Best Pubs in Brighton

Home to some of the finest pubs on the South Coast, our seaside town knows a thing or two about freshly-poured pints and cosy low-lit corners. No matter if you're looking for craft beer with a sea view, party bars for some pre-night out drinks or mega Sunday roasts in the heart of The Lanes, there truly is a boozer for every occasion. Luckily for you?  We've created a guide to the best pubs in Brighton to help you make those all-important drinking decisions.

Last updated on 15th April 2021

The Tempest Inn

171 user reviews 4

Enter a coastal tavern washed ashore onto Brighton's seafront and nestle into a cosy cove, where your seats are set into the rock and intricate drawings decorate the walls. With an extensive drinks list, tasty treats on the food menu and some great live music, this beachfront spot never disappoints.


246 user reviews 4

Kemptown's favourite boozer, Sidewinder doesn't mess about when it comes to food and drink. From Sunday feasting and craft beer galore, to vegan hot dogs, hearty burgers and gin specials, they're a must-visit if you're looking for somewhere to settle in and chow down.

The Lion and Lobster

887 user reviews 4

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 and hidden beer gardens, this infamous spot looks to be straight out of a fairytale.

The Stoneham

245 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. And you won't go hungry either - feast on sustainably-sourced cuisine such as crispy confit belly of pork and handmade salmon burgers.

New Unity

39 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 laid-back spot promises a fun night out that won't break the bank.

Old Albion

64 user reviews 4

Head to Hove where this unique pub and gin palace will quench your thirst, and then some. From their excellent craft beer selection to their impressive offering of over 40 different gins, The Old Albion provides a relaxed and eclectic setting to get your sip on.

Earth & Stars

76 user reviews 5

Home to one Brighton's best Sunday roasts, the Earth and Stars is constantly packed out come the weekend. Their weekday à 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 Mesmerist

232 user reviews 4

Whether you're sipping cocktails in the 70s-inspired cocktail lounge, dancing 'til dawn on the roof terrace or chowing down food in the restaurant, The Mesmerist always guarantees a good time. Located just a stone's throw from the seafront, this packed-out haunt is a must-visit Brighton venue.

One of Hove's favourite watering holes, The Wick Inn promises more than your average pub experience. While they've got some great local ales, classic fixings and a popular quiz night, this place also just 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 and cheese on the menu, this town centre pub is an obvious choice whether you're in the market for a few post-work pints or a cosy date night destination.

Arguably the most gastro of all the pubs in Brighton, this unique watering hole and restaurant offers a stunning selection of seasonal plates every day of the week. Head down to Kemptown for the chance to sample their line-up of gourmet pub grub accompanied by some very impressive wine and whisky lists.