Located on the southern coast of England, Brighton is a delightful coastal resort to which thousands of people from around the world consistently flock to enjoy all the sights, attractions and the wonderful nightlife this paradise has to offer. A part of the ceremonial county of East Sussex, within the historic county of Sussex, Brighton is a very popular destination for tourists, famous for its diverse neighborhoods, quaint communities, peculiar shopping areas, a large cultural, music and arts scene and a countless number of enjoyable bars, taverns, pubs and lounges.
In the following article we will highlight some of the best bars in Brighton—known as Britain’s “hippest city”—and provide a comprehensive description of each of these drinking establishments, including their characteristics, clientele and the many reasons for their popularity among both locals and visiting tourists.
For a taste of modern France within the English city of Brighton, you can’t beat the bar and restaurant known as Plateau, located in the Bartholomew section of town. The big brother to the city’s much more casual Mange Tout bar, Plateau is a striking and very well-loved space—a destination in which you can have a great supper and cocktails in the same venue.
Plateau boasts a very open and bright locale, with white walls and ceilings, shining lights and a quaint cocktail area that consists of a black and white tiled bar and beautiful stained glass windows that emit a warm and welcoming glow. Their superb cocktail menu includes their very own Chrysanthemum, a delectable aperitif consisting of absinthe, Benedictine and dry vermouth; their foamy Slow Gin Fizz and a traditional Mary Pickford that is very popular among the local drinkers. Also on tap is a wide range of sparkling wines from throughout Europe, and a limited number of local draught beers. In terms of food, you can’t beat Plateau’s steak sausages and tasty pork belly options.
Situated within Brighton’s Lanes community, Bohemia is a large and rather popular bar that is housed in a historic and very appealing 19th century structure. As you make your way into this grand drinking establishment, the first thing you will probably notice is the quaint furnishings, with items reclaimed from the city’s renowned West Pier, giving the bar an old world feel that is very cozy and comfortable. Bohemia is divided into several different zones or areas. The Grand Café, which occupies much of the downstairs portion of this destination, serves a full menu of lunch and supper favorites, as well as a great selection of traditional British Happy Hour snacks. Also on the ground floor is Bohemia’s Late Lounge, a warm space that stays open until the wee hours of the night on Fridays and Saturdays. The Late Lounge boasts a fully stocked bar and a great assortment of local brews, and the weekend nights are filled with DJ-supplied music and dancing.
Bohemia is a lush restaurant and lounge, with a sparkling bar area, fake crocodile skin booths and shiny trinkets lining the walls. Guests that prefer an outdoor experience can head to the Rooftop Garden or the second-floor terrace that looks out onto the bustling city streets below. Some of the bar’s signature cocktails include their White Delight, a frothy mixture of Malibu coconut rum, Chambord and Frangelico, shaken briskly with cream and dusted with a small layer of cinnamon; the Lavender Cobbler, an aromatic combination of Beefeater Gin, pear liqueur, St. Germain Liqueur, lemon juice, cucumber and white wine; and their famous Brighton Fizz, made with blood orange liqueur, Aperol, pink grapefruit juice, and a generous splash of Prosecco. Also on the cocktail menu are a number of “molecular cocktail” choices, including the Bohemia Chocolate Martini, made with Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Mozart dark chocolate liqueurs, bitter cherry liquor and chocolate bitters with a white foam.
Bohemia is open seven days a week, with hours varying depending on the day of the week.
Oxygen is perhaps the most popular bar in all of Brighton—and for good reason. The chic lounge boasts a super-long bar that seems to stretch out forever, and dark red and green Chesterfields throughout. The bar is very popular among the young Brighton working class and students from the nearby university, who pack this space on Friday and Saturday nights to let off steam from a long week of work and studies.
Beer and dark ales are both very popular orders at Oxygen, but the real money is made on the bar’s impressive menu of shots—42 selections in total—which include rather intimidating names like the Squashed Frog and Head Banger. Sunday mornings the bar offers a great Bloody Mary to get the blood pumping after a long weekend, and the Mojito is a favorite among the younger set.
Oxygen, which is located on West Street in Brighton’s Hove neighborhood, is open seven days a week.
Located at 83 St. Georges Road in Brighton, the Proud Cabaret is a wonderful drinking (and dining) establishment situated in what once was the renowned Hanbury Ballroom. The Proud Cabaret is owned by the same team that runs the many “Proud” venues in London, a team that has transformed this historic space into an entertaining supper club with a glitzy, retro feel.
If you enjoy a good show with your after-dinner cocktails, the Proud Cabaret is the place to be. The club regularly hosts a diverse program of burlesque, cabaret, and live music, making it a great place for a date night or an entertaining night out with friends in the magnificent city of Brighton.
The Proud Cabaret boasts a full dinner menu and a fully stocked bar, but the lounge’s real claim to fame is its entertainment and atmosphere. With a full schedule of theme nights and live performances, you will always find something different and unique at this opulent bar. Inside the space, the atmosphere/vibe is highlighted by scarlet booths, a massive stage area and sturdy oaken tables and chairs arranged cabaret style around the stage. The club is the type of place for which you will want to get dressed to the nines, and a marvelous locale for an extended date of tasty food, refreshing cocktails and world-class entertainment.
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