10 of Brighton’s Best Beer Gardens

Published On July 16, 2014 | By Celia Mullins | Best of Brighton, Food & Drink Features

There’s nothing better than a sunny day spent in a beer garden. From elegant Italian terraces to classic pub lawns to arty, party gardens, here’s our pick of Brighton’s best boozy sun traps. (Fancy something a little more fruity? Check out our guide to Brighton’s Best cocktail bars!)

hobgoblin garden1. Hobgoblin

One of Brighton’s largest and most popular beer gardens featuring long banquet style tables, heated booths and a lively atmosphere. The Hobgoblin is a favourite with an alternative crowd; It’s an arty, homey and unpretentious haven with a not so secret weapon: it’s massive beer garden that’s adorned with alternative murals and graffiti. Sit out in the sun and enjoy street burgers, great music and a relaxed, refreshing vibe.

 side winder garden2. Sidewinder

Located in the heart of Kemptown, Sidewinder has not one but TWO gardens where you can bask in the sun, shelter under a heat lamp or curl up on a sofa. The pub regularly hosts some of Brighton’s best DJs, does a mean roast and is the home of independent Mexican street food masters Bang Bang Burrito. Every June get along to their Summer garden party with live music, summery cocktails, an art battle, DJs and a BBQ .

 HOOD pic3. Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood’s gorgeous 100 ft sun trap is tucked away at the back of one of Brighton’s most colourful bars. From it’s neon  furniture to it’s BBQ, this lush, green and vibrant garden is the perfect place to eat drink and be merry. The interior tips it’s hat to Brooklyn dive bars with an intriguing collection of customised  vintagey industrial pieces, and worn antiquities. Praised for their epic burgers and reasonable prices.

 fortune of war garden24. Fortune of War

Fortune of War has an advantage in the beer garden stakes: it’s outdoors area extends on to the biggest beer garden of them all, Brighton Beach! The nautical themed Brighton icon opened it’s doors in 1882 and it’s garden attracts flocks of sun worshippers to it’s tables and to it’s signature frozen Margaritas. On summers days the unparalleled atmosphere epitomises Brighton Beach. It’s got to be on your Brighton bucket list. More information HERE

black lion garden5. Black Lion

In the heart of of The Lanes, the Black Lion is a small pub with a lot of energy. It’s well loved, dynamic garden boasts a great day time and late night atmosphere. Expect outdoor live music and top DJs spinning anything they can get their hands on as long as it’s keeping people happy and dancing. This fun garden is adorned with fairy lights and brightly coloured benches. Go to sample the biggest selection of Bloody Mary’s in the City including their ‘Satan’s Breath’ and ‘Fluffy Clouds’.

 hove place garden6. Hove Place

Bistro Pub & Gardens Hove Place is something completely different. It’s a stylish Hove Pub with an equally elegant pub garden. Having undergone a refurbishment in March 2012, it’s a beautifully presented space and provides a relaxed and serene atmosphere. The Italian garden is expansive and mature and adds to the delightful terrace to the front of the pub. Picturesque gardens are ideal for whiling away an afternoon or for sampling some beautifully presented cuisine.

connaught garden7. The Connaught

The Connaught in Hove is a proper pub with a proper pub garden to boot. It’s a lush, green space, the perfect place to head for a long Sunday lunch. The menu is British inspired and made from the best organic meats, vegetables and the freshest locally landed fish they can get their hands on. The Connaught is child friendly with a special children’s menu which makes it an ideal family day out. Every weekend, weather permitting, the pub sets up a BBQ on it’s lawns.

 george payne garden8. George Payne

A warm spacious sun trap in an equally warm and welcoming pub. Widely praised for an amazing ambience which the positively gorgeous garden has a lot to do with. This friendly cider and ale house serves traditional British food as well as an extensive wine list. Its outside area has been lovingly put together to create a charming space which strikes a perfect balance between grown up style and lush garden fantasy. It also has a delightful children’s area.

 hare and hounds garden39. Hare and Hounds

Brighton’s first brewery fresh pub is the latest jewel in London Road’s developing crown. It’s leafy, piney garden is full of heated booths and articulated by splashes of vibrant colour in the shape of the bar’s signature Mexican sugar skull motifs. Get stuck into a Burrito bowl under a palm tree as The Hare and Hounds dishes up delicious servings of La Choza’s Mexican Street Food in a bar and beer garden that’s bursting with personality.

the setting sun garden10.The Setting Sun

This cosy pub in Hanover is worth the uphill trek for the traditional food, the warm atmosphere and the real pull – the best view in Brighton. The Setting Sun’s garden is a beautiful decking area that enjoys sweeping views across Brighton and Hove. True to its name, this is the perfect place to get away from the crowds and watch the sun go down over the city. A nostalgic hideaway.

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I grew up in Cambridge but after studying History at Sussex University, I couldn't bring myself to leave Brighton! As well as writing for We Love Brighton I study Journalism and hope to one day make it as a features writer. Brighton is the perfect place to get inspired!