Cool and Quirky Bars in Brighton

In a city known for its fun-loving ways and wacky offerings, it should come as no surprise that this seaside beauty is filled to the brim with weird and wonderful watering holes. You only have to peep under the surface and you'll find an array of 20s-inspired cabaret dens, immersive cocktail experiences, secret speakeasies and themed drinking haunts, all shaking up unusual cocktails. To help you think outside the ordinary, we've compiled the very best cool and quirky bars around Brighton.

Last updated on 29th June 2021

  Alcotraz: Cell Block One-Three

213 user reviews 5

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

Find yourself banged to rights at Alcotraz, one of Brighton's best cool and quirky bars. Set in a top-secret underground location, this immersive cocktail experience will task you with smuggling spirits in past the warden. The reward? Bespoke bootlegged concoctions.

No 32

145 user reviews 4

A popular choice at any time of day, No 32 is a fun place for drinking and dancing 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.

Dead Wax Social

76 user reviews 4

Brighton bar 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.

The Hare and Hounds

1 user review 4

With a penchant for live music, local ales and good times, The Hare and Hounds is one to keep on your radar. The neighbourhood boozer is a popular spot all year round, attracting locals to its cosy beer garden in the summer months while its eclectic dining room and menu of curries and noodles will keep you warm when things cool down.

The Exchange

66 user reviews 5

If you're after cool bars in Hove, why not try out The Exchange? A local pub with quirky interiors, 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 World's End

55 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.

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 cool and quirky places to drink in Brighton, playing host to an array of circus performers, party DJs and live jazz bands. 

Wahaca Brighton

719 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.

Speakeasy at The Wick

2 user reviews 5

A stylish Prohibition-inspired watering hole in the heart of Hove, The 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.