Best Pubs in Brighton

Home to some of the finest pubs on the South Coast, in Brighton it's never about whether to go for a drink, but where to go for a drink. No matter if you're looking for craft beer with a sea view, party pubs for some pre-night out drinks, or a cosy spot in the Lanes, this town's got a boozer for every occasion. So, from brewpubs boasting devilishly delicious burgers, to the best Sunday roasts, we've rounded up our top tips for the best pubs in Brighton to help you make the toughest of all decisions. 

Last updated on 12th April 2019

The Black Lion

2 user reviews 5

Two for £12 Cocktails

A one-stop shop for excellent food and live music, The Black Lion is renowned in these parts for their Sunday roasts and their great line up of live music and DJ nights. Add to this a fully-heated beer garden perfect for sinking a few pints with the gang, and you've got one of the best pubs in Brighton, right in the heart of The Lanes.

The Lion and Lobster

886 user reviews 4

£20 Set menu 2 courses: and 2 other offers

Known for their top-notch pub fare and locally sourced seafood, The Lion and Lobster can be seen a mile off thanks to its vibrant red exterior, but inside it's another story. A maze of weaving staircases, period features, three bars and two beer gardens, there's not a lot that this infamous Brighton boozer doesn't cater for. 

Student Night and 1 other offer

One of Brighton's best-loved bars, The North Laine not only boasts its own on-site microbrewery, it also spots you for some fantastic food and a regular schedule of quirky events, from bottomless brunches and wacky quizzes, to sports screenings, live music and pub choir nights.

World's End Kids' VR Package and 1 other offer

Part pub, part games arcade, this Brighton pub is the city's favourite playground. From their virtual reality booths and remote control race track to a fully immersive escape room, it's one of the best activity hubs in town alongside a great spot for hefty burgers and craft beers.

The Tempest Inn

22 user reviews 5

Enter a coastal tavern washed ashore onto Brighton's seafront and nestle into a cosy cove, your seats set into the rock and intricate drawings decorating the walls. With an extensive drinks list, tasty treats on the food menu and some great live music, head on over to one of the most well-known pubs in Brighton.

Sawdust often scattered across the floor, an intimate setting, regular local tipples on rotation and some of the very best deli dogs on rotation; yep, this little gem is one of our favourite pubs in Brighton. Brimming with classic charm, vintage wares and local punters, the lights go down at JW Lennon's and your expectations are completely and utterly fulfilled. 

Fortune of War

3 user reviews 4

A boozy Beachfront lookout, The Fortune of War boasts sea views and the perfect spot for some summertime alfresco drinking. Shaped like a big, upside down ship, the Fortune can also proudly claim to be the oldest pub in town, having stood on the same site since 1882. Thankfully, things have moved on a bit since then, and now you can find some excellent DJs and great local acts performing regularly.

The Joker

1 user review 4

The Joker

Having taken up residence on London road almost five years ago, The Joker has become one of the city's best-loved watering holes. With delicious burgers and a great beer selection taking up their ground floor space, their upstairs cocktail bar offers a more refined affair, along with a pool table and dartboard for a little light competition. 


3 user reviews 5

We don't know about you, but we consider it hard work looking so vintage and bedraggled and downright charming, but the team at the Hobgoblin have managed to do it with ease. Popular with Brighton's alt-crowd, this quirky boozer is laid back yet interesting. The pub also plays host to one of the city's best escape rooms, Bewilder Box, a hilarious immersive test of you problem-solving skills.