Restaurant Brighton's guide to

Wine bars in Brighton

Our top picks

Brighton

At Ten is handily located on Church Street near to the Theatre Royal, the Corn Exchange and the North Laine. It’s a tasteful restaurant and wine bar with a wine list curated by renowned sommelier Steve Pineau (L’Atelier du Vin). Add some delicious grazing to your wine with the UK’s best cheese and charcuterie from The Great British Charcuterie. Location wise this is a really great spot to stop and watch life in the Laine go by. On sunny days, streetside seating gives a lovely cosmopolitan feel to your visit.

Not technically a wine bar, but offering a wine list that equalls the best in the city, DaddyLonglegs has an exceptional range of natural, organic and biodynamic wines. The wines hail from both celebrated local producers such as Albourne Estate and Henners Estate and international gems like Australian Gentle Folk and the Italian leading family brand Cossetti. To name but a few.

The offering is versatile with a fantastic selection of by the glass wines that balance value and quality. So, if you’re looking for seriously good wines in a relaxed environment then head to Kemptown seafront to swill, sniff, and quaff your way through their exciting selection.

The team at Restaurants Brighton recommends the Coppa Club if you are in the market for a relaxing glass of expertly chosen wine in comfort. Ample seating areas make this the perfect place for a quiet catch up with friends, an evening work session made better by a glass of Italian Sauvignon Blanc or a work meeting over a bottle of New Zeland Pinot Noir. Their all-season igloos are the perfect accessory to wine, friends and good-times. 

Burnt Orange mixes excellent quality food and drink with seamless service and stylish design. It’s a hangout for grownups serving seasonal small plates cooked on fire. You can book a late night table exclusively for drinks form Thursday – Saturday although booking for that is highly recommended. The rest of the week, late night walk-ins for drinks only is fine. Like everything else at Burnt Orange the wine list is created with attention to detail and quality. In the summer, a seat in the jasmine strewn courtyard with a crisp cool bottle of white is bliss. 

Enjoy some bar-side dining at Kokedama and indulge in the extraordinary selection of natural and organic wine. Kokedama is set on East Street, which is a vibrant and cosmopolitan part of Brighton’s Lanes. The naturally laid back atmosphere of the restaurant and myriad of natural materials are the perfect backdrop for wine-loving. Should you fancy a plant-based bite then bar snacks and seasonal small plates are available (and sensational!)

Situated at the top of the North Laine, Mange Tout is a small bistro with big windows and an open, social feel. The menu is ingredient-led and the same is very much true of the wine list, which is organic and low intervention. Focussing on the quality of the grape and traditional techniques rather than the yield. Mange Tout is the casual, social sort of space where you will finish off your day in the North Laine, with wine, nibbles and people watching.

Sup on fine wines and sit and unwind at 2 Church Street – cafe with cocktails. This intimate, deco-inspired and independent bar exudes luxury and is a stunning North Laine highlight. Somehow they successfully balance sophistication and style while offering a fuss-free and laidback space for you to drink top quality wines, specialist spirits and dine on seasonal small plates.

L’Atelier Du Vin is an eclectic and salvaged space, with mismatched furnishings, exposed brickwork, and their distinctive bar made form 2p pieces. With over 500 wines L’Atelier Du Vin boasts the most extensive drinks menu in Brighton, with wines available by the glass from under a fiver, through to distinct vintage bottles in their hundreds. If you prefer something a little stronger, there are also over 300 spirits available which make up a classically inspired cocktail list for everyone’s taste.

Plateau is a lively bar and bistro in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes. The owners have created a relaxing ambience with an unusual list of naturally produced wines and modern European sharing plates. You’ll find an unusual mix of wines here which the team will take great pleasure in introducing you to. Memorable to the last drop and served with good vibes and an exceptional play list, this is wine as it’s really meant to be enjoyed.

Ten Green Bottles on Jubilee Street is a stripped back space that’s really all about the wine. The walls are lined with bottles of their latest offering, wines from producers you won’t find easily anywhere else. The team are all passionate about their subject and more than happy to take you on a wine adventure. 

Hove

Market is a popular and lively Spanish restaurant on Western Road. The open kitchen provides an element of theatre and is perfect for an informal spot of socialising, with or without some excellent sharing plates. The wine list is almost entirely Iberian with a few Sussex sparkling wines thrown in. Cava, which is made using the same method as Champagne, predominates over prosecco and they’ve got a bit of a thing about sherry.

Wild Flor’s wine list mirrors its menu in quality and value. They have selected the finest examples from the most renowned regions so you can enjoy an extensive section of wine from around the world. Among the mix, you’ll find some more unusual wines, but allow the expert team of Wild Flor to guide you on a journey of discovery and you won’t be disappointed. The accompanying menu is simple but expertly prepared. Wild Flor is really about a leisurely experience of fine things.

This friendly and vibrant neighbourhood restaurant bar is a trendy addition to Hove. The deco-inspired bar is fashionable and fun while maintaining a laid back atmosphere that’s ideal for central socials. The wine list offers some fantastic European options as well as a few spectacular British sparkling wines that can be enjoyed either inside or head out to the terrace and lap up those alfresco sundowners with friends.

Cases is one half of Cases, Curds and Whey on Western Road, Hove. It was formally La Cave a Fromage until that business closed in 2019, but dynamic duo Steve Pineau (L’Atelier du Vin) and Phil Bartley (The Great British Charcuterie) saw what a gap was left locally and so took on the premises and re-employed the former Cave staff, to much local delight. Steve’s wine expertise is second to none, here you’ll find a wealth of French reds and English whites and sparkling wines, with a price range to match most budgets. 

As well as enjoying a glass or two of wine at Café Malbec, you can also purchase it by the bottle to take home. Peruse their exclusive South American wines, in particular the Argentinian Malbec. The Argentinian deli items are not to be missed, with the real-deal empanadas which come in delicious flavours such as chilli beef, chicken or cheese. They’re a perfect accompaniment with a glass of wine or a bite for lunch!

Further afield

The wine bar in Port Hotel is set in a beautifully restored Victorian terraced building. The venue stuns with its spectacular seafront views, grand architecture and quite frankly stands out among many in its excellence and exquisitely curated offering. When it comes to the wine list, you can expect an expertly considered choice. The strong emphasis on local and seasonal produce is reflected here in that over 60% of the wine list has been sourced from British suppliers.

There’s a host on offer at the Rathfinny Wine Estate. Dine at their Michelin starred Tasting Rooms or enjoy the rustic charms of a night’s stay at The Flint Barns. Take a guided or self-guided tour or the beautiful Cradle Valley vineyard. Or pop in for an impromptu wine tasting at the Cellar Door wine shop. A summer evening sipping Sussex sparkling in the grounds or on the restaurant balcony with its spectacular views is the stuff dreams are made of. 

Experience history in the making with a tour of the Mannings Heath Wine Estate, the 72,000 vines currently under cultivation will be producing a new English Sparkling wine. In the meantime, you can enjoy a tasting session from the Benguela Cove Estate. Numerous tastings and experiences are available including a self-drive buggy tour, tutored wine tasting and Sabrage demonstrations (opening sparkling wine with a sabre, as favoured by Napoleon).