Brighton is a great place to find somewhere to settle in with a pint and watch the big game, with many sports pubs and bars serving the legions of fans residing in and visiting the city.
Whether you’re a local who wants to watch the mighty Seagulls continue their meteoric rise in the Premier League or a visitor who doesn’t want to miss their team whilst you’re enjoying a weekend away in Brighton, you’ll find a home for all your sports-viewing needs here.
Our list of the best sports bars in Brighton ranges from cosy pubs that also show the footy to bars dedicated to showing the widest variety of sports they possibly can. So read on to find the perfect venue for you!
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Our top picks for Best sports Bars in Brighton
The Best Sports Bars in Brighton
Nestled in the world-famous Brighton Lanes is The Font, a sports bar with a focus on football and rugby. The Font is a great value pub with all sorts of deals on drinks and food, and most importantly it has a huge projector screen above the bar as well as smaller screens dotted around the space, so you’ll have a good view of the game. Check out the link above to find out more about The Font, you can even get a free drink when you visit if you sign up for their newsletter!
Ye Olde King & Queen
Next up on our list is a Brighton institution formerly informally known as ‘The Brighton Kop’ such was its popularity with Liverpool fans, though these days you’ll likely find as many Brighton or Arsenal fans as you will fans of the Reds. An extraordinary Tudor-style building, the King & Queen has two huge screens at either end of the pub as well as other screens, and beers aren’t too pricey. Pro-tip: get there well before kick-off if you want to secure a table (though standing is encouraged and there’s plenty of space).
If you’re someone who visits different places and likes watching sport, then we’re guessing you’ve heard of Walkabout. Always a reliable option for the travelling sports aficionado, this Aussie chain of bars shows a huge range of sports. If you don’t just want to watch the footy but also the Formula One, darts or rugby, then Walkabout is a great shout. The Brighton branch of Walkabout is in a great central location on West Street, just walk out of the train station towards the sea and you’ll find it! If you want to secure a table you can book in advance online, just hit the link above.
Recently voted Brighton’s Best Local in the city’s BRAVO Awards, The Edinburgh (or The Eddy as it’s known by locals) is a great pub in its own right which just also happens to offer great sports-viewing facilities. If you’re after that classic welcoming pub atmosphere but don’t want to compromise on the practicalities of watching sport (i.e. there must be at least one massive screen) then The Eddy is the pub for you. Conveniently located about five minutes from Brighton train station and always showing some kind of sport, there’s a reason The Eddy is so popular with Brightonians. If you’re planning on visiting then be aware that thanks to its proximity to the station it can get very busy whenever Brighton are playing at home, so check the fixtures or get there early to avoid disappointment!
The New Unity
Over on London Road, The New Unity is committed to showing sport, offering everything from football to the NFL to cricket. Many of the tables in this great pub have their own screen, and there’s a big screen at one end of the pub for everyone else. In fact, The New Unity are so dedicated to making sure you can watch the sport of your choice that you can give them a call and book a table with its own screen, on which they will show whatever you want! This attitude to sport certainly backs up their claim to be ‘the best sports pub in Brighton’. You can find details of what they’re showing on any given date on their website, or just give them a call and secure your table.
The Lion & Lobster
Another classic Brighton pub on our list, The Lion & Lobster is an incredible boozer, spread over three floors and housing a pub, restaurant and roof terrace all in one, it’s a great place for a pint. To add to its appeal, The Lion & Lobster also show the sport, currently screening all the Rugby World Cup matches as well as the football. This legendary pub is a must-visit for anyone coming to Brighton, but if you’re into your sport then you’ve got absolutely no excuse not to swing by!
Over in Hove, tucked away down the residential streets you can find The Exchange, a popular pub with a great food offering that generally shows Premier League games on the weekends as well as other big matches. Just a five-minute walk from Hove station, The Exchange is easily accessed from the centre of Brighton and you can have a wander into the centre of Hove and on the seafront once the game has finished. It’s worth giving them a call to check what’s on and to book a table as this pub can fill up on the weekends.
When your team are next playing, you can be sure to find somewhere showing the game on our list of the best sports bars in Brighton. If you want to watch the big match in a pub with some serious atmosphere then Ye Olde King & Queen is the place for you.
For proper, traditional pub vibes alongside the sport, there are several great options, any of The Eddy, The Lion & Lobster and The Exchange will be a great choice. For dedicated sports bars and cheap pints, your best bets are Walkabout or The Font. And finally, if you want your own screen at your table or want to watch something a bit more niche than just the footy then the self-titled ‘best sports pub in Brighton’, The New Unity, is the pub for you.