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18 Places Everyone Must Drink In Brighton

Shaken, not stirred, by the sea-side.

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1. The Black Dove

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Boho Brighton at its best, here art students rub shoulders with nine-to-fivers fuelled by the bar staff’s AMA approach to cocktails: ask them for anything: they'll sort it out for you.

2. The Ginger Pig

More a local gastro-bar than a full-on cocktail spot it's still a fantastic place to grab a decent Tom Collins (or something made with their range of Sussex-sourced local gins) while perched on a stool at the bar.
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More a local gastro-bar than a full-on cocktail spot it's still a fantastic place to grab a decent Tom Collins (or something made with their range of Sussex-sourced local gins) while perched on a stool at the bar.

3. Merkaba Brighton

Lit like a club even at two in the afternoon Merkaba is anything but subtle. If the solid cocktail list doesn’t get you talking then negotiating the Ally McBeal-style unisex toilets certainly will.
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Lit like a club even at two in the afternoon Merkaba is anything but subtle. If the solid cocktail list doesn’t get you talking then negotiating the Ally McBeal-style unisex toilets certainly will.

4. Hotel du Vin

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OK, so it's part of a chain – but that doesn't stop Hotel Du Vin from being Brighton's swankiest place to sip a brilliantly-made Dirty Martini and rubberneck occasional rock stars at the bar.

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5. Blanch House

Glam-up for this properly posh hotel bar where cocktails are always a brilliant move: meet the upmarket mood with the none-more-classy Mojito.
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Glam-up for this properly posh hotel bar where cocktails are always a brilliant move: meet the upmarket mood with the none-more-classy Mojito.

6. Bar Valentino

Hidden away above a Mexican restaurant the reward for being in-the-know about Bar Valentino is a mean negroni and an elevated view of the street-life scenes unfolding below the balcony.
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Hidden away above a Mexican restaurant the reward for being in-the-know about Bar Valentino is a mean negroni and an elevated view of the street-life scenes unfolding below the balcony.

7. BYOC Brighton

Heard the one about the cocktail bar that doesn’t stock alcohol? Bring your own booze and the mixologists at this speakeasy-styled joint will mix your favourite cocktails made to order.
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Heard the one about the cocktail bar that doesn’t stock alcohol? Bring your own booze and the mixologists at this speakeasy-styled joint will mix your favourite cocktails made to order.

8. Brighton New Club

The elegantly wasted West Pier provides the suitably dramatic back-drop to an inventive American-style place featuring eccentric but delicious concoctions like the Armaretto-spiked Cherry Cola Bottle.
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The elegantly wasted West Pier provides the suitably dramatic back-drop to an inventive American-style place featuring eccentric but delicious concoctions like the Armaretto-spiked Cherry Cola Bottle.

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9. Brighton Rocks

A good all-rounder that’s nailed down the cocktail canon and also offers the odd welcome twist to solid classics – like the Sussex Martini made from local Blackdown gin.
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A good all-rounder that’s nailed down the cocktail canon and also offers the odd welcome twist to solid classics – like the Sussex Martini made from local Blackdown gin.

10. Twisted Lemon

A short stroll from hen party hordes on West Street, this tucked-away South Lane bar serves up good value cocktails (especially during happy hour), plus a menu-full of burgers to soak up the booze.
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A short stroll from hen party hordes on West Street, this tucked-away South Lane bar serves up good value cocktails (especially during happy hour), plus a menu-full of burgers to soak up the booze.

11. The Cocktail Shack

Going for a sun-drenched Caribbean vibe when the wind is blowing a hoolie down the seafront is hard, but this laid-back and unpretentious sort-of shack manages it, thanks to a wide selection of bracing rum-based wonders.
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Going for a sun-drenched Caribbean vibe when the wind is blowing a hoolie down the seafront is hard, but this laid-back and unpretentious sort-of shack manages it, thanks to a wide selection of bracing rum-based wonders.

12. Meat Liquor

As well as meaty treats this neon-flecked fast food joint does cool cocktails including the mighty Juno – a devilish mix of Bulleit, apricot brandy and egg.
Meat Liquor

As well as meaty treats this neon-flecked fast food joint does cool cocktails including the mighty Juno – a devilish mix of Bulleit, apricot brandy and egg.

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13. The Mesmerist

Massive it may be, but when the smaller joints are packed The Mesmerist manages to add a little 1920s-themed charm to the usual roster of big-room cocktails.
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Massive it may be, but when the smaller joints are packed The Mesmerist manages to add a little 1920s-themed charm to the usual roster of big-room cocktails.

14. MetroDeco

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Proper prohibition cocktails (like the gin-tastic Shady Lady) served in vintage teapots put a boozy twist on afternoon tea at this prohibition era-aping Kemptown gem.

15. Drakes

High end thrills abound at this pricey but classy off-the-beaten-track hotel bar. A huge selection of vodka sets the tone alongside serious drinks like the port-based Heart and Soul.
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High end thrills abound at this pricey but classy off-the-beaten-track hotel bar. A huge selection of vodka sets the tone alongside serious drinks like the port-based Heart and Soul.

16. The Salt Room

Epic gin and tonics with a sea view are the order of the day here, either to kick off a night on the town or to seal the deal on one of this eatery's fine fishy feasts.
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Epic gin and tonics with a sea view are the order of the day here, either to kick off a night on the town or to seal the deal on one of this eatery's fine fishy feasts.

17. Kooks

Nothing to do with the indie band but plenty of opportunity to sample quality cocktails (like this Tolberone effort above) to a Brighton (and Bowie)-based soundtrack.
Kooks

Nothing to do with the indie band but plenty of opportunity to sample quality cocktails (like this Tolberone effort above) to a Brighton (and Bowie)-based soundtrack.

18. Plateau

Propping up the downstairs bar at this upmarket "wine, beats and bites", place gives you a privileged perspective on goings-on in the Lanes, plus a chance to try the brilliant Alaska – which blends sherry with artisan gin.
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Propping up the downstairs bar at this upmarket "wine, beats and bites", place gives you a privileged perspective on goings-on in the Lanes, plus a chance to try the brilliant Alaska – which blends sherry with artisan gin.