Cocktail Bars in Brighton

First there was man and then there were cocktails. From dazzling displays of dry ice to Tiki treats brimming with exotic spirits, Brighton's cocktails are as delicious as they are exciting  - we're here to show you where to find them. Check out our recommendations for the best cocktail bars in Brighton and discover the masters of mixology that our seaside town has to boast, getting your mitts on flavour and concoctions you've never tasted before. 

Last updated on 1st September 2021

No 32

145 user reviews 4

No 32 is an ambient hangout nestled in Brighton's The Lanes where you can find delicious eats by day and masterful mixology come nightfall. Ultimately stylish and oozing late night comfort, No 32 is the ideal place to lounge with a cocktail or two as the night begins to unfold before you. DJs play behind the decks on the weekends and the dance floor gets pretty heated. 

The Mesmerist

232 user reviews 4

Those of you with a hankering for something a little different in Brighton will find your mecca in The Mesmerist. From cocktail bar and burlesque space to circus showroom and music venue, this 1930s inspired bar make no bones about the top notch entertainment and tipples they provide. From ginger biscuit based treats to cherry flavoured wonders reminiscent of your childhood, you'll be swooning all the way back to the 21st Century.

Ohso Social

225 user reviews 4

If you fancy a beachfront tipple, then head over to Ohso Social on Kings Road Arches. Here, you can sip on all kinds of delicious mixes, including their pornstar martinis that come in a pretty cocktail tree. Enjoy the drinks in their heated outdoor terrace or cool main bar.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block One-Three

213 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Brighton on Various dates from Saturday 23rd October 2021

If you're keen to ditch the bog-standard pina colada and sip on some quirkier concoctions instead, head to Brighton's newest secret basement bar, Alcotraz Cell Block One Three. Set in a prison, you'll be made to don orange boilersuits before smuggling in contraband and enjoying a night of debauchery with the crooked prison guards.

Be At One Brighton

469 user reviews 4

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 4.30pm and 8pm to make use of the happy hour discounts and finish with a dance; the venue opens until 3am at weekends.


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Inspired by the artist Parisian cafes of the 1930s, Metrodeco is a fantastic place to unwind with friends. Originally created as a boutique cafe, the team at Metrodeco have taken their enthusiasm for tea and wonderfully applied it to cocktail making. Keep an eye out for the Metrodeco Devil, a cocktail that infuses gin with their special The Devil is a Women green tea. 


5 user reviews 5

Housed in a traditional Edwardian building in the heart of The Lanes, Bohemia might not be the first place you'd look for a cocktail in Brighton, but give us a chance will you! Take your place in this historical building, sink into the grand furniture, heck, go up on to the rooftop terrace if you fancy; all as you discover some of Bohemia's molecular cocktails, brimming with dry ice, pieces of Brighton rock and so much more.

Mrs Fitzherberts

174 user reviews 4

Named for an 18th Century Brightonian who captured the heart of a king, Fitzherberts is a little slice of historical glamour in the heart of the lanes. With a little rooftop bar perfect for sunning yourself when the season's right, they've got it all, from secret garden-inspired sharing cocktails, to vegan hot dogs.


2 user reviews 5

There's only two words you need to know to fall in love with MEATliquor, and they are: burgers and cocktails. Already famous for their dripping American-style patties and hearty flavours (we urge you to gorge on the BBQ wings), MEATliquor also harbour a sweet little selection of cocktails, from their own original list to classics such as a Mojito. Even better, they go down a storm with the grub. 

Twisted Lemon

4 user reviews 5

Never mind about following the yellow brick road, it's time to follow the yellow brick alleyway. Tucked away in The Lanes, one of Brighton's best cocktail bars, The Twisted Lemon, is churning out a fun selection of flavours and concoctions all week long, even boasting a nine-hour happy hour between the hours of 12-9pm every Sunday to Friday.  

Speakeasy at The Wick

2 user reviews 5

Prohibition may have ended, but that doesn't mean that there isn't a little roaring twenties flair to be found in the city, especially when it comes to cocktails. Found above The Wick Inn, The Speakeasy is a retro retreat from the hubbub of Brighton and something of a secret. From tantalising whisky flavours to 'get in and grab 'em' gin-based cocktails, The Speakeasy is whipping up a vintage treat. 

The Black Dove

4 user reviews 4

It's not only Victorian wares and Twentieth Century flair that The Black Dove boasts, you're likely to find a wonderment of cocktails in here too. While you are swanning around taking in the galleon-inspired basement snug and vintage knick knacks dotted about the place, This quirky Brighton bar's master mixologists will whip up a selection of cleverly crafted cocktails and home made concoctions, try the Sazerac if you dare. 

Nestled near the seafront, Drake's bar wonderfully combines classic cocktail recipes with the style and opulence of metropolitan life. This dimly lit den boasts a wide range of cocktails, incorporating a number of different spirits and ingredients. A popular mixture served here is the Boulevardier, which perfectly balances the bitter taste of Campari with smokey Bourbon and Antic Formula Sweet Vermouth.