Brighton Nightlife

  • Wild Willy Barrett live at the Komedia
    Wild Willy Barrett live at the Komedia
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  • Oceana main room.
    Oceana main room.
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  • Me in oceana, opening night.
    Me in oceana, opening night.
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    BRIGHTON PIER: STARLING SHOW

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I am not normally a birdwatcher, but the show the Starlings put on each evening is something to see. They fly in huge formations and then quickly change direction to create fantastic swirling patterns in the sky. If you click on my photos you can see the truly massive numbers there are. As they swirl and swiftly change direction, they never collide with each other. Fantastic. They usually do their flying show over Brighton Pier just before sunset. Free and worth seeing

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  • The Hope Bar: Luke Jones

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    For a great night out in Brighton, visit the Hope Bar. It's busy and popular and there is live music most nights of the week. It's a two level bar with music being on the upper level, though seating is limited upstairs. It's £4 entry on the door. Downstairs is a large open central area with big comfy sofas. A rum and coke or vodka and tonic will cost you £2.65.

    We saw Luke Jones here, a hugely talented singer song writer, local to Brighton. It was an excellent evening!! Check out his fabulous new song "The Fear".

    Dress Code: Trendy-ish.

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  • Ocean Rooms: David Ford - State of the Union

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    sorry its so rubbish - it was the stage lights!

    We saw the fabulous David Ford performing here at the Ocean Rooms. The venue is off the beaten path up a side road from Grand Parade. There is a market opposite the venue which was closed and a really good little cafe (Market Cafe) which stays open all hours - serves big mugs of coffee for a pound and has some seriously dodgy toilets...

    But more about the Ocean Rooms. When we arrived we really weren't sure if we had found the right place as there is nothing saying *Ocean Rooms* ANYWHERE - just three large black doors with some VERY strange writings above it that look like biblical sayings but not quite - sorry that doesn't make much sense but you would know if you saw it!

    We stood outside for ages chatting to other gig-goers waiting for the sound checks to be completed before we went in 15 mins later than the time specified on the tickets (which were 6GBP btw). The interior is very dark with just a few red lamps. There is a bar and some nice long red velvety raised benches along on the other side of the room. The stage is VERY small and there are no barriers. A really friendly and intimate little place.

    David Ford was fabulous and sang all the songs off his debut album
    I sincerely apologise for all the trouble I've caused

    The album is fantastic and he signed mine for me at the bar at the end of the night :)

    Dress Code: Anything - this is student-town - wear what you like!

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    Corn Exchange: A More Civilised Venue

    by amapola66 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Brighton Corn Exchange

    One of my favourite venues in Brighton, has to be the Corn Exchange. This venue was built at the same time as the Dome Concert Hall and was originally the Prince Regent's riding house.

    The Corn Exchange was lovingly restored as part of the recent Brighton Dome refurbishment project. It is now a unique and versatile venue with a magnificent single span of arched ceiling and a sprung maple flooring.

    The last time I went to there, it was to see the very wonderful Yo La Tengo The venue is arranged in such a way, that you can stand near the front of the stage if you fancy it, or sit in the raised seating area just behind, which gives you a clear view of the stage and as you are just behind the mixing desk, you also get a good sound. We opted for the latter and could have happily sat there all night, just as well they did a really long set!

    The venue often offers workshops with visiting dance companies during the day.

    Highly recommended for most events.

    Dress Code: Depends what's on, but mostly casual.

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    Blanche House Cocktail Bar: Great Cocktails in Kitsch Ambience

    by amapola66 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Marguarita !

    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!

    Wonderfully kitsch.

    Dress Code: Funky chilled kitsch...

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    Setting Sun Pub: Relaxed Pub, Great Views of the City

    by amapola66 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Setting Sun Pub, Brighton

    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!

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    Pressure Point (Cable Club): Live bands at the Cable Club

    by amapola66 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Old band buddies Neil and Ian of Mojave 3
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    *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 !

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  • Concorde2: A Great Venue on the South Coast

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Looks better in real life!
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    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...

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  • Concorde 2: Magic Numbers Gig

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Magic!!!

    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*.

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    Sanctuary Cella Venue: Intimate Basement Live Music Venue

    by amapola66 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "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.

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    Latest Music Bar (exJoogleberry Playhouse): Gigs, cabaret and music bar

    by amapola66 Updated Sep 6, 2010

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    "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.

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    Komedia: Brighton's Coolest Venue?

    by amapola66 Updated Sep 6, 2010

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    '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.

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    Komedia: No frills comedy show

    by miniman2804 Written Jul 2, 2008

    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

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    Pintxo People: A quality venue in a quality town

    by miniman2804 Written Jul 2, 2008

    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.

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    The Brighton centre.: Big name bands, musicians, live acts etc.

    by shizzler Written Feb 17, 2008

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    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.

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