Cocktails in Brighton
There really is something for everyone in Brighton, whether you’re a wine connoisseur, craft ale aficionado or party-loving cocktail fiend. You can enjoy a botanically-based cocktail at Dandelion or a cocktail inspired by historic recipes at Bar Fifty-Five. Step into the future at Merkaba or into the 1920’s at BYOC. Take advantage of countless happy hours around the city and enjoy the buzzing bohemian Brighton vibe. Or, if you really want to push the boat out, why not try a cocktail masterclass or hone your vinicultural taste buds at a wine tasting?
In the heart of Brighton’s buzzing North Laine, you’ll find My Hotel Brighton. The hotel’s wacky futuristic theme transports you off world and continues in their swanky Merkaba bar, where you can celebrate life with an artisan cocktail. The tantalising menu has a huge range, including Asian, bohemian, Brighton, American and tiki inspired cocktails. They love to host a party, so if you’re after a night to remember, why not try one of their cocktail packages. Or you could take part in a fun cocktail masterclass where you’ll receive expert tuition from experienced cocktail bartenders. Music is provided by Top local DJ’s every weekend.
Whether you’re looking for fruity, creamy, spicy or fresh, the ‘Malchamists’ at Malmaison have all the ingredients and skill to mix you up your favourite! Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, you can expect to see new cocktails on the menu throughout the year. Enjoy the views and take in the sea breeze on the ship-shaped terrace overlooking the sea. Or for views without the sea breeze, try their conservatory with floor to ceiling glass windows while you sip on your cocktail.
Award winning Polpo is a ‘bàcaro’, this is a Venetian word to describe a humble restaurant serving simple food and good, young Italian wines. Located on a pretty pedestrianised street in the centre of Brighton, the restaurant is near to the famous Brighton Dome and the Theatre Royal. Polpo is modelled on the scruffy wine bars of Venice and feels urban, rustic and stripped back. Enjoy your cocktail with some tasty Venetian finger-food such as cicheti. On the cocktail menu you’ll find the classic Italian spritz drinks along with favourites like their ‘Stark & Dormy’.
HarBAR is run by expert mixologists mixing up the freshest and most exciting cocktails to your taste! Expect old time classics such as Gin Fizz, and twists on modern favourites such as their Kentucky Espresso Martini made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Kahlua, Chocolate Essence & Espresso. Off the sauce? Not a problem as there are plenty of non-alcoholic cocktails to choose from, and even a selection of freshly made juices to lift you up and fill you with energy. HarBAR is part of the new seafood restaurant, The Jetty which makes for a great location to stop off for a few cocktails before your evening meal.
Located opposite the i360, with spectacular sea views, The Salt Room is a stunning modern British seafood and grill restaurant celebrating the fruits of the sea. At the classy modern bar, you can enjoy an innovative cocktail or, if you want to learn more about the history and processes involved, you can take part in a cocktail masterclass. If you are more of a wine connoisseur the Salt Room Wine Club offers informal group dinners and wine tastings, where you can learn about specific wine regions. If you’d rather take along your own favourite bottle of wine, BYO Mondays is just for you.
Named after the year the vegetarian society formed, 1847, in the famous North Road, is the latest in a ground-breaking chain of restaurants offering quality locally-produced vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus with a modern twist. Walk down the striking spiral staircase from the restaurant and you will find Dandelion, a super funky cocktail and champagne bar. The Dandelion mixologists serve a fantastic range of “botanically-based” cocktails, champagne, wine, spirits and bottled beers. An ideal venue for pre and post dinner drinks, or even to host an exclusive event. Get 2 cocktails for £10 during Happy Hour (6 – 8pm).
Just yards from the seafront in The Lanes is a jumble of quirky gothic-style buildings. This is the Hotel Du Vin, where you can enjoy a tipple alfresco style in the vine-covered pergola or sink into a leather armchair in the bar or lounge. With over 100 whiskies and rums to choose from, a legendary wine cellar and a range of delicious cocktails, anything goes. Hotel du Vin hosts monthly wine tasting events, each with a different theme. If cocktails are more your scene, why not try one of their masterclasses where you can learn how to make a selection of cocktails with their expert mixologist.
An iconic Brighton landmark boasting stunning Italian-influenced Victorian architecture, The Grand Hotel stands centre stage on Brighton’s seafront. Near to the cultural heart of Brighton and the shopping mecca that is The Lanes, this luxury hotel is the perfect base from which to make the most of this exciting city by the sea. Treat yourself to a drink in the newly refurbished sunny sea-facing Victoria Lounge, Bar and Terrace, where you can enjoy sea views in opulent surroundings while sipping a show stopping cocktail with friends. Selected cocktails are £5 each during Cocktail Hour on Sunday to Thursday from 5 – 7pm.
Drakes has earned itself a well-deserved reputation as a stunning boutique hotel, offering top notch fine dining. It also boasts a slick bar complete with statement black granite bar top and unbeatable sea views. An intimate stylish space where you can kick back with friends and enjoy artisan cocktails and an impressive selection of fine wines, champagnes and craft beers. With one of the most comprehensive ranges of premium whiskies and cognacs in the city, why not try a flight? It’s a great way to really appreciate the differences between blends, regional varieties and ageing processes.
Blanch House, Brighton’s original boutique hotel, is a Grade II listed town house in a Georgian terrace a stone’s throw from the seafront in fashionable Kemp Town. Their champagne and cocktail bar offers a peaceful, elegant retreat where you can relax and enjoy your tipple of choice. On offer is a selection of delectable cocktails, fine wines, a whole host of specialist spirits and their Champagne of choice, Perrier Jouet, all served at just the right temperature. Their cocktails are crafted using only the finest ingredients to give you a taste of pure luxury. Why not sample their cocktail of the month?
No 32, in the heart of Brighton, brings you everything you need for a night on the town in a single venue. Eat, drink and dance is their motto at this vibrant restaurant, bar and nightclub. The bar serves wines originating from five different continents, as well as craft ales and draught beers. Also on offer is a fantastic selection of cocktails including everything from Classic & Elegant through Rich & Sweet to Long & Refreshing. Their resident DJ provides regular music every Friday and Saturday and happy hour runs 4 – 7pm, Monday to Friday with selected cocktails at 2 for £10.
One of Brighton’s well known pubs, The Black Lion, is situated in the heart of The Lanes just near the seafront on Black Lion Street. Not only does The Black Lion have a good reputation for a music filled night out, it’s amazing food is also the attraction to many people. It’s the go-to place for great tasting, affordable cocktails, with an extensive list made from quality ingredients and seasonally changing creations. There’s something for everyone! Look out for their regular cocktail offers.
When a venue has a section of the menu dedicated to ‘hangover cures’ and ‘hard brunch beverages’ you know you’re on to a winner. The New Club is a New York style eatery, with banging brunches and a mean cocktail list – at very reasonable prices. Their ‘Club House’ cocktails offer a quirky twist on old fashioned favourites such as a ‘Dutch Old Fashioned’ or a ‘Brighton Fizz’. If your hangover calls for hair of the dog then look no further than the New Club twist on a Bloody Mary, complete with bacon infused vodka for a tasty kick!
London’s successful Breakfast Club dining experience has ventured into Brighton’s Lanes after much anticipation. The Breakfast Club have brought a bit of Miami Vice and Art Deco to Brighton. Painted bright yellow with baby blue seats outside, it’s hard to miss! With an extensive menu featuring American dishes their cocktails are not to be missed! All priced at a reasonable £7 you can expect to find some cocktail classics with a twist such as their Honey Mojito. With alfresco dining, you can enjoy your cocktail in some sun in the Summer, their Aperol Spritz would go down a treat, or relax inside in their bright and cool restaurant!
Oki Nami, owned by leading Japanese chef Mike Dodd and renowned Brighton DJ Norman Cook, is situated just next door to the Theatre Royal. It is Brighton’s original Japanese restaurant, serving authentic high quality Japanese cuisine in classy surroundings. Above the main restaurant is the Oki bar, a cocktail bar and intimate little drinking den with a terrace boasting fabulous views over the Pavilion Gardens and bustling New Road. The menu features everything from traditional staples to original creations. Full table service is offered throughout the week and selected drinks are available for £5 or less during Happy Hour (5 – 8pm weekdays). (Image Credit: Xavier D. Buendia)
Nestled in a side street just off the Old Steine and Kemptown, The Plotting Parlour is not yet on the tourist trail which makes it a real favourite for locals after a cracking cocktail in a relaxed atmosphere. Their success is built on an exceptional cocktail list created by some of the most talented mixologists in Brighton, including Manager, Luke Loddo. With awards such as ‘Best New Bar‘ at the Brighton Bartender awards rolling in it’s no wonder you’re advised to book a table, and yes you heard us right – you can book in, rock up and enjoy table service all night long – no more jostling at the bar. Bliss.
Hidden amongst the jewellers in Brighton’s historic Lanes lies the second son of the BYOC family and a gateway to a “Narnia of cocktails”. As well as the antique furnishings and 1920’s décor, BYOC Brighton boasts a fully functioning pipe organ, a cinema screening silent classics and a private snooker room kitted out with a full size snooker table. BYOC offers a unique interactive drinking experience. Simply bring a bottle of your favourite spirit and enjoy individually tailored cocktails designed just for you, using a range of BYOC’s signature homemade ingredients. No two trips to BYOC are ever the same.
Cocktail Shack is an innovative bar hidden within the tall walls of Regency Square. The mixologists here pride themselves on drinks “as creative and bespoke as the Artist Residence itself”. With playful service and a deep passion for the product, they invite you to join them for a taste of something new. If you fancy getting a little more involved, why not book yourself in for a cocktail masterclass, an intimate afternoon of shaking and stirring under the expert tuition of their creative in-house team. Classes are available on request for groups of 4 or more – perfect for parties! (Image credit: Cocktail Shack Facebook)
Hotel Una is a family run boutique hotel, in the beautiful Regency Square in Brighton, where they take genuine pride in providing great service without being stuffy. Named after the river Una and with rooms named after the rivers of the world, the hotel boasts individual but unpretentious interiors, balanced soft colours and a homely atmosphere, to create a space to exist in harmony. As well as a discerning list of champagne and wine, the in-house bar offers a distinctive menu of classic and homemade cocktails using recipes inspired by century old accounts, brought back to life using homemade bitters, tonics, foams and macerations.
At Plateau, an independent wine bar & restaurant, they like to keep it simple, quality ingredients lovingly crafted, served in a fun, friendly environment where music is a passion, not an afterthought. The boffins at Plateau put a great deal of effort into compiling a wine list focussing on organic, biodynamic and, above all, natural wines. Their wine list changes weekly and they host regular wine tasting events and discussions. They have a strong, passionate team of bartenders on hand to mix up a fine selection of classic cocktails. Believing that quality ingredients make quality cocktails, they use only the very best.
Situated next door to the Theatre Royal is El Mexicano, which claims to be the only authentic Mexican restaurant in Brighton and Hove. Hidden away, up an unassuming flight of stairs to the side of the restaurant, is their tremendously popular, and ever busy Bar Valentino. This cosy little bar is lined with leather sofas and curvy mirrors and has a brilliant little balcony overlooking the buzzing New Road, ideal for a spot of unashamed people watching. Offering seriously potent cocktails, Bar Valentino is guaranteed to get you in the party spirit. Happy Hour is Monday to Thursday, 5 -7pm and Sunday 6 – 8pm. (Image credit: Bar Valentino Facebook)
The Black Dove in St James’s Street is a laid-back hostelry with quirky décor and basement DJs. The ideal place to lubricate tired vocal chords and soothe worn out limbs in eclectic and sumptuous surroundings. The stereo plays a healthy rotation of be-bop, Jamaican ska, cool jazz, delta blues, afrocentric, 30s/40s/50s vocal greats and contemporary beat music. They also have live rhythm & blues and folk performances throughout the week, as well as regular themed music nights. They offer a plethora of award-winning ciders, over 70 different beers, professionally-made cocktails, a 100% organic wine list and bar snacks to keep the munchies at bay.
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