Cool Brighton Bars
The trick with being slick is knowing some of the coolest bars in Brighton and thanks to our rather swanky list, you're well on your way there. From basement hideaways and cracking cocktail caverns to undisputed dens of awesome, Brighton is bursting full of cool, suave bars that'll make everyone feel like a VIP. Check out our recommendations for some cool Brighton bars and impress punters far and wide with your knowledge of some of the best drinking haunts in the city.
Last updated on 27th July 2017
What people know most about Brighton is that it's not necessarily a set of slick interiors and chrome bar taps that make a bar cool, it's the people that go there; none more can be said true for The Black Lion. Known for its sweet summer nights galavanting around the beer garden to raucous live music by the bar, The Black Lion is a cool bar in Brighton without really knowing it all; or at least trying to.
Some say that you should never collect your drink, it should be brought to you; but that's just not very cool any more. A brand new bar concept in Brighton, BYOC do not actually hold any booze on their premises, instead asking you to bring your own spirits to the party. In return, these master mixologists will whip a frenzy of flavours that you're unlikely to find anywhere else in the city, now how's that for cool?
This creative cavernous seafront drinking den oozes an original and artistic design and comprised of a maze of caves and alcoves behind a glass wall floor to ceiling it is somewhat reminiscent of a smugglers warren inside. Enter this atmospheric tavern and explore this seemingly subterranean labyrinth or chill alfresco on the beachside as you feast on the free-flowing swills and scrum in store.
New York's sultry vibes are recreated in Brighton only a stone's throw from the seafront, with the East Street Tap showcasing all the best things we love about America's eastern seaboard. Specialising in craft beer, guests will have a chance to taste the best brews produced across the pond, including beers created by Stillwater, Dogfish Head and Brooklyn breweries. If that wasn't enough, guests can even grab a delicious bite to eat, with authentic salted beef bagels and condiment topped hotdogs produced freshly by the kitchen of talented chefs.
Decked out in cool vibes and contemporary decor, No 32 is a nifty cocktail hangout nestled in the heart of The Lanes in Brighton. Boasting dark interiors and some fine mixology, No 32 is perfect for atmospheric supping, lounging and dancing on the weekends. They also plate up some fantastic foods as part of their restaurant physique.
Sure, the 70s were alright and the 80s were banging, but it's the 1930s when the UK was super slick and looking really rather fly. Taking this prohibition theme and positively dousing the joint in it, The Mesmerist have cultivated a den of vintage cool and retro charm. From their unconventional flair and antiquarian furniture to bustling burlesque nights and circus shows, The Mesmerist has got it going on.
With a troop of 26 bangin' boozers across the South of the UK, Be At One is an ever-popular, laid-back lair for many a party hound. Cool and contemporary, this cocktail-crammed lounge bar knows a thing or two about shaking or stirring up a sassy snifter, and with over 100 cracker concoctions, we're certain you'll dig out the drink that's just for you.
There aren't many place in Brighton like The Black Dove, there simply aren't, and that's what makes this city gem so darn ice cool cold. Whether you'e nestling down in their galleon inspired nook of vintage wares or upstairs hassling the barmen for one of their chipper cocktail concoctions, prepare to be in a wonderland of cosy vibes and junkyard oddities from times gone by.
Roll up, roll up crazy kids as The Lanes' circus-themed FunFair Club is eager for an audience to hit their lordy d-floor. Gaudy in vibrant-coloured fittings and jam-packed with a generous jumble of circus mishmash and zany spectacles, this snazzy saloon certainly knows how to create an atmosphere to revel in, so drink up a daiquiri and dance the night away.
Mega modish and artistically urban industrial, MEATliquor is a masterpiece of comic book-style meets gothic art as its daring and dazzling interior design lures in the trendiest of trendsetters. Grab a pew amongst the graphics and gorge on this meat palace's glorious grub before finishing the eve off with an eclectic feast of exciting and unique cocktail combinations.
And you thought hotel bars were an outdated thing of the past; not here my cocktail supping fun oving chum, not here. Infamous for their off kilter kitsch interiors and rowdy rock and roll style, Hotel Pelirocco just so happens to be one of the coolest hotel bars in the city. From hen parties and karaoke nights to retro style parties, this little drinking den is a gem to be uncovered.
If you weren't knocking back a whisky in one of these prohibition style bars in the 1920s, you certainly weren't doing drinking right, hence why only the creme de la creme dally in a tipple at The Speakeasy. A vintage style bar found above The Wick Inn, not many punters know that The Speakeasy can be found up there, making it all the more elusive and down right cool.
Well-groomed and swish with a splash of America, The Joker is an atmospheric blend of pub charmer and New York diner. Naughty but oh so nice nosh, from award-winning buffalo wings to banging burger bites and finger-licking fries, we think this characterful canteen delivers delectable dinner dishes and, what's more, a comprehensive craft beer collection and creative cocktail list will have every belly more than satisfied.