Fellow blogger Michael from Fell From Fiction has given More Native Than The Natives his recommendations for the best places to drink in the seaside town of Brighton…
It’s reported in some places that Brighton has more watering holes per square mile than any other place in the UK. Here are four places that are necessary to include on any bar crawl through the city.
Next to the Town Hall is the quirky bar The Mesmerist, notable for its Dia De Los Muertos parties, and being one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in the city. They also host cocktail making masterclasses.
Often featuring live music, the bar has a great atmosphere of an evening, and is a great place to pop in for a drink or two in the afternoon. They do a good range of wine, beer and cocktails, and their food menu is mostly built around Ugandan cuisine, but they do a brilliant Sunday roast, too.
Our cocktail recommendation is the Salted Caramel Espresso Martini (Smirnoff Black vodka, Kahlua, espresso, caramel syrup and a pinch of salt)
You could wander the streets of Brighton for days and never find this bar. Tucked away in its own tiny private courtyard on the edge of The Lanes, Twisted Lemon serves up an extensive list of expertly-made cocktails. In the week, happy “hour” lasts from midday to 9pm, with many drinks half price for the duration.
It’s a cosy little place, spread out over two floors, so you better not be too bothered around rubbing elbows with other people, but it’s definitely worth popping in for a drink and a pizza. We particularly recommend the Zombie, made with three kinds of rum and served with a flaming sugar cube.
The Plotting Parlour
Since 2014, The Plotting Parlour has been serving up incredible cocktails just off the Old Steine. Like Twisted Lemon, it’s a hidden gem, but not one you want to forget once you’ve found it! With an extensive list of cocktails and wine that changes regularly, there’s sure to be something to appeal to every taste here.
The cocktails aren’t exactly run-of-the-mill either, with unusual flavours and ingredients and catchy, funny names – “Sage Against the Machine” or “Mange Tout Rodney, Mange Tout”, anyone? For those who like a bit of spice in their life – or just in their drinks – try the Ginger and Chili Margarita, made with El Jimador, King’s Ginger and lime, with a salt & chili rim.
North Laine Brewhouse
If cocktails aren’t your thing, then maybe the North Laine Brewhouse will be more up your alley. The pub hosts its own on-site brewery, and is the perfect place for any beer-lover to sit down and sup. The Brighton Gold 3.9% is a particular stand out, and is perfect with fish and chips, one of the many dishes they offer. Much of their food is handmade, including the burgers, and there are plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans.
The pub is enormous, with large tables for big groups at one end, and cosy window booths at the other, and there’s always a great atmosphere inside.
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