During the time Tim and I spent a year living and working in Brighton (well, Hove, actually), we aimed to be true wise locals, with the best tips of the town. Now Brighton is your big-time summer tourist hot spot for anyone visiting South England in the summer (May through September), though when we were out and about on the streets (and laughing at the pebble beach), we had the most important mission at hand – food, drink, and places to spend with new friends!
So below I’ve listed some of the best eats, drinks and hangs we discovered in Brighton, England. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
- JB’s American Diner – The name says it all. One of the best American themed diners we’ve come across, and right on the sea front. Tip: Get.A.Milkshake. – They are the best of their kind! Not only do the shakes fill up your standard milkshake glass (topped with whipped cream and a cherry), the kind staff also give you the ‘leftovers’ of your milkshake mix in the silver mixing cup so you basically end up with double heavenly goods. To save some ££ order one shake and share between two if you’re generous
- The Mesmerist – This cool dig is the best cocktail bar in Brighton. With gin-palace inspired décor and ripping 50’s & 60’s music all night long, this is the best dance floor in town. Tip: if you’re wanting a kooky experience, they have an in-house barber here to get your hair clipped while sipping some on a cocktail.
- Bond Street Coffee – But first, coffee. And boy do these guys know it. Being Australian, and extremely pretentious with our caffeine standards, this place was the go to. Located in the bustling North Laines, Bond Street have all the contraptions for the best coffee order and knowledge of the best beans (roasted locally), blends and grinds in town. Worth a check for your caffeine fix.
- The Cricketers – Sunday Roast. Oh, and it’s a stunning Victorian pub located in the Lanes etc. etc. But just do yourself a favor and get the damn roast! (And a pint of Doom Bar while you’re at it!)
- Coopers Cask – A local secret. Just up from the high street, Coopers Cask is a little further back from the hustle and bustle of the tourist sea side, and has one of the BIGGEST Sunday Roasts in town. Not to mention it’s delicious and on the lower side of £. The ale and cider selection also always has us frothing – these guys know their stuff!
- Pompoko – Open late, this little hidden upstairs Japanese fix near the pavilion is a travelers’ treat. The food is fast, big, delicious, and all meals are UNDER SIX POUNDS (£6). That’s right, get a great meal for cheap and save some dosh for the bottle shop because it’s also BYO!
- Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – How do you describe this little watering hole? We had friends visiting from Bristol, and the night ended up here – and they loved it. Not from the UK or familiar with Bristol night-club taste? No problems, you must give Sticky Mike’s a try. Hidden off one of the side lanes, not far from the sea front, this place has live music downstairs in the dungeons with decent indie/alternative local gigs. Upstairs, you’ve got house-made pizza available with cocktails all enjoyed in urban painted décor by local artists.
Other than satisfying the tummy, Brighton beach is definitely worth the visit from London. Just under an hours train ride from major London stations (Victoria and Clapham Junction) on the Southern line. Aside from taking a dip in the chilly British Channel, the top attractions include: the famous Brighton pier, visiting the WWII royal Indian pavilion, browsing the stunning North Laines for shopping for vintage goods, cute chic cafes, and of course the classic British pubs!