10 Cocktail Bars In Brighton, England

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Unique, lively, historic, free-spirited; Brighton is all of these. There is a lot to explore while you are here, especially the cocktail scene of Brighton which is thriving. Be it after work drinks, date night or any other event, the cocktail bars here are definitely equipped to handle it all. Experimental cocktails, foot-tapping music, gorgeous interiors, fun-filled events; the bars have everything to keep you engaged. It’s no wonder hours are easily lost here. Once visited, you surely feel like visiting again. Being the favorites for many, often there are long queues seen outside. With unlimited amusement coupled with exceptional art of mixology, these cocktail bars in Brighton have the perfect attributes to wow you! Check out our list of best cocktail bars In Brighton, England.

1. Be At One

Sex on the Beach
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Set over two floors, Be At One is the perfect place for your next party. Located close to the pier, the bar has urban décor and a terrific ambiance. You are catered to by a zealous team of bartenders, who craft delicious cocktails. With more than 100 cocktails to explore, you have something new to try every time. A few of the very popular ones are Botanical Garden and Sex on the Beach, and there are many bar snacks too. It has a decked-out booth seating arrangement; further, a yoga studio, dance floor, bungee jumping and more to make you step outside your comfort zone.

Be At One

Address: 5 Castle Square, BN1 1EG Brighton

Website: Be At One

Opening hours: Sunday-Wednesday– 4.30 pm-1.00 am, Thursday– 4.30 pm-2.00 am, Friday– 4.30 pm-3.00 pm, Saturday– 1.00 pm-3.00 am

Average price for two: 7-12 GBP (9-15 USD)

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2. Medusa Bar

Posted by Medusa Bar Brighton on Friday, 6 July 2018

Over 30 years and going strong, Medusa is one of the oldest cocktail bars in Brighton. Be assured of having a rejuvenating time here. The happy hour offered attracts a lot of happy crowds. The interior has been done very thoughtfully with beautiful walls, and the area for live music has a retro touch. There’s also the main bar, leather loungers, and street side tables, where you can enjoy some summer sun. The bar specializes in exotic rum, creative cocktails, wines, draught beers, and many other choices. With an amazing staff coupled with a chilled-out ambiance, the place often hosts comedy nights and live gigs.

Medusa Bar

Address: 20 Preston St, Brighton BN1 2HN, UK

Website: Medusa Bar

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday– 11.00 am-12.00 am, Sunday– 12.00 pm-12.00 am

Average price for two: 7-9 GBP (9-12 USD)

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3. The Cocktail Shack

Cocktails mit Schirmchen
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The atmosphere, the flavors, the music and the vintage architecture of The Cocktail Shack will surely transport you to a Caribbean nirvana. This shack-styled rum-soaked cocktail bar in Brighton is a favorite here. The interiors are made from salvaged wood taken from the West Pier, vintage signs that boost the rustic charm, candlelit tables, along with a beach shack roof. The bar is perfect for rum lovers, as it specializes in a wide selection of exotic rums and many other classic cocktails. The Domingo Martinez is specifically recommended or you can try the bar’s original – Truth be Told.

The Cocktail Shack

Address: 33 Regency Square, Brighton BN1 2GG, UK

Website: The Cocktail Shack

Opening hours: Monday-Thursday– 5.00 pm-11.00 pm, Friday– 5.00 pm-12.00 am, Saturday– 12.00 am-12.00 pm and 1.00 pm-12.00 am, Sunday– 12.00 am-12.00 pm and 5.00 pm-11.00 pm

Average price for two: 7-10 GBP (9-13 USD)

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4. The Plotting Parlour

Posted by The Plotting Parlour on Wednesday, 6 July 2016

In just four years, the Plotting Parlour has gained a very loyal customer base, mainly because of the cocktails served here, by fusing innovation and tradition, using high-end liqueurs, spirits, and seasonal ingredients. The place boasts having great music, beautiful decor along with hospitable service. Be it office parties or any other events, the bar has ample space. Either book a table at the main bar or the spectacularly designed private rooms that have the capacity for about 40 people. There are tables for walk-ins too, so, don’t worry if you don’t have a reservation.

The Plotting Parlour

Address: 6 Steine Street, Brighton BN2 1TE

Website: The Plotting Parlour

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday- 3.00 pm-12.00 am

Average price for two: 7-12 GBP (9-15 USD)

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5. Twisted Lemon

Need a pick me up after pride?! Stop by for a Salted caramel espresso martini!

Posted by Twisted Lemon on Monday, 8 August 2016

Situated in the heart of central Brighton, this bright yellow-colored cocktail bar is a very loved bar in Brighton. The building was previously a fisherman’s cottage and it oozes charm and character. The Twisted Lemon has extremely adept mixologists, who serve amazing cocktails with affection. You have a wide range of cocktails, which are bursting with flavor, and there is pizza too. Among the many, the Italian Job and Salted Caramel Expresso Martini are especially delicious.

Twisted Lemon

Address: 41 Middle Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

Website: Twisted Lemon

Opening hours: Monday- Saturday– 12.00 pm-12.00 am, Sunday– 12.00 pm-11.30 pm

Average price for two: 10-25 GBP (14-32 USD)

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6. d Avenue

Let the weekend commence! See you soon? #FridayFeeling

Posted by Third Avenue on Friday, 15 June 2018

With two restaurants, a nightclub and a bar, the 3rd Avenue Hove is a bunch of wonderful experiences under one roof. Each of these areas is separated by thick curtains. The interiors of the 3rd Avenue are a sophisticated blend of polished wood surfaces, leather booths and low spotlighting, which gives it a very intimate feel. A few originals and the others, a beautiful mix of amazing concoctions - the cocktails are very skillfully prepared. Also, there is a wide variety of wines and other spirits too. You also get Sushi and delicious platters to go with the drinks.

3rd Avenue

Address: 70-72 Church Road, Brighton and Hove

Website: 3rd Avenue

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Sunday- 12.00 pm-11.30 pm, Wednesday-Thursday- 11.30 pm-1.00 am, Friday-Saturday- 11.30 am-2.00 am

Average price for two: 5-12 GBP (6-16 USD)

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7. The Mesmerist

At the Mesmerist
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Known as one of the most unconventional bars in Brighton, this place has vintage décor and a very intimate feel about it. Once inside, you are hit by a magical ambiance that blends music, drinks, and relaxation beautifully. There are many exciting in-house events like Flash Mob Jazz, Midnight Show, Soultastics and many others. The party-goers are specifically drawn to an exhaustive range of cocktails like Punchy Negronis and Salted Caramel Espresso Martinis, and the craft beer and cask ale selection is also wonderful. You also get tasty quick bites to go with the drinks. Do visit the hidden rooftop garden.

The Mesmerist

Address: 1-3 Prince Albert Street, BN1 1HE Brighton

Website: The Mesmerist

Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday– 12.00 pm-12.00 am, Friday-Saturday– 12.00 pm-1.30 am

Average price for two: 4-14 GBP (5-18 USD)

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8. Chez Mal Bar

Posted by Malmaison Brighton on Thursday, 23 August 2018

Unwind in this little slice of heaven. Away from the hustle-bustle of Brighton, The Malmaison is a waterfront hotel with this fabulous bar, Chez Mal. You get a spectacular view of the Marina from this spacious bar with a deck area to enjoy warm weather. The cocktail list, known as the Malchemy, has many exquisite cocktails that are an excellent twist to the traditional tastes. So while you relax, the amazing staff takes care of your drinking needs. Also, you get a variety of snacks as well.

Chez Mal Bar

Address: Malmaison Brighton, The Waterfront, Brighton BN2 5WA, UK

Website: Chez Mal Bar

Opening hours: Monday-Friday- 6.30 pm-10:30 pm, Saturday- 8:00 pm-10.30 pm, Sunday- 8.00 pm-10.00 pm

Average price for two: 5-10 GBP (6-13 USD)

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9. Gungho Bar

It really does. Sip your worries away at Gungho Bar! Stop by and experience the sustainable magic at work,...

Posted by Gungho Bar on Wednesday, 19 December 2018

What’s unique about Gungho Bar is their zero waste policy, meaning every bit of peel and pulp is used. Along with a vibrant range of cocktails, there is a great selection of mocktails, craft beers, and bio-dynamic wines. The cocktails served here are influenced by seasonality and are usually made with different local ingredients. Fennel and Apple, Gooseberry, Zero Waste Punch, are some of the best cocktails, along with yummy snacks. The outdoor seating arrangement is the best during summers while the cozy interiors welcome you during winters.

Gungho Bar

Address: 36 Preston St, Brighton BN1 2HP, UK

Website: Gungho Bar

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday- 4.00 pm–1.00 am, Monday- Closed

Average price for two: 6-9 GBP (8-11 USD)

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10. Upstairs at the Joker

Posted by Upstairs at The Joker on Tuesday, 20 February 2018

This is a cocktail bar with a games room and much more to make it one of the most stunning venues. You enter through a heavy oak door that leads you to a pub and the bar is upstairs. The ambiance makes you feel like a member of an exclusive club – very elegant and luxurious, sleek and stylish and a bit rustic. Overall, the interiors transport you to the 1930s. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. The bar has high ceilings, plush velvet seating and a superb cocktail menu, which has something for everyone. Often there are live jazz performances by local artists.

Upstairs at The Joker

Address: 2 Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 4QF, UK

Website: Upstairs at the Joker

Opening hours: Monday- 4.00 pm-12.00 am, Tuesday-Thursday- 12.00 pm-12.00 am,

Average price for two: 7-15 GBP (9-20 USD)

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Cocktails unlimited

We don’t need a reason to celebrate. So, how does a visit to a cocktail bar sound? As exciting as it sounds, the cocktail culture has evolved and has become a part of our celebrations and relaxation. By blending innovative techniques and a wide spectrum of ingredients, these bars offer a delectable range of cocktails. So, for those who know how to appreciate a good drink, Brighton has a lot of temptations to offer.

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