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Top bar recommendations from locals

Gastropub
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“The Ginger Dog is a local pub offering real ales, craft beers, and fine wines together with a good hearty menu of traditional pub food. As with its ginger sisters, The Ginger Dog uses only the very finest, seasonal, ingredients to offer a really satisfying dining experience. The Ginger Dog brings a slice of modern pub gastronomy to the Kemptown area of Brighton and includes a private dining room upstairs. Families and dogs are of course welcome.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Pub
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“Tiny space, but amazing cocktails and secret venue downstairs, my favourite bar ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Best little cocktail bar in Brighton, hidden just off St James St, and near VIP and the pier. ”
  • 51 locals recommend
Pub
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“Live Jazz on a Sunday from 8pm at the smallest and quirkiest bar in Kemptown”
  • 32 locals recommend
Pub
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“Busby and Wilds is a popular Gastropub located to the East of Kemptown. It is renowned for their home cooked food, Belgian beers and chilled atmosphere. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Pub
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“Big beer garden with booths with those heated lamps for the committed smoker.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“Bar with French windows, terrace, garden and eclectic decor, plus wide-ranging pub and whisky menus. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nightclub
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“Great nightclub with lovely garden terrace with sea views. Both day & night events are on offer. Always host good DJs playing a range of music such as techno, afrobeat, house, acid house, dupstep & drum and bass.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“Block is everything you would expect from a Kemptown bar - chilled, trendy and welcoming! It boasts an extensive selection of wines and a wonderful menu based around their charcoal and wood burning oven. One not to be missed! ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“This fantastic venue hidden away in the much loved, but to tourists lesser known, area of Kemptown village hosts burlesque nights, salsa classes, and cabaret evenings. I could tell you some stories...”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“Under new management since 2016, Brighton Rocks Bar is the place to be! Brighton Rocks is an intimate quirky Rock N Roll Cocktail Bar with the friendliest of staff and a carefully selected list of drinks, exquisite food and enjoyable events that keep you coming back for more. We serve the tastiest amazing cocktails, excellent wines, craftiest beers and superb spirits, a guaranteed fab night out. We also have two free areas to hire either side of the bar for those special occasions, or for larger parties the whole venue can be hired. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pub
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“Our favourite when we're in town. The Barley Mow is a 'proper' pub, popular with people who live locally. The staff and locals are friendly, so I'd hope a good option if you're travelling on your own. It's probably more of an Autumn/Winter pub as there's no garden (there's a covered outside space, mainly used by smokers). There's a quiz night, a local group who meet for French conversation, and plenty of board games to keep you occupied. Sunday lunch is good too (including vegetarian and, I think, vegan options). They have a set-up with a local pizza take-away and a Thai restaurant. Order in the pub and it's delivered to your table. Both options are good value (for Brighton!) and have always been consistently good food.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“Classic seaside pub, spacious and full of sunshine, with panoramic sea views. Good and plentiful bistro food - we love the fish pie and smoked mackerel pate with hunks of granary toast.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gay Bar
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“LGBT - Popular pub with great food & bear-sized portions. Can heartily recommend their Sunday Roasts.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Night Club
“LGBT - By day a bar, by night a legendary club & the best place to end your big gay night out”
  • 12 locals recommend