Up there with the best Christmas Eve bars in Brighton is Freemasons, located in a Grade II listed building with two floors. Upstairs is a fancier affair offering a huge selection of craft beers and cocktails, plus there's loaded crimbo taters to tuck into from their festive menu by Dunkd Street Food.
Best Christmas Eve Bars In Brighton
While the dreaded Christmas Day hangover is enough to make you welp, there's nothing quite like one last festive bash before board games and chocolate leftovers take place. So, resist putting on your trackies for now and check out our recommendations for some of the best Christmas Eve bars in Brighton for 2023.
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Last updated on 17th November 2023
Make your way to The Grand in Brighton this Christmas Eve for sophisticated tipples and incredible decor. Check out its Victoria Bar and Lounge and choose from an extensive drinks list including Champagne plus house cocktails. The Royal Pavilion Colada is made with Malibu Jamaica Pineapple rum and Seaside Sunset is a tequila-based dream.
One of the best things to do after wondering around Brighton Christmas market is curl up in a cosy pub like Bath Arms, a characteristic boozer. Found within the busy Lanes, with rumors of a Victorian ghost (not Marley and Marley), sip on plum brandy and enjoy a wellington of winter squash or roast turkey.
One of the more stylish bars in Hove for your Christmas Eve drinks is Libation. Relax with friends in it's modern interior and feast your eyes on it's fabulous selection of cocktails and spirits. If you're in the mood for food then tuck into a seriously scrumptious festive buffet.
A cocktail pub (rather than bar) with vintage interiors, a beautiful hand-carved rosewood bar, plush velvet seating, a grand piano and marble tables, The Joker doesn't just have beautiful looking drinks. Plus, the kitchen is home to Lost Boys Chicken when you get hungry.
Beer, carbs and vinyl; what more could you want from your Christmas Eve celebrations? After taking in the Brighton lights, enjoy a craft brew (or a few) alongside some mates and celebrate the festive season with a playlist dedicated to traditional records. Maybe grab a pizza to line your stomach a little too.
No 32 will be serving up all the themed cocktails you can think of until the early hours. A popular Brighton hotspot because of its party vibe, it's the ideal place to spend Christmas Eve in Brighton if you're looking to dance. With a tasty merry menu including dry aged sirloin steak, feast before letting loose here.
Ohso Social is a truly unique bar and one of the best things to do in Brighton at Christmas. Get into the festive spirit with one of their heated winter pop-up pods and sip on sexy cocktails, beers and wines while admiring the Brighton seafront. There's plenty of delicious food to tuck into like fish and chips.
A picturesque bar that's open on Christmas Eve, The Cricketers has a chilling backstory as it was once a haunt for the infamous Jack The Ripper. Grizzly stories aside, it's covered in maroon furnishings and serves top notch tipples. For food, the festive buffet features BBQ braised beef doughnuts plus pigs in brioche blankets.
Join The Mesmerist and drink in the confines of unadulterated vintage joy. From their sumptuous 1930s-style interiors and 70s-inspired cocktail lounge to the cracking drinks list and lush roof terrace, this bar is a gorgeous place to spend Christmas Eve with friends.
For Christmas dinner in Brighton, The Exchange offers a mean menu, as well as a well-stocked bar ready for revelers on the eve before the big day. Expect butter-poached turkey breast followed by spiced apple and plum crumble drizzled in cream at this neighbourhood favourite.
Bring your chums to The World's End and welcome Christmas in by drinking delicious brews or cocktails, all while having a whirl on some of the games. There's nothing better than some healthy competition and a bit of booze to get you into the festive spirit.
For a Christmas Eve party in Brighton, Bootlegger is coming up trumps with its combo of a Prohibition feel and plenty of entertainment. Venture downstairs to the dance floor and moonshine bar, where DJs await. Or, get a load of the live music featuring the likes of jazz, swing, blues and rock 'n' roll.
If you haven't booked your Christmas party in Brighton for 2023 here, then go out on the 24th to soak up East Street Tap's vibrant atmosphere and large range of beers from Trillium, Alchemist and Evil Twin. The yuletide menu is tempting too, including homemade seitan steak with miso-roasted parsnips.
Located close to Brighton train station, Grand Central is a renowned pub that's perfect for a Christmas Eve drink or two. Grab your chums and soak up it's gorgeous interior and lively atmosphere. The bar is full of favourites such as real ale and craft beer, while the seasonal menu is packed with roast potatoes, turkey and beef.
There's really nothing quite like a good ol' festive cocktail the night before the big day, welcoming it in with a warm fuzzy feeling as the clock strikes twelve. And where better than Be At One? The bar serves its seasonal lineup, alongside a delicious spectrum of classics and loud music to boot.
For a yuletide tipple or two this Christmas Eve in Brighton, visit The Fitz Regent, located only a two minute walk from the Royal Pavilion. Showing off stylish seating in a Grade II listed building, the drinks menu is as good as this venue looks. Sip on cocktails such as an Espresso Martini or a Woo Woo.
For a Christmas Eve soirée filled with hoppy delights, check out North Laine Brewhouse. With axe throwing, ping pong and table football too, it's the perfect spot to gather with mates and challenge them to a game before the 25th arrives. Hungry? Explore their festive food menu full of turkey, pigs in blankets and gooey puds.
If you're in search of a Christmas party in Brighton, you'll most certainly find it at Font. Tucked away in the South Lanes, the bar and pub is a former 17th Century chapel whipping up tasty cocktails, beers and plenty of yuletide spirit. When the sun goes down, this venue comes alive.
Offering cosy nooks, plush seating and characterful features, The Lion and Lobster is a gorgeous traditional boozer. With roaring fires and three bars to explore, its homeliness makes it the perfect place to spread yuletide cheer among your nearest and dearest.
If you're not only after festive drinks to mark the occasion, but ones made bespoke from your favourite spirits, then prison bar Alcotraz is the place for you. Smuggle in a bottle and the inmate mixologists will do the rest, all while the interactive experience plays out around you.
From cards, roulette and other casino classics to a choice of electronic darts or shuffleboard, Pier Nine has every form of entertainment you could need come Christmas in Brighton 2023. Fill up on seasonal nibbles, sip on a winter spritz or two, then hire out the private karaoke den.
If you're looking for a pint of Guinness this Christmas Eve, make your way to the Fiddler's Elbow, an Irish pub and a Brighton staple. It's on the cosy side but, while small, boasts big energy with plenty of live entertainment, vintage trinkets and crowd-pleasing drinks.