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Brighton’s Best Sports Bars

The King and Queen

As a Liverpool fan based in Brighton, I was astonished when watching a documentary on my team to find  one of the biggest non Liverpool based LFC fan groups were set at this pub! The pub offers some huge screens and the pints are decent, however you have to get here stupidly early as the tables are gone about an hour before the match kicks off and the standing area isn’t great.

Address: 13-17 Marlborough Pl, Brighton BN1 1UB

 Opening hours:
Tuesday10am–12am
Wednesday10am–12am
Thursday10am–12am
Friday10am–12am
Saturday10am–12am
Sunday10am–12am
Monday10am–12am
Phone01273 607207

The Montpelier Inn

This is our local and has easily the friendliest bar manager in the world! Always recognises us and says hello, offers to bring the pint over to the table and allows us to pay at the end if the match is getting intense, he is the reason we go here. As for the crowd, it is ok but it attracts some oddballs, partly because the building opposite is a hostel largely occupied by homeless people and drug addicts. So great for the football and an unbelievable atmosphere, but the rest of the time it can feel a bit odd.

Address: 7-8 Montpelier Pl, Hove BN1 3BF

 Opening hours:
Tuesday12pm–12am
Wednesday12pm–12am
Thursday12pm–12am
Friday12pm–1am
Saturday12pm–1am
Sunday12pm–12am
Monday12pm–12am
Phone: 01273 640195

The Royal Pavilion Tavern

Or Pavtav as I’ve always known it, this is the answer to ‘can you imagine if Whetherspoons ever played the football’. With incredibly low prices and great deals on, this is one for the bargain hunters. On the other end, despite the large number of screens, they don’t have the best audio or the biggest screen on offer.

Address: 7-8 Castle Square, Brighton BN1 1FX

 Opening hours:
Tuesday11am–11pm
Wednesday11am–11pm
Thursday11am–2am
Friday11am–2am
Saturday11am–2am
Sunday11am–11pm
Monday11am–2am

Menu: theroyalpaviliontavernbrighton.co.uk

Phone: 01273 735819

Font

I have mixed feelings for the Font as a football bar. My negative feelings are based on the fact that it is traditionally a spirits and cocktail type bar, meaning they don’t exactly cater very well to football fans. On the other hand, the screen is friking GIANT! They don’t always have it on, but if you are looking for somewhere for the World Cup then this is one of the best options available.

Address: Union Street, Brighton BN1 1HA

Opening hours: 

Tuesday8am–9pm
Wednesday8am–9pm
Thursday8am–9pm
Friday8am–9pm
Saturday8am–8pm
Sunday8am–6pm
Monday8am–9pm
Phone: 01273 747727

 

Walkabout

Here is my big surprise of the list. I didn’t really think it would be great, considering the staff are easily the rudest in Brighton, however it is actually pretty decent as a football pub. They have plenty of seats, while they also have multiple screen plotted all over the bar in case you can’t see the big screen. There are often some drink deals on, however the food is definitely one you will want to miss.

Address: 79 West St, Brighton BN1 2RA

 Opening hours:
Tuesday11am–2am
Wednesday11am–2am
Thursday11am–2am
Friday11am–3am
Saturday11am–3am
Sunday11am–3am
Monday11am–2am
Phone: 01273 256720

The Duke of Wellington

This pub has a proud passion for football, often filled with Brighton supporters (Crystal Palace fans, stay away). They also make a pretty decent pie, the perfect accompaniment to a pint. It is dog friendly, albeit there is a cat that wonders around so take this into consideration if heading down with the pooch. They also follow up the match with a pub quiz some of the time, so this can be worth sticking around for, especially if you are celebrating your team winning.

Address: 70 Upper Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 3LQ

 Opening hours:
Tuesday12pm–12am
Wednesday12pm–12am
Thursday12pm–12am
Friday12pm–1am
Saturday11am–1am
Sunday11am–11:30pm
Monday12pm–12am
 
Phone: 01273 327989

The Walrus

If you head up on a Sunday then you have to try the food! If it’s a Saturday then go for the pizza. It isn’t the biggest space, in fact it’s quite tight for space, therefore aim to get there early and grab a table. This isn’t the one for you if you happen to be a group of 10! It’s a gastro pub, meaning the prices are a bit steep, but it is definitely worth it.

Address: 10 Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AD

Opening hours: 

Tuesday12–11pm
Wednesday12pm–2am
Thursday12pm–2am
Friday12pm–2:30am
Saturday12pm–2:30am
Sunday12–11pm
Monday12–11pm
Reservations: thewalrusbrighton.com
Phone: 01273 025749

 

The Lion & Lobster

If you happen to be watching the football on a Sunday then you are in for a treat, as this is the pub known to make the best roast dinner in Brighton! There are numerous screens plotted around the pub of various different sizes, meaning you can opt for the group atmosphere or instead go for something more secluded if you prefer. One extra point, I love the nacho’s from here (with added chilli con carne).

Address: 24 Sillwood St, Brighton BN1 2PS

 Opening hours: 
Tuesday11am–1am
Wednesday11am–1am
Thursday11am–1am
Friday11am–2am
Saturday11am–2am
Sunday12pm–12am
Monday11am–1am
Phone: 01273 327299

 

Blind Busker

This is a decent pub with a really nice atmosphere and a great layout. In fact, it is one of those I barely go to, but not sure why as I really like it every time I go. The drinks are a little overpriced however, so expect to pay premium.

Address: 75-77 Church Rd, Hove BN3 2BB

 Opening hours:
Tuesday11am–12am
Wednesday11am–12am
Thursday11am–12am
Friday11am–1:30am
Saturday11am–1:30am
Sunday12–11pm
Monday11am–12am
Phone: 01273 749110

 

The George Street Tap

Welcome to your craft beer heaven. This is one for those that are fed up of lager. But the food is another area this place stands out for, with tapas being the main option. It’s also in a good location, being on George street, as you have multiple bars on the same road.

Address: 4-5, George St, Hove BN3 3YA

 Opening hours:
Tuesday10am–11pm
Wednesday10am–11pm
Thursday10am–11pm
Friday10am–11pm
Saturday10am–11pm
Sunday10am–11pm
Monday10am–11pm
Phone: 01273 733359

Yates Brighton

Well, Yates is Yates, you know what to expect here! It will never be classy, you may see the occasional fight, but the screen is big and the prices are low. It has been revamped in Brighton, meaning it doesn’t look like a Yates in any other city (always shocks the Londoners), but you can’t hide what it is. If you feel like a challenge, ask for the Man Vs Food. I did this, I didn’t win! It was the biggest burger I have ever seen.

Address: 59 West St, Brighton BN1 2RA

Opening hours:

Tuesday10am–11pm
Wednesday10am–2am
Thursday10am–1am
Friday10am–2am
Saturday10am–2am
Sunday12–11pm
Monday10am–11pm
Phone: 01273 731117

Railway Bell

 With 7 HD large screen TV’s, you should be able to find a good area to watch the game. Plus it is another draught beer pub, with some great drinking options available. Popular for office pints by local businesses, they also have sections which get hired out for special events such as birthdays.
Address: 26-28, Surrey St, Brighton BN1 3PA

Opening hours:

Tuesday10am–11:30pm
Wednesday10am–11:30pm
Thursday10am–11:30pm
Friday10am–12:30am
Saturday10am–12:30am
Sunday11am–11:30pm
Monday10am–11:30pm
Phone: 01273 326730

Blue Anchor

Based in Portslade (so some way from the station for all your visitors), the Blue Anchor is a great local pub with some scrumptious Thai food on offer. They have all the facilities you want for half time, such as a pool table and a dart board, plus they air both Sky and BT. Their beer selection is however where they lack (time to introduce Blue Moon).

Address: 81 Boundary Rd, Portslade, Brighton BN41 1DF

Opening hours: 
Tuesday11:30am–11pm
Wednesday11:30am–11pm
Thursday11:30am–11pm
Friday11:30am–12am
Saturday11:30am–12am
Sunday12–11pm
Monday11:30am–11pm
Phone: 01273 416060

Written by | Raquel Mitchell

Travel is never far from my mind. My name is Raquel Mitchell and I live in brighton and have done since a little kipper, however I live to jump on a plane and see the world.