Pre-Drinks in Brighton

Ah, the heralded pre-drinking tradition. While drinks, before other drinks, may seem like an unusual past-time to some, pre-drinks have become something of a night out standard in Brighton. Whether you fancy a sweet slathering of pre-dinner cocktails or some raucous tipples before a dance floor schmooze by the beachfront, Brighton harbours some cracking pre-drinking destinations. Check out our recommendations for the best bars to visit for pre-drinks in Brighton and go for drinks, that's right folks, before other drinks. 

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BYOC Brighton

32 user reviews

A great way to start any night out is with something to talk about. Make your way down to one of the most elusive, and secretive bars in Brighton for what is set to be a two-hour stint before your late night debauchery. A bar where you bring the liquor yourself, BYOC is a wholly new concept in the city and just the kind of cocktail kickstarter you need before any night out in Brighton. 

Happily Affordable ££
The Lanes

East Street Tap

1 user reviews

Hoping to recreate the bustling vibes of New York City in the vibrant streets of Brighton, the team behind the East Street Tap serve guests a range of craft beers and hearty comfort food. With the likes of Stillwater, Brooklyn and Dogfish Head brewery all on display, the venue's chefs will offer guests a selection of hearty New York-inspired dishes; guests can tuck into a selection of salted-beef bagels and a fiery range of hotdogs or perhaps another cheesy-drenched meat dish that's helped make America famous.

Happily Affordable ££
Town Centre

For one of the freshest pints in Brighton head to this North Laine boozer as they brew their pints on site. They're also barmy about their music so expect a cracking playlist to warm you up for your night out.

Happily Affordable ££
North Laine

Be At One Brighton

222 user reviews

Whether it's cocktails to start or it's cocktails to end, it's cocktails galore at this swanky little Brighton joint. Known for their top notch happy hours, you'll not only be saving back the pennies for the rest of the evening's debauchery, you'll be slurping up one fine selection of creative concoctions before you make your way to the dance floor.

Happily Affordable ££
The Lanes

Speakeasy at The Wick

2 user reviews

Now then, nobody said that pre-drinks in Brighton needed to be in some back alley boozer now did they; how about a secretive plot instead? Found at the end of a set of iron spiral stairs at The Wick Inn, this prohibition lounge is just the ticket for pre-drinks without the elbow pushing fuss. A 1920s styled speakeasy with the whisky cocktails to boot, The Speakeasy at The Wick Inn is a sumptuous and heart-warming pre-party destination. 

Happily Affordable ££


4 user reviews

Some like to start the evening all sorts of swanky, so why not take to a Brighton bar where those fancy thoughts will be reflected? One of the most luxurious bars in Brighton, Bohemia boast a cocktail menu that will make school grade chemistry look a breeze. From mixology mastery and creative concoctions down to the slick interiors, it's a high-grade start to any late night out in Brighton. 

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The Lanes

Now we couldn't introduce to you a page of pre-drinks destinations in Brighton without one jolly ol' boozer now could we. One of the most infamous Irish pubs in Brighton, this somewhat dated seaside boozer is bustling with so charming a crowd, you'll wonder why you were leaving in the first place. From one of the cheapest pints of Guinness in the city to their lovely locals, it's a great place to start.

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The Lanes

Brighton Rocks Bar

2 user reviews

You don't want to start off too hard, or you'll definitely be going home too early. Nab a drink in this charming little Kemptown bar as a warm up before a night out on the tiles, heck, go wild and grab a slab of dinner too! From a charming collection of cocktails, and cocktails classes, for those that like their tipples fruity to a top notch selection of local beer, it's a little kitsch but it's most definitely rearing from some pre-party liquid refreshments. 

Happily Affordable ££

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