Best Pubs in Brighton
Taking the lads down to the sunny south coast for a stag do in Brighton? Then check out the best pubs in Brighton we’ve listed below and discover everything from traditional English boozers to contemporary modern bars!
This city is known for its sandy beaches and awesome weather, but what it should also be recognised for is its nightlife! Take a look at the 15 best pubs in Brighton and find the perfect drinking hotspot for you and the lads to enjoy.
1. The Walrus
Less than a couple minutes’ walk away from the seafront, The Walrus is a modern and beautifully decorated pub towards the bottom of Ship Street, one of Brighton’s iconic Lanes. Spread out over two floors, the ground has a warm, cosy atmosphere that serves as the perfect backdrop to enjoying a tasty pint or two. The upper floor features a contemporary restaurant that’s fantastic for Sunday lunches. If you happen to pass by at night, then make your way to The Underbelly, the bar’s club venue. No matter what time of the day it is, there’s always something exciting going on at this awesome hotspot.
2. Brighton Bierhaus
Brighton’s original craft brewery, Brighton Bier, operates this stylish and modern taproom that showcases some of the best locally-sourced beers in the city. Located just a stones’ throw from the Old Steine and the Royal Pavilion, this venue is open from midday ‘til midnight every day of the week, so there’s never a bad time to stop by for a few pints! It also specialises in serving up German hotdogs and tasty pizzas alongside its original beer. Whether you’re after a spot of lunch or somewhere to kick off your big night out, taking a trip to Brighton Bierhaus is totally worth it. We also have a list of some of the best breakfasts in Brighton.
3. The Mesmerist
Right at the heart of Brighton’s Lanes is The Mesmerist, an art deco-inspired venue that’s both warm and welcoming. The inside is sophistically designed, coming across as more stylish than stuck-up! When it comes to food and drink, this place does a fantastic job too. Sourcing their ingredients locally, this establishment has everything from local favourites to pub grub classics, along with a brilliant selection of cocktails and beers to keep you happy! Check out all the amazing things to do in Brighton.
4. The Cricketers
Dating back as far as 1547 and considered to be the oldest pub in the city, The Cricketers Brighton is a fantastic Victorian pub that oozes history and charm… perfect if you’re looking for that authentic traditional English pub experience. Located at the heart of Brighton’s Lanes, the inside of this drinking hotspot is vibrant and busy, packed full of Victorian relics. As well as a hearty list of great beers, ales and spirits, this pub also has some local brews on tap for you to sample. For any history buffs out there… you’ll be surprised to know that one of the pub’s most infamous guests was none other than Jack the Ripper!
5. Druids Head
Another traditional inn-style boozer, the Druids Head dates back to the 16th century and is a well-loved hotspot for locals and visitors alike. The inside is cosy and welcoming, with comfy seating throughout and an awesome selection of beer, wine and ciders on offer. Being such an old building, it’s also rumoured to be haunted… so keep your ears open and eyes peeled if you happen to stop by here for a drink or two! After these pubs make sure you head to a few of the best bars in Brighton.
6. The Basketmakers
Named after the historic basketmaking area of the city where this pub is located, Basketmakers Brighton is an independently-owned pub that’s both traditional and up-to-date. Serving pub grub classics and comfort food alongside Fuller’s beers, both cask and guest, this pub has been known for having the “Best Value Pub Food in the UK”. Not only that, but with 100 different kinds of spirits behind the bar to tickle your fancy, what’s not to love? Here are all of the best hotels in Brighton for you to consider for your weekend.
7. Regency Tavern
A glitzy and glamourous venue that’s loved by locals and tourists throughout the year, the Regency Tavern Brighton dates back to 1830 and reflects the pompous and lavish atmosphere of the city at that time. The interior will take you back through the centuries as you enjoy one of the bar’s cask ales, international beers or a fantastic wine from anywhere in the world. The food menu is also one to be rivalled! With anything from traditional pub grub to a classic Sunday roast, you’ll find it hard to fault this hotspot. Check out some of the best pubs in Newcastle if you want to head up North.
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8. The Fiddlers Elbow
Sometimes, you just can’t beat a good ol’ Irish pub! If that’s the experience you’re looking for, then pay a visit to Fiddlers Elbow Brighton. Situated just a short walk from the seafront, this traditional Irish boozer sits right on the edge of Brighton’s nightlife area. This makes it a great starting point for a night out in Brighton, especially if you’re looking to explore the pubs before hitting the clubs! Before you ask… yes, this pub does serve Guinness, but also has a range of other weird & wonderful brews for you to try from international pale ales to well-known English classics.
9. The Bath Arms
Dating back to 1864, Bath Arms Brighton is a stunning and historical pub right at the centre of Brighton’s Lanes area, the oldest of all the pubs in the district! The classy and stylish traditional décor inside will make you feel right at home almost straight away as you get sat down. Not only does the bar serve a range of classic English beers & ales, but they also offer a brilliant range of local pints from around the south coast and beyond. Alongside a reasonably priced pub grub menu, what more could you possibly ask for? Here are some of the best pubs in Glasgow.
10. Ye Olde King & Queen
Known for being the largest pub in Brighton in terms of size, Ye Old King & Queen Brighton really takes you back through the centuries with its wooden beam interior and stylish décor in the Tudor style. The building dates as far back as 1779 and was named in honour of King George III and Queen Charlotte. King and Queen Brighton is now a massively popular hotspot for those looking for great live sports screens, but its spacious and social atmosphere makes it a great place to start your night out!
11. The Victory
Another fantastic pub in the Lanes area of Brighton, The Victory Brighton is also a long-standing city pub that’s known for being one of the oldest still in operation with records dating back as far as 1766. Just a short walk from almost every major landmark in the city centre, this is the ideal location to stop off at if you’re out and about exploring the heart of Brighton. With a striking green exterior, this pub is hard to miss if you happen to be passing by! As you would expect, the bar has all the traditional English ales you know and love, as well as some local guest ales worth trying if you want to sample some locally brewed beer.
12. The Hope & Ruin
A vibrant and exciting live music venue and pub on the bustling Queens Road, Hope and Ruin Brighton has an electric atmosphere almost every night of the week, so there’s never a bad time to pay a visit. If ethical food and drink is important to you, then you’re in luck with this place, as both of their entire food & drink menus are 100% plant based! This quirky hotspot is popular with Brighton’s young crowd and always has something to offer locals and tourists alike. Check out some of the best pubs in Belfast if you are looking for somewhere a little different.
13. Inn on the Square
If you’ve spent the day shopping in the nearby Churchill Square, then it would only make sense to swing by The Western Brighton for a drink or two! This self-styled taphouse is a haven for craft beer lovers and those who enjoy a minimal yet warm atmosphere inside. With craft beers ranging from the weird to the wonderful, the bar also has a fantastic variety of wines and spirits on offer too. The food is also worth shouting about with delicious small plates that take inspiration from all over the world, just like Brighton itself!
14. Royal Sovereign
Take yourselves back through time at Royal Sovereign Brighton as you take in the cosy & welcoming vintage atmosphere that this pub does so well! With a roaring open fire and traditional décor & seating throughout, this is a fantastic place to enjoy a few chilled out drinks or a hearty Sunday lunch! As you would expect, you’ll find an epic range of cask, guest and locally brewed beers & ales to try out alongside a wide variety of spirits and wines too.
15. The Earth & Stars
A pub that’s been a Brighton favourite since 1881, Earth & Stars Brighton is a quaint yet cosy drinking hotspot just north of the bustling city centre, whist remaining just a stones’ throw away from all the action. The pub’s décor features stripped back wooden floors, tables and exposed brick walls, giving the place a warm atmosphere. Their food is locally sourced and ethical, so if you fancy getting sat down for some delicious pub grub with your drinks then there’s plenty on offer for you to choose from!
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