Best Bars For First Dates In Brighton

Butterflies 'a' fluttering, stumbling over your ill-put-together sentences and traces of toothpaste on your t-shirt; first meetings can be a nerve-wracking affair. Whether you fancy schmoozing over a creative cocktail list, snuggling up next to a roaring fire or catching a chipper little local band, check out our roundup of the best bars for first dates in Brighton.

Last updated on 30th January 2023

  Alcotraz: Cell Block One-Three

400 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Brighton on Various dates from Thursday 9th February 2023

Looking for first date ideas in Brighton? Head to the town's first-ever prison-themed bar. Don a bright orange jumpsuit and work together to smuggle in a bottle of liquor, if you're able to manage it without being caught by the beady-eyed warden you'll be treated to an evening of cocktails.

The Tempest Inn

204 user reviews 4

The Tempest Inn was created with those first dates in mind. Better still, the setting itself is sure to make your guests look twice, as the restaurant sits in the middle of a serene cave. With frequent live shows and plenty of cosy corners to unwind, this venue is sure to impress.

The Coal Shed

4 user reviews 4

If you want to impress your date with a knowledge of some of the best steak in town, The Coal Shed is the ideal place. With one of the only charcoal ovens in Brighton and a whisky list to swoon over, the amazing flavours and charm of this venue are sure to leave a great first impression.

2 Church Street

19 user reviews 5

If you're in need of a low-key, yet, a gorgeous spot for a first date then be sure to head to 2 Church Street in North Laine. This haunt is serving a selection of bespoke cocktails and drinks in its gorgeous space, perfect for romantic sipping. 


2 user reviews 5

The French are known for their romantic charm. So with that in mind, Plateau is near the top of our list when it to the best first date bars in Brighton. You'll be met with candlelit tables and a selection of French-inspired sharing plates, that will see you sharing giddy little glances.


2 user reviews 5

While it may not be one of the most classically romantic places to grab dinner or drinks, foodies will be impressed with MEATliquor. A unique den of neon wonderment, carnival-themed walls doused in artistic urban arrangements and DJs spinning some retro whoppers, this venue has it all.