Cosy Pubs In Brighton

Searching for an escape from the torrential rain and icy seaside winds? In a town filled with toasty watering holes, you're never far from a boozy haven. So whether you're after somewhere with an extensive beer selection, delicious food or just some squishy sofas to slump on, take a gander at our choices of the best cosy pubs in Brighton.

Last updated on 24th May 2022

Shakespeare's Head

138 user reviews 5

Caught the distinct whiff of sausage in Seven Dials? Follow your nose and it'll lead you straight to Shakespeare's Head, or Shakies as it's known to locals. Head here for board games, vintage wares and their famous bangers and mash, including wild boar editions.

Grand Central

10 user reviews 5

Just a few steps from the station entrance, Grand Central is one of the best pubs to book in Brighton; primed for gastro dinners and post-work tipples alike. And when the sun comes out? Be sure to check out the rooftop terrace where you'll find one of the most serene spots around.

Open House

390 user reviews 5

Open House know how to great creative with their space. From exposed brick and dark hues to a grand mosaic behind the bar, this spot is stylish while retaining a traditional pub feel. Better yet? Improvised comedy will keep the good times coming as the evening draws in.

The Stoneham

340 user reviews 4

Taking a trip to The Stoneham in Hove? You'll enjoy open log fires, cosy sofas and some real homemade grub. This dog-mad destination is perfect for your pooch too, so it's the spot to slide into at the end of a long walk.

The Thomas Kemp

250 user reviews 5

The perfect spot to hole up in on a wintry evening or a rainy afternoon, The Thomas Kemp offers a great range of beers and wines as well as a top-notch food menu. Take a date here for a laidback and intimate drink or pop over on a Sunday for a mouthwatering roast.

Fountain Head

5 user reviews 5

Hands down one of the cosiest pubs in the city, Foundation Head is a brilliant shout for lunches, nights out or even a quick drink. Enjoy chowing down on burgers and halo fries while pairing with a classic lager or real ale.

The Dorset

132 user reviews 4

If you're searching for that snug watering hole to hunker down in near North Laine, The Dorset's mismatched chairs and roaring winter fire are calling. These guys are also a dab hand at fresh seafood dishes, such as their to die for fish pie and moules marinière.

Mash Tun

47 user reviews 4

If you're looking for juicy burgers, laid back vibes and vintage trimmings from your Brighton boozer, local favourite Mash Tun delivers on all fronts. The Church Street spot offers up premium patties, tasty dogs and all the welcoming charm you need this winter.


285 user reviews 4

Sidewinder has all the Bohemian flair, traditional Sunday roasts and craft beer you'd expect from one of Kemptown's most charming watering holes. Hunker down on Chesterfields amongst totally unique interiors, discovering all the oddities of this carefully curated venue.

Bath Arms

81 user reviews 5

Dating all the way back to 1868, Bath Arms' classic features match The Lanes' historic and cobbled surroundings. From mahogany tones and dated furniture to exposed fireplaces, it's as rustic and original as a traditional boozer can get. So don't be put off by rumours of their very own Victorian ghost. Spooky.

The Tempest Inn

188 user reviews 4

While a cave-themed pub might not strike you as an obvious choice for cosy pubs, we beg to differ. Boasting intimate nooks, candlelit tables and hearty grub, The Tempest Inn Brighton is definitely worth checking out if craft pints and seaside views are your kind of thing.


316 user reviews 4

With twee corners and bookcases filled with a cracking assortment of reads, The Signalman is a no-brainer for those nippy months. Handily situated by London Road station, this boozer is a great place to bunker down in on a rainy afternoon over a good book, warming food and a couple of drinks.

Fiddler's Elbow

52 user reviews 4

Home to one of the cheapest pints of Guinness in Brighton, Fiddler's Elbow is known for pairing its pints with hearty pub fare. This cosy little boozer boasts a central island bar circled by emerald green booths and vintage trinkets, for a charming atmosphere to add to the classic Irish hospitality.

Fronting slices of warming pizza, alongside cosy fireplaces and plenty of craft beer, The Actors is the perfect pub to settle down in once the weather takes a turn for the worst. Better yet, there's also a roster of live DJs, quiz nights and theatre performances to keep you entertained.

Earth & Stars

158 user reviews 5

If you're hankering after the best roast dinners in town alongside a comfortable setting, head on down to the Earth & Stars. This cosy bar near The Lanes pairs humble and welcoming decor with stunning plates piled high with incredible food.

White Rabbit

90 user reviews 4

Just as the name suggests, White Rabbit is like a trip to Wonderland as the eccentric boozer boasts a mix of kitsch decor, quirky trinkets and candlelit tables. Topping it off? This Brighton watering hole fronts perfect pints and crackin' entertainment to boot, making it one of the most popular pubs with beer gardens.

The Exchange

85 user reviews 5

Upcycled furniture? Charming vintage interiors? Retro collectibles? It's not just the fact this is one of the cosiest pubs with fireplaces in Brighton that gives The Exchange its charm. Leave modernity by the door as you head into the kitsch interiors and whimsical surrounds, tucking into hearty fare while you're at it.

Brimming with vintage nit-bits and classic charm, The Wick Inn is one of the cosiest pubs in Brighton thanks to its unique interiors. Snuggle up with a beer on one of their tables and enjoy an easygoing night of chat, banter and boozing in town. 

One of the best pubs with open fires in Brighton, The Royal Sovereign also has a stonker of a happy hour. From their classic choice of rainy day chomps and rotation of fine ales to their homely crannies and eccentric decorations, this beauty promises to cater to your every need. 


3 user reviews 5

Vintage furnishings, DJ sets and Mexican dishes are all up for grabs at Hobgoblin. A favourite for their old-school posters and pinball machines, this quirky drinking den is a top choice for an entertaining evening with mates any night of the week.

The Prince George

1 user review 4

Craft brews, plush seats and plant-based nosh? They're all on offer at The Prince George. Named by PETA as one of the top 10 veggie restaurants in the country, this spot is perfect for anyone looking to escape the bustle of town and enjoy a cosy night out in Brighton.

Good Companions

2 user reviews 3

A corker of a neighbourhood pub in Seven Dials, Good Companions is an enchanting gem touting walls covered with retro pictures and roaring fires for those chilly months. There's also a menu of popular comfort food dishes, including burgers, toasties and roasts galore.