A bubbly communal pub with a fantastic sun-trap out front and a taste for gin
69 Upper North Street
The Windmill Brighton
Independent feeling and friendly with an extensive gin menu
The decor of The Windmill Brighton is a comfortable mix of class, colour and kitsch and is not afraid to be in your face.
The Windmill Brighton offers loads of seating options with bench seatinf, sofas and booths, high stools and tables squidged in between. The bar runs along the left wall and beyond that is a little den with more tables for small groups to settle into.
Regulars will know that the pub has always been a little flaboyant and eclectic with it’s decoration, over COVID the owner had a bit of a freshen-up, and while it has made the pub feel bigger and brighter, it has pushed that flamboyant envelope even further testing the limits of peoples affection for flower patterns and walls of fake grass.
The front garden benches are a really buzzy place to congregate, meet, or make friends on any sunny day. Another room upstairs is available for private functions or big Sunday lunch gatherings.
The Windmill is not afraid to try trendy new things in order to set it apart from a standard venue. Comedy nights upstairs, a cask discount club, quizzes, live music, an extensive gin menu, cocktails and free chilli Mondays provide an eclectic list of excuses to pay a visit. There are usually a couple of cask options however craft beer options are quite limited. On last visit the beers here were on the expensive end, Neck Oil above £6, lagers around £5, £5.50 for cask ale and a tearfully expensive £3 for a pint of soda and lime.
Those looking for a break from the bustle of the town will find that The Windmill Brighton, despite being just one street up from busy Western Road, manages to feel a world away.