The Great Eastern
Christened after Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s many storied behemoth the SS Great Eastern, Brighton’s version is as cozy and dishevelled as a first mate’s cabin and just as well stocked. The Great Eastern, capping the busy North Laine is afloat with a range of American whiskies surpassing triple digits. But if you’re not in the spirit, the selection of craft beer’s not bad either – and the bar staff, or ‘Whiskey Preachers’ are always knowledgeable (and in some cases, rhapsodic) about their wares. Catch live swamp and blues music – or the DJs from The Big Itch – in the week.