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 23rd September 2016
Some may steer clear of the town centre with a passion, but there's one piub that could make you think otherwise. Head on down to The Western not only for a smattering of quirky pub interiors and regular live sessions, there's burgers and pints to boot.
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, guests to this Brighton bar will have a chance to explore the East Coast's ever-adapting brewing culture.
It's Yates, but not as you know it. Fresh from a makeover and toting interiors that would make any designer proud, Yates is a hot to trot destination for any type of drink in Brighton. Whether you're knocking back a few over lunch, tucking into the proper pub grub menu or kicking things off in the evening, Yates is a pub in Brighton that you can rely on.
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.
One of the most recognised pubs in Brighton, and sitting pretty just shy of the station doors, Grand Central is one of Brighton's best pubs thanks to their charming interiors, gastro stance and hidden gin bar. Wait, did we forget the rooftop garden?
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.
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.
Something of a party pub, the Mash Tun is most noticeable by its hoard 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, the Mash Tun is one of the pubs in Brighton that truly boasts our laid back charm thanks to nights of table-top dancing, cool inner city kids and the sound of jolly all night long.
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 bevvie 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.
We don't know about you, but we consider it hard work looking so vintage and bedraggled and downright charming, but Hobgoblin have managed to do it with ease. Popular with Brighton's alt-crowd, this quirky boozer is laid back yet interesting to boot. 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 Brighton beachfront when the sun has been shining and the Vitamin D is doing the rounds, you must have been barmy to miss this drinking hotspot. 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 should be on your Brighton pub hit list.
If you're looking for a pub that boasts a whole load of twentieth century charm, you'll be hard pushed to ignore this den of vintage charm and elusive antiques. From a galleon inspired basement snug downstairs 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 may be off the beaten track but The Black Dove is somewhere great for an adventure.
Sawdust often strewn across the floor, an intimate setting, regular local tipples on rotation and some of the very best deli dogs on rotation; we don't mince our words at DesignMyNight Brighton, this little number is a keeper. 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.
Just like the very globe that we find ourselves on, there's often so much happening at The Globe pub in Brighton that we can barely keep up; that's the beauty of it all. 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.