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Bars in Brighton: things to know before you go

Whether you fancy sipping a cocktail or two on the seafront, a boogie in one of Brighton’s mega clubs or getting cosy with a pint in front of an open fire – check out this handy guide to bars in the cool seaside town to find some fantastic nights out near you.

Where can I get great cocktails in Brighton?

Whether you’re on an all-day session or squeezing one in before you head out for dinner, grab a drink at Brighton’s best cocktail bars. These two are well worth checking out:

  • Mungo’s Bar is a firm favourite among locals, and it carries a five-star rating on Groupon. Alongside expertly-mixed cocktails you’ll find food and dancing in an easy-going, chilled atmosphere. It even hosts cocktail masterclasses where you can learn to mix your own concoctions and frequently offers some of the best bar deals in the city.
  • Clarry’s is a little further out of town in Sittingbourne and serves up delicious cocktails in its bar as well as locally sourced grub in its restaurant.

What are the best bars in Brighton for over 30s?

If you’re no longer part of the 18-30 crowd, there are some glorious bars in Brighton for the (slightly) older drinker. Check out these top watering holes if you want a nice sophisticated tipple without having to keep up with the youngsters.

  • Brighton Rocks - sitting in the heart of eclectic Kemptown, this place will serve you well for craft beers, cocktails and spirits - the Holy Trinity for over-30s drinkers. Ideal for those early evening catch-ups that become gossipy late nights out.
  • Bar Valentino - hidden away next to the Theatre Royal, here you can sit on a cosy terrace and while the night away with the best cosmopolitans in town. Perfect for couples and small groups.
  • Lion and Lobster - one of Brighton’s traditional boozers, which serves fantastic food and the best ales in the area. You’ll want to head here in the summer to make the best use of its vast outdoor beer garden.

Where in Brighton can I do karaoke?

Brighton’s buzzing music scene means there’s ample places to try your hand at karaoke. Prepare to sing your heart out at:

  • Slam – a hands-down favourite. It offers private rooms for you to blast out the ballads in and serves cocktails by the jug-load. Perfect for stag and hen parties, a spot of team-building or just belting out some classics.
  • Lucky Voice Brighton – another popular haunt for wannabe X Factor contestants, ideal for knocking out those booze-fuelled ballads.

What beers can I find in Brighton?

Craft beer is beer that traditionally brewed by microbreweries in small batches. Many bars in Brighton serve myriad craft beers from the pumps.

According to the American Brewers Guild, to meet the definition of ‘craft’ brewery, the maker has to be:

  • Small – producing no more than six million barrels of beer
  • Independent – no more than 25% of the business owner by a non-brewing business
  • Traditional – adopting traditional brewing practices, not adding rice or corn

We’ve explored the definition of craft beer a little more in this article.