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Re: Brighton

Post by boney » Thu Aug 04, 2011 21:52

Brighton's great for boozers:

The Battle Of Trafalgar - just up from the station, nice sized garden, guest ales, real fire, big tables, good food, ideal for all
The Basketmakers Arms - hidden away in the North Laine, an amazing selection of ales and a lovely atmosphere...and properly great food. It's got tins on the wall for messages to be left, to be found
The Victory - it gets a mixed crowd due to its very central edge of the Lanes location, but has good ales and food, and some great DJ nights (including Steph and Leigh-Anne Shrag once a month)
The Heart and Hand - some way past its prime but still a decent hangout. The jukebox is/was mint and cheap/occasionally free I think but they don't have it on all the time now if recent visits are representative. But a great place to go before (say) The Komedia, and good to sit outside of in the summer
The Great Eastern on Trafalgar St is pretty great, but as a busy student hangout it is often a bit packed out
The Prince Albert is a decent pub and a great venue, also on Trafalgar Street

The Bee's Mouth down Western Road (towards Hove) is a good one for a mix of good lagers and has got a good bit of art going on. A bit flashier than those above
I've also got a soft spot for The Regency which is slightly more central but a bit tricky to find. Lovely and friendly with a hint of glam.
The Lion and Lobster is great for big groups, they've got three floors and massive outside bits with benches and stone sitty bits which is nice

Down in Kemp Town you've got (Jimmy McGee's fave) The Ranelagh, a rootsy/blues bar type honest boozer with a good yard and friendly vibe
The Hand In Hand further into Kemp Town has a mind boggling selection of lagers and ales from all accounts

On the whole I'd say give the seafront pubs and West Street a miss.. although The Fortune Of War can be alright occasionally, and there's a nice pub on the front called something like The Neptune down in Hove.

There are bloody loads of the fuckers, in short

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Re: Brighton

Post by Murray » Fri Aug 05, 2011 17:50

It used to be that Brighton had 366 pubs - one for every day of the year including leap years. Not sure if that's still the same, but you're right, there are loads with a remarkably high amount of 'decent boozers'. I would add to the list, but I've not been drinking in Brighton for about 4 or 5 years, and things change quickly. I did use to love the Reservoir though - tucked away off Elm Grove in a little side street, nice atmosphere, on two floors with a garden, and student nurses used to meet up there quite often.

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Re: Brighton

Post by humblebee » Thu Aug 18, 2011 21:31

So who can I run away to in Brighton on Saturday night when my brothers go to a lapdancing club?

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Re: Brighton

Post by a layer of chips » Thu Aug 18, 2011 21:33

That's right, Pete; cover your tracks on the worldwide public internets. That way you can go to the lapdancing club whilst everyone else will think you're drinking Earl Grey tea with Alan Bennett in bed at 9.30pm on Saturday night. I KNOW YOUR GAME.

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Re: Brighton

Post by Murray » Thu Aug 18, 2011 22:24

humblebee wrote:So who can I run away to in Brighton on Saturday night when my brothers go to a lapdancing club?
I'd probably go and see Crazy Arm at the Albert near the station.
http://www.last.fm/music/Crazy+Arm

Other than that, I'd head to Southover Street ("Muesli Mountain" due to the rather bohemian vibe (maaan!) and steep hill) where there's pretty much a decent pub on every corner most doing a good selection of micro-brewery and local ales. Just stay well away from West Street whatever you do! Have fun.

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Re: Brighton

Post by bulgariandisco » Thu Aug 18, 2011 22:36

a layer of chips wrote:That's right, Pete; cover your tracks on the worldwide public internets. That way you can go to the lapdancing club whilst everyone else will think you're drinking Earl Grey tea with Alan Bennett in bed at 9.30pm on Saturday night. I KNOW YOUR GAME.
I can't get this image out of my head.... the Alan Bennett one, not the Pete in a seedy strip joint one. Obviously.

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Re: Brighton

Post by Kate » Fri Aug 19, 2011 19:22

humblebee wrote:So who can I run away to in Brighton on Saturday night when my brothers go to a lapdancing club?
Oh no, we are down in Brighton but on Monday & Tuesday.

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Re: Brighton

Post by sideburnsjim » Fri Aug 19, 2011 21:12

Kate wrote:
humblebee wrote:So who can I run away to in Brighton on Saturday night when my brothers go to a lapdancing club?
Oh no, we are down in Brighton but on Monday & Tuesday.
Don't worry, the lapdancing clubs will still be open, and may indeed be cheaper given it's a week day! ;)

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Re: Brighton

Post by boney » Sun Jan 08, 2012 22:07

A quiet start to the Brighton year so far. But Laetitia Sadier's playing next Friday, and then Standard Fare a week on Saturday! There seems to be a lot on in February and March...I was wondering if I'd ever get to see Allo Darlin' in Brighton, well pleased!

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