Beer Gardens in Brighton

Don't get us wrong, we love the beach as much as the next person. But sometimes you can't beat an afternoon in a lush outdoor spot - especially with an ice-cold drink in hand. You only need to look a little closer to uncover the swathes of green pub havens that are dotted all over this seaside city. From secret sun-soaked courtyards to rooftop terraces, take a look at our haul of the best beer gardens in Brighton.

Last updated on 29th June 2021


254 user reviews 4

One of the best places to drink in Brighton this summer, Sidewinder is the ultimate alfresco chill out zone. The beer garden is a fab little suntrap during the warmer seasons, while a covered section keeps you cosy when the weather inevitably turns.

Open House

268 user reviews 5

Heated areas, cute wooden huts, beautiful greenery and a great drinks menu make Open House a popular spot during summer. Book out one of the cosy booths for you and your group or nab a table if you fancy sinking some craft brews while topping up your tan.

The Dorset

76 user reviews 4

Originally opened nearly 200 years ago, The Dorset is bringing you a side of history alongside their sunshine sips. Grab a streetside table at The North Laine watering hole and top up your tan as you enjoy tasty cocktails and craft brews.

Not content with just being one of the best bars for craft brews in town, Brighton Bier also happens to house one incredible beer garden. Get your fill of alfresco drinking with their award-winning creations, which come perfectly paired with a menu of tasty street food. 

The Stoneham

261 user reviews 4

A stylish gastropub just outside of Hove, The Stoneham is a top choice for your days of alfresco drinking in Brighton. Not only is its beer garden a real looker - filled with flowers, pretty lights and wooden booths - but the food being whipped up here is second to none.

Blind Busker Hove

78 user reviews 4

Setting the mark high for beer gardens in Hove, The Blind Busker is a charming boozer with an all-day menu and fully stocked bar. Swing by the outdoor terrace to watch live sport, sip on summer spritzes and keep toasty by the heaters as dusk falls.

The Exchange

66 user reviews 5

The Exchange is serving up two types of outdoor seating for sunseekers. Along with streetside tables, the Hove pub also has a diddy courtyard area, touting a long communal table as well as separate booths under a cover. 

The Thomas Kemp

193 user reviews 5

One of the best beer gardens in Kemptown, The Thomas Kemp has got you covered for craft beers and classic pub in an alfresco setting. Just a hop, skip and jump from the sea, this place is perfect for a light lunchtime bite or a more hefty meal.

White Rabbit

78 user reviews 4

Soak up the rays with a trip to The White Rabbit's secret suntrap. Whether you've taken to the tables out front or the intimate little beer garden, it's a quirky gem and ideal for a few brewskis before heading inside to watch a talented musician.

La Plage

35 user reviews 4

So this one might not have any of the greenery that some of the other beer gardens in Brighton do, but it's coming up trumps for view. Located on the actual beach, La Plage will be sorting you out for lunch, dinner and potent cocktails.

Mash Tun

47 user reviews 4

Located in the centre of all the action and with a tonne of tasty craft brews on tap, The Mash Tun is a no-brainer when it comes to places to drink outside in Brighton. Grab a table on their streetside terrace and settle in for a weekend session, or split a bottle or two with your mates on a balmier evening. 


3 user reviews 5

Boasting alternative murals and the occasional foodie pop-up during summer, Hobgoblin is bringing something a little different to the table. The pub embraces all things quirky and eclectic, so expect to see a fun and inclusive crowd of oddballs, along with DJ sets and a mouthwatering menu of burgers.

Good Companions

2 user reviews 3

When the sky's blue and the day is toasty? This Seven Dials beer garden is abuzz with drinkers. The extensive outside area and front terrace mean you can stretch out and relax in your own space, while Good Companions' well-stocked bar will keep you coming back for more.

Hove Place

1 user review 4

Escape the hustle and bustle of Brighton centre with a trip to Hove Place. A more chilled and lowkey outdoor offering, this charming bohemian retreat comes complete with white iron seating, plush palm trees and some top-notch pub fare. A date night pick? We think so...

The Connaught

1 user review 5

With its south-facing seating and a laid-back atmosphere, it's not hard to see why The Connaught is in the running for the best beer gardens in Hove. The traditional pub has a lovely alfresco space, excellent real ales and comforting food - what more could you want?