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 26th January 2023

  Alcotraz: Cell Block One-Three

400 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Brighton on Various dates from Wednesday 1st February 2023

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.

If quirky is your thing, then you're going to want to check out Ink (at etch. by Steven Edwards). Located just below the stylish joint in an ex-tattoo studio, this speakeasy is the ideal hub for drinks with your closest pals. From wine pairings to cocktails, this spot is sure to impress.

The World's End

92 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.


307 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.

Dead Wax Social

100 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.

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.

Wahaca Brighton

1089 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

103 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. 

The Mesmerist

235 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. 

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.