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. 

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Brighton on Various dates from Wednesday 30th September 2020

Find yourself banged to rights at this immersive cocktail bar experience. Set in a top-secret Brighton basement location, you'll be charged with the task of smuggling your spirits past the warden. The reward? A night of delicious bespoke bootlegger concoctions.

Dead Wax Social

51 user reviews 4

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.

No 32

48 user reviews 4

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.

Cute, quirky and a little kitsch, this charming bar and brunch spot is always worth a visit if you're in the market street area. Boasting a mouthwatering selection of delicious grub, from Mexican eggs and breakfast sarnies, to avocado toast and their famous pancake stacks, they've always got something to soak up their hefty selection of quality cocktails.

The Mesmerist

174 user reviews 4

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Prohibition parties don't come more weird and wonderful than at The Mesmerist. 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, party DJs, live jazz bands or just a peak inside their 70's-inspired speakeasy. 

The Tempest Inn

56 user reviews 4

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.

Bison's Bar, Kitchen & Hideout is a cool hangout with a casual vibe and an ever-rotating line-up of craft brews band wine to explore. Nestled in The Lanes, the bar also boasts a menu of creative delights, such as juicy stacked burgers, small plates and tacos, and an epic Sunday roast for good measure. 

Mrs Fitzherberts

4 user reviews 2

Have you met Mrs Fitzherbert? Because she's a firecracker... Located in the lanes, this quirky bar is a one-stop shop of all sorts of wacky decor features, from female busts through to legs suspended from the walls. This ethos applies to their cocktails, which are served in everything from plant pots to teapots.


2 user reviews 5

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.

Speakeasy at The Wick

2 user reviews 5

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.