Brighton gay clubs and bars

Brighton is famed for its nightlife and the LBGT and straight communities can be found seamlessly mixing right across the city.

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But if its exclusively gay you’re after Brighton offers some of the best lesbian and gay bars and clubs in the country. From hard house to camp classics, you’ll find something to get you going every night of the week.

Most of the Brighton gay clubs ands bars are located in the city’s ‘Gay Quarter’ in Brighton’s Kemp Town – a compact strip of pubs and clubs just moments from the seafront. Download a free Brighton map to see where Kemp Town is located.

Brighton gay bars and pubs 

Brighton & Hove has over 30 lesbian and gay bars spread across the city – here’s just a few of them:


R Bar – a stones throw away from the beach and directly opposite the famous Brighton Pier, R-Bar is part of Revenge.


Legends – long-term Brighton favourite, Legends has an all day bar with a sea facing terrace and popular club at weekends.


The Amsterdam – relax on the sun terrace and watch the world pass by. Centrally located, with hotel and sauna to boot.


Charles Street – one of the busiest gay bars in Brighton with its chic & trendy crowd and central location. Often the last port of call for a cheeky one, before hitting the nearby clubs.


The Bulldog – with regular happy hours and special events the Bulldog is a cosy Brighton gay pub in the centre of town. And its not going anywhere either – it’s been around for over 30 years!


The Star Inn – if you’re looking for a real pub, The Star Inn is a great bet. Nice atmosphere, good food and real ale. Quizzes, karaoke and even board games also liven up the surroundings.


The Queen’s Arms – a stalwart of the Brighton gay scene, The Queen’s Arms is one of Brighton’s longest running mixed venues serving up a whole host of entertainment. A great place to chill in the day too.


Doctor Brighton – full of character and opposite the beachfront, Doctor Brighton’s is another mainstay of the Brighton scene.


The Marlborough – historic lesbian pub with great small theatre upstairs for the thespians. Just off the Old Steine opposite the Royal Pavilion.


Vavoom Video Bar – Sat proudly next door to Revenge and bursting with style and panache. Oh and there’s a video Jukebox…!


For more Brighton gay bars and clubs, including a handy Brighton gay clubs map

Brighton gay clubs Top 10

For those looking to party the night away, Brighton has a variety of gay and lesbian clubs, as well as a wide range of mixed venues. Try these for starters…


Revenge – the biggest Brighton gay club, Revenge is packed with the gay glitterati at the weekend, dancing to house and pop. Also includes the R Bar.


The Basement Club (Below Legends) – great music played by top DJs. Perfectly complements its big sister Legends bar above. Prime position on Brighton seafront in the city’s Gay Quarter.


Envy – offering a great array of  club nights, from pop to trash and more, Envy has something to tempt all tastes of revelry.


Audio – a mixed club that plays some of the hippest house and electro music in the city. And if you like muscle – don’t miss the ‘Summer of Love’ nights for a beautiful muscle boys treat!


The Latest Music Bar – regular club nights include Frockabilly, a gay-run 1950s rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll night and Dustys – a new Brighton lesbian club night.


The Honey Club – one of the South Coast’s top clubs, The Honey Club offers gay-friendly nights with big name DJs.


Wild Fruit – Brighton’s infamous and ‘moveable’ club night takes place in clubs across the city (mainly on public holiday weekends and over Pride). Expect lavish and extravagant partying and some cheeky themes…


Sunday Sundae @ Audio – completely gaytastic, the legendary Sundae Sundae is a highlight of summer weekends in Brighton.


Ghetto Brighton – lots of gay events at this nightclub on St James’s Street, previously the famous Candy Bar.


The Club – upstairs from Charles St Bar, dance away the night at the lively and popular Brighton gay club, with its fun and friendly atmosphere.

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