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Best Irish pubs in Brighton

2 March 2019 | Rosa Johnston-Flint

You're in luck! Grab your best green outfit and head out for a pint of the black stuff - Brighton is brimming with it

Fiddler’s Elbow
This reliable gem – let’s call it an emerald – shows 6 Nations rugby matches (including Super Saturday the day before St Paddy’s!) and has ‘Live Lounge’ sessions every Thursday from 9pm, which features all sorts of music from folk to swing to (sham)rock. True Irish music fans will want to dust off their bodhráns and get on down for a spot of toe-tapping Irish trad, with sessions taking place on the first and last Monday of every month.
 
And we haven’t even gotten to the Guinness… it may not taste as sweet as “back home” but at only £3 a pint every Monday, we’ll call that sweet enough.
 
The Elbow holds three magnificent street parties every year – one for St Patrick’s Day, one during the Great Escape in May, and one over the August Bank Holiday.
 
With the coinciding of the 6 Nations this year, Fiddler fans will be treated to not one but two street parties on 16th and 17th March, featuring Irish dancers, face-painting, 10 hours of live music, a barbecue, and a whole ton of freebies.
 
The Fiddler's Elbow is at 11 Boyce's Street, Brighton BN1 1AN
 
Best of the Rest:
 
Molly Malone’s
The other contender for Brighton’s best Irish pub has to be Molly Malone’s, which has live music 7 nights a week to keep the craic going all year round.
 
57 West St, Brighton BN1 2SE
 
Image credit: chuckmo8 on Flickr

The Bugle Inn
Another reliable watering hole for rugby supporters and music fans – the Bugle regularly holds Irish music nights, usually on alternate Thursday and Sundays (so either try your Irish luck on one of those days, or check their Facebook…)
 
24 St Martins Street, Brighton BN2 3HJ
 
Shortt’s Bar
The proudly self-proclaimed only Irish live music venue in Kempton (to be sure!) also boasts a fantastic beer garden, amazing food and live music 7 nights a week.
 
46 St James's St, Brighton BN2 1RG

The Foundry 
Not quite an Irish pub per se, but they are known to hold some fantastic Irish music nights, as well as various English folk and Morris dancing fun. Because craic's craic after all, right?

13-14 Foundry St, Brighton BN1 4AT
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