Are you football-obsessed, but too poor to make it to the World Cup finals this year? Perhaps you’re not impressed by England’s chances, or didn’t fancy having your head kicked-in by over-zealous Russian security forces. Fear not, because we’ve a handy list of the best pubs showing games right here in Brighton & Hove. Now you watch every moment of the beautiful game, with proper beer, substantially less chance of being berated for holding hands with your partner and a shorter trip home.
THE NORTH LAINE PUB AND BREWERY
27 Gloucester Pl, Brighton BN1 4AA
An epically-scaled drinking spot, right in the heart of the city. Superb beer and a lively match-day atmosphere. And… North Laine rhymes with Harry Kane – there’s something in that.
Sat looking along London Road, this roomy and effortlessly cool boozer has a strong pull during world cup season. They just installed a 65-inch screen at the front of the pub, with surround sound, so you can cheer on your nation’s heroes whilst enjoy some beer and wings deals. If you want to see the action in a more intimate location, they’ll happily hire their upstairs games room to you, complete with pool table and dart board for some half time action.
If you like watching football, you’ve been in here on match day at some point in the last few decades. With a cavernous ceiling and a bar the size of an aircraft carrier, this place has seen more campaigns than Peter Shilton.
57 Upper North St, Brighton BN1 3FH
Hidden along Upper North Street, this not-so-little gem has great food, a great atmosphere – and if your team is 4-0 down at half time in an afternoon fixture, there’s an amazing south-facing terrace to commiserate with your mates.
This the daddy of them all, and the closest to an authentic ‘Fan zone’ Brighton can offer. A massive cinema screen on Brighton Beach. Great for pulling in an international crowd, so expect loads of French, Spanish and Scandinavian fans.
With a massive soundsystem and five huge screens, this beloved club is showing all the England matches. There’s food, entertainment and a raffle to win a load of beers. If England win a match, this is where the party will be.
Undeniably this West St establishment will be a haven for the Australian contingent, but they’ll also be showing all the games from the tournament. Recently undergoing an extensive refurbishment, they’ve got over 20 HD TVs, two huge screens and super cold beer.
You’re spending 90 minutes watching your nation’s finest hair models embarrass themselves in front of billions, but it shouldn’t mean you have to compromise in your beer choices. This place has any brew style you can think of. When Danny Rose stacks it from 12 yards, there’s going to be plenty of lush distractions.
A great place to watch matches – but try not to let their fabulous food distract you the international kick-ball action. If it’s a nice day, don’t bother with the football, just sit in their brilliant garden. It’s one way not to be disappointed on match day…
It’s an oldie, but a goodie (I’ll get my coat…). An award-winning chef, proper Sussex ales and a discerning friendly crowd, mean this is a great choice for Russia 2018. If you’re there and feeling peckish, check out their exceptional homemade scotch eggs. They’re the only thing more likely to score big than Harry Kane.