There's a golden drinking triangle of interesting libation in Kemptown and Brighton Rocks provides one corner of that. Converted from 19th century watering hole The Battle of Waterloo, Brighton Rocks became a cocktail centre of excellence in the early 2000s; several changes of hands have seen it leap up and down until its latest reincarnation as a laidback bar for locals, as well as adventurous weekenders who walk 5 minutes away from Brighton's centre.
swings it for us is its bijou little terrace with a view down Rock Place to the
sea, perfect on a summer's evening with drink in hand: a Sussex martini, a pint
from the Brighton Bier Co on handpull or a bitter, citrussy gulp of Hibernation
keg from cult London brewery Bear Hug. Like the beer, a hybrid of wheat beer
and IPA, Brighton Rocks is a bit of a hybrid too. Inside, it occupies a series
of small quirkily decorated rooms over two floors. Burger and hot dogs are the weekday food
offering with full roasts each Sunday.
You can enjoy cocktail classes here too and free room hire makes it a
one-stop shop for a party.