Where To Eat And Drink Outside In Brighton

When the sun is in the sky? This city is the place to be for a day of seaside frolicking and alfresco drinking. Whether you fancy chilling on a rooftop terrace, sipping pints on a streetside table or relaxing in a beer garden, you're spoilt for choice on where to eat outside in Brighton. Check out our recommendations and get your daily dose of vitamin D. 

Last updated on 1st October 2021

The Dorset

75 user reviews 4

Streetside tables are the name of the game at The Dorset. Bask in the rays at this traditional pub along The North Laine and enjoy some craft pints. Hungry? The kitchen whips up some mouthwatering seafood fare.

The Tempest Inn

174 user reviews 4

As close to the shore as you can get without getting your toes wet, The Tempest Inn has some of the best outdoor seating in Brighton. Head to this archway bar for incredible views of the ocean, fresh seafood plates and, come nightfall, some of the best bashes in town.

Grand Central

10 user reviews 5

Not far from the train station, Grand Central has a cute little outdoor beer garden, filled with plants, bright furniture, and hopefully, lots of rays. Situated among Brighton's rooftops, it's the perfect place to escape the chaos of the seafront and refuel with a cocktail (or three).

Med Brighton

29 user reviews 5

An alfresco seafood feast along the Lanes? It's happening at Med. The stylish restaurant is serving up a delicious mix of grilled squid, clams and market fish for diners on their outside terrace - giving off some real European coffee culture vibes as they do it.


254 user reviews 4

Cool inside and out, Sidewinder has got our vote for alfresco drinking spots in Brighton. With quirky street art murals, regular gaming nights and live music, this watering hole will keep you entertained long after the sun has gone away.

Open House

267 user reviews 5

Venture Up London Road and you'll come across one of Brighton's best outdoor eating and drinking spots. With a number of wooden huts and sun-soaked tables to choose from, Open House is also delivering the good in the food department, with burgers, salads and veggie mezze boards.

White Rabbit

77 user reviews 4

The White Rabbit's tiny terrace is strewn with bunting and colourful pot plants. The perfect spot for a sunshine-filled date, this terrace is themed all things Alice In Wonderland - what better place to fall down the rabbit hole of summertime day drinking?

Blind Busker Hove

77 user reviews 4

Pubs and restaurants in Brighton with outdoor seating? Blind Busker has a large heated alfresco terrace that is sure to suit all your summertime needs. What's more, the watering hole also has a great choice of pints and shows all the popular sports matches on screens around the place. 

The Thomas Kemp

193 user reviews 5

Just a stone's throw from the seaside, The Thomas Kemp is your go-to for outdoor drinks and live music in Kemptown. As for food, the pub has got all the classics to keep you going throughout the week - think sausage and mash, bacon, brie and cranberry sandwich, pie of the day and Sunday roasts.

La Plage

35 user reviews 4

Looking for beach bars in Brighton? Meet La Plage: a beautiful heated outdoor terrace situated on the pebbles. Not only does is have uninterrupted views of the ocean, but it's also got you covered for cocktails, lunch and dinner. 

Wahaca Brighton

719 user reviews 4

You'll have to move quickly to bag yourself a spot on Wahaca's streetside tables, but with a long list of icy concoctions and Mexican plates, it's worth it. If you're not lucky, the inside of this charming eatery is pretty enough to drag you away from the sun for a feast worthy of any fiesta.

The Hare and Hounds

1 user review 4

The perfect pub for a session of alfresco day drinking with your nearest and dearest, The Hare and Hounds is located slap bang in the middle of London Road. Head here early to nab one of the pretty pergola benches, that come complete with toasty heaters and enough space for the whole gang.

Fortune of War

12 user reviews 4

One of the few beachside bars in Brighton boasting its own actual outdoor terrace, The Fortune of War is something of a summertime drinking staple. Get yourself an ice-cool cider and plant your toosh on either their benches or on the pebbles; it's all good at this laidback boozer. 

Mash Tun

47 user reviews 4

You'll hear it, see it and downright want to be a part of it. The Mash Tun is a vibrant pub and in the running for the best places to drink outside in Brighton. With their bustling streetside tables and quirky craft pints, the boozer attracts a cool crowd looking fora good time.


3 user reviews 5

With eclectic decor and bold modern art, Hobgoblin has earned its name as one of Brighton's quirkiest places to drink. Head out the back and you'll find the main attraction though - a sprawling beer garden perfect for all your outdoor drinking and dining needs.


2 user reviews 5

If you've ever wandered through the North Laine on a bustling summer's day, you'll no doubt have found yourself weaving past Komedia and the sun-soaked sippers on its streetside terrace. Head here for mouthwatering cocktails and juicy burgers before continuing your evening with some live music inside. 


5 user reviews 5

Found in the very heart of The Lanes, Bohemia is a truly bespoke retreat for a little alfresco schmoozing. While many take to their front of house tables, indulging in a little people watching and handmade cocktails, you might be surprised to learn that Bohemia boasts its very own rooftop spot.