Brighton affectionately known by many as London by the sea was once a small fishing village called Brighthelmstone, until Dr Richard Russell started to prescribe the use of seawater for his patients. He advocated the drinking of sea water and sea bathing. Brighton quickly emerged as a health resort and became a popular destination for day-trippers with the arrival of the railway in 1841, numbers have increased since then and Brighton now has a population of nearly 500,000 residents and welcomes over Eight million tourists each year.
Fortunately the days of necking salty seawater are long gone and Brighton is now undisputed as Britain’s coolest coastal town, it’s a Mecca for bohemians, artists, musicians and creative’s of all sorts, this means you will never tire or get bored of Brighton as there’s always something cultural to see or do.
Just as the population of Brighton have been voted the healthiest in Great Britain, the pub and bar scene is also in tip top condition and refreshingly independent. Brighton is literally peppered with all manor of drinking establishments - just take a short walk down one of the famous lanes and you’ll stumble upon somewhere cool and cosy in an instant. Many of the Pubs in Brighton have a solid reputation for serving great food with a focus on quality local produce – be prepared for some of the best Sunday roasts known to man.
If music be the food of love - Brighton is a 5 course Michelin Starred global extravaganza, Brighton is easily on a par with London for music - only it’s more compact and not half as smelly. You can watch quality live acts and dj’s for little or no cost - 7 nights a week, every genre / micro genre is represented in Brighton and at a very high level. Brighton is a great place watch new and emerging talent many of the venues offer a more intimate setting than those in London and because of Brighton’s compact size you can easily visit a few venues in the same night.
Brighton’s oldest pub Is The Cricketers on Black Lion Street which forms part of the lanes, it’s claimed they have been serving ale from here since 1547, another old timer is The Fortune of War - 157 Kings Road Arches, which opened it’s doors back in 1882 making it the oldest seafront pub in Brighton.
If you like real ale then Brighton will not disappoint, The Sussex division of Camra have voted The Stanley Arms in Portslade as their pub of the year 2009 with The Evening Star 55-56 Surrey Street a close second. The Evening Star was the birthing ground for the locally based Dark Star Brewing Company - Dark Star are purveyors of the finest ales and you’ll find their award winning offerings like Sussex Extra Stout, Dark Star Original and Espresso in Brighton’s better pub, keep an eye out for their seasonal ales like Porter and Winter Meltdown.
The fact is Brighton offers the whole spectrum of drinking experience, and with so much on it’s scientifically impossible to get bored in Brighton.