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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

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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

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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.

11. The Cocktail Shack

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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.

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.

18. Plateau

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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.

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