this place also gives you an insider-look into brewing with unmissable tours of their home.


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Sometimes, all you want from a drink in Brighton is a laid back pub where you can unwind. Well lookie here, we've just the ticket. A traditional Brighton boozer boasting fun knick knacks, a retro-inspired games corner (N64, you guys) and not one, but two beer gardens, Sidewinder is a great retreat from the bustle of Brighton's town centre. Sink into the arms of a cool pint and relaxed on their comfy mismatched furniture. 

Remember the good ol' days when pub floors were laden in sawdust to mop up the mess left behind? JW Lennon's aren't too far off. Boasting one of the city's most vintage-brimming boozers, there's a historical intimacy to JW Lennon's that's hard to catch anywhere else. From bookshelves and walls covered in raggedy historical regalia to some of the best deli-dogs in the city (didn't see that coming now did you) JW Lennon's is a fun blend of the old with the attitude of the new. 


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Doing pin curlers and cafes proud is this vintage little nook. Whilst not the rowdiest of late night ventures, Metrodeco is just the place for traditional schmoozing and hearty teacup cocktails. Famous for their vintage style tea parties, Metrodeco is just the destination for hen nights in Brighton that like their lipsticks a seductive rouge and their hair done-up to the nines. 

Whilst Kemptown may be brimming with vintage dives and off kilter boozers, the locals do fancy a sophisticated tipple every now and again. Just shy of the main high street and found down on the beachfront, Blanch House cocktail bar is abundant in luxurious post-work tipples and fancy flavours. One for the suited and booted of Brighton after a hard slog, or a date night if you're lucky. 

The Black Dove

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Vintage and proud,  the Black Dove is a pub in Brighton with just the dated vibes you've been looking for. If you're not taking in the delights of their galleon-inspired basement snug - complete with pirate-themed wares - you're sure to be savouring the delights of some of the best cocktails in Kemptown thanks to their expert mixologists.

Willing to pay a premium price for some top notch creative concoctions? Drakes is the place for you. Boasting contemporary interiors and sumptuous hues, Drakes Cocktail Bar is a great pre-party destination for those of you looking to divulge in a little mixology fare; be them champagne cocktails and pomegranate cosmos down to a '1985' boasting chocolate liqueur and peach puree.