When it's chilly outside we know all the best places to get boozed and cosy inside. We’ve got some snug Brighton boozers for you to unload in after a hard day's work, warm your tootsies by the fire and quaff a laavly glass of red.

Fresh on the Brighton boozer scene is the recently renovated William the Fourth. Since its shiny new makeover, half of Brighton has descended on this velvet seater saloon to sip its tasty ales and tuck into its tasty pub grub. You’ll find this watering hole in the happnin’ North Laine area of Brighton, just a short walk from the station. Grab a mate (or a date) and cosy up next to the Victorian fireplace with a festive mulled cider because … baby, it’s cold outside. 

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If you haven’t been to the new and very much improved Walrus yet, ya best get a Wriggle on. This 200 year old pub is tucked away on Ship Street, but do not, we repeat DO NOT be deceived by its humble exterior. Step through the door and be chucked head first into labyrinth of nooks and crannies, red velvet, chandeliers, pinterest style picture walls and Victorian inspired wallpaper. If the pub were a person it would be Thomas Shelby in his finest three piece. 

On the ground floor you’ll find snug booths with a roaring open fire, upstairs you’ll find their uber grand restaurant serving quality seasonal dishes, head up again to find a mezzanine atrium style beer garden or wander back down to the basement for their live music venue, great for a booty shaking fuelled jazz night.

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The Fountain Head is a firm Wriggle favourite for those o’ so cold winter nights. Here’s why. They stock a solid selection of delish local beers, have a toasty open fire to stick your tootsies in front of, board games, books and there’s usually at least a couple of pooches to snuggle. Oh and the best bit, their eats are pretty special. The Sunday roasts are pukka, along with their unforgettable scotch eggs. For winter they're serving up hearty portions of beef or veggie stew with dumplings and crispy bread. Take a pew, warm yer cockles and sip on an obligatory red in this cosy Brighton drinkery.

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The Chimney House is one of those rare pubs that manages to combine gastro quality food whilst maintaining a proper pub setting. A pub by the people FOR the people. Hidden up above Seven Dials, you’ll find this cosy little treasure with a homey, retro vibe serving up some of the best nosh in town. The kitchen’s ingredients are all local, wild range and foraged. Making for some super scrumptious dishes like Crispy Pig Head Croquettes or a Beetroot, Goat’s Cheese, Caramelised Onion & Rosemary Tart. With a wicked selection of brews, this joint is a must for a hoppy festive holiday. 

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Situated in the centre of Kemp Town, The Ginger Dog is much more than the pub it appears from outside. It may offer similar British-themed dishes, real ale and wines, but dining at The Ginger Dog comes with a nouvelle cuisine twist, each ingredient being well-sourced, cooked to perfection and presented beautifully on the plate. It’s pub grub, sure, but not as we know it. 

 Part of the famous award-winning Gingerman Group, The Ginger Dog is perhaps the cosiest of its counterparts, with its snug open fire and hearty, traditional pub food it’s one of the best places to spend a white, wintry evening.

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Next door to London Road station is The Open House. A Brighton pub oozing with character, a cushty open fire, comfy sofas and a beer garden that can only be described as the cats pyjamas. Outside your cosy requirements are catered for too with heated booths and snuggle blankets, for those that like to gander at the stars. Discard the wooly hat and settle down with a pint from local brewer’s Laine Beer Co. whilst you peruse the menu of first-rate pub feeds. Their Sunday roasts are raved about and usually sell out fast so you better hop to it. Stick around for the popular Sunday night quiz and try your luck at winning a fab stash of prizes. Gather the troops!

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Life really is brew-tiful with The Lion and Lobster in town. Being one of the oldest pubs in town means this tasty crustacean really knows its beers and bites. This is a long-loved independent, and one of Brighton's most popular drinking establishments. 

The space is colossal, three huge vast floors filled with nooks, crannies and multiple bars. Whether you head in mid-week or for a Sunday roast, you'll have to hunt for a table. The grub has won some serious awards, and the menus are impressive. Book a table in the smart restaurant, and tuck into twice-baked pork belly or wrestle with a whole cracked crab. Spend an evening sitting and soaking up the booze in front of the roaring fire, we don’t even think they’d mind if you brought your own slippers.

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Published -14th November 2018