Pubs and Bars in Brighton and Hove

Whether its pre-show drinks or cocktail hour, wine bar chic or real ale revelry, if you visited a Brighton pub every day for a year, you'd still have some Brighton pubs to spare. Vibrant and trendy, laid back and cosy, there are some great pubs and bars in Brighton and Hove. From the uber funky to the more traditional, bars and pubs in Brighton are bursting with designer décor, fine wines, real ales, hearty pub food and live music.

So whether you're looking for a quick drink with friends before hitting a club, a relaxed Sunday Brighton pub lunch, some traditional Sussex real ale, or a bottle of wine and a good old pub quiz, Brighton pubs and bars thread their way seamlessly around all areas of the city.

Of the numerous seafront drinking dens with the beach as their beer garden, the ship-shaped Fortune of War is the ancient mariner of Brighton pubs. Around since 1882, it has porthole windows, creaking timbers and, we wouldn’t be surprised, the odd barnacle in its toilets. New next door is the Tempest Inn, occupying a warren of man-made caves lit by flickering lanterns and decorated with mock-prehistoric wall art. Their programming is pleasingly kooky, too: Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton has used it as a resonance chamber.

The Caxton Arms

The Caxton Arms - Brighton

The pub you never knew was there in a road you never knew existed! Cosy, welcoming backstreet pub. Friendly staff. Loads of board games. Loads of Lego.
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Black Dove Brighton

Black Dove Brighton

Quenching those tired vocal chords or worn out limbs in an eclectic and comfortable surrounding. The stereo plays a healthy rotation of be-bop, vintage ska, cool jazz, delta blues, 30s/40s/50s vocal greats and contemporary beat music to whet your whistle.

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Hare & Hounds

Hare & Hounds

You can see why the newly refitted Hare & Hounds on London Road is making waves in Brighton’s pub scene as soon as you walk through the doors. The Meantime tank stands proud at the entrance, tempting you to try the brewery fresh, unfiltered beer straight from the tank to your glass. The Hare & Hounds team keep their key kegs changing every week so you’ll always be spoilt for choice.
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