Nightlife in Brighton

On the South Coast of England there is place with a nightlife that never disappoints. The city of Brighton is a diverse city and has literally hundreds of pubs. You are bound to find a few that you will love.

In this great city you will find many bars, pubs, comedy clubs, nightclubs and even theatres including the Brighton Dome, the largest theatre in Brighton.

The live music scene here is very popular, it won’t be hard to find a venue. Throughout the year there are music festivals to attend including The Great Escape in May. This music event is one of Europe’s best festivals for new and upcoming music acts.

Many who have experienced the nightlife in Brighton have compared it to London. This is because there are venues to suit anyones taste. Or maybe it’s because the drinks prices are a bit expensive. But don’t let the price put you off coming here as you will miss out on a great night out. Many stag dos, hen parties and students have enjoyed the nightlife this fantastic city has to offer.

There are three main areas in Brighton they are the Laines, West Street and Kemp Town. All of these places are in walking distance of each other.

The Laines is a great place start your night out. The Laines are narrow cobble streets. This area has a friendly atmosphere and is great to explore. You will find plenty of bars and pubs on your travels.

Close to the Laines is the very lively area called West Street. This is a very popular street to be on and the party keeps going until the very early hours here. On this street you will find many bars, pubs and great nightclubs for all to enjoy. West Street is extremely popular with stag dos and hen parties.

The gay scene in Brighton is very well known in the UK and around the world. It’s been dubbed the gay capital of Europe. The place where there are many gay clubs and bars is Kemp Town. This area is a 20 minute walk from West Street and is very popular with the gay community.

When going out to the nightclubs and bars in Brighton you will find that the dress code isn’t strict. You can easily enter bars and pubs in casual wear but you may have to smarten up when you are going to a club.

Brighton’s nightlife is enjoyed throughout the year and is mainly busy on Fridays and Saturdays. This city gets busy at about 11pm and keeps going until about 3am but don’t let that stop you partying past 3am!


One of the most popular Nightclubs in Brighton is Concorde 2. You are literally guaranteed to have great night. This club is along Madeira Drive and is the largest live music venue in the city. For over 2 decades this place has seen many artists and DJs. It’s a must to visit.

Another popular Nightclub is Pryzm on West Street. It’s a great club with DJs playing the latest tunes. The atmosphere is great and it gets very busy here.

The next club to recommend is Shooshh. This place is dubbed as a VIP Superclub. It’s a luxurious and glamorous place so dress to impress when you go through the doors. If you are feeling fancy then why not hire a VIP booth.

Elsewhere you could head to the seafront and under the railway arches you will find a very busy nightclub in the name of Brighton Coalition. This place hosts gigs and DJ nights. There is a range of music playing so everyone can enjoy Brighton Coalition.

The Funfair Club is a very unique place. At this circus themed venue there will never be a dull moment. There are circus performers, fire breathers and more. And if you want to put your dancing shoes on, you can by heading to the black and white chequered dance floor.

A firm favourite with stag dos and hen parties is Bar 76 Club. You are bound to have fun with your friends here. There are VIP booths to hire out here and even a VIP boardroom for up to 20 people.

Live Music Venues

Live music venues aren’t hard to come by in Brighton. Here are a few places where you can experience great live music.

One of the great venues here is the Green Door Store. This place is near the train station. So close in fact that the venue is under the Victorian railway arches. This place hosts great nights with diverse bands playing here.

The Haunt is an old converted cinema and is spread across two floors. It’s a big place and hosts gig nights regularly. The dance floor here is very popular and is the place to be when you are in Haunt. There is also a very large balcony that gives great views of the stage when bands are playing.

Bars and Cocktail Bars

A very popular bar to head to is No 32. It’s a very stylish and cool place to hang out. It’s located in the Laines and has a great drinks menu. Try one of the cocktails, you won’t regret it. When the weekends come there is live music and DJs on the deck.

Neighbourhood is one of the best independent bars in Brighton. There are two floors and even a 100 ft garden, perfect for the summer months.

If you are a fan of vinyl then you need to check out Dead Wax Social. Vinyl records are all over the bar, including the walls. The bar is in the North Laines and is a great hangout spot.

The Tempest Inn is another great bar to visit. This place is located on the beach front and is a cool place to have a drink. When you step inside this place you will find that you are stepping into a cave!

Other bars to check out are BrewDog, Medusa Bar, Lucky Voice (karaoke bar), Pitcher & Piano, Maggie Mae’s, The Plotting Parlour, Be At One Bar, The Mesmerist, East Street Tap, Proud Cabaret, Lola Lo and Bohemia.


There are plenty of great pubs in Brighton. One of the oldest in the city is The Cricketers. It opened in 1547, this was when King Edward VI was on the throne. This pub was featured in the famous novel Brighton Rock.

Another old pub that you can visit is Druids Head. It was founded in 1510 and is a great traditional pub. It has many local ales to try out.

Hope & Ruin is a fantastic pub. This place is inspired by the Eastern European bar scene and has a wide range of drinks available. The pub also has a gig venue upstairs and hosts many gig and club nights.

Here are more Pubs to try out: North Laine, The Basketmakers Arms, The Victory Inn, The Mesmerist, The White Rabbit, The Black Dove, Brighton Beer Dispensary, The Prince Albert Pub and The Globe.