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Arcobaleno Brighton

Arcobaleno is an LGBTQ+ cafe and cocktail bar with a menu of Maltese influence food and live entertainment

Arcobaleno Brighton – ‘there’s no place like home’ 

Arcobaleno (Italian for Rainbow) is a Brighton restaurant, cocktail bar, entertainment venue and social hub in the heart of Kemptown. Taking over the former Old Bank Steakhouse, Arcobalano Brighton boasts a large, well-fortified Brighton bar, with booths and table seating where the stage is often the focus. Out the back is a secluded Brighton beer garden offering alfresco drinking and dining in the warmer months. And downstairs is their Rainbow Bar – a cocktail bar which is perfect for events.

exterior shot of Arcobaleno

Arcobaleno’s ethos and history

In 2020, mother and son team, Luciana and Nick, founded a community outreach group called Across Rainbows. Its aim is to address the growing mental health crisis affecting the LGBTQ+ community. In 2022 they realised their dream of opening up Arcobaleno Brighton, a physical venue to bring together the LGBTQ+ community and their allies in a safe and welcoming space. 

green corner of the bar with diner seating and plant wall

Brighton’s only Maltese-led restaurant

In creating a menu, the team behind Arcobaleno Brighton wanted something that was homely and feel good while also healthy. They turned to their native Maltese cuisine as it contains many elements that are familiar while also offering something new to experience. You can visit food brunch, lunch, dinner or a Sunday roast.

Plates of food laid out on a blue table with beer and wine.

What’s on the menu at Arcobaleno?

The food is centred around sharing, there’s a selection of platters, loaded fries, main dishes which include the Arco Burger and Rainbow Slaw with a veggie option. Or their Kapunata (a hearty stew similar to ratatouille), and homemade meatballs in a rich tomato sauce and Timpana (a pasta pie served with pickles). 

A plate of lasagne and salad with a glass of red wine served on a blue table.

The all day breakfast and lunch menu includes dishes such as their granola which comes with fresh fruit, yoghurt and Maltese honey. There’s a Barbuljata which is a Maltese breakfast of scrambled eggs with a twist. We love the sound of their breakfast buns – the tofu scramble with vegan sausage sounds like a delicious filling. 

A person eating a burger with fries and a glass of beer at Arcobaleno in Brighton.

The platters will transport you to the Mediterranean with ingredients such as burnt aubergine, Bigilla, sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper houmous, olives and lots more! There’s a vegan version too. 

People cheersing their drinks at a table with food.

Arcobaleno also deliver an outstanding gold plated Sunday roast, find out what our blogger thought on his visit.

Signature cocktails

Cocktails are an important part of the Arcobaleno Brighton experience. You’ll find a menu of signature cocktails which take on a pop culture theme and has fun with it, think Wizard of Oz-themed cocktails, or the cult classic feel good movie Mean Girls. Cocktails are always talking points and Arcobaleno is all about getting people talking. 

A group of cocktails in different glasses. Photo credit: Arcobaleno

Their talented mixologists can serve you up classic cocktails if you prefer those, and there’s a selection of non-alcoholic mocktails too along with almost every other beverage you could hope for in a well-stocked bar. You can enjoy your cocktails in the either main area of Arcobaleno or their secret Rainbow Bar tucked away downstairs. 

Entertainment at Arcobaleno

The stage is an important feature of the bar restaurant. Here you’ll find a wealth of entertainment from local and emerging talent, giving the limelight to performers you might not find elsewhere on the Brighton scene. Expect drag shows, subversive comedy, live music, burlesque and quiz nights. 

An espresso martini photographed against orange lights. Photo credit: Arcobaleno


  1. Ingrid

    What a find ! Amazing food, very friendly staff spent a lovely evening here highly recommend it

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