My favourite little bar that serves the best cocktail in Brighton. They are slightly pricey, but take it from me, you shouldn't be able to drink more than two!
This bar is small, so if the hotel is busy, you may not get in.
I can highly recommend the Whiskey Sour (and you can always book a room at this boutique hotel for a romantic occasion if you don't fancy the stagger home). The friendly bar staff take great pride in the quality of their coctails and have won awards for best coctails/barstaff and such. You will never get a 'ready mix' here.
The hotel also has a restaurant and occasionally, celebrity bingo!
Dress Code: Funky chilled kitsch...
A pub with a great relaxed atmosphere - like walking into your living room.
The views across Brighton are splendid.
This is a good pub to have a long game of scrabble in on a Sunday afternoon.
Friendly, comfy sofas and they serve organic wine
What more do you want?!
The pub hosts an occasional 'alternative' pub quiz - which I can assure you, is riotous!
*oct 06 update - have heard, this pub changed management, and is not as good as it was. will investigate - since discvovered that the unday roasts are no more*
Dress Code: Wear what you like!
*July '08 - Sadly I think this venue has now closed *
The Cable Club have been putting on local & unsigned bands at the Pressure Point for a while now. It's not usually expensive to get in (£3/£4), never too crowded and the p.a. is half decent. Btter known indie bands occaionally play here too.
Downstairs is a bar where you can have a drink before you go up. There is usually a dj spinning cool roots reggae.
Edit : I recently ventured down to the Pressure Point to see a band I used to play with, 4 AD's 'Mojave 3'. This time, the entry was £11 (although not for moi, I hasten to add!). Rumoured to be their swansong record/tour, they gave us our moneys worth, with an extensive set list and a great sound. It was nice catching up with the guys after.
Also pictured KB's band 'Fuji Heavy' . If you're in the vicinity, try and catch a gig - the suited and booted rascals have some great catchy songs and they rock!
Dress Code: Anything goes !
This is a great place for seeing and hearing lesser known but hugely talented bands and artists! Concorde 2 is an intimate venue and has a nice bar and friendly staff. I have never know there to be any trouble as there is plenty of security. Sometimes they even let you meet the band after the show!
Dress Code: Anything....but you would feel a bit out of place in a suit...
Saw two great bands here last night...
Hal and the Magic Numbers. Hal are an Irish band and the Magic Numbers are English. Both are fab! Go and see them if they are anywhere near you!
Dress Code: Anything. Shell suits would look a bit silly here though and anything too *chavvy*.
"Friendly, chilled, eclectic, creative -Live music, spoken word, performance & comedy. Still retaining the intimate and alternative atmosphere it is a haven for every creative genre. With a wide and varied programme of events, including emerging musicians, open mic and poetry nights to name but a few".
Technically in Hove beneath the Sanctuary Cafe, this little venue is a little gem of a place. My band Hush Collector launched our 'Flowby ep' with an informal gig here and the night was a great success. The venue has a discerning musical clientel who actually listen to the musicians (yeah, really !) and there is a lovely chilled-out, cosey vibe about the place.
Central, cheap entry, a great vibe and food served in the cafe upstairs -
What more could you ask for!
You can read some of our gig reviews here
Dress Code: As you come.
"a beautiful listed building on two floors combining the best of old and new Brighton. The downstairs has the original magic city stage set for CATS on the walls, bohemian and unforgettable and everyone from Amy Winehouse to The Kooks has graced the stage. Upstairs the restaurant bar has a glorious skylight and is cool and spacious. Both floors have full PA and lights. It's only 50 yards from the pier practically on Brighton seafront and holds 200".
What was Joogleburry Playhouse, a cool bar, open late with good food with a nice relaxed vibe and decor; is now Latest Music Bar. Still a good bar, but with much of the upstairs decor gone to provide space for more acts. Some of the charm is sadly gone and we don't seem to get so much flamenco and the like, but still a reasonaby priced night out with some interesting bands and acts. Last time we cisited (Aug 2010) there was a live salsa band upstairs and a Rolling Stones tribute downstairs. I do miss the Jooglebury, but this is still a friendly and fun venue.
Dress Code: Relaxed , eccentric.
'Komedia is the best thing that has happened to Brighton' - Joanne Good BBC Southern Counties.
Everyone loves the Komedia which presents comedy, innovative theatre & live music in the heart of the North Lanes. The acclaimed basement cabaret bar plays host to a range of hugely popular regular events including Krater Comedy Club, Treason Show and Voodoo Vaudeville, as well as a world, acoustic, jazz, folk & more discerning rock musi, not forgetting bizarre and wonderful cabaret happenings.
On the first floor, a stylish, flexible theatre and cabaret space welcomes the world's most acclaimed small to mid-scale touring theatre companies, as well as headline comedians and cabaret performers.
The upstairs theatre and cabaret bar is where I often find myself. Shows including super-talented and original multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett (pictured Aug 2010) who plays amazingly dextrous blues, neo-spanish, jazz, rock and folk with great humour and aplomb and Palo Flamenco (also pictured & review below). The venue provides a bar food menu.
Wild Willy Barrett Website : http://www.musiczoo.co.uk/
Palo Flamenco, featuring the award winning dancer Andres (wow that stare!) Pena and one of Granadas finest singers Antonio Campos (good) marry the music of the Basque countryside with the bold dance beat of Andalusian gypsies. (Can't remember the name of the guitarrist, sorry). They were were joined onstage by the twin Gomez sisters and their Basquetxalapartapercussion. I have seen theses charming and amazing sisters perfrom before. Although rather brilliant, I can't say I can sit through too much of their art for too long. When their rhythms blended with the palmas and foodtstomping of the flamencos, it worked well, but I found myself drifting during their solo piece.I enjoyed the dancing of barcelona's Andres Pena and Antonios voice reaches the parts that flamenco singing should!
Dress Code: Varied, according to the event.
This is my local pub, which means, a Nordic one, they serves also Finnish, Swedish and Danish Beer. Also some Nordic food, not to mentioned Nordic Girls and Guys ;-)
So you must try it while here :)))
Three stand up acts and a barking mad compere, whose act was to engage the audience and generally make fun of them - you must know this if you go to stand up, so why were some people offended?
Well run venue - rowdies not tolerated - bar open in intervals and decent snack food (nachos etc). Still haven't got over how pleasant it is to be in a smoke free atmosphere in places like this.
Dress Code: None
Very smart cocktail bar and restaurant upstairs, cafe like environ downstairs. I enjoyed sitting at the bar and chatting with the staff. Clientele all well dressed, attractive and friendly.
Loads of choice for cocktails, all made promptly and deliciously by knowledgable staff. I drank too much :-)
Dress Code: People tended to be smart but not formal at 7pm on a Saturday in summer.
The Brighton centre is a huge arena on the seafront. Just sandwiched in between the Hilton hotel and the Odeon cinema and oceana nightspot, you literally can't miss it. Inside it's huge and has something happening big at least once a week. Bands such as Maroon 5, Manic street preachers, Keane etc. play there. Pop stars such as Rhianna, Pink and take that have played there. Also more underground and classic types of bands from the prodigy, to UB40 play there. Comedians are also frequent there, such as Lee Evans who i've got tickets to go and see in october 08. They even have indoor speedway championships and other sports there.
Dress Code: See website for different events, but i think most will be casual.
Tru used to be called creation. After a refurb. it reopened called tru. Oceana is opposite and very commercial. Since then i've noticed tru has opened it's doors to an underground crowd on quite a few occasions. Recently over valentines it held a drum n bass event with dj's/mc's including brockie, kenny ken, nicky blackmarket, adam f, dr s gachet, skibadee, shabba, fearless and more. On other nights tru will play more standard forms of club music and has a very big main room and smaller back room. More of a younger age group use the venue as it's over 18's unlike oceana which on weekends is over 20's. Big club, with big sound system, lots of pretty girls and good night out.
Dress Code: Smart casual, no trainers or sportswear.
The honeyclub is on the seafront in the arches. In between the old pier and the palace pier you will stroll past lots of stools, shops and other bars/clubs in the arches, heading from the old pier to the palace pier(new pier). Honeyclub is more for the dance and hard trance fans and those who like their funky house. On saturdays it's the best night but still can get quite busy other nights in the week. Always hosting different promotional events and guest dj's you shouldn't struggle to really get a good boogie on in here. With 7 bars and 5 rooms including an r n b room you should have a good time. In the daytime the bar operates as 2 x outside terraces for the sun lovers to chill out to on the beach.
Dress Code: Casual, no trainers to the best of my knowledge and they love people dancing and dressing funky in all types of club wear.
Oceana is part of a big chain of clubs/bars in England. Formerly on the site where The event 2 nightclub was, the site is easily accessible and slap bang in the middle of the city. Inside the club you'll be spoilt for choice. I think there's 7 rooms. There's a different theme for each room you go in, and they're all themed to a town or city from various countries. For example, you have the New York disco room, with it's retro style. Then you have the ice house, themed from Iceland, Tahiti bar, Monte Carlo bar and so on and so on. The club only recently opened after a 6 million pound workload to make it the premier place to be in Brighton. It's a commercial club, playing your usual styles of music from chart, dance, garage etc. in the ice house and retro old skool disco in New York room. In the bars you'll find chilled vibes and other beats. The muusic does get a bit more banging in the main room as the night moves on. Sometimes hearing some drum n bass and harder trance/house. It's a honey haven, meaning thhe paradise for sinlge blokes as Brighton has one of the highest woman to men ratios in the country. Throught the week days i think it's over 18's in the main parts of the club but over 20's in the disco. Fridays and saturdays over 20's in the club and over 23's in the disco.
Dress Code: No trainers, smart casual allowed, but make an effort. I don't think they like sportswear either and definately no caps.