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Valentines Day in Brighton

Celebrate Valentines Day Brighton in 2023, with our swoon-worthy summary of where’s best for Valentines Day this year.

From cupid Brighton cocktails, to Brighton Michelin restaurants, or romantic Sussex country pubs to Brighton seafront splendour.

Casual or highbrow, its for you to decide… 

Valentine's Day Brighton

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Valentines Day date two people having a toast with glass of Posecco and enjoying brownie, Brighton Food guide for the February

Start with drinks – Valentines Day Brighton

Cocktails serve a three-fold function when we’re talking about Valentines day in Brighton. They’re statement pieces that look stunning (and say a lot about you, should you be doing a first Valentine’s date). They cure any jitters (popping a big question?) and help you quickly transition to a schmoozy state. Lastly, and this is by no means an accident, cocktail bars are usually darkly lit and intimate, perfect for setting the romantic mood. Help make the best selection with our top picks of Brighton cocktail bars. 

bartender pouring sparkling wine. Valentine's Day in Brighton. Picture is taken at Rathfinny wine estate.

Alternatively, a good wine might be more your thing, that says a lot about a person too (intense reds, playful whites, bubbly…bubbles). But the last thing you want is to start your Brighton Valentines Day evening with some sour grapes. These Brighton wine bars are all guaranteed to uncork some superb quality wines and as they’re all run by wine experts you can rely on their suggestions with confidence. If wine isn’t your thing then browse through our Brighton pubs guide and our Hove pubs guide.

Brighton igloo at Shelter Hall on Brighton seafront. In foreground a wooden table laid for dinner with cutlery and napkins. A perfect option for Valentines Day Brighton

Sunset walks – Valentines Day Brighton

Timing can make or break the magic of a date. The sun sets at 5.15pm on 14 February, so take advantage of the naturally romance enhancing beauty of the sun setting over the grand old lady that is the west pier with a coastal promenade (weather permitting). Along the way, you might spot one or two lovely igloos providing beautiful scenic views from the comfort of your own little bubble. A clever person might even make a reservation in one in time for that sunset. Alternatively you may wish to try one of these Sussex walks and Sussex pubs. 

Seafront Bars – Valentines Day in Brighton

These seafront bars will also be perfect places to catch your lover’s face bathed in the pink and purple hues coming out of the west and a perfect photo opportunity to preserve as a keepsake.

outdoor seating area at the ohso social, sunny day and beach view. A perfect location for Valentine's Day sundowners
Valentine's Day Brighton in Brighton. Pictured, a romantic couple holding hands with a rose and red wine in hand. Candlelit setting and low light.

Valentine’s Day Meals

Valentine’s day falls on a Tuesday this year so a lot of restaurants will be offering a special Valentine’s weekend menu designed to inspire amorous emotion and kindle passion. Some will pull out all the stops (cue the single roses and mariachi serenades), while others will hone in much more on the food and drink, playing down the bold gestures. 

How you wish to celebrate love is as much your right as who you choose to love. Here are the BRAVO voted best restaurants in Brighton currently, our Brighton restaurants and we have our Hove restaurants page.

Get out of town

We’re very, very lucky here. Not only do we have our amazing city but were surrounded by the beautiful restaurants in Sussex, full of rolling downs, national parks and picturesque villages. You don’t have to travel far to find an idyllic country pub or a stunning Sussex restaurant.

Make the most of the Brighton Valentine’s Day weekend with these venues that combine fabulous food with overnight Sussex accommodation, for a perfect romantic staycation.

The Pass Restaurant, Sussex Restaurant, South Lodge Hotel, Valentines Day Brighton. Part of our Brighton and Sussex tasting menu guide
red and blue can of brighton bier

Alternative Valentine’s Day Brighton

If you’re looking for an alternative to the time-honoured romantic meal then consider one of these alternatives.

Food gifts from Sussex make fantastic Valentine’s treats for love ones. 

Help things heat up in the kitchen with a Brighton Cookery School masterclass, couples classes are available where you will learn how to create gorgeous meals together, over sparkling wine and then dine together in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Couples classes are extremely popular so you’ll need to book well in advance.

Read about Torsten’s Thai cooking class.

Charcuterie and cheese in a basket on Brighton beach with the West Pier in the background. Perfect for a picnic on the beach or a Brighton Valentines Day

Wine and dine at home this Valentines Day Brighton

Maybe staying in and keeping cosy is the only way for you this Valentines Day in Brighton. If you do decide to give going out miss then don’t miss out on the foodie fun and order something from our takeaway page – because all that loving needs nourishing!