The Black Lion

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A Brighton institution favoured by both clued up locals and Brighton visitors looking for excellent food and great music selections - The Black Lion, between the Lanes and the seafront, is a pub that can be as laid back as it can be raucous.

Found on Black Lion street (funnily enough), the pub has been around since its days as The Black Lion Brewery in the mid 1500s. Now, with its archways, people-watching-friendly front terrace, deceptively large beer garden, local artwork and murals and friendly, speedy service, it's a great all rounder every day of the week. The Black Lion has changed greatly over the centuries, yet still manages to maintain that local boozer charm, whether you're there on a weekend for their DJ nights of hip hop, funk, soul, ska & indie, to a quick tipple and some food with a live band during the week. 

Sunday roasts always draw a crowd at The Black Lion, where hearty classics are made using locally sourced ingredients. But what about something of the liquid variety? Whilst The Black Lion boasts a cool selection of local craft beers and ales, there's a cracking cocktail surprise in store too. From famed classics and signature concoctions to the best Bloody Marys in the city (a nod to Queen Mary I who was responsible for the burning at the stake of Deryk Carver - owner of the brewery in 1555) The Black Lion has all your booze bases covered. 

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Happy Hour After work drinks? Happy hour on selected drinks and 3 for 2 on selected shots. for up to 100 guests Monday 17:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 17:00 - 19:00
Thursday 17:00 - 19:00
Sunday 17:00 - 21:00
Two for £12 Cocktails Two for £12 Cocktails all day Tuesday for 1 guest Tuesday 12:00 - 02:00


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Happily Affordable ££
The Lanes
Happy Hour, Two for £12 Cocktails


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The Black Lion
14 Black Lion, Brighton, BN1 1ND


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Drink Prices Price
Pint of Lager £4.20
Pint of Real Ale £3.90
Bottle of Lager (330ml) £4.00
Bottle of Cider (568ml) £4.00
Cocktail £7.00
Spirit and Mixer (50ml double shot and mixer) £3.95
Glass of Wine (175ml measure Large ) £5.20
Bottle of House Wine £18.50


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Food served 12 - 10 weekdays, 8pm on weekends. Download
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This venue serves Pub Food food.

A word from the chef:
Our food is all about getting back to basics, using local, seasonal and fresh ingredients in recognisable dishes - keeping to traditional , calssic pub favourites - with a unique twist. Expect great gastro comfort food, that's totally packed full of flavour. Come in and check out our new Autumn menu, specials and great Sunday Roasts.

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One of my favourite places to go to. Atmosphere is lovely, service is great, not too over priced. And they have a photobooth
10 Sep 2017 by

Perfectly located in the heart of the city. Gets busy at the weekend but worth visiting for a decent DJ set and a late drink. Good range of beers and cocktails on offer.
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