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*.
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...
We saw Tom Baxter here - he and his band gave a fabulous performance with loads of tracks from his Feather and Stone album and lots of new, heavier stuff, from his forthcoming album to be released early 2006.
There are all kinds of musicians/bands/singers etc etc performing here so check the website to see whats on if you are visiting Brighton. Unfortunately photography is not allowed inside the venue unless previously arranged with the management.
There are stages upstairs and downstairs - the downstairs is larger and there are tables and seating if you get there early enough. Both venues have bars - and they also serve coffee. A great evening out if you are in the area and looking for cool nightlife!
Dress Code: Anything
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...
"The Old Market has the potential to take the musical crown away from some of the more established venues in Brighton....it looks great, it sounds great (Real Brighton).
Built in 1828 by eminent local architect Charles Busby, the Grade II listed building was originally a working market.
The venue has a wonderfully eclectic variety of shows, rock & pop, including world music, flamenco, jazz, classical, theatre etc etc
I last saw resident Brighton band 'Kandela', featuring my dear amiga, the lovely Gabriela (pictured) and flamenco guitarrist Steve Holmes and Indie rocksters 'Low'.
The venue was relaxed, roomy and they very especially nice to the children we had with us.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
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!
A great venue in Brighton (well, Hove really) - small, intimate with a nice bar for pre-gig drinks. We saw the Norwegian band Kings of Convenience here last week and they were fabulous! Very entertaining and excellent musicians.
There's plenty of places in the vicinity to get something to eat and we just "happened" to be eating where the guys from KoC were also having dinner before the gig!! (but we were too polite to ask for a photo!!!). They did "pass the salt" though!!!!
The Old Market is central and easy to reach by public transport. Parking after 6pm isnt too difficult either.
Dress Code: I usually go to places where I can say "wear what you like" - but there were no baseball caps or sports gear here. So I guess anything apart from that kind of stuff. There were one or two rugby shirts in evidence - but this is a uni town :))
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 !
A really cool, intimate venue tucked away in Brighton's Manchester Street where we saw Kevin McGann performing. He's a young acoustic folk guitarist singer songwriter with a great voice and bags of talent.
Anyway they serve tapas for £4-5 at the tables during the gigs and the bar staff are really helpful and friendly. There is a tiny stage and the decor is mostly funky and dark, small tables and not very comfy chairs - there are one or two padded chairs with arms so look around for those before you sit down! :)) Disabled visitors have unlimited access as there is a chairlift down to the bar venue and sloping floors throughout to the loos etc.
There are loads of other gigs going on here so check the listings on their website for more info.
Dress Code: Anything
"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.
Once again I was dragged out by P on a work night to a great little pub in Brighton where they have live acoustic music on a Tuesday night. It's all free and they have various artists performing. It's starts around 9 and goes on til 11 and organised by BadgerMusic. Check the link. The musicians play upstairs but get there early as space is limited.
Oh and btw.... we had a blast! :))
Dress Code: Anything
Small but beautiful, newly re-vamped bar/restaurant/live music venue with a great atmosphere, in the heart of the Laines in Brighton where we saw Foy Vance, the talented Irish acoustic guitarist/singer-songwriter. As this was a special night for friends of the restaurant owner and Foy to celebrate the re-opening, food wasn't being served but the menu looks great and I shall certainly be back to check it out again - especially if Foy is going to be playing there.
Drinks are around £2.60 for Vodka & Tonic or Rum and Coke.
The Mint Restaurant/Music Bar
The title of this tip comes from the song - see it, hear it, here:
An Indiscriminate Act of Kindness
Dress Code: Smart-casual
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.
"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.