Brighton. Known to many as the UK’s gay capital, and for a good reason. There are plenty of LGBT friendly pubs and clubs, with Brighton Pride being one of the biggest in the UK. Brighton Pride is usually the first weekend in August and the turnout is massive; the streets are lined with crowds and rainbow flags are proudly displayed everywhere. This pride is really worth the visit and tickets for the pride festival are worth every penny.
Brighton’s “Gay Quarter” is in Kemp Town with most of the clubs, bars, pubs and hotels being around this area- particularly on St. James’ Street. Bar Revenge has a lovely view of Brighton Pier from its spot on the seafront, along with Charles Street Tap and Legends. Bar Revenge has a club around the corner that visitors of the bar can get into for a discounted price. The club has two floors that each play a different selection of music and often has events, student nights and drag queens.
Legends bar has a Basement Club, where weekends can include cabaret entertainment. Cabaret entertainment can also be found in Charles Street Tap, which draws in people with its drink offers and happy hours. Charles Street also plays great music. Patterns sits between Charles Street and A bar. It is worth mentioning the outdoor seating with the sea view, most enjoyable on a sunny day!
A little way along the road is the A Bar, serves good food and has an outdoor terrace for those rare sunny days. For those that couldn’t live without it, A Bar offers free Wifi.
As camp as they come is the Queen’s Arms. Regular karaoke and drag performances make for a great night out.
Not on the seafront, and slightly off Pavilion Parade is The Marlborough Pub and Theatre. Could be described as hipster, the Marlborough hosts regular events and shows in both pub and theatre, from independent acts to live music.
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