Sidewinder Brighton

Sidewinder Brighton

A pub with loads of seating inside and out in, across spacious wooden rooms and 2 beer gardens

65 St James’ Street
Brighton
BN2 1PJ

01273 679927

Sidewinder Brighton

Arguably one of the best pub gardens in Kemptown

Located on the cusp of Kemptown, Sidewinder Brighton is a modern black fronted pub with a reputation as a fun and vibrant drinking location.

The wide wooden bar space you enter is filled with a combination of tables, chairs and benches and decorated with smatterings of quirky art, signage and memorabilia. This massive space stretches down beyond the bar to 2 more large seating areas where there is tons of room for even the biggest of groups to get together.

The garden is where this pub really shines though. With an astroturfed rear and side garden offering a massive amount of seating options at tables, on benches and in heated booths, it’s a great location any time of year but especially popular in Summer.

As Sidewinder Brighton is a Laines pub, Laines Brew Co beer is always found here alongside a good rotation of local brewers and your usual lager suspects.

Bison Beach Bar Brighton

Bison Beach Bar Brighton

As close as you can get to the sea with a freshly poured craft pint, without getting wet

Sea Lanes
299 Madeira Drive
Brighton
BN2 1EN

07732 094397

Bison Beach Bar Brighton

Combining great keg beer and island beach shack vibes with a view of the sea

Given Brighton’s penchant for hedonism and proximity to the water it’s surprising that it’s taken so long for someone to come up with a formula for bringing Bali to Brighton beach.

In truth there’s no sand and the beach shack is a disguised shipping container, but you really do feel like effort has been made to make you feel like your on holiday somewhere tropical.

The seating options are plentiful; warehouse recycled tables, benches, deck chairs and even a rowing boat are scattered left and right of the bar. You can sit in an astroturfed section, on the beach just beyond the bar or climb the stairs for an elevated view of proceedings.

There’s no cask but on taps there are a combination of Bison brand beers such as their Sea Side APA (brewed by Arundel Brewery for Bison) as well as guest rotations of your favourites, on our visit that included something by Northern Monk and the excellent Pilsner by Firebird.

It’s all encompassing as dogs, children and babies are welcome and with some smooth music in the background the place has a very relaxing air to it.

It’s yet another excellent addition to Kemptown’s strong craft pub collection and Bison Beach Bar in Brighton is as close as you can get to the sea with a freshly poured pint of craft beer without getting wet.

 
 

Hand in Hand Brighton

Hand in Hand Brighton

An honest bedded-in pub with its own standout microbrewery on site. A rare gem of a pub.

33 Upper St James’s Street
Kemptown
BN2 1JN

01273 699595

Hand in Hand Brighton

Such a gem we really should be keeping this one to ourselves

Hand in Hand Brighton, or simply ‘The Hand’ to the regulars, has stood on this corner since the 1800s and is a real throwback – cosy, dimly lit, cramped, and scattered with a plethora of different wacky and accidental decorative touches that suggest years worth of accumulated ‘in-jokes’.

Pubs don’t come more real and eccentric than this, and the fact that they make their own incredible range of beers – they start life two floors up, age beneath your feet and get served from the bar – is the icing on the cake. On the right day you might even blag yourself a tour of the Hand Brew Co. facility, which boasts the accolade of being the UKs smallest working tower brewery.

The chatty and welcoming landlady, Jen, cultivates a true community feel here and bestows a warm welcome to anyone that enters with the right attitude.

We almost feel like keeping Hand In Hand under our hats, because if it gets too popular we may never be able to find a seat here again.

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Hand Brew Co

Hand Brew Co

Producing with passion from a 4 storey brewery crammed into an old pub Brewery Page

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Cloak Room Brighton

Cloak Room Brighton

A funky tap bar run by local brewers Cloak & Dagger, and offering more craft options than a village fete

81-82 St James’s Street
Kemptown
BN2 1PA

01273 679220

Cloak Room Brighton

A laid-back space that’s cool, contemporary and crazy about keg

Enter the main bar space of Cloak Room Brighton and all those slim shiny chrome taps stand to attention and stare you down. The options are almost intimidating. Almost…

There’s loads of communal standing room here, a couple of spacious booths to the right and a deceptively large seating area to the left of the bar. The place has a NYC, loft-lounge, warehouse conversion vibe – featuring exposed brick, chipboard, reclaimed scaffold tables and C&D’s distinctive can and brand artwork on the walls.

If you haven’t met a Cloak + Dagger beer then you are in for a treat. There is clear focus on new age brewing here; pales, sours, adjunct infused keg stouts and more adventurous niche brews from their favourite UK brewers are in abundance. Those who like to taste and discover will be in their element.

On the grub side of things the guys behind Lost Boys Chicken (who have made Brighton’s The Joker a destination) have set up Rufios Canteen serving up a range of burgers and snacks for under £10.

The vibe is generally very chilled at Cloak Room Brighton, and live DJ events often crop up on the calendar.

With Brighton Bierhaus and the Hand Brew Co at the Hand in Hand both short walks away, Kemptown is now an excellent location for a local brewer crawl.

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Cloak and Dagger Brewing

Cloak and Dagger Brewing

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Brighton BierHaus

Brighton BierHaus

A smart, modern bar and the flagship outlet for Brighton Bier's excellent creations

161 Edward Street
Brighton
BN2 0JB

01273 686386

Brighton Bierhaus

Custom built by a modern brewer to enjoy great beer in

The clean, bright and modern beer heaven of Brighton BierHaus lies behind the dark painted facade of a 200 year old building. The space is long but not that deep and the small, intimate tables at each end create a sharing environment and interaction with others.

At the door you are greeted by a wide and tempting bar with 6 pumps and 14 taps offering many guest options as well as a couple of ciders, but principally Brighton Bier‘s locally produced eclectic range.

Also you wont realise it, but beneath your feet is a sophisticated cellar system that keeps beers at their perfect temperature and ensures there is as short a distance between keg/cask and bar as possible. All of which should deliver your beer the freshest it can ever be outside of the brewery.

The bar staff are very happy to talk you through the options and tasters and if you get peckish there are great value german frankfurters available, the same hot dog supplier as the German Embassy in London, wunderbar.

The event calendar at Brighton Bierhaus includes a mixture of TV sport, beery tasting events and other seasonal excuses to simply turn up and have fun.

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Brighton Bier

Brighton Bier

An innovative craft brewer that maintains a firm foot in the traditional camp Brewery Page

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