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.
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.
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.
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.
For live music, great DJs and one of the most electric atmospheres in town, this party pub off West Street offers all that and more. Street side tables make it a perfect summer haunt too for grabbing a couple of craft beers off their extensive list and soaking up some rays.
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.
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.
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 hunker down and chow down.
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?
Head to Hove where this unique pub and gin palace provides the perfect spot for quenching all your thirsts. From their excellent craft beer selection to their menu of over 40 different gins, The Old Albion provides a relaxed and eclectic setting to get your sip on.
A splash of the Deep South in sunny old Brighton, this unique pub on Western Road is a one stop shop for bourbon, vegan burgers and some hearty Creole cooking. Inspired by American dive bars, The Revelator is decked out in neon lighting and religious paraphernalia for a whole lot of character.
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.
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.
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 boasts a laid back vibe and an elclectic events schedule.
Bringing you a little slice of NYC, the East Street Tap is all about good beers, good food and great music. Alongside their excellent menu of vegan burgers, loaded fries and extensive beer selection you'll find some of the most party-ready playlists in town, from New York Hip Hop, to Punk and Hardcore mixes.
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.
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.
Home to one Brighton's best Sunday roasts, it's always worth booking ahead if you're looking to feast at the Earth & Stars on a weekend. Their regular menus is quite the treat as well, with everything from beer battered smoked tofu to open ravioli and tasty small plates.
The West Hill Tavern is a Brighton stalwart; following a recent refurb the pub is now more cosy than ever with open fireplaces, cute corners and an outdoor terrace for when the sun shines. Feeling peckish? Make sure to check out the pizzas, or happy pub grub.
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's perfect for anyone looking for a drop of adventure.