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Things we love:

There’s a beach baby.
There are more pubs per capita than any other British city.
That pavilion, talk about eccentric behaviour from a king.
It’s one of the sunniest places in England, and, apparently, the happiest.
Tuaca – Brighton’s liquor.
The North Laine won’t allow any franchise shops – loving the independent spirit Brighton-ites.

Things we wish we’d known:

In the cool stakes, the North Laine totally smashes the South.
The pier is actually great.
Steve Coogan does the audio tour on the Brighton Eye. Awesome.
Some bars that have beds downstairs may end in erotic parties – be careful where you sit.

Best bars in Brighton
Best bars in Brighton
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Above Audio
Above Audio

Above one of the city’s proper clubs, Audio, is this late night bar with a bangin’ terrace making it a good stop-off for al fresco drinking all-year-round. Last time BarChick went along it was Tuesday night’s Cotton Tail Club, they had Read More

B.Y.O.C Brighton
B.Y.O.C Brighton

Just like its London big sister, BYOC does not sell alcohol. With everyone trying to do the speakeasy thang, this is as close as you’re going to get to the real Prohibition, but it’s a helluva lot better than your Read More

Bar Valentino
Bar Valentino

You’re gonna need skills to find this one, it’s above a restaurant called El Mexicano and there’s very little signage apart from a small swing board outside. Located opposite the beautiful Pavillion Gardens in the centre of Brighton, hit this Read More

Basketmakers Arms
Basketmakers Arms

While we’re not a pub kinda girl, this place totally won us over. It looks like a completely classic old school pub: low-ceilinged, cosy, with wooden tables and a Bohemian vibe. But, what we love it for, is the walls Read More

Bohemia
Bohemia

Bohemia is located on Meeting House Lane, a winding walk from the main road that we don’t recommend riding solo. As this humble bar first comes into view you’ll be struck by the simplicity of it all; an unassuming exterior Read More

Brighton Rocks
Brighton Rocks

Previously described as the ‘only bar in Kemp Town’ this little spot is a bit of a local hero. Located off the main road (St James’), wander down this residential street until you spot a cool looking deck with a sea Read More

Drakes of Brighton
Drakes of Brighton

We wish this really was Drake’s bar. Much like many of Brighton’s small seafront hotel bars, Drakes may be out of the way for non-guests but it’s perfect after a day spent on Kemp Town seafront and it’s an ideal Read More

Du Vin
Du Vin

The South Lanes luxury hotel Du Vin describe their decor as an “eccentric mix of Gothic revival and mock Tudor architecture” – we just call it plain ol’ swanky. This is the sort of place BarChick wants to get married Read More

Hobgoblin
Hobgoblin

As you descend onto London Road, which is tipped as Brighton’s future hot spot (although it’s still mostly charity shops), on the corner of York Place you’ll find The Hobgoblin. Home to The Troll’s Pantry pop-up, they serve arguably Brighton’s Read More

Hotel Pelirocco
Hotel Pelirocco

On a very fine Regency Square opposite the sea, this eccentric little hotel is home to the type of bar you’ll want to get lost in. Don’t let the buzzer put you off; ring the bell and you’ll be more Read More

Koba
Koba

You’ll find Koba behind the hustle and bustle of the Western Road in Brighton, next to a bus stop and the huge Waitrose. A bit of a diamond in the rough, it may seem as if this bar doesn’t belong Read More

MEATliquor Brighton
MEATliquor Brighton

The whole world’s gone burger bar crazy including Brighton with more burger joints than you can shake a burger bun at. There’s BBQ Shack, Troll’s Pantry, Burger Bros and Brighton Burger fighting it out to satisfy your juicy junk food Read More

Merkaba
Merkaba

Welcome to the future baby, well, kinda. Bang smack in the centre of Brighton, below one of the funkiest hotels in town, you’ll find a bar that makes you feel like you’re in the womb of a giant space ship. This Read More

Northern Lights
Northern Lights

We love us a hidden hangout, and this is one of our favourites in town. On the corner of a thoroughfare of the South Lanes, next to Into You Tattoo parlour, a doorway leads to all sorts of Scandi pleasures. This Read More

Plateau
Plateau

Located opposite one of Brighton’s most beautiful buildings, the Town Hall, you’ll find Plateau. First and foremost this place is a restaurant, but they won’t take badly to you rocking up and going straight for the bar, in fact they Read More

Pull and Pump
Pull and Pump

Why did the Mexican push his wife off the cliff? Tequila. If tequila is your poison of choice (or if it’s not) the Pull and Pump is the place for you. Bang smack in the city centre is where you’ll find this Read More

Riki Tik
Riki Tik

This reggae bar is Brighton’s take on the Caribbean. Expect loud tunes at any time of day, from Bob Marley to Collie Budz. With sunset coloured walls, fairy lights straight out of a street party and deals on drinks… this Read More

Sticky Mike's Frog Bar
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar

Sticky Mike’s is open very late almost every night of the week, and that makes it pretty damn useful to know about. There are other reasons we love it too. They have Slush Puppy cocktails, a mini sweet shop and Read More

The Bee's Mouth
The Bee's Mouth

If Mrs. Robinson had been born in the 90s and started a band this would be her boudoir! The Bees Mouth is a red light abundant, incense burning pleasure palace… in an understated Brighton kind of way. There’s a cracking selection Read More

The Black Dove
The Black Dove

Nestled in the heart of deepest, darkest Kemp Town is the dimly lit and appropriately named Black Dove. Cleverly disguised as a run-of-the-mill pub, it’s only on closer inspection that confirms this place is an absolute gem. A veil of Read More

The Black Horse
The Black Horse

Situated just across the road from Brighton’s Theatre Royal, this absolute gem of a pub is understandably a favourite of ‘theatrical types’ both actual and euphemistic. In fact, with its regular roster of cabaret and drag acts, The Black Horse Read More

The Cow
The Cow

Just out of town at Seven Dials you’ll find The Cow, a modern saloon offering a steady selection of craft beers, local ales and premium cocktails. There’s something for everyone here, even if it is a bit spenny. The cocktail menu Read More

The Craft Beer Company
The Craft Beer Company

These people take their beer as seriously as any sommelier we’ve ever met. It’s less pub, and more beer bar for anyone who gets excited about artisan handcrafted ales and barrel-aged brews. They’ve got over 200 bottles on the menu from Read More

The Great Eastern
The Great Eastern

At the bottom of the North Laines you’ll find The Great Eastern, an unassuming pub that looks like it’s been here for a few hundred years. It’s welcomingly cool in summer and cosy in winter, with a totally Dickensian feel Read More

The Green Door Store
The Green Door Store

Located directly under Brighton train station, this is the stop for cheap booze, good tunes, live music and late nights. With a 24-hour licence, you can drink until the sun comes up most nights of the week, though they’ll often Read More

The Green Muse
The Green Muse

Opened in April 2013, The Green Muse is a small, dimly lit day and late night absinthe bar just off the North Laines. Filling a gap in the artsy market, this place is great for dates, pre-drinking and late night Read More

The Paris House
The Paris House

As the name suggests this place has a kinda Parisian air about it. Plonked on a corner of Western Road it’s in an impressive building that’s strikingly different to others on the street, so Français. Inviting and quaint and sporting un Read More

The Saint James
The Saint James

The chalkboard outside reads, ‘money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy you rum’ a bold statement worth making your own mind up about. From the outside this place looks like an ordinary pub, but don’t be fooled, there’re over Read More

Twisted Lemon
Twisted Lemon

Weave your way down a small alleyway and find this tiny no frills cocktail bar behind a humble looking shop. This place has banging drinks deals so naturally it attracts the hot young things of Brighton’s student scene, but don’t Read More

Yum Yum Ninja
Yum Yum Ninja

Yum Yum Ninja is tucked away on the South Lanes and easy to miss, so they slapped a big garish sign and light box menu on the outside, which isn’t our style, but persevere! Head through the courtyard, strung with Read More