Best wine bars in Brighton and Hove
Where is the best bar in Brighton? Ever gone to a pub, asked for the wine list and felt your heart sink a little? Perhaps this sounds a little dramatic, but in our opinion, there are some venues in Brighton and Hove that just get wine, and we want to shout about it!
Hurrah for a beautiful wine glass, a red served at just the right temperature, and staff who not only know their Pinotage from their Syrah but who love to share that knowledge and recommend something that could may well knock your socks off. Here’s a round up of our favourite wine bars and venues serving great grapes in Brighton… salute!
L’Atelier Du Vin is an eclectic and salvaged space, with mismatched furnishings, exposed brickwork, and a bar built by hand by co-owners Steve and Dimitri. With over 500 wines L’Atelier Du Vin boasts the most extensive drinks menu in Brighton, with wines available by the glass from just £4, 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.
Whilst you are enjoying your tipple of choice at L’Atelier Du Vin, you can also relish a perfectly paired bite to eat. Options range from locally sourced steak from Trenchmore Farm in West Sussex, to speciality cheeses and charcuterie. The relaxed and atmospheric feel of L’Atelier Du Vin makes it the perfect spot for any occasion, even if that is a midweek Negroni because hey, why ever not!
Ask any wine aficionado in Brighton where they like to drink, and we’re 94% sure that Ten Green Bottles will get a mention. True, they are smack bang in the centre of town (Jubilee Street) making it the perfect spot for an post-work vino or aperitif before dinner, but we’ve got a sneaking suspicion it may also be because they are so bloomin’ knowledgeable about wine!
The staff run regular wine tastings, from private to big groups and all the wines sold in the shop are available to drink off the shelf with a small corkage fee. This allows you to go off-piste from the wine list (which is however excellent) and try something completely out of your normal drinking comfort zone. Bar snacks range from Spanish charcuterie to British cheese boards, with a smattering of fresh bread and olives to line your stomach.
Café Malbec is an Argentinian deli based in Hove on the busy Church Road, it’s next door to it’s founders Latino America. Serving the very best wines including the finest Malbecs and South American cuisine such as the real-deal empanadas, and with their extensive knowledge of both food and wine you’re in for a treat!
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 Malbecs. 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!
Plateau is a lively bar and French restaurant in the heart of Brighton’s Lanes. Owners Vincent and Thierry have created a relaxing ambience with an unusual list of naturally produced wines and modern European sharing plates.
Their background is heavily steeped in wine, both having worked in plenty of high-end establishments both in London and Brighton and they are fastidious about what goes on their wine list, favouring organic, biodynamic & above all natural wines. Sit at the bar and work your way through a selection of their (twenty) wines by the glass soaked up with a few of the small plates – perfect for a chilled night out!
Although you have to head out of Brighton for this one, it is totally worth the journey. The Tasting Room isn’t just a restaurant. Between 11 am and 6 pm Wednesday to Sunday visitors are invited to partake in ad hoc tasting sessions at the centrally positioned copper bar, where an expert from the Rathfinny estate is always on hand. The Tasting Room also offers a delicious snack menu between 3pm-6pm where guests are welcome to relax, enjoy a glass of delicious Sussex Sparkling, Cradle Valley still wine, a Seven Sister’s and Tonic or a cocktail or two. If you are lucky enough to visit in the summer head to their terrace. We can think of no better place to enjoy an afternoon drink with a loved one.
Hixon Green is a stylish all-day eatery, cocktail and wine bar situated on Western Road in Hove. The venue is split casually into three main parts; the cafe, the restaurant and an upstairs loft come lounge area, with expansive floor to ceiling windows on both floors Hixon Green is a lovely place to meet during the day for a glass of wine from their extensive, worldwide wine list and a selection of fresh locally made cakes. Prop up the bar in the evening or gather around a couple of comfy sofas for an evening with friends. The wine list, which includes New World, European and English wines and sparkling wines offers a large selection by the glass and a price range to suit any occasion
Located on the busy Church Street, Fourth and Church contribute greatly to the growing number of fantastic venues in Hove. No longer do you have to trek into town to relax with a glass of fine wine, Fourth and Church will provide this and more, all for a very reasonable price tag.
Owned by two restaurant veterans, Paul and Sam, the idea behind the wine bar is to recreate some of their favourite places, whether a memorable tapas bar in Seville or wine deli in New York. Pop by after work for a wine to take away and enjoy at home, or sit down and indulge in carefully selected artisan cheeses and small plates of food with Paul and Sam’s wines recommendations to match. They also offer regular wine tasting evenings so keep an eye on their website.
As you can guess from the name, this hotel is all about fine wine. Not only do they have a dedicated wine tasting room, but snoop a little downstairs and you’ll stumble across a basement wine snug so atmospheric that you’ll immediately start hatching plans to recreate one in your own home. The extensive wine cellar is also on show and staff will be happy to show you around on request.
Sink into the comfy leather sofas and take your time to peruse the wine list, featuring vintages from all over the world, although the emphasis on French wine is noticeable due to their bistro style menu. We definitely recommend heading here for a celebration, or perhaps for a romantic date – as there’s nothing more attractive than a suitor who knows their way around a wine list…
Situated on Brighton’s Marina and priding itself on serving the best of British produce including wine, beer, cider and plenty of artisan foods. The GB Charcuterie is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine accompanied by a tasty charcuterie platter. There’s a great selection of British wines & drinks to choose from, so either take a seat at their bar, outside in the sun or buy a bottle to enjoy at home!
GungHo is a welcoming and unique bar on Preston Street severing cocktails, wine, beer and a variety of home-brew drinks made from scratch by the team at GungHo. Julien’s runs his business on a zero waste policy which is reflected in the drinks that are served here. Wine is all natural and sourced from independent vineyards across the world which all work organically and beer from some of the best breweries in the UK. Cocktails are made from seasonal produce so head down for a vibrant and fresh drinks selection that has something for everyone.
Not only is Drakes an award-winning hotel and restaurant, they also have a cosy bar snuggled into the front of the building with sweeping seaside views. The perfect spot you might say to enjoy a delicious glass of wine, either before you eat downstairs or just to relax with friends.
Eddie is their resident sommelier, and your go to guy for matching your wine to your meal or simply recommending a bottle to suit your taste. Keep an eye out for their Sussex wines – we’re pleased to see the Bluebell ‘Hindleap’ Sussex Rose gets a mention on their wine list – the perfect fizz to start your evening!
We’re heading back to Hove with this entry, and with good reason as MARKET is quickly making a name for themselves with their bar dining concept and fantastic wines to match. What we enjoy about this venue is that they serve many of their wines by the carafe, perfect if you and your dining partner can’t agree on a bottle to share.
They also stock some fine fizzes and Ports from some of Sussex’s best vineyards, including Ridgeview and Blackdown. We’ve also got to give a big thumbs up to their commitment to sherry, a tipple that owner, Kate is extremely passionate about. So passionate in fact, she’s even made an introductory video all about the sweet stuff.