Map of Venues

There are around thirty of the very best pubs, bars, bottle shops and restaurants taking part in Brighton & Hove Beer Week. These are the places where you can find the very best of what Brighton & Hove has to offer in terms of contemporary beer drinking. Each venue is coordinating exciting events to showcase the city’s vibrant beer and brewing culture.

The venues are spread right across Brighton – some a short stumble from the two main stations, others a little further afield. You’ve got ten days – so why not visit them all?

Just click here to read about all the venues.


Brewing in Brighton & Hove

Brighton & Hove has a rich history of brewing. Around the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries there was a proliferation of breweries right across the city, including Tamplins, which was for a while the city’s largest,  and was based at the Phoenix Brewery behind Richmond Terrace. As it did in many other cities, independent brewing declined with the rise of the ‘Big Six’ breweries. Tamplins itself was bought by Watneys and eventually disappeared altogether. But, this being Brighton & Hove, the independent brewing spirit never completely died and, even in the 1980s and 1990s, new breweries – like Kemp Town brewery (based at the Hand in Hand) and Dark Star (founded in the cellar of the Evening Star) – continued to open up.

The contemporary brewing scene within Brighton & Hove – like the city itself – is small but also diverse, innovative and award-winning. As with many other things, the city punches well above its weight in terms of the quality and choice of beer produced here.

Make sure you check out all the city’s breweries during Brighton & Hove Beer Week – that’s where you’ll find some of the freshest and tastiest beer in town! And look out for those Sussex breweries too – there will be some very big names in town for Beer Week!

Just click on the brewery’s name or scroll down to find more information:

Brighton Bier

Hand Brew Co.


Loud Shirt Brewing Co.

North Laine Brewhouse (Laine Brew Co.)



Hand Brew Co.


Running up the spine of the Hand in Hand pub in Kemptown is one of the most quirkily interesting breweries in town. Hand Brew Co. is based in the 5BBL capacity tower brewery, originally installed by legendary ex-landlord, Bev Robbins, in the late 1980s. The brewery operates on gravity alone, meaning the malt has to be carried up to the top of the building by hand before every brew.

Head brewer, Jack Tavare, is a young homebrewer turned commercial brewer via the Diploma in British Brewing Technology at Sunderland’s Brewlab. He is imaginative, skilful and dedicated to producing both cask and keg which can be found both in the pub and right across the city. There’s no small-pack production as yet so drink it here and drink it fresh!

Hand Brew Co., The Hand in Hand, 33, Upper St James’s St, Brighton, BN2 1JN
01273 699595
Facebook – Hand Brew Co
Twitter – @HandBrewCo
Instagram – @handbrewco

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Craft Beer Co.

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Twenty-seven beer lines, intelligent bar staff, and close enough to Churchill Square that you can have a beer whilst you’re out shopping and still feel like you’re on task – Craft Beer Co. ticks all the important boxes and more.

Craft Beer Co. Brighton is the only member of this independently-owned, pub group outside London. It specialises in great beer – local, national and international – and there’s often has something just a bit special from across the Atlantic on keg.

Craft Beer Co., 22-23, Upper North Street, Brighton, BN1 3FG
01273 723736
Facebook – The Craft Beer Co. Brighton
Twitter – @craftbeercoBN1
Instagram – @craftbeercobn1

Whilst you’re there, why not try Brighton Beer Dispensary or the Evening Star?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: The Sussex Showdown #2 – Brighton & Hove Beer Week Special


The Greys

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When the likes of Lene Lovich, Damien Rice, Georgie Fame and Kiki Dee have played in your front bar, what’s next?

The story of The Greys is the stuff of legends. Although once described as no bigger than a shoebox by a former landlord, the pub has a rich history of both live music and fine food. It has also been widely credited with introducing the good people of Brighton and Hove to the joys of Belgian beer.

But times change, and around six months ago The Greys became the subject of a widely publicised crowdfunding campaign by the local community who were keen to save it from what seemed like imminent closure and redevelopment. The campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, but the pub was bought by a sympathetic owner who seems intent on returning it to its rightful place at the heart of the community.

And luckily beer is already playing a central role in this new chapter of the story of The Greys. So, if you’ve not revisited the pub for a while, Brighton & Hove Beer Week provides the perfect opportunity to head along there and wish the new managers all the luck in the world! Cheers!

The Greys, 105, Southover Street, Brighton, BN2 9UA
01273 680734
Facebook – The Greys
Instagram – @thegreysfreehouse

Whilst you’re there, why not try The Independent or North Laine Brewhouse?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: Bedlam Brewery Tap Takeover, ‘Don’t Go To Margate’ at The Greys, and Joel Harries at The Greys

The Westbourne

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When a local brewer you respect tells you that he thinks The Westbourne is the best beer pub in Brighton & Hove, you just have to check it out. The Westbourne is a large, community-focussed, corner venue with a quirky two-bars, two-front-doors set up, and a really good range of beers – some local, some from further afield – on the bar.

The Westbourne’s Twitter account says it is located in ‘deepest, darkest Hove’, and it is indeed the most westerly of all the Brighton & Hove Beer Week venues. But, in reality, nowhere is that far away in this city. Even Hove. Actually.

The Westbourne, 90, Portland Road, Hove, BN3 5DN
01273 823633
Facebook – The Westbourne
Twitter – @westbournehove
Instagram – @westbournehove

Whilst you’re there, why not try out The Watchmaker’s Arms or The Brunswick?

Brighton & Hove Beer Week Events: Spotlight on Sussex Beer at The Westbourne, Garden Party at The Westbourne, Beer Quiz at The Westbourne & Consuming Sussex: A 3-Course Dining Experience