Drinking with the Gods

Discover the enchanting world of Brighton rooftop bars, where you can experience breathtaking views of the sea or the cityscape from elevated vantage points.

Enjoy sea-facing venues that offer a delightful setting for sipping cocktails while gazing at the horizon.

Find bars perched high above the city, where you can escape the bustling crowds and unwind in a more intimate setting. Whether you’re seeking an award winning cocktail experience, a cosy Brighton pub atmosphere, or a secluded spot in the Sussex vineyards, Brighton’s roof bars offer something for every taste and occasion.

These hidden alfresco terraces are perfect for hosting secret parties or enjoying a moment of serenity amidst the vibrant city life, you may also enjoy a Brighton rooftop bar on the way to a Brighton Club night out. 

We’re allowing the Tasting Room at Albourne Estate into the rooftop bar category although technically it’s a mezzanine. Situated at the rear of the winery with south-facing views over the vineyard and Southdowns, this is a glorious all-day spot to enjoy some of their single estate and award-winning wines. Albourne Estate is only 8 miles out of Brighton and easily accessible by public transport. It’s open from April to October over the weekends and there’s no need to book. Children and dogs are welcome, as is exploring the vineyards. 

While technically not a roof terrace, Bar Valentino does have a quaint balcony overlooking New Road. It’s a hot-spot of activity all year round and during colder months the Royal Pavilion is visible through the leaf-dropped trees. Bar Valentino is a Deco inspired bar, rich velvets and seductive reds make up most of the interiors. You can expect lovingly crafted and beautifully presented cocktails. Many are bespoke, which highlights the creativity of the award-winning bartenders.


The Mesmerist in the Lanes has drawn many into its captivating spell, a thrall that is compelled by its weirdly wonderful roof bar. The colourful clientele and staff that populate this artsy music venue create an eccentric oasis amidst the astroturf and pot plants raised up high in the Lanes.

Oculist Brighton boasts a multi-level roof garden with plants, booths and large tables. It feels like an oasis above the bustling Lanes below. Enjoy the BaBBab menu at Oculist with a cold beer or delicious cocktail whilst lounging in the sun on the rooftop terrace. You can choose from their tasty fusion, healthy kebabs and sides such as the Harissa Hummus and flatbread along with so much more. This roof terrace at Oculist would also be the ideal spot to enjoy your drinks or come night time you’ll find guest DJ sets.

For that summer society garden party feel, head up stairs to the terrace at Bohemia. Open in the day for breakfast, afternoon tea, and lunch, through into the night for drinking and shmoozing. The Veuve Cliquot glass walls and giant sun umbrellas will shield you from the elements, and the paparazzi, should you be feeling a bit celebutante.

Escape the thronging hordes of central Brighton for a roof terrace perched on top of Hanover’s Southover Street. Haus on the Hill has lots to offer intrepid mountaineers. Your hilly ascent will be rewarded with award-winning Brighton beer, feel-good food from Danny O’Shea’s Caribbean kitchen, a roof terrace that catches the afternoon sun, and a super friendly bar team keeping the good times rolling and the 90s Britpop playing.

For a vibrant atmosphere without the club scene, look no further than Brighton’s Permit Room in The Lanes. Their roof top seating has a retractable roof, blankets and heaters for when it gets chilly. Ideal for a casual drink, the venue offers food until 10.30pm. Enjoy crafted cocktails, an organic wine list and exciting beer collaborations with local breweries. Teetotal options are equally delicious. Experience the perfect Thursday evening with a live DJ setting the soundtrack.

Trading Post is known around town for its prime locations, unbeatable baking and hands down delicious, home-roasted coffee. Their Kensington Garden’s venue also offers a banning selection of all-day brunches and other tasty dishes. In addition to roadside dining, they can elevate their guest to lofty heights with their rooftop terrace. Spacious, with ample seating and offers panoramic views of Brighton North Laines. Fancy sipping on chardonnay, tucking into an Eggs benedict, whilst you snoop down at the hustle and bustle of the marketa place below? Thought so!

Technically The Setting Sun doesn’t have a roof terrace, but its position raised high on the bank of Hanover gives it a spectacular skyline view. The west-facing vista gives it arguably the best views over the rooftops of Brighton sweeping down to the sea, perfect for poetic contemplation in the dying embers of the day.