The Black Lion


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. 

What's on

Sunday Service
Worship at the altar of fun as The Black Lion give you a final party before the week starts. The Sunday Service takes place every week and has…

Every Sunday

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Black Cat Blues Monday
Join us at the Black Lion on Monday for our weekly jazz and blues night! One of the liveliest Monday nights in Brighton, our Black Cat Bluesnight…

Every Monday

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Black Lion Live Presents
Looking for a quiet drink at an empty bar? Then this definitely isn't the place for you! Wednesday nights at The Black Lion are filled with a…

Every Wednesday

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Offer Availability
Two for £12 Cocktails
Two for £12 Cocktails all day Tuesday
Tuesday 12:00 – 02:00


  • Happily Affordable ££
  • Dance floor
  • None
  • Casual


Day Open Close Notes
Monday 12:00 2:00
Tuesday 12:00 2:00
Wednesday 12:00 2:00
Thursday 12:00 3:00
Friday 12:00 3:00
Saturday 12:00 3:00
Sunday 12:00 2:00



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


The Lanes


  • Cuisine

    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 , classic pub favourites - with a Black Lion 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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