fancy a pint in the sun?
We can’t quite believe it, but it’s almost time for pubs to let us thirsty lot back into their outside spaces to enjoy a pint or three! Brighton and Hove are full of watering holes with sun traps, so we’ve rounded up our faves that are opening the week of the 12th April. Looking for other venues with outside space? We’ve got them too!
Brighton Bier Brewery
There’s a new boozer in town! Yep, the Brighton Bier guys have been busy getting the beer garden at their brewery ready to launch on Friday, 16th April. Opening to the public for the first time, the new outside area has capacity for some 70 people with plenty of benches for enjoying their tasty selection of pale ales, IPAs, porters and stouts against a street art backdrop by Brighton artist Aroe. Expect lively weekends with music and street food pop-ups, as well as brewery tours once restrictions ease further. They’re not opening their Bierhaus, Free Haus or Haus on the Hill until May, but we reckon this will keep us going until then!
Can you book? Yes! It’s open Fridays (5pm-9pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (1pm-9pm). Prefer to be flexible? They’re reserving 30 percent of seating for walk-ins
Unit 10, Bell Tower Industrial Estate, Roedean Road, Brighton BN2 5RU
The secluded tree-lined Italianate garden wins over locals (and the lucky visitors who make it there) at this gastropub every time. Beautifully Bohemian, there’s plenty of seating all around the spacious, well-planted garden. With sunny and shady spots a-plenty, it’s like a slice of the Riviera in the UK. But with extra covered areas (they’ve installed a marquee) and loads of heaters because it is still the UK.
Can you book? Yes, but they’re also reserving some tables for walk-ins
37 First Avenue, Hove, BN3 2FH
With a terrace at the front and a pretty, flower-filled garden at the back, this spacious West Hove pub boasts over 140 spaces for you to park your bum on outside. And it’s got those England springtime essentials – cover and heating – with a mix wooden booths and picnic tables. And if you’re in the market for one of their hearty roasts on the opening weekend, you need to get booking!
Can you book? Yes, and they recommend you do. But they’ll always try to find space for walk-ins.
153 Portland Road, Hove, BN3 5QJ
This super-spacious pub Seven Dials pub has a front terrace and a freshly refurbed and expanded garden area. They’ve even got new heated outdoor booths in to welcome the punters back in. And you don’t need to worry about having missed the boat for getting stuck in to their wide selection of real ales and local craft beers because they’re only taking walk-ins.
Can you book? Nope, walk-ins only
132 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3TE
Chances are you’re already familiar with The Brunswick’s famous wooden terrace, but did you know they’ve also installed a fully covered gazebo area now? Given the forecast this week, we’re going to need that shelter while we get stuck into their brilliant selection of cask ales, keg beers and ciders from local Sussex brewers.
Can you book? Yes, but not for the same day as you make the booking
1 Holland Road, Hove, BN3 1LF
The Hop Poles
This buzzing Brighton institution has pimped up its signage and is ready to welcome you back into its small-but-perfectly formed rear garden. There’s an awning, as well as umbrellas and heaters to keep you clear of any dodgy British weather. You’re pretty much guaranteed a good time at this friendly little pub, which has a great sound system that actually pumps out good music.
Can you book? No, walk-ins only
13 Middle Street, Brighton BN1 1AL
Looking to get the party started? Then you need the lively Black Lion where there’s always a fun (if messy) night to be had. And we’re pretty sure the fact we can only be outside (for now) is not going to stop any of those late-night shenanigans. With heated wooden booths, a covered area, fairy lights and attractive foliage, this super-central pub is always ready for its close-up.
Can you book? You sure can!
14 Black Lion Street, Brighton BN1 1ND
Revamped and restored to its former glory by new management in 2018, the much-loved Harty is the pub equivalent of a warm hug. And this boozer on the edge of Hanover has heaps of outdoor space. At the back, they’ve got lovely wooden booths festooned with blooms, as well as seating at the front. We’d also highly recommend their food, not least because they featured in the Bravo awards top ten for Brighton’s best roast (again!).
Can you book? Yes, email or fill in the web form to request a table
41 Whippingham Road, Brighton BN2 3PF
The Hare and Hounds
They’ve put out extra seating at the front but it’s the back beer garden you’ll be coming for. Hiding at the back of busy London Road is a little oasis of plants and pagodas, perfect for whiling away the hours over a few drinks with rediscovered friends.
Can you book? No, walk-ins only unless it’s for a Sunday roast
75 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JF
Despite its location right next to London Road station, you might not be aware of this pub, which holds a juicy secret – it’s got one of the largest beer gardens in the city. It’s also high up there in the attractiveness stakes, too, with loads of plants giving it a pleasing jungle-like feel. There’s plenty of seating, including covered and heated areas and cute wooden huts.
Can you book? Yes, and you need to pay a £5 deposit
146 Springfield Road, Brighton BN1 6BZ
If you live near Preston Park, then you’ll already be familiar with the Park View, but for everyone else you’re in for a treat. Off the beaten track and all the better for it, this boozer has a huge, leafy beer garden on four levels with all the socially distanced space you could wish for as you get stuck into their selection of craft beers and artisan spirits.
Can you book? Yep
71 Preston Drove, Brighton, BN1 6LD
Easy Tiger @ The Hampton
Easy Tiger’s bloody tasty Indian street food is good enough reason to head to The Hampton, but we also love their craft beer selection, perfect for supping in their suntrap of a garden with its cheery mural. They’ve had to take their tent down, so you are subject to the elements, but who needs shelter when you’ve got great food, beers and a friendly welcome? (Ok, we do, but that’s what umbrellas and blankets are for.)
Can you book? It’s walk-ins only until 17th May unless you’ve already got a booking
57, Upper North Street, Brighton BN1 3FH