Brighton has had a reputation as a party capital since the times of the Prince Regent, and nothing has changed. It now has about 1 pub for every 900 residents, the highest number of any city in the UK.
The standard British nightlife experience of lots of alcohol, commercial dance music, ultra mini skirts and flared tempers is centered around the notorious West Street area of the city, which is also home to Oceana the largest nightclub in the city. However, if that’s not your scene don’t worry, there is plenty more on offer from Brighton nightlife.
Komedia – A long time favourite for residents to get their comedy fix and home of the Krater comedy club. There’s also a mix of club nights, live music and caberet. Located in the North Laine area, 44-47 Gardner Street, 0845 293 8480. Check the website for listings.
Theatre Royal – Brighton’s largest Theatre which opened in 1807. It currently has a mixture of West End productions and touring plays and musicals, with some performances of opera and ballet. Theatre Royal Listings
Brighton Dome – Contains the Concert Hall, The Corn Exchange and the Pavilion Theatre. Check the website for what’s on www.brightondome.org
Proud Caberet – Brighton’s most unique venue. Set in a former mausoleum, it’s full of flamboyant glamour from a bygone era. There are standard club nights and supper club nights – 3 course meals with interactive caberets, burlesque shows, and live music. There’s even an open top bus to take you from the town centre and back again. Check whats on at www.brightoncabaret.com
Brighton has many other smaller venues and theatres for comedy, plays and live music. Check out the Brighton Source website for the latest listings.
For clubbing the best area is the beach bars along the Kings road arches that serve food and drinks by day, and in the evening turn into big clubs playing House, Drum n Bass, Techno and Trance.
Coalition – Big Club with a range of different nights 171-181 Kings Rd Arches, 01273 722385.
Audio – 2 floors, a club downstairs and a great cocktail bar upstairs over looking the Palace Pier, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN21TL.
Life – Maze like club. 59-161 Kings Rd. Arches, 01273 770505, http://www.lifebrighton.com
Concorde 2 – Huge club often with live music. 01273 673 311, Madeira Shelter Hall, Madeira Drive http://www.concorde2.co.uk
Bohemia – Great new addition to the Brighton bar scene, aimed at the mid twenties and up crowd. The bar oozes sophistication on 3 floors. Try the Dry Ice Cocktails – they rock! www.bohemiabrighton.co.uk
Merkaba – Inside Myhotel in Jubilee square. Perfect cocktails and great on the weekends with a buzzing atmosphere and highflying crowd. www.merkababrighton.com
Black Lion – Lively pub especially at weekends, when they normally have live music and open till very late. If you head there take a closer look at the building too, it’s a reconstruction of the original Black Lion Brewery, which was set up in 1546 by Flemish immigrant Deryk Carver. There’s even a an old fashioned hoist and delivery door at the top of the building. Unfortunately, Deryk Carver ended up being burnt at the stake as a Protestant Martyr, but don’t worry the only ‘stakes’ there these days get served medium rare. 14 Black Lion Street, BN1 1ND, 01273 711884.
Cricketers – Next door to the Black Lion and Brighton’s oldest pub dating from around 1545. It was said to be one of Graham Greene’s haunts, and is mentioned in his book ‘Brighton Rock’. It also contains the Green Yard, which was used as an animal pound until 1882. 15 Black Lion Street, BN1 1ND. www.cricketersbrighton.co.uk
Bath Arms – Right in the middle of the Lanes, but a quieter option for the evenings, especially at the weekends. Great food and beer, and probably the best Chocolate Brownie in town… 3-4 Meeting House Lane, BN1 1HB, 01273 329 437. Bath Arms WebSite
Fish Bowl – Great little pub right in the centre of the action on East Street. There’s a large fishbowl on the bar hence… Sunday is reggae night. 74 East Street, BN1 1HQ, 01273 777505.
Brightons Gay area is centred around St James Street and the Old Steine.
Legends – Set in the heart of Kemptown on the sea front. It has a hotel on the upper floors, so very convenient. 31-34 Marine Parade, 01273 624462, www.legendsbrighton.co.uk
Revenge – High energy club with a predominantly younger crowd than Legends. 32-34 Old Steine, BN1 1EL, 01273 606064, http://www.revenge.co.uk
The Bulldog – Brighton’s longest running Gay bar. Not sure it ever closes. Also not recommended sober. 31 Saint James’s Street Mews, 01273 696 996.
Duke of York Picturehouse – Opened in 1910, it’s the UK’s oldest purpose built cinema. It’s located a short walk from the Station, in a wonderful building with a huge pair of legs dancing the can-can on the roof! Shows Mainstream and Art-house movies. Click Here for listings, 0871 902 5728.
Odeon – Right in the centre of town. Kingswest, West Street, East Sussex. BN1 2RE. Click Here for listings, 0871 224 4007.
Cineworld Brighton Marina – More comfortable than the Odeon and plenty of parking. Brighton Marina, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 5UF, Click Here for listings, 0871 200 2000.