The Call Of The Sea – Brighton’s Seafront Bars

Graham Greene’s novel “Brighton Rock” describes the hordes of day-trippers swarming from station to seafront in a way that does not seem to have changed in 80 years.

Take a trip with us along Brighton beach. We’ll start in the east (Brighton Marina) and head west (towards Hove) to uncover the best spots for a Restaurants Brighton seafront bar crawl.

The marina in east Brighton harbours many a yacht and many a chain eatery, but dig a little bit deeper and you’ll unearth The Watershed. This gem of a venue is the perfect place to take the family or meet with friends. Count docked boats from the large west-facing deck and enjoy small plates and classic bistro mains. Catch the deck in its prime at sunset and toast farewell with a sundowner from the bar. Taquile sea and blues sky go well with beer, just mind you don’t fall overboard!

Taste Sussex is brought to us by the team behind The Great British Charcuterie and L’atelier du Vin, so you know quality is everything. The drinks menu features cocktails by master mixologists, a wine curated by sommeliers and a broad range of beers, ciders and spirits. Situated on the Brighton Marina boardwalk you can enjoy all these quality drinks while playing “pick your yacht” in the harbour below.

The Bison Beer Beach Bar is set right down on the pebbles east of the Palace Pier. Serving their own brewed and craft beers alongside a well-loaded bar, that’s primed and ready to shake up cocktails round the clock. Their urban cool meets dockyard set up and pumping great tunes are providing seafront dwellers with the perfect spot for a summer beach party and social destination.

Situated next to the iconic ‘doughnut’ jetty, Ohso is about as on the beach as you can get without sitting on pebbles. Open for breakfast from 10am serving food until dinner. The transition from a family-friendly beach bar to a sunset disco and late night party is no doubt aided by the extensive cocktail and drinks menu.

Lucky Beach, while listed as a cafe actually does deliver on the bar front too. Their gin cocktails are some of the best around and they certainly know how to pour that perfect sundowner of a pint. Lucky for you Lucky Beach is walk-in only, so you can just rock up, and soak up the panoramic beach views of the sun-soaked paradise that is Brighton Seafront.

The Tempest has prime promenade placement, with a bar handily seated on the seafront. Inside it becomes a sprawling cavernous maze. A fun, young and lively venue and a food offering of Korean fried chicken (and a vegan menu too).

If you ask a local to name a seafront bar, The Fortune of War will probably be it 8/10 times, opening in 1882 it is the oldest of its kind in Brighton and enjoys a healthy swell of customers all summer long. You can fuel up here with a mighty fine burger from Honest Burgers – the Brighton born burger group that hasn’t let national success stop them loving a local collaboration.

Shelter Hall combines bars, local food vendors and live music and events for a party-in-a-box on the Brighton Seafront. The food hall set up makes for a lively sociable atmosphere, especially when it comes to evening and the party starts to rev up.

Like other venues on the King’s Way Arches strip, Brighton Music Hall has a large terrace coming out into the beach. Unlike other venues, they offer table service and table bookings so you can secure and hold your place in the sun. Making this venue extra special, however, is the live music sets from local talent that perform open-air sets, giving a little festival vibe to your pint.

With wonderful views over both east and west piers, The New Club outside seating area on King’s Road has been extended and now welcomes up to 60 people. House infused botanical cocktails, craft beers and an edgy urban feel make The New Club the place to kick back with the cool kids.