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 dates can be a nerve-wracking affair unless you're Lord Byron or the don of love, hence why we've put together a cracking list of drinking dens for that all important first meeting. Schmooze over a creative cocktail list, snuggle up something silly next to a roaring fire or catch a chipper little local band; Check out our recommendations for the best bars for first dates in Brighton.
Last updated on 5th September 2016
Don't suffer from those first date jitters, Proud Cabaret have an evening of stunning extravagance covered for you so there'll be plenty to take the edge of your conversation tactics. If you're looking to impress, this lair of 1920s finesse and vintage regalia where busty babes romp on stage and you can feast your eyes on some cabaret cheek will do just the trick - trust.
Whether you have plenty to talk about with your first date or not, something that's truly great to get into is cocktails. Surround yourself in the swathes of a contemporary Brooklyn style before ordering some of the most quirky cocktails in the city. With no pretention or snobbery, just boisterous bar banter and city centre charm, you'll be inviting us to the wedding in no time......pretty please?
A cracking prohibition themed bar in the heart of The Lanes, you'll have plenty to explore and natter about over a table at The Mesmerist. Doused in 1920s charm and vintage debauchery, the retro wares and romantic flair make for one premium first date destination, where, if you're lucky enough, you and your date may just catch a snippet of one of The Mesmerist's circus themed nights or live burlesque shows.
There's something about great cocktails, delicious food and a roster of brilliant live music events, that all tot up to make a perfect combination for a first date. Luckily Patterns in Brighton has all these factors as well as a serious cool interior to boot; invite a date a snuggle up on one of their plush leather couches.
Whilst it may not be one of the most classically romantic places to grab dinner and a drink in Brighton, your date will surely be impressed by your pick of burgers in the city. A unique den of neon wonderment, carnival themed walls doused in artistic urban arrangements and DJs spinning some retro whoppers, MEATliquour is an eclectic American burger bar in Brighton that will keep you and your date nattering for hours.
Dinner for your date, charcoal cooked goods on a plate? Sounds perfect right? If you want to impress your date with a knowledge of some of the best places to get steak in the city, The Coal Shed is set to be your destination. With one of the only charcoal ovens in Brighton, some of the best Scottish steaks in the bizz and a whisky list to swoon over, you and your date will rediscover your love for food, and heck, maybe even a love for one another? CHEEKY!
If you like going all out on a first date, and by all out, we mean all out of pocket, then you need one of the fanciest hotel bars in Brighton. Splash the cash at this seafront cocktail bar where alcoholic concoctions go down well on the terrace thanks to its stunning beachfront views and fanciful flavours. Dress up in your all time finest and make this a romantically upmarket affair with classically cooked dishes to boot.
Heck, if a first date isn't the time to impress we don't know when is. The Speakeasy lacks any air of pretension and serves laid back tipples and your date will be impressed by the fact that you even knew this secret Brighton bar existed. Based around the mooshine slinging prohibition style bars of the 1920s, Speakeasy at The Wick is a sure fire shot for any first date night in Brighton, especially if they're into that sort of thing.
One of the hardest things about first dates is breaking that initial nerve wracking ice; and rumour has it, laughter is about as ice smashing as it's going to get. If you're looking to entertain your first date, try Komedia on for size. Host to regular comedy nights and side splitting comics, Komedia is just the place to break a little first date tension, all before taking to a local bar for that banter you missed out on during the show.
There's something romantic about being by the sea and HarBAR has whopping views of Brighton Pier to impress any date. The bar is located in Brighton Harbour Hotel, is open until late and serves a cracking selection of cocktails to get the conversation started.
Dolled up drinks and the romance of vintage fare, The Black Dove have got your first date all kinds of covered. Quiet enough for a chat, but loud enough to keep the moment going, The Black Dove is one of Brighton's secret gems. And if you two love birds are looking to get cosy, escape to The Black Dove's dimly lit galleon snug for cheeky cocktails and enough to talk about when it comes to their junkyard collectables alone.
Worried about your banter? Never you fear pal, take that date for some fancy fare to distract them with. One of the most well loved pubs in Brighton, The Lion and Lobster will bowl over your date by their selection of dishes and premium pub grub, all in traditional Edwardian surroundings. And if the weather so happens to be on your side, take that date out for a schmooze in the garden, dates love schmoozing in gardens.
Now then, we all know who comes up trumps when it comes to romance don't we? The French; with this restaurant bar in Brighton being no exception. But, the charming thing about Plateau, is a sheer lack of highly strung attitudes; you'll be met by friendly folk, lowly lit candle light prepped tables and a selection of French inspired sharing plates that will see you sharing giddy little glances over a premium selection of international wines and freshly picked ingredients.