Brighton's best pubs, bars and cafes
Here are just a few places that encapsulate that iconic Brighton vibe while serving up a killer drink or meal, too.
The Mesmerist, a favorite on the Brighton pub scene, is popular among locals as a place to grab a casual bite, have a pint or sip an innovative cocktail. The vintage vibes and retro decoration perfectly reflect Brighton‘s status as the capital of cool. Cocktails include original takes on classics such as the humble Mojito, as well as more creative endeavours such as a Basil Fawlty (Gin Mare, lemon, sugar, basil).
This trendy independent coffee shop and cafe serves up fantastic cakes, breakfasts and pastries, as well as a seriously good brew. All the food is made with fresh, local produce and if you don’t fancy something sweet then the hand-crafted burgers and delicious salads are the perfect choice for you.
The Lion and Lobster
The Lion and Lobster is a famed Brighton hangout. While ostensibly a simple British pub, its incredible selection of drinks, restaurant quality food and numerous hidden nooks and terraces make it a real gem of a place for a casual drink, quick lunch or sit down dinner. `
This trendy eatery housed in a converted bus garage serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a setting that is Brighton personified. While Bills has branched out to other locations, the original still exudes its own particular charm, with excellent seasonal menus, a great drinks selection and fabulous staff.
Tucked away behind a nondescript shopfront is Brighton‘s only BYOB cocktail bar. Bring along a bottle or two, of your favorite spirit and the expert mixologists will create something special for you. The haphazard vintage decor echoes Brighton‘s relaxed approach to life and the BYOB policy keeps the price tag down too.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2013, La Choza has quickly become a Brighton staple. Its Mexican street food, mainly burritos and tacos, has become the stuff of legend among local residents. They also serve up a mean Margarita to accompany their incredible dishes.
OhSo‘s beachfront location makes getting a table at this pub and restaurant quite a challenge in the summer months – once you have a seat, under no circumstances let it go. Instead, give in to spending the day sipping on cold craft beer or chilled white wine with the glorious Sussex coastline as your backdrop.
Hotel Du Vin
This sophisticated restaurant, bar and pub is the perfect place to treat yourself to a pre-dinner cocktail or post-dinner glass of champagne. The outdoor terrace at Hotel Du Vin is a fabulous sun trap in the warmer months and it’s the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion. Despite the refined setting, the staff and ambiance are wonderfully laid back in the way that only residents of Brighton can be.
This city center pub has a distinctly neighbourhood feel and the daily after work happy hours never fail to disappoint. It is best visited in the winter when the open fire is lit and you can snuggle up on a cozy sofa with a glass of inky red wine.
From trendy hangouts to cozy pubs, Brighton‘s ethereal charm will follow you wherever you go.