Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Brighton

You’re hopefully still in the blissful Christmas period where days of the week lose all meaning and Quality Street is still classed as a breakfast item. The last thing you need is to fret about where to celebrate New Year’s Eve, so we’ve rounded up Brighton’s best New Year parties, including decadent dinners, discos and drag shows. Now the most stressful thing you have until you switch your ‘Out of Office’ off is to decide if a fourth turkey sandwich in a day is acceptable (it definitely is).

Swing into 2024 with a night of jazz and R&B

Whether you think you’d be a shoo-in to win Strictly or not, everyone’s welcome to put their dancing shoes on and see in the New Year with Brighton’s best swing and jazz music night, Swing Out. Get your New Year started bright and early with a super welcoming dance community. Resident DJ Andy Chick will be playing an eclectic mix of swing, funk and disco to make sure the dance floor stays suitably filled.
Sunday 31st December; 12.30pm – 5pm; free
Martha Gunn, 100 Upper Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3FE
Swing Out

Dance the night away to some 80s classics

All Prince and Princess Charmings are invited to join Fever Club at their immersive 80s soul, funk and disco night at the wonderful Old Market theatre. Celebrating the look and spirit of the iconic London Blitz club, the dress code is ‘fancy’, so dig out your biggest shoulder pads and billowy-est of shirts for the occasion. Now’s the chance to give free rein to your creativity as this is one club night where you can never be too extra. As well as impeccable tunes and friendly vibes, you can dress up in the World of Wonders wardrobe (complete with costumes, make-up and accessories) and get snapped in their photo booth to help you capture the parts of the night that you may have forgotten after a snowball or two.
Sunday 31st December; 8pm – 2am; £34.35
The Old Market, 11 Upper Market Street, Hove, BN3 1AS
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Have a hangover-free night of dancing

A night for the sober curious, non-drinkers and those who want to get a day’s head start on Dry January. Hosted by alcohol-free bar Torstig (TIL – the Danish word for thirsty) who create fun and inclusive nights with delicious drinks that won’t give you a sore head the next day. All tickets include a free cocktail, a night of DJs and dancing and a chance to work your way through their wonderful menu of alcohol-free takes on cocktails like espresso martinis and mojitos and booze-free bubbles.
Sunday 31st December; 6pm – 1am; £15
45 George Street, Brighton and Hove, BN2 1RJ
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Party at one of Brighton’s newest clubs

Two of the city’s biggest club nights have joined forces to bring you an epic NYE bash at Tide nightclub. Behind door one, Berlin will be playing funk and house where you can dance under disco balls and recharge in one of the many chillout areas. Over in room two, Size will be playing techno until late in an underground, neon-flecked tunnel. Another one where tickets are speedily selling out…
Sunday 31st December; 10pm – 4am; from £16.75
Tide Nightclub, 211 Kings Road Arches, BN1 1NB
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Don your glad rags at a NYE gala

We can’t think of a more sophisticated start to 2024 than raising a glass of fizz while taking in a beautiful aria with the Brighton Philharmonic at Brighton Dome. The enigmatic conductor Stephen Bell will be joined by English National Opera darling Ellie Laugharne, whose honeyed voice will transport you to Vienna’s café society from the comfort of Sussex. The early afternoon start is a perfect way to kick off a day of champagne-filled celebrations.
Sunday 31st December; 2.45pm; from £20
Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Church St, BN1 1UE

Tuck into a Greek spread

Raise a glass with a rousing ‘Yamas’ at one of our favourite Greek restaurants, Nostos. A ticket gets you a delicious five-course meal, a glass of wine AND a glass of fizz. The mouth-watering menu has great choices for veggie/vegans and meat-eaters alike and if you opt for the later sitting, you’ll get to welcome in the New Year with a show hosted by fabulous drag queen Cherry Bomb. Why pass on the opportunity for post-midnight Ouzo shots?
Sunday 31st December; 9.30pm – late; £70
63a Holland Road, Hove, BN3 1BA

Have a foodie celebration on the beach

Three-course dinners are so 2023. What we’re encouraging in 2024 is embracing the eight-course dinner, and what better way to start this new tradition than spending New Year’s Eve at seafood hotspot Riddle and Finns. After tucking into oysters, tuna tartare, lobster and sea bass sashimi (a veggie menu is also available), move to the terrace for drinking and dancing to DJs playing soul, funk and disco tunes. Happily, even if you’re dining early, you can still come back for the rest of the festivities at midnight.
Sunday 31st December; 5.30pm – late; £130
The Beach, 65 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 1NA

Stay in, but make it delicious  

If you’re feeling a New Year’s night in but still want to make it special, the lovely people at Cin Cin have you covered. You can order a delicious Italian spread to collect or be delivered in time for the 31st which includes saffron and gorgonzola arancini, beef sirloin and slow-roasted celeriac lasagnes and a decadent chestnut tiramisu for dessert. You can also leave the mixologist duties to them by ordering their excellent pre-mixed negronis and limoncello to accompany your spread.
Chef’s menu for two starts at £79; for delivery or pick up on Friday 29th or Saturday 30th December

Party like it’s 1985

A Brighton New Year’s Eve institution, the Green Door Store’s 80s night is now in its 16th year and gets bigger and better every time. Unlike the town in Footloose, dancing is most definitely NOT banned here, as they’ll be playing the best (and so good they’re bad) 80s classics. With a party playlist including Kate Bush, Wham!, Prince, David Bowie and Cyndi Lauper, this is the most unadulterated fun you can have outside of being in a John Hughes movie. Advance tickets have now sold out but you can still join the party from 12.30am (sign up for priority access at the link below).
Sunday 31st December; 10pm – 4am; £11
Units 2, 3 & 4 Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard, Brighton Railway Station, BN1 4FQ

Enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean

There’s still time to book one of the last remaining tables at Mediterranean restaurant, Med and join them for a special New Year’s Eve dinner. Choose from a menu of lobster gyoza, venison tartare, duck egg carbonara and aubergine ‘tacos’ and indulge in their eclectic cocktail menu for a delectable start to 2024.
Sunday 31st December; 8.30pm – 1am; £60pp
2 – 3 Little East Street, BN1 1HT

Go to a show-stopping disco cabaret

Start 2024 in style by dancing yourself through a musical time warp hosted by cabaret superstar performer, Billie Gold. As the clock strikes every hour, the tunes move through the decades, starting from 70s disco and working through to current pop hits until ending with, of course, Beyonce’s Renaissance! We can’t think of a better way to see in the New Year than by screeching, ‘You won’t break my soooooul’ to best friends and strangers alike.
Sunday 31st December; 8pm – 2am; £25
Shelter Hall, Kings Road Arches, BN1 1NB

Get a cheeky pre-drink in

Brighton’s newest pub in town, The Rook Taproom, is open until 10pm on New Year’s Eve for all your pre-party drinking needs. Despite opening less than a month ago, the friendly vibes and extensive menu of over 20 craft beers and ciders, have made the Independent’s sister boozer an instant hit on the Brighton beer scene. Even if craft beer isn’t your drink of choice, they’ve still got you covered as there are also plenty of low-alcohol beers, natural wines and spirits to sup on.
Sunday 31st December; 12 – 10pm; free entry
38 Dean St, BN1 3EG

Sweat it out in a sauna

If you want some calm before the storm, make sure to book in a relaxing sauna session at Beach Box Spa. They’ll be staying open until 8pm on New Year’s Eve for you to start the New Year’s festivities feeling fresh. For a truly decadent ‘treat yourself’ treat, a 90-minute sauna session includes an exfoliating scrub and a warming winter tea and time for you to enjoy the spa’s roaring fires and festive atmosphere.
Sunday 31st December; 8.30am – 8pm; from £17
Banjo Groyne, Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1EN