Brighton’s Best Student Pubs

Brighton supposedly has one pub for every day of the year, as students it is our duty to take advantage of this. Forgetting Wetherspoons and West Street, the Tab scouts a few public houses worth spending more of your precious student loan on.

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The North Laine

Arising from the ashes of Brighton Barfly’s closure of 2008 this micro-brewery pub goes down a treat with ale aficionados. Its interior décor resembles a medieval grand hall, like the one where Ray Winstone kills Grendel in the critically unacclaimed BeoWulf.

Ray in his prime years

But it’s unlikely that those medieval Danes could craft beer as well as these guys- they even pay tax on their homebrew so you don’t have to!

Production and consumption under one roof

Good times to go are Wednesday for the pub quiz, Saturdays for music nights spinning hip-hop, reggae, soul and funk while during the Oktoberfest season they have been known to serve mighty stein size beverages, i.e. beer by the litre!

The Gladstone

Sitting on Lewes Rd in a hideously eye catching yellow paint job, this pub is just a brisk breathe of fresh air away from many student housing hubs. More often than not it can play host to a quiet drink that escalates into a night face down on Brighton beach.

Tantalisingly warm and cosy in the winter, with a pretty cool beer garden to chill in during the summer; it was also the venue for one of those lexical raping Don’t Flop battles back in 2011.

So while you utilize their student discounts on various beers or mixers you can sit on the same bench and maybe even drink from the same glass as one of your favourite small time MCs.

The Globe

Tucked away from the seafront this little gem has a few perks for those willing to venture there: a solid playlist, happy hours during the afternoon and best of all, their basement is filled with retro arcade games for your leisure.

Street fighter is the only pub brawl that occurs here

Sussex SU have recently taken over management with the intention of turning it into Sussex University’s first town centre bar- keep an eye out for their various boutique music nights and special promotions throughout the semester.


At the foot of London Road this pub offers a more intimate setting assisted by candlelight, £2.00 Havana rum + cokes and a staff hiring policy which seems to include the words “attractive female” somewhere in the job description.

The beer garden is deceptively huge, the music playlist satisfies and isn’t stupidly loud (reason number one for not including the Pav Tav on this list) and its location for after-pub-drunk-food is unrivaled. However their own Troll’s Pantry burgers have developed a reputation to rival the neighboring Meat Liquor and McDonalds.

In all of its greasy glory

The White Rabbit

Residing in the heart of the North lanes, it’s known as one of those quirky pubs which blends in with the vibrancy of Brighton’s most colourful part of town. Actually that would be exaggerating what is a pretty generic pub but it certainly has some charisma; complete by a friendly atmosphere, one of Brighton’s better open-mic nights and (of course) student discount on wines and beers.

The Martha Gunn

Ideal for any students looking to integrate themselves with Brighton’s rather extreme nationalists, it may not take long for you to be quizzed either directly or indirectly as to “why the fuck are you in here?” and “why aren’t we watching the Chelsea game?” Aside from the welcoming atmosphere it’s also pretty expensive. If you’re lucky you might be able to obscure a cigarette from one of the twelve year old kids who hang around outside pestering you to buy them a bottle of Glen’s.

On second thoughts don’t go to the Martha Gunn…

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