Where to Drink: Summer Cocktails in Brighton

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A selection of colorful cocktails in stemmed glasses displayed on a white table outdoors, each garnished with fruit and herbs. Behind the glasses are bottles of liqueurs, including St-Germain, Aperol, Gordon's Pink Gin, Pimm's, and Malibu. Green bushes in the background.
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Switch on that out-of-office and order something fruity - it’s summer, and it’s our duty as Brits to make the most of it! Here’s a quick run-down of our favourite places for summer cocktails in Brighton

Spotlight on: Patterns

A vibrant rooftop area features colorful murals on an arched structure, surrounded by lush potted plants. Wooden chairs and round tables are arranged on a tiled floor, offering a cheerful atmosphere with a scenic backdrop.

10 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL 

Patterns’ funky outdoor terrace is one of Brighton’s hottest hangout spots for sunny evenings, and is also the place to go for club nights and some of Brighton’s best gigs. The tiki bar aesthetic of the decked terrace and the sounds of the town’s lively pier in the distance will take you right back to your last all-inclusive holiday, and the drinks prices perfectly fit into that vibe.

Head down between 5pm and 9pm (ideal sun catching hours) to get any of their cocktails for just £5 - an absolute bargain. Opt for a classic like the Mojito, Pornstar Martini or an Aperol Spritz, or try something completely different with the totally refreshing Watermelon Margarita (mezcal, tequila, watermelon, chilli, lime) or the Tropic Like It’s Hot (Wray & Nephew, passion fruit, pineapple and orange juice, grenadine).

The Best of the Rest

Hove Place

37 First Avenue, Hove, BN3 2FH

What? Stunning sun-trap beer garden with great food and summer drinks.

Where? Just off Church Road in charming Hove.

Why? This bistro has a stunning Italian gardens to the rear and claims to be one of Hove’s best kept secrets. Enjoy a classic Pimms, Aperol Spritz or Hugo Spritz whilst sunning yourself outdoors.

Black Lion

14 Black Lion Street, Brighton, BN1 1ND

What? A pub with fresh cocktail menu and large, leafy beer garden.

Where? In the heart of the Laines, just off Prince Albert Street.

Why? Head down for happy hour on a Tuesday, where you can get two cocktails for £12 all evening long. Grab a refreshing Cucumber and Elderflower Collins (Brighton gin, elderflower, cucumber, mint, lemon) or a tropical Classic Rum Punch (rum, lime, pineapple, orange, bitters). Cheaper drinks include a range of refreshing spritz drinks, like the beautiful Peach and Orange Blossom Spritz.

The Plotting Parlour

6 Steine Street, Brighton, BN2 1TE

What? Quirky cocktail bar with fun and funky mixed drinks.

Where? Just off Old Steine Gardens.

Why? These quality cocktails are all made with fresh, seasonal ingredients and quality spirits, which make it the perfect spot for a decent summer drink. Try their favourite twist on a Piña Colada, the Making Love at Midnight, which is mixed with rum, Barcardi, pineapple, coconut, peanut and cardamon.