Brighton Gay Bars

Brighton Gay Bars

Brighton, widely known as the gay capital of the UK, has one of the largest gay bar scenes outside of London, catering for both gay locals and visitors.

Brighton Gay Bars

Arcobaleno
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120 St George's Rd, Kemptown, Brighton, United Kingdom

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5
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Based on 4 votes

Located in Brighton’s queer hotspot Kemptown, LGBTQ+ café/bar and event space Arcobaleno is so much more than your everyday hang-out spot. Built with inclusivity and connection at its heart, the sense of community here is almost as exciting as the cocktail list.

Arcobaleno hosts an array of free events throughout the week, from drag shows and burlesque to live music and quiz nights—check out their events calendar for more information and exclusive deals. The kitchen is open Thursday through Sunday, bringing you Brighton’s best Maltese-inspired dishes, made with love and perfect for sharing, using fresh, quality local ingredients.

Mary O’Party (Every Friday except for the 8th March)

  • 1st, 15th, 22nd, 29th March - 8pm
The Housewives Of Arcobaleno Bottomless Brunch
  • 2nd of March - 12- 4pm
Billy Carr's Fundraiser ( link )
  • 8th of March - 6:30pm

Blues Night

  • 7th March - 8pm

Sex Academy (downstairs space)

  • 7th of March - 8pm

Brighton’s Next Drag Monarch (every Saturday)

  • 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th of March - 7:30pm to 11:30

Line Dancing Class

  • 12th and 26th of March - 7pm to 8:30

Open Mic 

  • 17th of March - 6pm
India Grant book launch 
  • 20th of March - 7pm

Country Night 

  • 21st of March - 8pm

Brighton King Night

  • 24th of March - 7:30pm 
Chess and Jazz Night
  • 27th of March - 8pm
Rainbow Sessions 
  • 28th of March - 7pm
Features:
Bar
Cafe
Cocktails
drag
Performances
Restaurant
Special Events

Weekday: Monday closed, Tuesday-Thursday 12-11pm

Weekend: Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12-10pm

Last updated on: 14-Feb-2024

Legends
Today: Glitter Sunday - Every Sunday
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31-34 Marine Parade, Brighton, United Kingdom

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3.6
Audience Rating

Based on 15 votes

Café by day, bar by night. Legends serves tea & coffee and light meals during the day on a terrace with sea views. In the evening, the bar kicks off, and stays open late into the night.

On Friday and Saturday, Legends gets busier a bit later than other bars in Brighton (around 11pm), though we prefer arriving earlier, as the bar service was super fast and finding a seat was easier.

Regular cabaret entertainment and DJ's at the weekend in the downstairs of Basement Club.
Features:
Bar
Cafe
Internet Access
Music

Weekday: 11:00 - 05:00

Weekend: 11:00 - 05:00

Last updated on: 29-Sep-2023

R-Bar
Today: Sundown Sunday - Every Sunday
Tomorrow: Big Queer Quiz - Every Monday
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5-7 Marine Parade, Brighton, United Kingdom

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Based on 1 votes

R-Bar (formerly Bar Revenge) is a feisty, friendly and fun LGBTQ+ bar on Brighton’s seafront featuring super cheap drinks deals with DJs & entertainment throughout the week; the perfect warm-up to the bigger venue – Club Revenge – round the corner. Collect discounted early entry tickets from the bar before heading to the club!

Events range from Lip Sync For Your Life competitions to the Big Queer Quiz, with 50% off all drinks Sunday to Friday (5-8pm). Their latest addition is Gaymers Night on Wednesdays with plenty of retro games and consoles such as Nintendo 64, GameCube and Playstation 1. Check out R-Bar's upcoming events here.

Nearest station: Brighton Station

Features:
Bar
Cabaret Show
Dancing
Free condoms & lube
Go-Go Show
Music
Sun terrace

Weekday: 3pm - 1am

Weekend: 3pm - 1am

Last updated on: 17-Aug-2023

Charles Street Tap
Today: Showtime - the very best Cabaret - Every Sunday
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8-9 Marine Parade, Brighton, United Kingdom

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3.9
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Based on 7 votes

Now re-opened. This famous gay bar & nightclub is one of the best in Brighton. The ground floor is a seafront bar & restaurant with a lovely outside terrace.

In the evening, Charles Street Tap becomes a busy bar with fun cabaret shows, live DJ and regular drink specials. Happy hour on Friday gives you half-priced drinks and it's always packed. A good place to begin your gay night out in Brighton.
Features:
Bar
Cabaret Show
Dancing
Music
Restaurant

Weekday: 10:00 - 03:00

Weekend: 10:00 - 02:00 / 01:00

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

The Camelford Arms
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30-31 Camelford Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

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4.5
Audience Rating

Based on 6 votes

Friendly, relaxed, no-attitude bar that attracts all types - but is known as the bar of choice for many of Brighton's bears and their admirers.

The Camelford Arms serves no-nonsense, sensibly-priced and tasty pub grub that includes sandwiches, toasties, soups, pies and bangers 'n' mash. Free WiFi available.

 
Features:
Bar
Free Wi-Fi
Music

Weekday: 12:00 - 23:30 / 00:00

Weekend: 12:00 - 01:00 / 23:30

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

Bulldog
Today: Sunday Funday - Every Sunday
Tomorrow: Wondaful - Every Monday
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31 St James Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

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3.5
Audience Rating

Based on 15 votes

Brighton’s longest-running gay bar. Bulldog features weekly cabaret, karaoke, live DJ. Attracts a good mix of guys.

Regular special drinks on offer.
Features:
Bar
Cabaret Show
Dancing
Free Wi-Fi
Karaoke
Music

Weekday: 11:00 - 02:00

Weekend: 11:00 - 08:00 / 02:00

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

Affinity Bar
Tomorrow: Karaoke - Every Monday
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129 Saint James Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

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3.4
Audience Rating

Based on 27 votes

2019 Audience Awards
2019 Audience Awards

4 Star Winner

2020 Audience Awards
2020 Audience Awards

4 Star Winner

It was Poison Ivy, it became Infinity Bar and now it has assumed the form of Affinity Bar. It often has karaoke and special events. Open 12pm-12am, everyday.
Features:
Bar
Karaoke
Music

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

Proud Cabaret Brighton
Today: Cabaret All-Stars - Every Sunday
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83 St George's Rd, Brighton, United Kingdom

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Based on 5 votes

Looking for a raucous night of drag and burlesque? Proud Cabaret is the venue for you. It's located in the hear of Kemptown, Brighton's gay district. They host many different performers - check out their website for the latest listings. You can opt for a show and a glass of prosecco. You can also book a full package with a three-course meal.

Proud Cabaret also has a venue in central London. You'll always have an entertaining night here.
Features:
Bar
Cabaret
Music
Restaurant

Weekend: Fri-Sat: 6:30pm-2am

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

The Marine Tavern
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13 Broad Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

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3.3
Audience Rating

Based on 12 votes

Relatively small, traditional bar that offers a warm welcome to all. The Marine Tavern is particularly popular on a Saturday night when you just have to squeeze your way in.

Chris and Lee who run the pub arrange themed nights throughout the week, including a curry and quiz night on Tuesdays. Serves a pretty good value for money roast on Sundays.
Features:
Bar

Weekday: 12:00 - 01:00

Weekend: 12:00 - 01:00

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

THE ZONE Bar
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33 St James Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

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3.5
Audience Rating

Based on 2 votes

Billed as one of the most lively, attitude-free gay bars in Brighton.

THE ZONE Bar offers a wide variety of entertainment - cabaret shows, live music, game nights, karaoke and more. Cabaret shows are on most nights and the lineup varies.
Features:
Bar
Cabaret Show
Karaoke
Live music
Music

Weekday: 11:00 - 00:00

Weekend: 11:00 - 00:30 / 00:00

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

The Prestonville Arms
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64 Hamilton Road, Brighton, United Kingdom

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2.8
Audience Rating

Based on 10 votes

Newly acquired by a gay couple, The Prestonville Arms is a gay-friendly pub in Brighton that welcomes everyone.

The owners hosted LGBTQ cabaret on Pride weekend, with acts including Claire Benjamin, Rock Hart, Danny Ash, FeliX Le Freak and headlined by Miss Hope Springs.

Closed on Mondays.
Features:
Bar
Cabaret Show
Free WiFi
Karaoke
Live music
Music
Restaurant

Weekday: Tue-Thu 16:00 - 00:00

Weekend: 12:00 - 00:00

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

Bar Broadway
Tomorrow: Jam away the Monday Blues - Every Monday
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10 Steine Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

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3.2
Audience Rating

Based on 10 votes

Cabaret bar & live entertainment venue in the heart of Brighton's gay village.

Bar Broadway has drink offers every day. Very mixed crowd. Check their Facebook page for details of upcoming shows and events.
Features:
Bar
Cabaret Show
Music

Weekday: 18:00 - 01:00

Weekend: 16:00 - 03:00 / 01:00

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

Centre Stage Brighton
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11-12 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL, United Kingdom, Brighton, United Kingdom

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Centre Stage is a cabaret club in Brighton, offering a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community in the area. Guests can enjoy live entertainment at the bar with drag performances, live music, and quiz nights.

Weekday: 12:00-00:00

Weekend: 12:00-23:00

Last updated on: 6-Sep-2023

Le Village- CLOSED
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36 St James's St, Brighton, United Kingdom

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Based on 5 votes

This venue has been reported as permanently CLOSED- June 2023.

Le Village is the newest gay bar in Brighton. It's just off St James Street in Kemptown, Brighton's gay area. It's fairly compact inside and it has a spacious terrace. The bar was recently refurbished so it's in good condition.

Good atmosphere - worth checking out for a drink and a dance.
Features:
Bar

Weekday: Mon-Thurs: 12pm-1:30am

Weekend: Fri-Sun: 12pm-2:30am

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

Brighton · Gay Bars in Hove

Brighton and Hove are essentially one town, and the boundary between the two is rather fluid.
The Grosvenor Bar
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16 Western Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

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3.7
Audience Rating

Based on 14 votes

This cosy gay-friendly/mixed bar is located away from the main gay village in Hove. You can be assured of a friendly welcome from owner Robert.

The Grosvenor hosts regular events and cabaret shows - check their Facebook page for details.
Features:
Bar
Cabaret Show
Music

Weekday: 13:00 - 01:00

Weekend: 13:00 - 01:00

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

The Bedford Tavern
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30 Western Street, Brighton, United Kingdom

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4
Audience Rating

Based on 2 votes

A cosy, very welcoming LGBT pub on the border of Brighton & Hove. The Bedford Tavern is a great place for a drink and chat, with regular cabaret shows and themed party nights.

Their regular weekly home-cooked Sunday Roast is definitely worth trying.
Features:
Bar
Cabaret
Music

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

The Actors
Today: Sunday Sessions - Every Sunday
Tomorrow: Spin Cycle - Every Monday
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4 Prince's St, Kemptown, Brighton, United Kingdom

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The Actors is housed in one of Brighton's oldest and quirkiest public houses, formerly known as the Marlborough Pub & Theatre. This pub has a long-established connection with the LGBT community and remains one of the most popular gay bars/pubs in Brighton.

The Actors is serving pizza as well as a selection of craft beers. In the theatre upstairs and in the main area of the pub there are regular events and performances taking place. Open mic nights, poetry readings, DJs, and more.
Features:
Bar
Music
Theatre

Last updated on: 8-Aug-2023

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