Brighton is known for its vibrant bar scene and nightlife. So, it’s no surprise that locals and visitors alike flock to the city’s coolest bars, in search of a Brighton cocktail with a twist.

With allegedly more pubs per square mile than London, it can be a minefield on where to start. So to give you a nudge in the right direction, we’ve rounded up the five best cocktail bars in Brighton below.


Sophisticated Cocktail Bar: The Plotting Parlour


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If you’re after a sophisticated venue with a focus on unusual and extravagant drinks, head to The Plotting Parlour. Dark décor with gold accents, this luxe cocktail bar in Brighton is table service only and regularly updates its menu which is crafted by expert mixologists. They even create ‘flights’ of cocktails to experience the best of a single spirit.


Cocktail Bar With The Best View: Nyetimber Sky Bar


As the South Coast’s Highest Bar, there is no other place in Brighton where you can sip your cocktail at 450 ft high. Admire breathtaking views of Brighton and the South Coast, whilst enjoying a glass of award-winning Sussex Sparkling Wine, Nyetimber. Or try a local’s favourite, the Lemon Verbena Garden Collins by Brighton Gin, a gin distilled in Brighton for the perfect summer taste, whatever the weather!


Cocktail Bar With The Best Music: Shuffle Bar


Okay, so Brighton’s cocktail bar with the ‘best music’ may be a bit subjective. But if you fancy yourself as a bit of a DJ, The Shuffle Bar is the one for you! This cocktail bar serves classics such as Long Island Iced Tea whilst letting their customers pick the playlist. So you can control the music from your phone without shouting at the DJ, just don’t take that friend with questionable taste. No one wants ‘Baby by Justin Bieber’ on repeat as they sip their mojito…


Brighton’s Most Extravagant Cocktail Bar: Bohemia


Located in the heart of the famous Brighton Lanes, Bohemia is well-loved by the locals. Known for its theatrical drinks (Pornstar Martini with a side of dry ice), Bohemia’s three floors and stunning roof terrace is a hit for post-work drinks and getting the party started at the weekend.


Best Outdoor Bar: West Beach Café Bar


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West Beach Café Bar at BA i360 is a hidden gem, beloved by those in the know. With unrivalled views of the beach and the West Pier from its large sun terrace, this bar is the ideal spot for a sundowner.