Brighton is known as a place to party, and appeals to the younger crowds, thanks to the range of pub and clubs. However, there are things to do and places to go for all ages in Brighton when it comes to nightlife in the town. The town has even attracted big names in showbiz such as Boy George and Fatboy Slim. Whether you’re looking for pubs, clubs or theatre performances, or just strolling along the fantastic seafront, Brighton is a town that is constantly on the go. Join me as I take you through some of Brighton’s best nightclub and nightlife.
Take a mini pub crawl around Brighton
If you are looking for excellent beer, you will want to stop in for a drink at the Lion and Lobster. Standing at the heart of Brighton’s nightlife, this pub is spread over three floors. You’ll find a bar, restaurant and a terrace in this unique building which is full of nooks and crannies to sit down with friends for a catch up and a good drink.
Alternatively, you can visit The Black Dove. This laid-back drinking establishment has quirky décor, serves quality beers and ciders and is just a stone’s throw from us here at New Steine.
Also close by is The Saint James, which has a large rum selection, or why not try out the unique environment of the Tempest Inn, located on the Seafront Promenade, with its tables placed in underground tunnels in the famous Arches. At night during the summer, you can sit on the terrace and watch the sea lap on the shore with a good drink in hand.
I should also mention the Mesmerist in the Lanes. This pub has two floors, four bars and a roof terrace. It’s a terrific hangout to catch some live music.
Sampling the cocktails in Brighton
I do love a great cocktail – not just the drinking but the pure skill of the staff as they throw, flip and shake to create some amazing concoctions.
No.32, in the Brighton Lanes, is a restaurant and bar during the week, but transforms into more of a nightclub on Fridays and Saturdays. Local DJs spin the tunes and the club is open till 3.00 am Fridays and Saturdays.
Also in The Lanes, head over to Bohemia. This restaurant and bar features a Late Lounge and rooftop terrace and offers live music. You can pick from an extensive cocktail menu that includes drinks such as the Champagne Super Nova or the Rock and Rhubarb, to name a few. Bohemia is a terrific place to hang out and caters more for a 25+ audience.
Within walking distance of the hotel is the Plotting Parlour, a speakeasy-style bar. The bar has achieved accolades such as Brighton’s ‘Best Cocktail Bar’ in the Brighton and Hove Food Festival Awards and is a hit with the locals. The bar only does table service, so you can just relax rather than have to queue up at the bar.
And if it’s a bit of sophistication you are looking for, why not drop into the Pub du Vin, next to the Hotel du Vin. This friendly little pub serves creative and classic cocktails and has an extensive wine list.
See a show
Nightlife in Brighton isn’t just all eating and drinking. Thanks to Brighton’s variety of theatres, exhibition halls and convention halls, you can see a show, go to comedy nights, watch orchestras perform or catch a big name on tour.
Top of the list is the Komedia. Late night stand up shows are the best option – with a fully stocked bar, a generous menu and headline acts year round, you’re in for a side-splittingly funny night out.
How about a bit of cabaret? Try Proud Cabaret, only a 10 minute walk from the hotel. This cabaret club located in the heart of Kemptown describes itself as ‘exclusivity and intimacy in a self-contained space’ and hosts a variety of acts. Here you’ll see amazing burlesques that nod back to the classic days of burlesque, and the evening ends with a late night dance on the dance floor.
Clubbing in Brighton
Every night in Brighton has something to delight the clubbing enthusiasts. The main club venue for the younger adults is PRYZM Brighton. The club has three different club rooms, featuring hits from yesteryear, urban sounds and festival-style theme. The atmosphere in the club is electric, although be prepared to pay high prices at the bar.
You can also head to the seafront promenade, where there are large clubs but also alternative music and intimate venues. One such club is The Arch. This club has made it a mission to restore Brighton’s nightlife as the centre of the south’s underground movement and is a trendy hangout.
Just a few minutes’ walk from the New Steine is the Concorde 2. The club attracts big names and has hosted some fantastic gigs on its act nights.
For a late night bar and superb music, another option is the Latest Music Bar. The bar has hosted live performances by the late Amy Winehouse and jazz greats, including Herbie Flowers. The bar is close to the New Steine.
Of course, if you feel like staying at the hotel, you can always enjoy a tipple at the New Steine.
POST WRITTEN BY HERVÉ GUYAT – PROPRIETOR
THE NEW STEINE HOTEL, BAR AND BISTRO & GULLIVERS HOTEL