Cool and Quirky Bars in Brighton
Consider yourself a patron of the cool and quirky? Something tells us that these bars in Brighton have just upped those very stakes. From 1920s-inspired dens of retro entertainment and burlesque flair to dive bars boasting some of the best independent art work in the city, there's no shortage of unique and eclectic watering holes in Brighton. Check out our recommendations for the very best cool and quirky bars in Brighton, discovering the weird and the wonderful that this seaside city has in store.
Last updated on 23rd February 2017
Seriously cool Brighton bar Dead Wax Social is concerned with all things vinyl. The bar celebrates Brighton's feted music scene; vinyls line the wall, there's record players dotted around for private listening or go along for one of their launch nights. To top things off there is also stone-baked pizza and craft beers from local breweries.
A pub that brews its own beer - that's right, folks; The North Laine Pub and Brewery serves up some of the freshest pints on our seaside shores. The quirky Brighton boozer also has a penchant for live music and fun, head down on weekends when they hold everything from pottery classes through to chocolate sculpting lessons.
Those with a party penchant won't be hard pushed to get your late night fix at this naughty Brighton number. While a cracking destination for eating out in the day, get stuck into the confines of the quirky Brighton bar as the lights go down and the sound-system goes up for a fun-loving, seaside crowd.
With scenic views from the beer garden at this washed-up bar along the beach front, enjoy the fresh sea air and the beautiful rolling waves from your dainty picnic bench. If you can drag yourself away from this alfresco seating, you'll be just as impressed by the coastal coves set into the walls. Enjoy a frothy pint and a tempting tipple in your very own seafront cave at this quirky little cavern.
Bringing the jazzy style of some of Japan's most infamous karaoke bars, Lucky Voice is a playground for the amateur performer, the ignorant out of tuner or the stage stunna. Whether you can sing or not, grab your mates, get a booth and wait for the classic tunes to roll out for a Brighton feel good night like no other. There's a cocktail bar lined with sofas for lounging and boozing too.
With the likes of Stillwater, Brooklyn and Dogfish Head brewery all on display, the East Street Tap offers guests a selection of hearty New York-inspired dishes in an attempt to bring the vibrancy of New York's streets to Brighton. Guests can tuck into a selection of salted-beef bagels, a fiery range of hotdogs or perhaps another cheesy-drenched meat dish that's helped make America famous.
Prohibition parties don't come more weird and wonderful than at The Mesmerist. Take in their 1920s speakeasy-style and discover a den of vintage charm, from their mahogany-clad and nineteenth century furniture to their retro wares, all before dousing yourself in some premium party entertainment, be them circus performers, swing musicians, burlesque dancers or party DJs.
With more than 500 years of history, The Lion and Lobster has a tale or two to tell. This atmospheric watering hole is full of cosy nooks and crannies as well as serving some utterly delicious pints.
From Annie to Grease, who doesn't love a good musical? Bar Broadway is a quirky Brighton bar that brings the magic of the stage to life with clips from the movies beaming out and regular performances from bands, artists and comedians.
Sticky Mike's looks like your pre-pubescent rock and roll bedroom, and we're all the happier for it. If you're not making a beeline for this heralded music venue to take in some cracking local bands, you'll be hot-footing it down with your cool Brighton chums. From walls plastered in posters and local art to mismatched furniture (because who the hell cares) Sticky Mike's is cool and they don't even know it.
Cool and quirky are words that don't feel like they quite cut it at this laid back dive bar just shy of Kemptown. If you're not seduced by Neighbourhood's cracking beer garden brimming with brightly coloured furniture and its own bar, you'll be inside taking in two floors worth of Brooklyn-inspired insanity. From vintage wares and magazine-smothered walls to locally produced art work and mis-matched furniture, Neighbourhood have eclectic spot on.
You know what doll, these speakeasies are a dime a dozen in Brighton. A prohibition-themed cocktail bar in the heart of Hove, and hidden above a seemingly traditional pub, The Speakeasy at The Wick is an ode to the 1920s; perfectly posed with deep mahogany booths, decadent liquor cabinets and a classic cocktail menu, bootleggers would have a field day at this unique hidden Brighton bar.
Hailing from the success of their London counterpart, Brighton's MEATliquour is a wonderment of carnivore feasts and locally inspired artwork. Based around the carnival days of Brighton gone by, doused in neons and brimming with urban regalia, MEATliquour is a unique restaurant bar in Brighton where the burgers come hearty and the cocktails come laced in awesome.
Proud Cabaret is the ultimate in evening indulgence for your late night drinking antics. A den of 1920s lusting and vintage charm, this cool and quirky Brighton bar is the champion of sumptuous décor, beautiful babes and cabaret cavorts where you can delight in entertainment, jazzy lights and delicious drinks. Gilded interiors, burlesque romps and a stunning show guaranteed on your visit here.
We don't know if anyone has told you yet, but dive bars are completely and utterly in. Make no bones, the interiors at Casablanca Jazz Club are suitably threadbare and wholly dated, but that only adds to the charm of this raucous Brighton bar. Known for its rowdy party nights and young, fun, city, party patrons and live music, cool and quirky isn't all about crafty cocktails after all thanks to Casablanca.
Seriously cool The Joker has everything you need for a weekend's drinking in Brighton. With bags of character, interesting interiors and a selection of hot DJs, this spot is guaranteed to show you a good time.
Hidden behind an empty shop front is BYOC Brighton, a unique cocktail bar that asks guests to bring their own bottle of spirit which their expert mixologists will then whip up into your favourite tipple. The decor has a distinct '20s flavour with antique furniture, a pipe organ for sing-alongs and there's a cinema screening silent classics.
Of all the things that you thought you'd be doing when you went for a drink tonight, would watching a lady hammer a nail into her nose be one of them? Nope, we didn't think so either. A fun fair themed club inspired by Brighton's hedonistic days, the FunFair Club is brimming with vintage flair and party people, be them lashing around in the ball pit or taking in the bed of nails table in one of the VIP rooms.
Bright pink with baby cherubs and ornate mirrors, Regency Tavern is a Grade II listed quirky little tavern near The Lanes. Popular with the theatre crowd, take up a seat on the leopard print sofas and listed to professionals tinkle on the baby grand piano.