Being one of the foremost music venues in the city, Patterns is one of the best places to chat, drink and dance in Brighton. The contemporary bar offers tonnes of spots to sit down and sip on one of their local craft beers, specially curated cocktails, or even 'beertails' served in giant steins. But once the weekend hits, the basement comes alive, letting you retreat into it for some serious dancing as their DJs play everyone's favourite hits. And, of course, there are tonnes of live music nights to keep you going in the middle of the week.
Chat, Drink and Dance in Brighton
Brighton is a city that’s alive: from the smallest pub to the biggest nightclub, everything is abuzz with music and fun. So it’s no surprise that there are so many bars in Brighton for chatting, dancing and drinking. Whether you’re slyly trying to get your friend out tonight or you just want a fun night without it getting too heavy, check out our list of places to chat, drink and dance in Brighton.
No 32 is one of the more stylish ways to get your fix of chatting, drinking and dancing in Brighton. Along with a cocktail menu serving up some delicious mixed drinks – with 2-4-1 deals every day – and craft beers, their kitchen delivers on burgers, grills and snacking platters as the perfect conversation accompaniment. At the weekends, the DJ comes out in force, delivering on big tunes until the early hours of the morning.
Offering a bit more low-tempo dancing, Dead Wax Social doesn't skimp on drinks and music in Brighton. Their speciality is craft beer, seeking out rare pints from local breweries, and there's tonnes of pizza on offer if you're feeling peckish. But it's not just vinyls playing here: there's live music, and even a weekly music quiz to get you up on your feet and dancing.
Be At One are pretty much synonymous with fun time partying in Brighton and across the UK thanks to their delicious cocktail list and late night dancing. The Brighton branch is a bit more of an atmospheric affair, offering up deep, dark woods, exposed brickworks and low hanging lamp shades, making it the ideal place to chat with your friends. But nearly every night of the week, all you have to do is grab a cocktail, storm the dancefloor and have a great time.
A mix between 1930s gin palaces and a steampunk paradise, The Mesmerist is definitely one of the quirkiest bars in Brighton. But they serve up their quirk with a hearty side portion of fun as well, with live jazz and swing from Sunday through to Thursday before unleashing it all with boutique DJs and burlesque showcases come the weekend. Meanwhile, there's lots of different nooks and crannies – filled with different curiosities – to steal away and have a chat with your friends.
This pub has been around since the mid-1500s, and there's a reason for that. Offering up great drinks and friendly service across the cool archways, front terrace and large beer garden, it's become a hot spot for locals and visitors alike. Either hide yourself away and talk in one of the old pub's corners, or storm the dancefloor when the DJ plays the best in hip-hop, funk, soul, ska and indie – it's your choice.
Whereas one moment you could be lounging around in the leather sofas chatting the world away, the next you could be with microphone in hand, doing your best Shania Twain impression. This is Lucky Voice, the city's very own Japanese karaoke bar. Along with all the cool props, karaoke staples and great cocktails, there's also a buzzer to call your waitress if you've run out of drinks. It's touches like that which make Lucky Voice one of the best places to chat, drink and dance in Brighton.
East Street Tap is your haven for all things craft beer. Inspired by the East Coast cities of America, the venue boasts cool stylings alongside a hearty offering of craft breweries from the other side of the pond, with the late license meaning you can sit and chat until the early hours of the morning. But they're also fond for a live music night, meaning you can dance all night to the sounds of some of the best local bands.
While Bohemia might first and foremost be a suave cocktail bar in the Lanes, it's also a great destination to bust a few moves out. You can spend most of your time having one of their mixed drinks as you sink into their dark black chesterfield sofas, making it a relaxing place to chat with friends in Brighton. But when the jazz starts, you might just find yourself moving along – involuntary or not.
Casablanca is a bit intimate, and is known for being a bit shabby, but you won't have much more fun in the city anywhere else. With live jazz music coming out of there every night, dancing is all but covered for you. But their pocket-friendly prices makes it an ideal place for chatting and drinking in Brighton.