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 8th March 2018




The Tempest Inn

21 user reviews 5

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.

East Street Tap

1 user review 4

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.

The Mesmerist

10 user reviews 4

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. 

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. 

Dead Wax Social

27 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.

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.

BYOC Brighton

103 user reviews 4

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.

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 at this unique hidden Brighton bar. 

Casablanca Jazz Club

2 user reviews 5

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.

MEATliquor

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.

Proud Cabaret Brighton

49 user reviews 4

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. 

Sticky Mike's Frog Bar

1 user review 4

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.