Gay Brighton Hotels
Brighton has one of the largest gay communities in the UK and is often referred to as its ‘gay capital’.
The great choice of gay nightlife makes Brighton an excellent ‘all year round’ destination, particularly for weekend breaks. We’ve sorted our 2017 Brighton hotel recommendations by area:
Most of the city’s gay bars & clubs are located near the seafront, just to the east of Brighton Pier, in a district called Kemptown. This district has become known as Brighton’s gay village.
Gay travelers will find any of the (particularly those close to the beach front) hotels and those to the west of Brighton Pier close to The Lanes ( a historic area full of chic cafes and shops) convenient for exploring the city, promenade, pier, beach and gay nightlife.
Legends Hotel Brighton
31-34 Marine Parade, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Strategically located in the center of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Brighton. It offers sea views and complimentary Wi-Fi. This stylish hotel provides room service, luggage storage and a 24-hour reception. Also available to guests are a lift and a wake-up service.
Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront
Kings Road, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Centrally located, Jurys Inn Brighton Waterfront offers easy access to Brighton's popular sightseeing and retail areas. Just a short stroll from Brighton Pier, it provides stylish rooms equipped with a mini bar, free wireless internet access, and slippers.
The Old Ship Hotel Brighton
31-38 Kings Road, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Strategically located in the center of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Brighton. It is moments from Royal Pavilion, eateries and nightlife options. Offering views of Brighton Beach, Old Ship Hotel - The Hotel Collection is a convenient place to stay for those wanting to scope out attractions in Brighton.
17 Jubilee Street, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Centrally located, Myhotel Brighton allows for easy access to Brighton's main sightseeing and retail areas. The multiple facilities this relaxed hotel offers include meeting rooms, a coffee bar and a 24-hour reception.
Royal Albion Hotel - Brighton
35 Old Steine, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Strategically located in the center of the city, this 3-star hotel makes for an ideal base in Brighton. It is moments from Brighton Pier, eateries and nightlife options.
This elegant hotel offers a 24-hour reception, an exhibit space and meeting rooms.
Amsterdam Hotel Brighton & Hove
11-12 Marine Parade, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Conveniently situated, Amsterdam Hotel Brighton & Hove allows for easy access to Brighton's best hot spots. It has a gym, as well as limited hours room service, massage services, and free Wi-Fi. Those staying at the hotel can enjoy a unique dining experience at the in-house restaurant.
21 Atlingworth Street, Kemptown, Brighton
Kemp Townhouse is set in Brighton and is close to nearby sightseeing spots, including Brighton Pier. It features air-conditioned rooms with iPod docks, flat-screen TVs and complimentary wireless internet access. Each stylish room is equipped with ironing facilities, wireless internet access and a private bathroom.
Drakes Hotel Brighton
43-44 Marine Parade, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Strategically located in the centre of the city, this 4-star hotel makes for an excellent base in Brighton. It is ideally located for guests wanting to visit local attractions. Hot drinks can be brewed with complimentary coffee and tea supplies.
Guest and the City
2 Broad Street, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Conveniently positioned, Guest and the City offers easy access to Brighton's best sightseeing areas. Only a short walk from Brighton Pier, it provides modern rooms equipped with a DVD player and a coffee maker. The bathrooms feature a shower and offer a hair dryer.
10 Madeira Place, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Strategically located in the heart of the city, this 4-star bed & breakfast makes for an excellent base in Brighton. It is moments from Brighton Pier, restaurants and nightlife options. They all offer a CD player, ironing facilities and a ceiling fan.
Queens Hotel & Spa
1 Kings Road, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
The hotel has a fitness centre with a sauna, cardiovascular equipment and a swimming pool. The front desk operates around the clock and the friendly staff can suggest sights to visit and provide other tourist information. Just minutes from nearby clubs and bars, this 3-star hotel also allows guests to discover the local nightlife.
Nineteen Hotel Brighton & Hove
19 Broad Street, Brighton City Centre, Brighton
Strategically located in the centre of the city, this 3-star guest house makes for an excellent base in Brighton. It is moments from Brighton Pier, restaurants and nightlife options. There are a range of facilities at Nineteen Hotel Brighton & Hove that guests can enjoy, including free Wi-Fi, a shared kitchen and a spa and wellness centre.
Brighton Gay Bars
31-34 Marine Parade, Brighton
Café by day and lively bar by night. Legends serve coffee, tea, and light meals during the day on a terrace with sea views. In the evening, the bar kicks off and stays open late into the night.
16 -17 Kings Road, Brighton
Doctor Brighton's is home to extensive and reasonably-priced cocktails, comfortable seats along with some of the best pub DJ talents. There is also a pool table. Free entry and shots.
The Camelford Arms
30-31 Camelford Street, Brighton
Friendly, relaxed, no attitude bar that attracts all types – but is known as the bar of choice for many of Brighton’s bears and their admirers.
The A Bar @ Amsterdam Hotel
11-12 Marine Parade, Brighton
Located on the ground floor of Amsterdam Hotel, the ‘A Bar’ offers a relaxed, friendly environment, with a bright, modern interior and a great outdoor terrace.
10 Steine Street, Brighton
Cabaret/live entertainment bar in the heart of Brighton’s gay village, but attracting a very mixed crowd. Check their Facebook page for details of upcoming acts and events.
7-8 George Street, Brighton
As camp as it gets! Queens Arms is a renowned bar hosting some of the very best drag queens, drama-filled karaoke nights and fun-filled fundraisers.
Brighton Gay Dance Clubs & Parties
Brighton is home to a number very popular late-night gay dance clubs. The nightclubs tend to get busy from 1 am as the bars start to wind down.
The Basement Club
31-34 Marine Parade, Brighton
Stylish nightclub that is one of Brighton’s top gay late-night venues. The Basement Club is located below the Legends Bar. Talented DJ’s keep the party going until the early hours of the morning.
Opened in 1991, Revenge is probably the most famous gay nightclub along the UK’s south coast. The club is spread out over 3 floors and continues to be one of the premier dance venues outside of London.
Don’t Tell Mama
75 St George's Road, Kemptown, Brighton
Don’t Tell Mama (D.T.M.), launched in March 2016, now counts over 600 members. This men-only (over 25’s) gay cruise club offers a friendly den to meet your mates and make new ones without the need of a mobile phone.
129 St James Street, Brighton
Brighton’s premier gay cruise club with a suitably dark industrial feel. Exposed brickwork, poles, chains, cages and men. No specific dress code (unless otherwise specified). Lockers and coat check facilities available.
8 Marine Parade, Brighton
This famous gay bar & nightclub is one of the best in Brighton. The ground floor is a seafront bar & restaurant with a lovely outside terrace. In the evening, Charles Street becomes a busy place, featuring live DJ's and cabaret shows.
31 St James Street, Brighton
Brighton’s longest-running gay cabaret bar and the only bar that stays open late at weekends! Downstairs, Bulldog has a fabulous cabaret/karaoke bar, with weekly shows. Upstairs has more of a club atmosphere with DJ’s and attracts a great mix of guys.
5-7 Marine Parade, Brighton
Pre-party music bar playing chart, house, and R&B (with the occasional throwback night where its all 90’s). Bar Revenge offers a good selection of draught and bottled beer, cocktails and wine.
THE ZONE Bar
33 St James Street, Brighton
Billed as one of the most lively, attitude-free gay bars in Brighton. THE ZONE Bar offers a wide variety of entertainment – cabaret shows, live music, games nights, karaoke and more.
The Grosvenor Bar
16 Western Street, Brighton
This cozy gay-friendly mixed bar is located away from the main gay village in Hove. You can be assured of a friendly welcome from owner Robert.
8 Marine Parade, Brighton
A gay dance club that is part of the Charles Street Bar. Unlike some other venues in Brighton, it’s usually free entry to ENVY. The bar hosts regular special events.
Brighton Gay Beach
Brighton’s beachfront has been transformed over the past decade and is now one of the coolest parts of the city. The Victorian seafront arches, once derelict empty spaces, have become trendy bars, cafés, restaurants, and clubs. Paving and new lighting have made the beachfront more attractive and safer both during the day and night.
Seafront sculptures have been installed from local artists with titles such as Afloat (also known by locally as the ‘green donut’), Passacaglia (a giant iron wave that rises up from the beach) and Kiss Wall on the prom.
Many of the smaller arches are now artists’ studios, and at the Fishing Quarter, with the free Fishing Museum, fishermen sell their freshly caught fish. The Ellipse is a natural arena and a focus for outdoor events including Samba competitions, street theater, and music showcases.
Official Nudist Beach
Near Brighton Marina, Brighton, United Kingdom
Yes. Brighton has an official nudist beach. In fact, it is one of the most accessible and popular nudist beaches the UK –, particularly with the gay community. Be aware that the beach is of shingle and pebbles, so take flip-flops to wear to the water’s edge.
The Bedford Tavern
A cozy and very welcoming LGBT pub on the border of Brighton and Hove. The Bedford Tavern is a great place for a drink and chat, but there are regular cabaret shows and themed party nights.