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Best Bars in Brighton
One of the most vibrant and diverse party places in the UK, you can bet that our seaside town is brimming with tipple hot spots and charming drinking holes. From 1920s speakeasies swaying with dulcet jazz tones and cracking cocktails to gorgeous pubs fronting sunny rooftop terraces, there are plenty of great places to discover. So, what are you waiting for? Check out our recommendations for the best bars in Brighton and get ready to dive in.
A quirky pub on London Road, New Unity is offering a twist on the traditional boozer. Fronting craft beers, cocktails, tasty food residencies and a mammoth selection of activities to get involved with, head here on the weekend for boozy brunches and live sports fixtures all day long.
Prepare to indulge in a little turn-of-the-century glamour at one of Brighton's best cabaret hot spots. Known for its roaring twenties-inspired interiors, retro charm and Baroque style, Proud Cabaret host some of the best evenings in town, especially for fans of burlesque, vintage comedy and glitzy themed nights.
Located just about as close to the seafront as you can get without getting your toes wet, La Plage is a new alfresco drinking spot - perfect for sunset sips. With a dog-friendly ethos, this sun-soaked terrace is the ideal pit-stop for a beach stroll - with a range of cocktails, wine and beer to keep you hydrated.
The fun never stops at The World's End where you'll be able to get your fill of gaming, drinking, quizzing and eating every day of the week. From their large-scale remote control cars, to arcade consoles and top-end VR experiences, it's a pub for the big kids of this world.
An icon of the Brighton bar scene, The Mesmerist is a must-visit if you're looking to scope out some of the city's finest watering holes. If vintage-inspired interiors and fantastic live music weren't enough, they've also got a buzzing roof terrace, secret speakeasy bar and one of the best Sunday roast offerings in town.
Settle into a coastal nook in this quirky cave and slurp your pints and tasty tipples in the coolest of surroundings. Surfing the waves on Brighton's beachfront, The Tempest Inn's beer garden has one hell of a view too, meaning you can enjoy the sea breeze and gorgeous landscape as you get tipsy with your favourite people.
Looking for somewhere to drink beer in Brighton? Look no further than BrewDog - the casual bar specialising in all things crafty. Located on the Grand Parade, this contemporary spot boasts 30 taps, along with huge fridges stocked-up with bottled concoctions. And for when those hunger pangs strike? There's a delicious menu of hearty dishes available.
For the ultimate feel-good night out, take to Lucky Voice - the Black Lion Street spot where the drinks are strong and the music is loud. Hire a private karaoke room and spend the evening belting out all the classics with your nearest and dearest, or make a meal of it by bagging yourself a ticket to one of their regular bottomless brunches.
A huge hit with the after-work crowd, Be At One delivers a showstopping menu to Brighton's cocktail aficionados. Whether you're in the market for a twist on the classics, a beach-themed sip or even to try your hand at mixology - this place is a must-visit.
One of the seafront's most hallowed party palaces, Patterns plays host to a non-stop roster of excellent live acts and some of the best DJs on the scene. Even during daylight hours you'll find a lively atmosphere, perfect for sinking some pints or enjoying a few of their crafty cocktails.
One of the most loved watering holes in Brighton, The North Laine Brewhouse never fails to deliver. From their great selection of craft beers (many of which are brewed on-site), to their delicious food and fun selection of activities - there's always something going on at this quirky spot.
A brilliant all-in-one venue, Pier 9 offers the best in live sports screenings, casino gaming and karaoke fun in one swish setting. Open 24/7, this seafront haunt is a popular choice for roaring stag dos, all-out birthday celebrations and late-night flutters.
Bison Beer's bar, kitchen and basement hideaway is a sleek spot with bright furnishings, outdoor seating and an Americana edge. A haven of all things hoppy, this place has 16 keg and cask lines, regularly shining the spotlight on lesser-known local craft breweries.
A treasure trove of quirky artwork, antique furniture, and vintage knick-knacks, Mrs Fitzherberts is one of Brighton's most unique bars. Boasting a bevy of fruity tipples as well as a gorgeous open-air terrace, it's the ideal spot for a date night with a difference, or catch-up with friends.
An elegant spot in St George's Place, L'Atelier Du Vin promises some of the finest cocktails in the city, all served up in charming Prohibition-inspired interiors. Head down for a taste of some very sleek sips, with bartenders more than happy to create your very own bespoke tipple.
When it comes to cocktails in Brighton? Bohemia is always high on our list. This independent bar in the heart of The Lanes is a wonderland of fancy flavours, smoking theatrics and gorgeous interiors. There's even a hidden rooftop terrace - perfect for kicking back in the summer months.