Best of Brighton Pubs
Published: Friday 17th Jul 2015
Written by: Abi Radford
Whether you are a family looking for a friendly pub to stop at for lunch, a couple looking to relax over a glass of wine in the evening, or a group of friends that are looking to hit the town and party, Brighton has a wealth of pubs and bars that will suit your needs! With over 900 pubs in Brighton, there is so much choice and it can be difficult deciding which one to visit. This short guide will introduce you to some of the best pubs in the city!
Brighton has a rich history of pubs that dates back to the sixteenth century. Located in the popular South Laines area, The Cricketers claims to be the oldest pub in Brighton with its doors first opening in 1547! In 1800 there was one Inn to every 30 houses, each catering to the different needs of the fishing community, the local townspeople, or the rich visitors to Brighton. In the centuries since then, the local clientele of the pubs has changed and with it came the changes in décor and style of the public houses. Today, Brighton has an array of pubs ranging from the trendy bars to the more traditional local pubs.
The Lion and Lobster
The Lion and Lobster is hidden gem on Sillwood Street, a quiet road a short walk away from the centre of Brighton. Its traditional décor invites guests through the door and its layout of nooks and crannies and assortment of bits and pieces will certainly imprint on your memory! Aside from its legendary Sunday roasts that were voted in the top 3 for Brighton in 2014, the pub offers a range of tasty food that is prepared on site using locally sourced ingredients. With three floors to explore, including a hidden roof terrace with separate bar, this pub is certainly one of the best kept secrets in Brighton!
The North Laine
Continuing its heritage of brewing cask ale, The North Laine pub contains a state-of-the-art microbrewery which has produced 12 beers to date – making it a great pub for beer lovers! It is a stylish and welcoming pub which is full of large communal tables and eye catching sculptures and fixtures. Situated in the hub of town, The North Laine is a great choice for those looking for great food, great drink, and a great atmosphere!
Inspired by 1930s gin palaces and burlesque, this unique and quirky bar located in the centre of the South Laines is certainly not to be missed! With two floors of cubby hole tables, weird and wonderful artwork on the walls, and even a suit of armour, this place is definitely original! Supporting live music by a range of artists throughout the week and hosting a resident DJ every weekend, this is the pub to visit if you like to feel the beats of the music! Often there are a group of people boogying away on the dancefloor! With a large food menu, a range of cocktails, beers and wines on offer, and fantastic service, The Mesmerist will soon be on your list of favourite places in Brighton!
If it is burgers and cocktails that tickle your fancy then this relatively new chic bar is the place to go! Expect loud music, a psychedelic atmosphere, great food, and fun staff! Whilst this may not be the place for everyone, it has had brilliant reviews from many that have visited – I myself really enjoyed the atmosphere! Definitely worth a visit if this is your scene.
Of course, each pub is suited to the different tastes and needs of its clientele therefore it would be my recommendation to just try a few out! Situated on the Brighton seafront there are a host of pubs and bars where in the summer you can sit outside watching the world go by and listen to the live musicians that are often hosted there. One great example is The Fortune of War. Alternatively, if you want a warm, cosy, welcoming pub to visit in the winter months then choose The Font, Fiddler’s Elbow, or The Black Lion. Whichever pub in Brighton you choose to visit, you will be greeted by smiling, happy staff and are guaranteed a great time!
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