Gay Bars in Brighton
|| With more than 50,000
gay residents and plenty more visitors from out of town, it’s
good to know that Brighton has plenty of gay-friendly watering holes.
The majority can be found around Kemptown (a.k.a. Camptown),
particularly on St James’ Street and Old Steine, which is known
as the heart of the Gay Village.
If you’re looking for an ultra smart bar full of beautiful people
then head for Charles Street [map]
on Marine Parade, a trendy café-bar with ample seating where
you can relax, drink and chat. Next door you’ll find the Kruze
Café Bar and Lizard Lounge [map]
a funky gay bar on the sea front that tends to attract the young hip
Perhaps Brighton’s most famous – and certainly a hugely
popular – bar is The Amsterdam [map],
also on Marine Parade close to Brighton Pier. As well as a cool bar,
complete with modern furniture, a sun terrace and a good range of
lagers and spirits, the building also incorporates a hotel and sauna.
Heading further into Kemptown you should stumble across The Marlborough
on Princes Street, which is hidden behind the Old Steine. Once
home to one of Brighton's famous folk clubs, in recent years it has
become one of the city’s best known gay pubs. On the first floor
there's a tiny theatre with seating for around 50 people, which shows
performances by local and independent groups, while downstairs the
pool area is very popular and the music can be loud.
If you’re looking for a small friendly pub where you can have
a good laugh with your partner or your mates then check out the Queen’s
on George Street. There's plenty of entertainment here, including
a cabaret on Mondays and karaoke most other nights.
Alternatively the Queen’s Head [map],
hidden between St James’ Street and the sea front, is also very
popular with the chilled out gay crew. Food is available here everyday
from midday to 7pm and the menu includes all day breakfasts, curries
For a bar where you can dance the night away to cheesy music get along
to The Harlequin [map]
on Providence Place, a lively pub with a dance floor. This place attracts
a varied crowd and there's entertainment galore including karaoke,
dance and cabaret nights.
If you prefer to sit back and relax on a night out then the Royal
on Queens Road may be more up your street. This Regency style bar
in the heart of Brighton near the station is perfect for commuters,
workers, shoppers or clubbers, and a wide choice of food is served
Lesbians looking for a women-only venue with a good vibe and plenty
of live entertainment should head to the renowned Candy Bar [map]
on St James’ Street.