Brighton Beach, the elixir of all Brighton life. In winter it makes for a gorgeous blustery day’s stroll and in summer it transforms the city into a barbecue fuelled, booze-tastic, fish and chip frenzied 3 month long party. Its newest attraction, the zip wire, is the longest on the South coast and is worth a go if you're feeling adventurous.
It’s obligatory to mooch down the Palace Pier, grab a bag of hot, sugar encrusted donuts, hit the slot machines and stick your face through the photo board for a quick snap (don’t pretend like you haven’t done it). At certain times of the year you can catch the starlings in full flight with their mesmerising murmurations between the piers.
The BAi360 is great for a family day out, apparently you can even see the Isle of Wight on a super clear day. The new Artist’s quarter at the West Pier is where you’ll find some brilliant little shops hidden under the arches, perfect for unique, handcrafted gifts.
A little further down from here you’ll find the Brighton Music Hall, party central on a hot summer’s day and Disco Pete is usually strutting his stuff in front of the live band.
At the other end of the beach on Madeira Drive lies Concorde 2, the biggest indie venue in Brighton, they’ve played host to some musical giants such as Foo Fighters and Fatboy Slim. Madeira Drive has regular crowning glory moments when it’s used as a finishing line for many events like the annual London to Brighton Motorbike Run, imagine this, 40,000 rockers descending on Brighton's seafront, cray cray. And the Brighton Marathon sees over 12K runners collapse over the finish line on this iconic esplanade.
When it comes to eats we’re spoilt for choice down on the ol’ seafront. We’ll kick off with Riddle & Finns, the ultimate hedonistic seaside treat, it’s a Champagne and Oyster Bar described as 'Seafood as it should be' by Gordon Ramsay.
Continuing the seafood theme is the Michelin Plate awarded, Salt Room. A glamorous fish-focussed restaurant creating authentic, and magisterially well cooked food.
Murmur is the seafronts most recent opening and is the love child of Great British Menu winner Michael Bremner, as well as sister restaurant to the acclaimed 64 degrees. It offers healthy, honest food of the highest calibre.
The Copper Clam is a family run eatery with the biggest, juiciest lobsters you’ve ever seen. The Regency set up shop in the 1930’s and has been feeding us generous portions of delicious seafood ever since, a real locals favourite.
If you want a juicy burger instead, the New Club on the corner of Kings Road has your name all over it. Fun fact - this site has a rich history, from gentleman’s clubs to art showrooms, it’s even appeared in 3 famous films! The West Beach Bar & Kitchen has already racked up rave reviews with its delicious post-flight menus, a feast well worth coming back down to earth for.
Lucky Beach give you award-winning, sustainable food & drink from their weatherproof seafront venue. When it comes to burgers, beers or a spot of brunch by the beach, there's really no place quite like it.
The Bucket & Spade Cafe is a fab family friendly little noshery, and a true seafront staple. Okay so it’s not quite a cafe but if you’re feeling frugal drop into The Grand for Afternoon Tea, it is one of the best in the UK after all, darling.
Hooch, liquor, firewater, a tipple, whatever you like to call it, if there’s something us Brightonians know well, it’s our booze. After a day of sun soaking on the beach here’s where to head for a swig of the good stuff.
Smack bang next to the iconic donut shaped statue is OhSo, an all day non stop party with outdoor DJ’s and cocktails a plenty. The Fortune of War is the oldest seafront watering hole and its legendary nautical paraphernalia deserves to be fully appreciated with a tankard of ale in tow.
A few archways down is The Tempest, inside is done out like a cave, full of secluded nooks and crannies, the frontage boasts plenty of pretty picnic tables and peerless access to the beach and twinkling horizon, with a dedicated outside bar when the weather’s nice.
Meander off the main drag and onto Marine Parade and pop into Patterns, upstairs you can, kick back and knock back some cheeky cocktails, craft beers and tasty bites from the in-house kitchen or sit out on the terrace enjoying one of Brighton's coolest outdoor spots.
East Street Tap is Brighton’s very own little slice of NYC, first rate craft beers, insanely good burgers, uber cool music and decor, it’s also open ‘til 4am on weekends for you hardcore ravers.