Eating and Drinking in Brighton

As one of the best places in the UK to start a business, it’s no surprise that Brighton has a thriving independent culinary and nightlife scene. So thriving, in fact, that we couldn’t narrow down our choices enough to feature in our original what to do in Brighton guide.

With more restaurants per head of population than anywhere in the UK outside London and a reputation for not only being the gay capital of the UK, but one of Britain’s most exciting places to hit up on the weekend, spending a weekend eating and drinking in Brighton is easy. 

But where are the best places to go?

As a firm of accountants, with offices in Brighton and Eastbourne, and the majority of our staff either coming from or living in, Brighton for a number of years, we think we’re perfectly placed to give you the lowdown.

We’ve put together some of our favourite places, and a bit of local insight, to give you a comprehensive overview of where to eat and drink in Brighton

Eating in Brighton

Eating out in Brighton is no joke. Whether you’re a gastronome, looking to impress on a special occasion or just after some fish and chips along the shore, there are, quite literally, hundreds of options to choose from. 

Whereas the more classy establishments used to be situated in and around the Lanes area, more than ever up and coming restaurateurs are settling in the bohemian North Laine. The mile-long strip linking the train station to the Pavilion hosts a number of independent shops, cafes, theatres and museums, as well as quite a few of our favourite places to stop for a bite to eat.

Best Fine Dining in Brighton

Isaac At, Gloucester Road

Isaac At, Gloucester Road, Brighton

Inspired by the local agriculture and production of the Sussex Downs - a theme which permeates the Brighton culinary scene - Isaac At have crafted a menu with a continued emphasis on locally sourced, fresh, ingredients. 

Representing the taste of the South East, even complimenting each dish with a carefully selected and paired English wine choice, the level of detail that pervades each dish is impeccable.

Best Indian Food

Chilli Pickle. Jubilee Street

The Chilli Pickle, Jubilee Street, Brighton

Chilli Pickle is a colourful favourite with locals and tourists alike. Serving authentic Indian street food with a modern twist, like its name, Chilli Pickle packs one hell of a punch.

Check out their take on the curry classic Vindaloo with their creative Crispy Pork Belly Vindaloo and Duck Haleem.

Best Healthy Eating

Silo, Upper Gardner St

Silo, Upper Gardner St, Brighton

This recent addition to the North Laines is an eco-friendly restaurant with an elevated menu to match the high ceilings of its renovated warehouse home. 

Serving a radical fusion of modern and ancient recipes, Silo places a strong emphasis on nutrition and organic, non-processed food. With a key focus on ethical eating and business practices, everything, even the jam jar water glasses, is recycled.

Drinking in Brighton

No British seaside town would be complete without several, or more, pubs, and in Brighton, the humble British pub goes through a litany of iterations. Cosy Victorian front rooms, themed pubs, converted churches and rooms lined with vintage arcade games, all exist within the streets of Brighton. Alongside plenty of options to extend that after work drink into an all-night session with the excellent club scene.

Best Casual Drink

The White Rabbit, Kensington Gardens

The White Rabbit, Kensington Gardens

A favoured watering hole on the way into the town centre. This low-lit and intimate venue with rustic decor and an outdoor courtyard is ideal for grabbing a bite to eat in the way of classic pub food, or a casual drink.

Best Atmosphere

Hobgoblin, York Place

Hobgoblin, York Place, Brighton

Always buzzing, the Hobgoblin is an excellent place for a pre-night out, or weekend, drink. With a DJ, drinks deals, cool vintage interior and a Mexican inspired cuisine, the Hobgoblin is one of the more alternative spots on the list.

Best Burlesque Bar

Proud Cabaret, St. George’s Road

Proud Cabaret, St George's Road, Brighton

Situated in a former ballroom, with disco balls, a dance floor and a wheel of excellent burlesque and cabaret performers hosting regular nights, Proud offers a night out outside the norm. 

Clubbing in Brighton

Brighton has some of the best nightlife in the UK, from inclusive gay bars to student bars, Brighton’s got a dance floor for everyone, but here are three of the best.

Best Speakeasy

Mesmerist, Prince Albert Street

Mesmerist, Prince Albert Street

Although the understated decor gives off a casual lounge bar aesthetic, The Mesmerist seamlessly transforms from a pub to a bar, to a club, to an underground speakeasy. If you pick the right night, you could easily find yourself walking into a swing band soundtracked 1930’s gin joint, with dancers, an extensive cocktail menu and a fun photo booth.

Best Gay Nightclub

Revenge, Old Steine

Revenge, Old Steine

The most popular gay nightclub in the city, Revenge welcomes everyone, as long as you’re there to have a good (and respectful) time. Built over two floors, each with its own bar and dance floor, with a music playlist built to make you dance all night, Revenge is always an excellent night.

Best Good Old Club

The Haunt, Pool Valley

The Haunt, Pool Valley

If you’re looking for your plain old dark and sweaty club night, look no further. Situated in Brighton’s old coach station, The Haunt hosts live events, 90’s themed nights and hosts a secret discotheque every Thursday.

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