Alfie's Top Food & Drinks Picks in Brighton

Whether you’re a student or just stopping off for a quick seaside staycation, Brighton local Alfie has the place for you. Read on to find out which bars, pubs and restaurants you can’t miss in one of the UK’s coolest (and sunniest) cities. 

By Alfie Laurence

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Shuffle – Based just off popular London Road, this cocktail bar is really fashionable amongst Brighton’s student community. Its name comes from the fact you can pick the music they play from your own phone — just download the app and queue up a song. It offers great deals, including two-for-one Monday to Wednesday and Saturdays from 5–7 pm. 

Hobgoblin – Ideally located next door to Shuffle with student deals and a friendly vibe. They have a huge outside area which is well-equipped with heaters and shelter for the British weather. The bar is not huge so expect a bit of a wait for drinks.

Walkabout –  Australian-themed bar based in town —  this is where all the uni societies pre before going out, so on a weekday it gets a good atmosphere. There’s a cool theme inside and reasonably priced drinks. It’s also a great spot for watching sporting events.


The World’s End (London Road) – The perfect place to entertain visiting friends. The pints are around £5 but the pub offers loads of amazing games including two Virtual Reality gaming stations, a 10-person human Scalextric track, plus loads more trendy arcade games.

The Joker (London Road area) – A nice pub with lots of space inside. Pints are also around the £4.70 region, but the pub is in collaboration with Lost Boys Chicken which provides top-tier chicken wings for when you’re feeling peckish — go on Wing Wednesday to buy two plates and get your third for free.

Hare and Hounds – Probably the best student pub near London Road as a pint of Pravha is £4.30 with a student ID. This venue has a great outside area with lots of individual sheltered seating and heaters, meaning you won’t have to share with another group. 

Unbarred Brewery – My personal favourite. This craft pub is located just off London Road and offers around 12 wacky craft ales for you to try. The staff are all quite cool and know a lot about the beers – they are also more than happy to let you try any of the IPAs/Lager before jumping into a decision. I would recommend getting a flight ( 3 x ⅓ pints) as they have so much on offer.

King & Queen – Famed for being the largest pub in Brighton and conveniently located towards the centre of town, Ye Olde King & Queen is a great student pub, as a lot of people go here for pres and for quiz night on a Monday. Has two huge screens so it’s perfect for sports events and the drinks aren’t too expensive. Cash only bar, so don’t forget your wallet.

Mash Tun – Located just off Church Street in town. Very student friendly bar and seems to be one of the liveliest places to go. Prices aren’t too expensive and they also offer midweek student deals.

Molly Malones – In town and very good fun. It can be easy to spend your whole night in MM as they often have a band playing. The crowd is usually a real mix of students and adults but it works very well and you’re guaranteed a good night.


VIP Pizza – Brightonians recognise this place as the best pizza around. It is a small authentic pizzeria located near Old Steine and offers incredible Italian food. Prices are very reasonable but it can be hard to get a table as it’s very small inside.

Riddle and Finns (The Lanes and the Seafront) –  Somewhere you’d go for your graduation (or a night when you’re sure you’re not the one paying). This seafood restaurant is best known for its oysters and lobster. Very expensive but complemented by the fact that it is very fine dining — definitely one for a special occasion.

Donatello (The Lanes)  – Nice family-run Italian in town which offers all the classic dishes. They have a very large space so it’s perfect if you need somewhere for a big group. Well located within The Lanes, a pretty neighbourhood made up of winding alleyways.

Quick Bites

Fatto a Mano – If you go to Brighton you simply cannot miss this pizza restaurant. They have three locations (London Road, The Lanes and Hove), but don’t fret — the pizza quality has stayed consistent. A pizza will cost you around £10 and it is incredible value considering they are cooked fresh in a wood-fired oven with a Neapolitan-inspired theme. 

Kokoro (Town Centre)  – The best place to go for a quick bite. You’ll find Korean and Japanese-inspired food which is healthy and affordable — ideal for a student budget. Food is cooked fresh and you can take away in an instant. 

Foodilic (North Street, Town Centre) – Next to Kokoro and offers healthy food which is top quality. Perfect for when you’re fed up of eating junk food and are in desperate need of something fresh and healthy. At £5 for a takeaway box, it’s also incredibly well-priced for students.

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