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. From 20-inspired cabaret dens and immersive cocktail experiences to secret speakeasies and themed drinking haunts shaking up unusual cocktails, we've got all the best cool and quirky bars around Brighton to help you think outside the ordinary.

Last updated on 21st April 2021

  Alcotraz: Cell Block One Three

105 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Brighton on Various dates from Thursday 22nd April 2021

Find yourself banged to rights at ALcotrz, 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 in spirits past the warden. The reward? Bespoke bootlegged concoctions.

The World's End

19 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 Exchange

12 user reviews 5

If you're after cool bars in Hove why not try out The Exchange, a local pub with quirky interiors? It 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. 

Dead Wax Social

61 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 Mesmerist

212 user reviews 4

Enter into 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. 

No 32

66 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.

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. Nestled along London Road, 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 Asian menu of curries, noodles and tempura will keep you warm when things cool down.

Wahaca Brighton

505 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.


2 user reviews 5

Staying true to their nature, MEATLiquor are shaking up a menu of cocktails that are anything but boring. Settle into the broody, neon-covered lair and spend an evening sipping on boozy milkshakes and tequila-absinthe-rum concoctions. Not your thing? Craft brews are also on hand for beer fans.