Brighton is pretty famous for many things, one of which is the conference scene, including an array of political conferences and of course BrightonSEO. So you are down with a few friends, all of which will want something a little different – finding a good spot within everyone’s budget isn’t as easy as it sounds so here we have a list of top recommendations in Brighton for eating with ‘that group’ of friends!
The Prince George
Hidden away from the main Brighton hot spots which makes this an even better choice for meeting with your friends, the key to this place is that the vegetarian food is a massive step up from the sort of food which is normally a token gesture on the menu, but still caters for those of you who do want a bit of meat. Challenging to find without a map but well worth it!
Situated within the North Laines – not as vegetarian friendly as the Prince George but still scores high with two or three great dishes – this menu will have something for most, with burgers being awesome. This is one that if there is a group of you, we absolutely recommend booking (mention DrinksPal to them!) – live music, good beer makes this an evening recommendation, especially in the summer.
This is the one if you like to try and share dishes amongst yourselves, with fantastic recreation of the Mexican street food, if you know the backstory of Thomasina Miers, she spent time in Mexico developing the menus from incredible authentic street food. Groups bigger than 7 definitely should book but we have never had any issues finding a table for a smaller group even if we did have to wait a bit occasionally.
We recommend to sit outside to soak up that Brighton atmosphere!
160 – 161 North St, Brighton BN1 1EZ
Forget GBK, McDonalds and Byron – Brighton is the place with the best burgers around – and the two leaders – Nick Duddy from London is completely obsessed with is Troll Burger and the other is Burger Brothers
Troll Burger is the best burger you’ll find in Brighton…possibly the WORLD! This ‘magestical’ meat moulder can be found next to Brighton train station. Not only are the Troll’s burgers carefully crafted with seasonal blends of spices and sauces every ingredient is sourced locally and ethically or foraging from the local countryside. But you must remember, check his Instagram before you go because his burgers are in limited supply and they sell out fast! https://www.instagram.com/trollburger/
Award winning, organic, dirty burgers. Thu-Sat 12-9pm At Trafalgar St Arches
With many conferences being held in the Brighton Centre, somewhere close sounds like a good idea.
Got an appetite ? Love American food ? – this is the place!
We are talking barbecued chicken, ribs and burgers – it will give you energy to make it through the day, or sleep through those final sessions … Recommended particularly as an afternoon treat
124 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FY
Surprisingly good food and plenty of space. For a chain type pub this is strongly recommended however I would suggest someone in the group buys the discount card which gives you all significant discounts. Meal deals and pizzas make this an easy but recommended lunch time option.
77 West St, Brighton BN1 2RA
There are some awesome places dotted along the beach, but if it is hot you can wait hours for food and drink so be warned…
A few places to avoid
Well only really one, couple of disastrous times at Walkabout!
In the summer – some evenings are all about a great cold beer, but some evenings its very much about cocktails (and we won’t judge you if you want to drink both) but when its hot what are the top cocktails we recommend –
Whether or not you are a cold beer man, or a neat whisk
The Classic Mojito
First off – you know we need to include a Mojito, and not just any mojito – an original classic, none of this strawberry mixed in, straight as it comes (which isn’t typically a good description of a mojito – nothing quite beats an original.
Lime Juice (somewhere between quarter and half a lime) good white rum (Bacardi is a popular choice, but I’d go with a Havana Club – or for something a little stronger, Appleton Estate is a good choice), soda water, and served in a Collins glass, or the hipster jamjar. Add in a little sugar, top with mint leaves (I like mine crushed slightly, so they actually add a little more than decoration), of course in the summer, a fair bit of crushed ice.
If you are going to want to try a variant, the chilli mojito is an acceptable choice.
The Moscow Mule
When I was a lad, Smirnoff was making these in bottles, but not seemingly anymore – this is a classic American cocktail from the 1940s – loving the taste and when the popularity of the premixed copper bottles diminished in bars, I learnt it wasn’t too difficult to make myself, of course in most pubs and bars I have worked in, getting a copper mug that it classically would be served out of is a challenge! A fresh Moscow Mule beats a can every time.Ginger Beer + Vodka + a Lime + a couple of cubes of ice … Ideally in a copper mug, but that part frankly is optional. The rest? Less so … I tend to make them longer with about two shots of vodka, and about the same again of lime juice, the rest topped up with most of a can of ginger beer, if you are worried about your weight, the sugar free Old Jamaica Ginger beer is actually very good now.
Tasting note – Some folks do prefer the less intense ginger ale instead.
Adding a bit of colour (and vitamin C,) the Tequila Sunrise is ever popular as it is quick to make, tastes rather wonderful and has an awesome colour – the only limitation is that some bars (in fact far too many bars) don’t have the required Grenadine Syrup (if you really want to go to town fresh orange juice tastes far superior) with a slice of orange after – that’s the best summer drink…
To make a tequila sunrise it is incredibly simple – tall glass – Ice, Add in Tequila, Orange juice, DO NOT STIR (or shake) add in an orange slice, serve.
Dark and Stormy
Probably one for later in the evening – the Dark and Stormy is a classic into the night drink, dark rum based, and ginger beer, dashes of bitters (this is basically a Moscow mule with dark rum and bitters). Again on the rocks (so larger ice cubes) topped off with a wedge of lime.
A quick drink to make, but is absolutely one of the best cocktails around (side note, I like rum and ginger).
Long Island Ice Tea
This one can be lethal, so be careful with these, mixing in vodka, tequilas, white rum, gin and triple sec, what could possibly go wrong. It is a surprisingly drinkable, in addition to the alcohol, Gomme syrup (not always available in every bar, which is a shame as it rally does add to the texture), a dash of lemon juice and topped off with coke… (plus surprisingly with the name, ice, however no tea).
In this list, the Long Island Iced tea is relatively new, dating back to the seventies, but it’s a standard classic today.
Honestly, I am not sure this belongs on the list – this doesn’t feel like a cocktail, but it is a definite classic summer drink, and like any cocktail the better it is made, the better it tastes, you can top it off with a drop or two of gin … Pimm’s is gin based, only about 25% when bought, so when mixed with lemonade – it’s quite a good drink for the summer. Best mixed not just with lemonade, but strawberries, orange, cucumber and a mint garnish – and, like all these summer drinks over ice. In my head, Pimm’s somehow feels like a drink for boating, barbecuing and wearing a classical English panama hat, or watching a long cricket match.
Another absolute summer classic – made with tequila and Cointreau, I am not a fan of the ice on the rim, but its certainly up there with my favourite summer drinks.
Lime juice, tequila, Cointreau over rocks, lime slice garnish – and serve, a popular addition is of course the ice on the rim – wet the rim of the glass with lime juice before dipping into a little course salt and serve. Another cocktail that can be served up quickly in a bar.
Debatable if this is a cocktail or not, its still a popular summer drink its just rum and coke … lime garnish, is this really a cocktail or a spirit and mixer – over ice tho, it is rathe drinkable, the better the rum, the better the drink.
This is one of the ones that is recognised by the International Bartenders Association, so there isn’t wiggle room in the ingredients to do this properly, this one is just over a hundred years old (1915 is its birthday) and this one has origins in the Raffles Hotel, Singapore – and I think that DrinksPal should go over to check out the origins of this classic summer cocktail –
3 cl Gin
1.5 cl Cherry Liqueur (cherry brandy)
0.75 cl Cointreau
0.75 cl DOM Bénédictine
1 cl Grenadine
12 cl Pineapple juice
1.5 cl Fresh lime juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
Served in a hurricane glass, topped with a cherry, this one is served without ice, but prepared in a shaker with ice, but if it’s a hot summers evening, no one will complain if you drop in a cube or two.
The Woo Woo
Our head of design (Evies) favourite, the woo woo, never to be said while doing the double pump when out on a hen night (please!) – this drinks rather sweet, but quite strong due to its mix of vodka and peach schnapps … topped off with cranberry juice served over ice, with a lime wedge for garnish – typically served in a tall (highball) glass.
So that is it – those 10 cocktails that can be enjoyed in bars, beachside or in the pub of your choice, if they have the right ingredients – but let us know which cocktail we missed, and what cocktail you think is better for a longer winters evening.