The 10 Best Bars On Brighton's Seafront, England

The Fortune of War| © Simon Carey/Creative Commons
The Fortune of War| © Simon Carey/Creative Commons
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9 February 2017

Brighton, a popular student city, is also a famous summer destination. Situated on the southern limits of East Sussex, the city offers one of the most famous pebble coastlines in England and the UK. Brighton’s seafront mainly thrives during the summer period but its numerous bars are open all year round for tourists and locals who wish to enjoy a drink. Here are ten of the best.

Fortune of War

Pub, Beer, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$
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Fortune Of War
Fortune Of War | © Steve Purkiss/Flickr
The presence of Fortune of War is almost stubborn. Having opened its doors back in 1882, it remains the oldest and most authentic pub by Brighton’s seafront. The terrace at the front of the bar is ideal for relaxing on whilst enjoying a large beer on a summer evening. Live concerts and DJs are constantly organized and booked at the Fortune of War, making it a local favourite.

Riki Tik

The sound of reggae and ska music will greet you when you walk in to Riki Tik Beach Bar. Caribbean cuisine and 80 different types of rum are served in this laid-back beach bar, making it feel like summer all year long. Riki Tik usually hosts different DJs that can be easily found through their social media channels.
169-170 King’s Road, Brighton, Sussex, UK, +44 1273 725 541

Ohso Social

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, British, Wine, Beer, Asian, $$$
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Located at the end of the Lanes, Ohso Social offers a well-placed terrace, which is heated on cold days. Outdoor seating allows visitors to enjoy the sea view and Brighton’s pier – the famous icon of the city. During the daytime, it is usually an attractive stop for families, while at night, it transforms into a lively bar, usually attracting a young audience.


A saloon with an inner courtyard, Neighbourhood is located on Saint James Street, just a few steps away from the city’s seafront. The decor is quite memorable as it combines an eclectic mix of antiques and colorful modern furniture, while the walls and ceiling are covered with multiple graffiti paintings. Neighbourhood offers both food and drink options all day long and supports the independent local music scene by hosting live gigs in its basement. When the weather allows it, films nights are hosted on its patio.
101 Saint James Street, Brighton, Sussex, UK, +44 1273 673 891

Doctor Brighton’s

Pub, Gay Bar, Beer, European, 0
Doctor Brigthon's
Doctor Brigthon's | Courtesy of Doctor Brighton's
Doctor Brighton’s is one of the oldest establishments on the city’s seafront, a treasured secret among locals, and a traditional pub in every sense. During winter days, customers nestle in the warm interior, playing pool games, enjoying cheap cocktails during happy hours, or just relaxing on the large sofas. The staff are well-known for their hospitality and willingness to accommodate customers’ needs.

The Mesmerist

Bar, Pub, Cocktails, Pub Grub, British, $$$
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With wooden floors, green leather sofas on the sides and a long bar table, The Mesmerist has a vintage atmosphere. In an attempt to revive the music and style of the late 30s, The Mesmerist often hosts live gigs throughout the week and a resident DJ plays vintage classics during the weekends. Drink prices are reasonable with the establishment offering a small but selective, cocktail list.

JB's American Diner

Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
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JB’s American Diner, as its name indicates, is a classic diner that can also be found in the States. With black and white chessboard tiles covering the floor, red low chairs and tables and Elvis Presley pictures lining the walls, the venue appears to be straight out of a movie scene. JB’s American Diner is mainly famous for their burgers and buffalo wings, but customers also stop by for a drink due to its exceptionally affordable prices.

Volks Bar & Club

Bar, Nightclub, Beer, $$$
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Les Grys-Grys at the Volks Bar
Les Grys-Grys at the Volks Bar | © John Shepherd/Flickr
Volks Bar isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it embodies the spirit of Brighton’s local music scene with electronic, drum ‘n’ bass, reggae, ska, jungle, and punk music. It’s seen as a very unpretentious, down-to-earth, gritty club with fantastic live music and bands. The music itself is the main focal point of this bar, which has an outside terrace for drinks during the day, and turns into a lively underground club at night. Volks brings together the best of both worlds; the tranquility of the seafront and the loud, vibrant atmosphere of the party downstairs.

Pitcher & Piano

Bar, Beer, British, Pub Grub, $$$
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One of the walls at this bar is laced with ivy whilst vintage and retro-style furniture is scattered around the rooms and views of the open sea can be enjoyed from the windows. With a touch of elegance and a sense of coziness, Pitcher & Piano is a classy but affordable option at Brighton’s seaside. During the weekends it can get quite busy due to its excellent location, the available outdoor seating and the delectable Sunday fare, but it’s worth visiting, even during peak hours.

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