Best Bars in Brighton
One of the most vibrant, cultural and hedonistic party places in the UK, you can down right bet that Brighton is brimming with tipple hot spots and charming bars. From 1920s speakeasys swaying with dulcet jazz tones and cracking cocktails to Tiki bars where paradise is only a nip down the road, there are plenty of great places to discover in our smashing seaside town. Check out our recommendations for the best bars in Brighton and get a face full of awesome at these great venues.
Last updated on 19th September 2016
If you've got a hankering for days gone by and vintage quirks, then you'll be hard pushed to find a venue that ticks those boxes quite like The Mesmerist. A 1930s inspired venue brimming with New Orleans charm, bustling entertainment and kitsch vintage trinkets to boot, you'll be truly mesmerised by what this amazing Brighton bar has in store; if you're not already oogling at one of their burlesque performances or circus themed Saturday shows that is.
Settle into a coastal nook in this quirky cave and slurp your pints and your tasty tipples in the coolest of surrounds. Surfing the waves on Brighton's beach front, this beer garden has one hell of a view too, so enjoy the sea breeze and the scenic visual treats as you get tipsy with your favourite people. With regular live music as well, this place pleases all the senses at once.
No 32 is a bit of an all-in-one venue, as far as the best bars in Brighton go, where you'll find a cocktail lounge, delicious food and a party atmosphere come dark. Nestled in The Lanes, this beauty sees you through your week with its comforting foods and stylish interiors to turn up the volume come Saturday with DJs and dancing on the cards.
A huge hit with the after work crowd, Be At One delivers a show-stopping menu to Brighton’s cocktail aficionados. Our favourites are the Candy Pants, Irish Disco Biscuit and the Cuban Zombie, but there really is a drink for all tastes and preferences here. Come between 4.30 and 8pm to make use of the happy hour discounts and finish with a dance; the venue opens until 3am at weekends.
Prepare to divulge in a little Twentieth Century glamour at one of Brighton's best cabaret hot spots. Known for their roaring twenties interiors, retro charm and baroque style, Proud Cabaret host some of the best evenings in the city, especially for fans of burlesque, vintage comedy and glitazy themed nights the like. Donning your flapper dress is the least you can do in a chipper joint like this.
For the ultimate in feel good partying, take to Lucky Voice where a super stylish lair of karaoke booths, cocktail bar and leather sofas unfolds for a night of singing extravagance with your mates. This chic little haunt is a hidden gem of delicious cocktails and raucous entertainment with the good, the bad and the ugly in singing voices belting out some classics.
New York's sultry vibes are recreated in Brighton only a stone's throw from the seafront, with the East Street Tap showcasing all the best things we love about America's eastern seaboard. Guests can expect to see beers produced by the likes of Trillium, Alchemist, Brooklyn, Dogfish Head, Stillwater, Jack’s Abby and Evil Twin at this fun-loving bar in Brighton. If that wasn't enough, guests can even grab a delicious bite to eat, with authentic salted beef bagels and condiment topped hotdogs produced freshly by the kitchen of talented chefs.
Get prepped for Paradise as this exotic venue, just shy of The Lanes, is brimming with enough Tiki regalia to fill a beach-side surf shack. From creative cocktails and cracking party nights to some of the best South Pacific inspired interiors in the city, Lola Lo are just the party ticket to paradise that you've been looking for. Be sure to wander and discover their puffer fish lamp shades, bamboo clad booths, Hawaiian shirt wielding bar staff and more.
Hotel bars in Brighton certainly have something to say for themselves, especially when a party joint like Merkaba is involved. More like a scene out of Space Odyssey than it is a plump hotel establishment, this overtly futuristic bar in Brighton makes one mean cocktail; boasting some of the most unique concoctions in the city. Try their 'Papa Doble' on for size, a delicious nod to the liquid refreshments of days gone by.
Some of the best bars in Brighton don't need to boast the most exquisite interiors to be classed as one of the most favoured watering holes in the city. Sticky Mike's Bar may be laden with mismatched furniture, misplaced disco balls and a selection of locally produced art work strewn across the walls but it's also brimming with some of the most fun nights in the city, be them local bands or dance floor doozies.
BYOC is not one of the best bars in Brighton purely because it harbours a concept unlike any other bar in the city, it's one of the best bars in Brighton because it's pretty darn neat. A bring-your-own bar where for £25 and bringing your own bottle of spirit, you're able to savour some of the city's best cocktails in a rather nifty vintage den; if you can find it that is.
We dare you to discover a bar in Brighton brimming with more neon than this carnivore friendly joint? A slick and fun filled urban retreat that not only boasts a bundle of cool graphic design, epitomising Brighton's bustling carnival and art scene, it's choc-a-bloc with some of the best burgers and cocktails in town. Chow down on a Dead Hippie burger and wet your gullet with a creative cocktail in this meaty wonderland.
You may have to walk all of five to ten minutes to discover this boozy little den, but trust us folks, it's sure to be worth it. From their vintage nook of a basement galleon to their kitsch yet broody junkyard main bar, there's a dastardly amount of character to be found at this Brighton boozer. Whether your favour lies in crafty cocktails or unique spirits, you're sure to discover something to your taste at The Black Dove.
Part gin palace, part cabaret club, The Nightingale Room is one of Brighton's most raucous bars. Hidden on the first floor of the Grand Central Pub, expect a variety of brilliant performers on weekends as well as gin cocktails with exciting twists.
Crafty cocktails at Bohemia? There's just so much to say. Boasting some of the most unique cocktail performances in Brighton, Bohemia know how to rustle up one heck of a cocktail spectacle. And what with their fancy flavours, a bistro style British restaurant and a rooftop terrace to boot, this taste laden wonderland is brimming with slick nooks, indulgent guests and creativity on tap.