Bars in Brighton
|| Whether you fancy an
evening sipping cocktails in a swanky bar, a pint of ale in a traditional
old man’s pub or a chilled glass of chardonnay while watching
the sunset on the horizon, Brighton has a bar to suit your desires.
If you’re planning on a pub crawl before heading to one of the
city’s top nightclubs, then most pre-club drinking goes on along
the seafront or in the plush Lanes area of town.
Set under the King’s Road Arches right next to the beach you’ll
find the Gemini Beach Bar [map],
a firm favourite among the 20-something crowd that congregates in
Brighton each weekend.
Over in The Lanes area, which is a maze of quaint little streets,
there are plenty of funky bars and some traditional pubs where you
can kick off your night out. One of the most popular here is Sumo
on Middle Street with its futuristic decor, cool DJs and garage music.
On the ground floor there’s an Internet cafe with 12 computers
and two Playstations, but most of the action goes on upstairs where
the young beautiful people hang out.
Also on Middle Street is The Squid [map],
one of the first bars to be opened by the renowned C-Side chain. Here
the décor is minimalist and modern making the place a hit with
a late 20s, early 30s crowd. You can down flavoured schnapps or try
specials like Red and Absolut Vodka during various happy hours. Free
passes to the Zap Club are also up for grabs.
C-Side promotions also own the centrally located Shark Bar [map],
which is two minutes from the main shopping centre on West Street.
This large pre-club bar for the young is awash with silver bar stools,
huge paper chandeliers, funky shark pictures, and there is even a
cocktail bar downstairs.
Back in The Lanes district is The Prodigal [map]
on East Street near Brighton Pier, which attracts a mixed crowd
of students and young professionals. Along with a good wine list and
a selection of popular draught beers, the bar also has a substantial
food menu and rustles up a good brunch at weekends.
If it’s a lively traditional pub you’re after then the
Cricketers Inn [map]
on Black Lion Street attracts a good mix of locals and visitors. As
you walk inside the first thing you’ll notice is the colour
– it has red walls, carpets, and furniture – and then
there’s the décor of pictures on the ceiling, stag heads
on the walls and chamber pots hanging off the beams.
Another popular old-fashioned pub is the Black Horse [map]
in the North Laine district, which has a lively mix of entertainment,
including jam sessions and up-and-coming bands. There are also plenty
of real ales on tap as well as a splendid wine cellar with superior
red and white wines sold by the glass.
For a trendy hangout try the Bamboo Bar [map]
on Kensington Gardens, a lovely bar/restaurant with a balcony overlooking
North Laine. Live DJs play a mix of reggae, funk and hip hop on different
nights of the week making this a fun bar to start the night.
Situated on nearby Gardner Street, Curve [map]
is great for an afternoon café latte, a meal in the evening
or a glass of wine to get your evening started. In the summer the
front opens up so you can sit back, relax and watch the world go by.
If it’s loud music you’re after then head to the painfully
cool Riki Tik [map]
bar on Bond Street, which is hugely popular with the young pre-clubbing
crowd. Decorated in orange, purple and silver, this place offers funky
soul and hip hop grooves, a decent food menu and plenty of wines and
beers. But it’s really the cocktails that people come here for
so you shouldn't leave here without trying one.
Take a short walk along the seafront and you’ll arrive at Hove,
which merged with Brighton town to become the City of Brighton. Here
you’ll also find an array of pubs and plush café-bars
including Bar Med [map],
which is popular with daytime drinkers, after work tipplers and night
Bar Lion D’or [map]
on George Street in Hove is also a regular hangout for shoppers and
partygoers due to its cool leopard print carpet, funky seats and dark
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