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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 crowd.

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 [map] 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 Arms [map] 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 and omelettes.

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 Standard [map] 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 everyday.

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.


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