Brighton is often touted as the de facto gay capital of the United Kingdom. The city is home to a large LGBT population and is considered one of the most liberal places in the country. Its politics are left, its people are fabulous and its bars and nightlife offer something for everyone no matter what your style or taste.


This hotel and bar is a stalwart of the Brighton gay scene. In the daytime the terrace offers great drinks deals and panoramic views over the seafront, in the evening the downstairs club opens and the venue becomes more of a party affair. Legends is also home to several drag queens who perform weekly shows – check out their website for up to date details.

Charles Street

Charles Street is actually two venues in one – the downstairs is a bar and the upstairs, Envy, becomes a club in the evenings. The venue serves food every day up until 8 pm and is a popular place for a spot of Sunday lunch and a drag show. Charles Street is known for its happy hour deals making it the perfect place to stop in for a drink before you head elsewhere or to grab one of their daily lunch deals.

The Queens Arms

This popular pub located near to the gay district of Kemp Town is a traditional-style venue which caters to the gay community. It’s a great place to stop in for a casual pint or to catch one of the regular cabaret shows which they stage at the Queens Arms.


Revenge is the main gay club in Brighton and is always busy with a mixed clientele at the weekend. If you’re around in the week then Thursday is a popular student night – though it’s always full of a range of people. The mainstream style isn’t to everyone’s taste but if you like reasonably priced drinks and pop music then Revenge is the perfect place to spend your evening in Brighton.

The Malborough

This historic lesbian venue is known for its popular pub quiz which is held on a weekly basis. There is also a small theatre upstairs which is used to host several types performances ranging from comedy to musicals.

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