Best Pubs In Brighton

Home to some of the finest boozers on the south coast, our seaside town knows a thing or two about freshly-poured pints and cosy corners. Whether you're wanting to sip cocktails while overlooking the sea or fancy a mega Sunday roast in The Lanes, there's a watering hole for every occasion. Need some inspo? Here's our roundup of the best pubs in Brighton.

Last updated on 7th February 2023

Earth & Stars

238 user reviews 5

Home to crackin' Sunday roasts, Earth and Stars is one of the best pubs in Brighton for food. The weekday a la carte offering shouldn't be overlooked though - featuring everything from beer-battered smoked tofu to open ravioli, it's bursting with tasty delights.

The Gather Inn

1 user review 4

Located on the scenic edge of Hove's beautiful lagoon and seafront, The Gather Inn is a real gem for those after swoon-worthy views. Nab a table by the window, where you'll be able to catch the sunset, all with an ice-cold bevvy in hand.

The Thomas Kemp

301 user reviews 5

Home to a spacious garden and a cosy indoor space that boasts bold electric blue walls, The Thomas Kemp is a stand-out Brighton spot. Grab a table inside, where you'll be able to tuck into cauliflower wings, cajun chicken burgers and loaded nachos.

St George's Inn

29 user reviews 5

When it comes down to the best pub gardens in Brighton, St George's Inn in Kemptown is bound to impress. Tuck into some tasty grub across the traditional indoor space in the cooler months or make your way to the south-facing beer garden when the sun creeps through.

The Brunswick

37 user reviews 4

Found near the beachfront in Hove, The Brunswick is a cosy den that's ideal for casual craft beer sipping, as well as evenings of live music. On top of that, this also makes it onto our list of top pubs in Brighton, as there's a first-class beer garden for BBQs come the summer.

Fortune of War

17 user reviews 4

Situated right on the beachfront, Fortune of War is a great pub for those sunny outings. Built in 1882, this traditional venue boasts quirky features that are made from boats, alongside a few nods to the seaside surfing community and a crackin' terrace space.

The Stoneham

421 user reviews 4

Based on the outskirts of Hove, The Stoneham is a popular haunt among those in the know. Decked out with fairy-lights, twinkling candles and quirky neon fixtures, it's as pretty as they come. Tuck into flavour-packed eats, from crispy confit belly of pork to salmon burgers.

New Unity

86 user reviews 4

Located amongst the buzz of London Road, New Unity is a wonderland of quirky bottomless brunches, live sports screenings and unbeatable drinks deals. A popular pub with Brighton's student population, this laidback hub promises a fun night out that won't break the bank.

The Actors

3 user reviews 4

A popular haunt among the LGBTQ+ community, The Actors really fronts a welcoming atmosphere. The all-inclusive space boasts a crackin' pizza menu for those after tasty grub, all before the lights go down for entertainment, including live DJs and quiz nights.

Fountain Head

14 user reviews 5

Tired of the same old boozers? A charming pub in North Laine, Foundation Head is a great shout for anyone on the hunt for good beer and even better scran. Enjoy chowing down on delicious burgers, nuggets and fries, while pairing them with a glass of vino or pint.

The Dorset

145 user reviews 4

Perched between Gardner Street and North Road, The Dorset has been going strong for over 200 years. Whether you're grabbing a table on the outdoor terrace or sitting down on a mismatched chair in front of the open fire, this hub is an ideal venue all year round. 

Old Albion

122 user reviews 4

On the hunt for the best pubs in Brighton and Hove? Then venture to Old Albion, a unique drinking den and gin palace that will quench your thirst, and then some. With an excellent craft beer selection and over 40 different gins, this hub provides an eclectic setting for pours.

White Rabbit

116 user reviews 4

The White Rabbit is bringing a little kitsch to the heart of North Laine. Step inside this eccentric hideaway for quirky interiors, including a red telephone box and vintage furnishings, alongside themed parties or acoustic music nights. 


309 user reviews 4

Kemptown's favourite spot, Sidewinder doesn't mess about when it comes to food or drink. From Sunday feasting to vegan hot dogs, hearty burgers and gin specials, this spot is a must-visit for those after somewhere to chow down.

The Tempest Inn

204 user reviews 4

If you're on the hunt for top-notch pubs on Brighton's seafront, then visit The Tempest Inn. Nestle into a cosy cove, where your seats are set into the rock and the walls are adorned with intricate drawings, for some fabulous food accompanied by live music.

East Street Tap

4 user reviews 4

Bored of the same ol' venues? Add East Street Tap to your list. This city centre haunt is not only inspired by the cool Eastern shores of America, but it also prides itself on serving up some of the finest bevvies from the other side of the Atlantic, including Trillium, Alchemist and Brooklyn. 

A Hove favourite watering hole, The Wick Inn promises more than your average pub experience. While its got some great local ales, this place also happens to boast a secret upstairs speakeasy that serves up some of the town's best bourbon cocktails.

Idle Hands

4 user reviews 5

With slick, but, welcoming interiors, oodles of craft beer and drool-worthy mac 'n' cheese on the menu, this town centre pub is an obvious choice for a few post-work pints. And on date nights? You'll be able to nab a cosy corner and delve into hearty eats.

If you're a seafood fan, then check out The Urchin in Hove. Home to fresh and sustainably-sourced fish, this is a great spot to enjoy some mouthwatering scallops, prawns and oysters, all complemented with a glass of crisp pinot grigio.