Cool And Quirky Bars In Brighton

In a city known for its wacky offerings, it should come as no surprise that this seaside beauty is filled to the brim with wonderful watering holes. With 20s-inspired cabaret dens, immersive cocktail experiences and secret speakeasies you definitely won't run out of haunts sprucing up regular drinks. To help you think outside the ordinary, we've compiled a list of the best cool and quirky bars in Brighton.

Last updated on 25th April 2022

  Alcotraz: Cell Block One-Three

319 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Brighton on Various dates from Wednesday 18th May 2022

Grab your friends and head to one of the best secret bars in Brighton, Alcotraz: Cell Block One-Three. Set in an underground location, this immersive cocktail experience will task you with smuggling spirits in past the warden. The reward? Bespoke bootlegged concoctions.


284 user reviews 4

Fancy heading to a bar that is as cool as it is quirky? Make your way to Sidewinder for some lip-smacking drinks and unique interiors. Adorned with curated pieces of art and mismatched vintage furniture, this is the perfect place to sip on a marg with pals.

The World's End

77 user reviews 4

Vintage arcades, vegan fare and weekly entertainment... The World's End are spicing up your evenings out. Trade in bog-standard beers for unconventional sips and take part in a quiz or drag bingo event - that's when you're not sampling their bounty of board games and Scalextric track.

No 32

178 user reviews 4

A popular choice at any time of day, No 32 is also a fun place for those looking for rooftop bars in Brighton. Whether you're here for a leisurely brunch, a flirty date or some midnight larks, you're guaranteed to find all this and more at the glamorous Duke Street bar.

The Mesmerist

232 user reviews 4

Enter a realm of Prohibition-themed fun with an evening at The Mesmerist. Decked out in vintage furniture and retro wares, this wacky joint is an obvious choice for those looking for something a little different, playing host to an array of circus performers, party DJs and live jazz bands. 

Dead Wax Social

90 user reviews 4

Dead Wax Social is a must for lovers of all things vinyl. The Bond Street boozer is jam-packed with old-school records and individual players if you fancy a private listening session, as well as stone-baked pizzas and locally brewed craft beers on tap to keep you fuelled up.

Wahaca Brighton

955 user reviews 4

Specialists in all things Mexican street food, Wahaca is bringing fun and sunshine vibes to the streets of Brighton. Along with beautifully painted murals and football tables, the sustainable restaurant and bar offers guests a selection of beers, wines and margaritas.

The Exchange

84 user reviews 5

The Exchange is definitely one of Brighton's hidden gems. Although this spot may seem cut-and-dried from the outside but step through the door and you'll find a haven of retro decor, upcycled furniture and old-school posters. 


1 user review 1

Searching for a rooftop haunt? Then make your way to Oculist on Boyce's Street. This much-loved haunt is home to a swoon-worthy rooftop space, perfect for sunny days or cooler nights with their heated areas, alongside a mouthwatering food and drinks menu.

Speakeasy at The Wick

2 user reviews 5

A stylish Prohibition-inspired watering hole in the heart of Hove, Speakeasy at The Wick is hidden above an unassuming pub. Filled with deep mahogany booths, decadent liquor cabinets and a classic cocktail menu, this intimate hangout is perfect for a date night drink or two.