Best Pubs in Brighton
Being in Brighton not only means a bucket full of sand, bags full of rock and a few fly about flip flops, it also means an abundance of great pubs. From boozers boasting seaside views from their rooftop gardens to intimate little vintage hideaways that promise some of the best cocktails in town. Brighton has no end of great places to grab a pint and watch the world fly by. Check out our recommendations for the best pubs in Brighton and discover the bounty of boozers that our seaside city has in store.
Last updated on 29th March 2017
These aren't just any old booth seats in any old pub. Enter a coastal tavern washed ashore onto Brighton's seafront and nestle into a cosy cove, your seats set into the rocky walls and intricate drawings decorating your surrounds. With an extensive drinks list, tasty treats on the food menu and some great live music gigs, head on over to the most buzzing pub by the sea.
One of the most recognisable pubs in Brighton and sitting pretty just shy of the station doors, Grand Central is a stalwart venue in the city's nightlight circles thanks to its charming interiors, gastro pub food and hidden gin bar. Wait, did we forget the rooftop garden?
So much to say, yet so little space to write it in. Known for their top notch pub fare and locally sourced seafood, The Lion and Lobster can be seen a mile off thanks to its 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.
Some may steer clear of the town centre with a passion, but there's one pub that could make you think otherwise. Head on down to The Western for a smattering of quirky pub interiors and regular live sessions, plus a load of delicious burgers and ice-cold pints.
Armed with a microbrewery, a great gastro-pub menu and all the charm in the world, the North Laine pub in Brighton has become a popular choice of locals, neighbours and tourists alike. The diverse list of locally sourced ales and flavoursome craft beers offer a great place to start, but the centrepiece here has to be the pub's own collection of freshly brewed drinks. Sink into an ice-cold pint and relax after a long day at work at this charming pub.
Committed to craft beers and fascinated by all things New York, the team behind East Street Tap offer Brighton's beer connoisseurs a chance to try the best brews that America has to offer. Serving beers produced by Stillwater, Brooklyn and Dogfish Head breweries, guests to this Brighton bar will have a chance to explore the East Coast's ever-adapting brewing culture.
Okay, so Pub Du Vin is probably one of the more bespoke establishments in this list, but with the term 'pub' in its name, it's completely and utterly valid is it not? One of the more refined watering holes for a bevvy in Brighton, Pub Du Vin are churning out some truly top notch fare. From some of the best burgers in the city to some sweet local ales, evenings at the Pub Du Vin are heartwarming and tasty, to say the least.
If you're looking for a pub that boasts a whole load of twentieth-century charm, you'll be hard pushed to ignore this little gem, bursting with vintage charm and elusive antiques. From a galleon-inspired basement to smatterings of dusty bar stools and rich tones, The Black Dove has one foot firmly in the Victorian era. Also boasting some of the best cocktails and international beers in the city, it perfect for anyone looking for a drop of adventure.
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. You'll also be pleased to know that the Hobgoblin boast some of the best burgers in Brighton, with their troll's pantry churning out a top notch selection of patties.
If you've ever been down the beachfront when the sun has been shining, you must have seen this barmy Brighton boozer. One of the oldest and most heralded pubs in Brighton, the Fortune of War is a beachfront institution. From its top notch sea front beer garden to its quirky boat themed interior, the Fortune of War has to be on our Brighton pub hit list.
Something of a party pub, the Mash Tun stands out thanks to the hoards of fun-time indie revellers found sat outside in their elusive street-side beer garden. A rowdy place to grab some of the best burgers in the city and noticeably cheap tipples, it's one of the pubs in Brighton that truly boasts a laid back vibe thanks to nights of table-top dancing, cool inner city kids and the sound of jolly all night long.
There's often so much happening at The Globe pub in Brighton that we can barely keep up. From some sweet American style burgers - including a Krispy Kreme affair - and cinema nights held weekly to their vintage interiors, The Globe are keeping pubs wholesome yet maintaining a vibrant edge.
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.