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.

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.

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bar, restaurant, cafe, cocktails, special events, performances, drag

Updated: 13-Dec-2022

120 St George's Rd, Kemptown, Brighton

Weekday: Monday closed, Tuesday-Thursday 12-11pm
Weekend: Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12-10pm

5.0
Audience Rating

From 1 votes Vote

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.

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bar, music, cafe, internet access

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

31-34 Marine Parade, Brighton

Weekday: 11:00 - 05:00
Weekend: 11:00 - 05:00

3.5
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From 12 votes Vote

Today:  Big Queer Quiz

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

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bar, music, dancing, cabaret show, go-go show, sun terrace, free condoms & lube, adults only

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

5-7 Marine Parade, Brighton

Weekday: 3pm - 1am
Weekend: 3pm - 1am

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.

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bar, music, dancing, restaurant, cabaret show

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

8-9 Marine Parade, Brighton

Weekday: 10:00 - 03:00
Weekend: 10:00 - 02:00 / 01:00

3.9
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From 7 votes Vote

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.

 

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bar, music, free wi-fi

Updated: 22-Sep-2021

30-31 Camelford Street, Brighton

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

4.5
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From 6 votes Vote

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

Regular special drinks on offer.

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bar, music, dancing, karaoke, cabaret show, free wi-fi

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

31 St James Street, Brighton

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

3.5
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From 15 votes Vote

Today:  KaraokeTomorrow:  Free Jukebox

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.

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bar, music, karaoke

Updated: 29-Mar-2022

129 Saint James Street, Brighton


3.4
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From 27 votes Vote

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.

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bar, music, cabaret, restaurant

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

83 St George's Rd, Brighton


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

3.0
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From 5 votes Vote

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.

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bar

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

13 Broad Street, Brighton

Weekday: 12:00 - 01:00
Weekend: 12:00 - 01:00

3.3
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From 12 votes Vote

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.

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bar, music, karaoke, live music, cabaret show

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

33 St James Street, Brighton

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

3.5
Audience Rating

From 2 votes Vote

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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.

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bar

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

36 St James's St, Brighton

Weekday: Mon-Thurs: 12pm-1:30am
Weekend: Fri-Sun: 12pm-2:30am

3.3
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From 4 votes Vote

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.

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bar, restaurant, music, live music, cabaret show, karaoke, free wifi

Updated: 29-Mar-2022

64 Hamilton Road, Brighton

Weekday: Tue-Thu 16:00 - 00:00
Weekend: 12:00 - 00:00

2.8
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From 10 votes Vote

Today:  Jam away the Monday BluesTomorrow:  Piano Sing-A-Long

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.

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bar, music, cabaret show

Updated: 14-Jan-2022

10 Steine Street, Brighton

Weekday: 18:00 - 01:00
Weekend: 16:00 - 03:00 / 01:00

3.5
Audience Rating

From 8 votes Vote

Brighton · Gay Bars in Hove

Brighton and Hove are essentially one town, and the boundary between the two is rather fluid.

Voted Best Women’s Bar, Velvet Jacks is an intimate venue serving fabulous cocktails.

The bar hosts monthly quiz nights. You’ll find live music events at Velvet Jacks, and monthly themed fancy dress parties. There are always great nights at Velvet Jacks, drop in for a drink and a warm welcome.

Located on the Brighton & Hove border. No longer gay-owned but still very gay-friendly.

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bar, music, cocktails, drag

Updated: 27-Jul-2022

50-52 Norfolk Square, Brighton

Weekday: Tue-Fri - 15:00 - 24:00 CLOSED - Mon
Weekend: Sat, Sun - 15:00 - 24:00

4.2
Audience Rating

From 6 votes Vote

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.

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bar, music, cabaret show

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

16 Western Street, Brighton

Weekday: 13:00 - 01:00
Weekend: 13:00 - 01:00

3.7
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From 14 votes Vote

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.

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bar, music, cabaret

Updated: 29-Mar-2022

30 Western Street, Brighton


4.0
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From 2 votes Vote

The Curzon is a gay bar and cabaret venue in Brighton’s gay neighborhood, Kemptown. Located a short walk from the seafront, this bar has a lovely beer garden and lots of live entertainment throughout the week.

Regular cabaret, drag, DJ and Karaoke nights, as well as cinema and theatre. The Curzon is also serving hot and cold food. Spread over three floors, the ground floor area is available for private hire.

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bar, music, karaoke, djs, drag, cabaret, theatre, cinema, private hire

Updated: 29-Mar-2022

7 Rock St, Kemptown, Brighton


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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.

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bar, music, theatre

Updated: 01-Aug-2022

4 Prince's St, Kemptown, Brighton


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