Party season is in full swing and we love nothing more than a tasty cocktail in a bar with packed with atmosphere, here are a few of our favourites:
Mesmerist: a dapper looking lounge bar in the South Lanes for the stylish and sophisticated. The bar has three floors of individually styled rooms, including newly refurbished ‘The flipside’ 70’s themed cocktail bar on the first floor. Live bands and DJs play most weekend nights on the ground floor if you fancy a boogie. The mesmerist also serves great food including a Sunday roast or a bottomless brunch every Saturday for £20. Although this is a stylish bar, most people dress casually.
No 32: a stylish bar/restaurant serving Asian infused dishes and some of the finest steaks in Brighton. The restaurant is open all day serving food until 9pm, after which, on Fridays and Saturdays, the bar turns into a club. Friday nights host URBN playing Hip-Hop and R&B then Saturday nights host Studio 32 playing everything from R&B and Hip-Hop to commercial dance and house. No 32 is a more mature and stylish scene, so dress to impress.
Twisted Lemon: Hidden in the South Lanes, the Twisted Lemon is a tranquil cocktail bar serving a large range of beers, wines, spirits plus delicious Spanish tapas and of course cocktails! The hidden bar has a rustic courtyard and quirky feel, definitely somewhere to go if you are looking for somewhere a bit different. The lemon is very casual and a great place to get away from the buzz of the city whilst enjoying some of the best cocktails in Brighton.
The Walrus: an adventure in its own right. Located on Ship Street, the large establishment holds a labyrinth of cosy and eclectically decorated rooms. The first floor is cosy and intimate, with booths and an open fire. If you wander upstairs there is a two-storey roof garden decorated with plants and fairy lights. Downstairs in the underbelly there is a music venue with live bands or a DJ. The Walrus is a local favourite with a mixed crowd and a very casual feel.
The Black Lion: The Black Lion is one of Brighton’s busiest venues every night of the week and being right in the middle of the South Lanes the pub is a city favourite. In the day/early evening the pub serves delicious seasonal and traditional pub food. Funk and Blues bands play early in the week, and then at the weekend the brief for the DJ is to ‘keep ‘em smiling and keep ‘em dancing’ playing all types of music all night long. The Black Lion has a true Brighton feel and attracts all age groups, don’t forget to try the photo booth!
East Street Tap: a smaller establishment a stone’s throw away from the beach. If you are looking to soak up some proper Brighton atmosphere this is the place to be. Serving carefully selected delicious local and international beer, local spirits and non-alcoholic drinks. The bar has a DJ and live bands playing alternative sounds every weekend. A well-loved hipster hotspot.
Be at One: a cocktail bar at the bottom of North Street, serving a variety of different cocktails with a lively crowd and DJ every weekend. Two for one happy hour and entertainment from the bar staff is not to be missed. Be at One attracts a more mature crowd. Dressing up for this bar is definitely recommended.
Charles Street Tap: Home of award-winning cabaret, craft beers and incredible gins – right in the heart of Kemp Town, Brighton’s famous LGBTQ+ village. The bar holds some of the best drag queen cabaret acts in the city and a great food menu in the day. Dress how you wish.
The North Laine Brewhouse: They claim to be the king pub of Brighton, with their own brewery right on site, you can be among the first to taste their experimental brews. If you have an interest in how the beer is made, they offer a brewery experience day (get ready to get your hands dirty and make some brews, breakfast, lunch and beer included) or if you’re looking for something shorter they offer a guided beer tasting session for an hour. They also have events on most evenings and an exciting bottomless brunch including lots of samosas and a performance from the sensational drag prince, Alfie Ordinary!
Prices: Bottomless brunch – £27.50. Brewery experience day – £85pp. Brewery tour + guided tasting – £20pp. Guided beer tasting session – £10pp
Legends Hotel: The UK’s No.1 Gay friendly hotel. The establishment has a bar, terrace and basement club; a unique, sexy and gorgeous subterranean nightclub with some of Europe’s best DJ’s playing. Every Friday night they host Brighton’s favourite cabaret act ‘The Brighton Belles’ from 9:30pm
Wherever you are heading out, make sure you have a place to crash – or carry on the party. The Beach House Hove is Brighton’s largest party house sleeping up to 33, and right on the seafront. Conveniently located for all the bars, clubs and restaurants, so get yourself booked in for 2020!