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Brighton Nightlife

Brighton is something of an after dark nirvana with a wide choice of nightspots including great British boozers, cutting-edge clubs, chic cocktail joints, dim drinking dens and raucous live music venues.

Its nightlife offerings can be crudely cut into several areas: the North Laine for alternative bars with a penchant for loud rock music and bird-feeder beards; Kemp Town for Brighton’s excellent gay scene and karaoke; Hove for cosy pubs with candles, couches and ethically-reared eats; and West Street for a full suburban night-terror of stag dos and David Guetta remixes.

Bars in Brighton

Brighton Rocks

Brighton Rocks is a long-established pillar of the Kemp Town nightlife landscape. Take a pew on the terrace on a sunny evening or for a cosier ambience, bag a Chesterfields near the inviting open fire. Bar staff mix a mean Moscow Mule, amongst many other cocktails, and food is a mix of classic pub and interesting bistro fare.

Address: Kemp Town, 6 Rock Place, Brighton, BN2 1PF
Telephone: +44 1273 600 550.
Website: http://www.brightonrocksbar.co.uk

The Bee’s Mouth

The Bee’s Mouth is one of the true gems of the city’s nightlife. Situated towards Hove, but still only a 10-minute walk from the centre of Brighton, it is a multi-floor, gothic furnished haven for those who would rather take a midwinter dip in the Channel than splash their cash in a shiny chain bar. There’s a good selection of beers on pump, just don’t stare too long at the spinning mannequin head under the bar.

Address: , 10 Western Road, Brighton, BN3 1AE
Telephone: +44 1273 770 083.

The Dorset

This timeless Brighton drinking institution balances a cosy and charming pub atmosphere with a cool pre-club hangout. This is a place for relaxed daytime pints, extended after-work tipples, and lively late-night soirées. The lights dim after dark, DJs take to the decks, and the tables spilling out into vibrant North Road stay chattering well into the small hours.

Address: , 28 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YB
Telephone: +44 1273 605 423.
Website: http://www.thedorset.co.uk

Clubs in Brighton

Concorde 2

One of Brighton’s most established music and club night venues, Concorde 2 has been keeping it righteously real for a couple of decades now. A beachfront showcase for everything from hip-hop and drum and bass to indie and dub, it’s got a late license and a license to thrill.

Address: , Madeira Shelter Hall, Madeira Drive , Brighton, BN2 1EN
Telephone: +44 1273 673 311.
Website: http://www.concorde2.co.uk

Green Door Store

Since opening in 2011, Green Door Store has quickly solidified its reputation as the premier alternative music venue in the city. With its industrial design and exposed brickwork, it’s taken a big leaf out of the Williamsburg handbook. Depending on the night you pick, you could be dancing to Blondie, Pavement or the cream of Trojan Records.

Address: , Neighborhood, Brighton, BN1 4FQ
Telephone: +44 7944 693 214.
Website: http://www.thegreendoorstore.co.uk

The Haunt

The Haunt masters the trick of being close to the West Street action without pulling the stag do crowd. Of all the clubs at the commercial end of the scale, it is far and away the best, and if you are out on a Saturday, its I Love 1985 night is an institution for those who aren't too hip to get down to INXS.

Address: , 10 Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ
Telephone: +44 1273 736 618.
Website: http://www.thehauntbrighton.co.uk

Live music in Brighton

Brighton Dome

As well as being the region's foremost classical music venue, the Brighton Dome puts on a steady stream of comedy, theatre and jazz, pop and folk concerts. The roofs of the Concert Hall and Corn Exchange are regularly lifted by current indie heroes and heroines, while the Pavilion Theatre is an ornate theatrical space which hosts an assortment of workshops for kids and adults alike.

Address: , Brighton Dome, Brighton, BN1 1UE
Telephone: +44 1273 709 709.
Website: http://www.brightondome.org

Komedia

The red neon glow of the Komedia sign is a Brighton icon. This alternative and intimate performance space caters for bands of all shapes, sizes and followings – with regular DJ nights and a steady stream of international-standard comedians to boot. During the day, the lively downstairs café is a top spot to drink coffee and eat sweet things.

Address: , 44-47 Gardner Street , Brighton, BN1 1UN
Telephone: +44 1273 647 101.
Website: http://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton

The Brighton Centre

The country’s premier names in music and entertainment are the mainstay of Brighton’s largest venue, which carries that electric arena buzz very well indeed. However, while it might be a large venue compared with others in town, it’s no O2 Arena: even from the very back the view is decent and you can leave your binoculars at home.

Address: , Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GR
Telephone: +44 844 847 1515.
Website: http://www.brightoncentre.co.uk

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Drakes Hotel

This Georgian townhouse is where the media set stay when they’re in town, with the likes of Sadie Frost and Woody Allen amongst its former guests. The interior combines orientalism and Indochine French design, and it pitches for laidback glamour. The onsite restaurant is fabulous, while the accompanying cocktail bar has an abundance of classics on offer - though mercifully no Sex On The Beach in sight.

The Granville

Styled as Brighton's original boutique hotel, The Granville exudes a thoroughly old school charm. Each of the 24 rooms are individually themed, so visitors can stay in the likes of the Noel Coward Room, with its art deco furniture, or the blue Lace Room with its Jacuzzi bath. Even Thomas Kemp, the local hero behind Kemp Town, has his own four walls.

The White House

If you’re planning on spending your evenings amongst among the pomp and wonder of Kemp Town, but still want to escape once the lights come up, The White House is a sound option. Built in the 1930s, and with only 25 rooms, its recent refurbishment now has it on point with the rest of the competition.

Hotel Una

A boutique hotel stationed in the centre of the Regency Square, Hotel Una names its rooms after the rivers of the world. Each has been individually designed with a focus on style, so when you’re not sitting at your pine bureau scribbling in your journal, you’ll be lounging on slick leather sofas. The Fifty Five Cocktail bar downstairs is ideal for sophisticated pre-dinner oiling.

Hotel du Vin

Boasting a convenient location between the Lanes conservation area and the beachfront, Hotel du Vin is an elegant Brighton hotel with 49 stylish bedrooms housed in a collection of gothic revival and mock Tudor buildings that dates back to 1695. Next door is the Pub du Vin, where sports heads can catch the latest matches on the big screen and get involved in the local plonk.

Hotel Pelirocco

Self-styled as ‘England’s Most Rock n’ Roll Hotel’, the Pelirocco wears its (tattooed) heart on its sleeve. With unique designs in each room, visitors can count sheep in sleeping quarters such as the Modrephenia (complete with scooter bedside table) and the Pretty Vacant (think: angry teenager’s bedroom with punk posters and guitars). For a naughty weekend away, the Nookii room is your best bet with its peep show shower and adult board games.