Bars in North Laine
Just shy of the Brighton station and brimming with artsy attitude, the North Laine in Brighton is as much a renowned part of the city as the pier itself. From bohemian shops and famous urban murals to some of the most idiosyncratic boozers in the city, there's a treasure trove of watering holes to be found in this eclectic part of the seaside city. Check out our recommendations for the best bars in the North Laine and discover what one of the most quirky, independent areas of Brighton has to boast. Spoiler: It's ruddy plenty.
Last updated on 11th October 2016
Dead Wax Social on Bond Street is a cool and original Brighton hangout as it celebrates the city's love of music with all things vinyl. From choosing your own vinyl to spin to the decoration, the bar also serves the latest craft brews and some seriously good pizza.
The North Laine Pub and Brewery not only serves delicious beer, it also brews it on site. This quirky venue serves the freshest North Laine pints, has a hearty food menu as well as loads of great events to boot, a chocolate sculpting masterclass anyone?
This Georgian bar is party of the Georgian Theatre Royal and is majorly cute. As they say, good things come in small packages and this is certainly the case with Collonade Bar, go and learn a bit more about Brighton's important history.
Prepare for a bounty of grade A chuckles at Komedia where side-splitting hilarity and classic pub grub will ensue. If you're not catching one of their live comedy shows, live music or some of the best stand up by the seafront, you're sure to be found nestling over benches outside Duke's at Komedia where liquid refreshments are supped in and amongst one of the creative streets in the city.
Whilst not strictly a bar alone, Bill's in the North Laine gets a special mention for being such a tasty retreat. A deli restaurant boasting both classic British charm and San Francisco style, Bill's is one of the hottest retreats for brunch and lunch in Brighton. Coming highly recommended, Bloody Mary's on a Sunday at Bill's are just the ticket to soothe that weary head and onto another round of debauchery.
Serving up some seriously fresh pizza, Franco Manca is a seriously delicious spot for dinner in the North Laine. The restaurant has an excellent selection of wines including a few specials from Italy and a whole heap of craft ale.
If La Choza doesn't mimic the colour and vibrancy of the North Laine in Brighton, we don't know where does. More of a festival of colour than a independent little Mexican restaurant, La Choza have taken their Day of the Dead theme and colour wares to the extreme, in the most darling of manners. Sit back, sup away on a cocktail slushie and chow down on some of the tastiest Mexican fare in the city.
You'll be hard pushed to find so colourful a collection of characters at this unique boozer in the city. From sauntering drag acts on their first floor theatre and regular foodie pop-ups in residency to pool tables for those who are inclined to a little friendly competition, The Marlborough is more an atmosphere pub than it is a hard hitter on interiors; but who cares for polished surfaces when you're having so much fun?
Alternative drinkers and diners should make a bee line for this North Laine pub, especially if they're hoping to get their mitts on some of the finest Troll's grub in the city, burgers and Mexican munch...interested yet? From tables made out of disused retro games consoles and walls smothered in retro posters to a good time beer garden out back, the Hobgoblin is as much a laid back boozer as it is a unique gem.
112 Church Street is a cute North Laine boozer popular with Brighton's gay community. The bar and pub has a small terrace and serves roast dinners as well as hosting a whole heap of themed parties.
If you like your boozers with no pretence, you like your parties hearty, you like rollicking about on table tops in your skinny jeans belting out a Kings of Leon number? To the Mash Tun you must flee. A laid back indie pub in the heart of the North Laine, the Mash Tun is renowned for its indie patrons, laid-back schmoozing and burgers from their foodie pop-up, Burger Kult.
Hotel bars in Brighton, you get to discover that they're pretty premium once you stumble across this party gem. Found in Brighton's MyHotel, Merkaba is a swish party affair just shy of the North Laine. From bustling DJ nights and their own photo booth to a liquor lusting selection of crafty cocktails, it may look like a space age retreat, but Merkaba have honed in on some truly modern partying.
Sure, we could sit here and use a horrific amount of Alice in Wonderland references, but why fall down that rabbit hole and ruin it all? A charming little North Laine boozer, The White Rabbit is brimming with vintage regalia, retro wares and a chunky slice of Brighton life. Whilst their 'Rabbit Food' menu boasts a fun filled selection of country pub classics and British chow, it's the acoustic nights and themed parties where The White Rabbit reigns supreme.
Kooks has got music on the mind as the Brighton restaurant and bar is chock-full of CDs and records. They also serve up a mean menu as well as some interesting English wines.