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The Mesmerist

The Mesmerist’s speakeasy, quirky atmosphere makes visitors feel like they’ve entered one of Brighton’s fairground attractions. Buzzing with a sometimes cheesy, often racy atmosphere, expect a fun-filled, funfair evening with great cocktails and occasional live music too.

Marwood Bar and Coffee House

Hidden down an alley in the heart of the Lanes, this place is only occupied with the locals. The space is filled with bizarre vintage paraphernalia (think space invaders tables being used as actual tables, graffiti sprayed everywhere, mannequins) which make for excellent conversation pieces. As well as the decor, the coffee and food does not disappoint, and in the evening, the fun continues as coffees get switched for cocktails.

No 32

Simple and elegant, the calming, dark tones of No 32 ensure a relaxed yet refined atmosphere through and through. It is the perfect venue for evening drinks but it is open over the day for brunch, lunch and dinner too. On Fridays and Saturdays, it turns into a club where many of the locals flock to dance the night away under the exquisite chandelier which occupies the main hall.

The Plotting Parlour

Awarded ‘Best Cocktail Bar’ in Brighton, its clear that The Plotting Parlour knows its stuff. All the drinks have been carefully concocted creating complex combinations of flavours that will excite and tantalise the tastebuds. Whilst they also offer wines and classic cocktails, it would seem a waste not to try one of the specialities that are each lovingly mixed using seasonal produce and house made ingredients!

The Office

Just like the popular TV show, The Office (pub) is a barrel of laughs! It specialises in gins and ciders which complement the Thai menu thats on offer. It is one of the only Brighton pubs with a courtyard garden making it perfect for warmer days and on weekends, The Office joins in with the city’s exuberant nightlife!

The Queens Arms

With its vibrant, purple exterior, The Queens Arms is certainly not difficult to miss! Home to Brighton’s best Drag and Camp Cabaret where every day features a differently themed event, it isn’t afraid to mix things up and assure quality entertainment for all to enjoy!

Bond St. Coffee

Not far from Brighton’s famous (and always slightly bizarre) Dome, you’ll find this cobalt-blue coffee shop selling perfectly crafted brews. Their single origin coffee comes from Horsham Roaster, just up the coast. Their menu changes constantly, always offering up fresh flavours, while the stylishly scuffed interior – all chipped-wooden floors, squeaky leather armchairs and record players – is the kind of place you can settle down in for the long haul.

Blend and Brew

Grab a pick-me-up at this postage stamp-sized corner café, where you’ll find a few tables and chairs scattered out the front and a marvellous selection of freshly baked goods to go with your barista-brewed coffee.

  • 45 Trafalgar Street
    BN1 4FT

Red Roaster

Specialist coffee is king at this botanical café in Kemptown. As well as being one of Brighton’s coffee standard-bearers, the food is overseen by chef Matt Gillan, winner of the Great British Menu who held a Michelin star for five years. Unsurprisingly, their brunches are a thing of beauty, offering up roasted butternut squash, avocado mousse and poached egg on rye bread, or herb waffles with bacon jam, black pudding, fried eggs and apple. Come lunchtime, locals go to town on sharing plates of crab and green-chilli brioche buns, burrata, ceviche with grapefruit rub of beef with caramel onions.

Red Roaster

Blend and Brew

Bond St. Coffee

The Mesmerist

Marwood Bar and Coffee House

No 32

The Plotting Parlour

The Office

The Queens Arms

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