Brighton Music Directory
|159-161 Kings Rd Arches||01273 770505|
malarky with the emphasis on fun, and getting drunk of course. Funk, soul, pop,
house and ríníb, depending what night you go on.
|171 Kings Rd. Arches||01273 722272|
the long wait in the queue this really is a stylish place to check out. One of
the biggest and most fashionable clubs in Brighton with a super-cool crowd to
get the party going. Spacious and welcoming to the strutters and the stragglers
THE BRIGHTON GLOUCESTER
|27 Gloucester Place, Brighton||01273
unpretentious, studenty crowd regularly flocks to this well-liked drinking and
dancing den. Cheap drinks, cheap entry and cheap thrills. The haunt of Goths,
indie babes and students alike, and host to the inevitable Ďschool discoí
shindig. Has often been responsible for those heavily hungover mornings where
the memory of the shameful night before is, thankfully, lost to oblivion.
|3 Middle St. Brighton||01273 709710||www.casablancajazzclub.com|
crowd dancing to jazz-funk and Latin jazz. A somewhat strange car feature
upstairs, this two-floor club has DJs and occasional live bands. Good for
drunken nights dancing to those South American beats
CLUB NEW YORK
|11 Dyke Rd, Brighton||01273
mecca for foreign students because the menu is salsa, salsa, salsa. Classes held
upstairs before the club starts, then itís time to try your best dirty dancing
and do your bit for European union. Downstairs often hired out and plays a range
of good-time house, ríníb, funk and latin.
|Madeira Drive, Brighton||01273 772770||www.concorde2.co.uk|
to a great music policy, which lesser club owners sometimes forget about.
Converted from the old bikerís caff, this listed building keeps its original
structure which means you can feel like youíre dancing in a large corridor
with pillars, plus itís a greenhouse in the summer and arctic in the winter.
However, the walk from the town centre
ensures you get a crowd who know what theyíve come for and are generally
up-for-it, as they say. Home to the famous Boutique, the sweaty jungle jump-up
Legends of the Dark Black, and even a seaside version of fetish club Torture
Garden. Manc Mr Scruff has a monthly residency which still has the kids queuing
down the block.
|12-I5a Kings Rd, Brighton||01273 326848|
of a club which is dark, sweaty, shouty and newly enlarged for 2002. Guitary
gigs and club nights, underground in all senses.
|78 West St. Brighton||01273 321628||www.applebelly.com/creation.brighton|
deal as the Event but bigger and smarter thanks to a £5 million makeover. Meet
in the bar during the day for coffee, then when the lights dim, down a vodka
Redbull and dance round your handbag to chart music. Stag nights often head
here, probably because thereís a balcony that provides the perfect viewpoint
for looking down girlsí tops. Once a month the Southís biggest gay night
Wild Fruit has its home here, which is pretty much the same except that itís
the blokes who are wearing stilettoes.
|10 Ship St. Brighton||01273
the Jazz Place thereís plenty of good dancing and drinking in the town centre.
Funk, soul, hip hop and other not-too-manic beats. Phonic:Hoop is a long running
night here. Check out week nights for hip hop and smiley fun, two things that
donít always go together. Also has moderately priced drinks and pleasant
door-staff, always a plus.
|Marine Parade, Brighton||01273 606906||www.theescapeclub.co.uk|
recently suffered an image problem, the Escape has been made over by the people
responsible for Londonís Fabric, with quality new Saturday nights. Week nights
mean cheap drinks, loads of flirting and pulling, and some wicked tunes. Two
floors of music (sometimes you have to pay for each) where the garage flavas
flow alongside current ríníb tunes and the odd Lionel Ritchie number. Itís
popularity attests to it being one of the best places in town. Check out Red
Light Rush on a Wednesday for half price drinks when the red light flashes.
|Kingswest, West St, Brighton||01273 723627|
address says it all. West St is known as the hunting ground of virile young
things staggering from one neon bar to another. This is the place to go for a
snog, a grope and a kebab on the way home. Make sure you donít mistakenly turn
up on under-18s night, or youíll have the mothers parked all down West St
driving you out of town. Also an occasional gig venue.
FUNKY BUDDHA LOUNGE
|169-170 Kings Rd Arches, Brighton||01273 725541|
twin tunnels of tightly packed action at this somewhat more sophisticated
seafront club. What it lacks for in capacity and actual lounging it makes up
with a sound system that resonates off its natural arches. Stompaphunk on
Fridays comes hotly tipped by the dance music press.
FUNKY FISH CLUB
|Madeira Hotel, 19-23 Marine Parade. Brighton||01273
the Catfish Club. Attracts an older crowd of locals and regulars with Motown,
soul and funk. Often cited as a good place to pull.
THE GAP CLUB
|61a Western Rd, Hove||01273
a grown up club, but that doesnít have to be a bad thing. From salsa to disco
and 80s hits thereís space for dancing, leaning and lounging. Computer games
and no speakers in the back so you can actually have a conversation - donít
tell me Iím getting old.
THE HANBURY BALLROOM
|83 St. Georges Rd. Brighton||01273 605789||www.zelnet.com|
figures painted inside the Ballroomís Pavilion influenced dome look down with
benign benevo≠lence as punters adapt to the most un-zen like sensation of
dancing on carpet in this refurbished club. In spite of this a number of
part-time promoters persevere at the weekends (Relish and Funk Emergency) to
offer more than just an after hours drinking experience or bring your own
records to spin at Stick It On.
THE HONEY CLUB
|214 Kings Rd. Arches Brighton||01273
on Sundays (strangely enough) really is a must for all those wanting the party
to continue on and on. Full of trannies, club casualties, hardcore dancers and
well up-for-it party people dancing to dirty, funkiní hard house, at one of
the most well known seafront venues. Open all week and attracting a mixed crowd,
Friday night itís home to Kinky which despite itís titillating connotations
of glitz, glamour and gaiety is more trendy Top Shop boys with even trendier Top
Shop girlies. Itís really popular though so who am I to judge?
THE JAZZ PLACE
|10 Ship St. Brighton||01273 328439|
stuff good clubs are made of, from the days before they became brands and modelled
their interiors on 1960s visions of spacecraft. No frills here, itís small,
dark and sweaty. Hosts two of Brightonís premier and longest-running club
nights; Russ Dewburyís Jazz Rooms on Fridays and Saturdays and Roots Garden
reggae night on Tuesdays.
|West St. Brighton|| 01273 770095
to the deliciously fantastic Dynamite Boogaloo on a Thursday night, when trashy
bright young chickeroonies do their thang to everything from Britney to 60s
soul. The club smacks of a kaleidoscopic cabaret - loads
of colour, flashy dancing and sparkling atmosphere. The venue itself is like a
70s pimpís parlour - leopard
skin seats, deep red lighting, and poles to practise your erotic, exotic moves
on. Simply pimp-tastic.
|1 Morley St, Brighton||01273 699069||www.oceanrooms.co.uk|
of the UK Nightclub of the Year and run by Ben Gill, Brightonís club guru, the
Ocean Rooms know that good music equals a good time, so plenty of international
names grace the decks from all genres of dance music, and the club provides a
south coast home for Manchesterís Grand Central and Fat City records, as well
as Warp influenced electro-weirdness Sabbath.
|Castle Square, Brighton||01273
sorts of music (not all at once though) and a carpet thatís straight out of
your grannyís house. Somewhere to feel at home and not worry about spilling
your pint - drinks are quite cheap too. lndie night, Mad For It, is the place to
find ex-Mods chatting up teenagers and thereís a womenís night, if butch
blondes are more your thing.
|51-52 North St. Brighton||01273
Once a members club, now they've thrown their doors open to the rest of us. Smart casual r'n'b, flavaz, rap, hip hop and soulful grooves.
|33 Richmond Place, Brighton||01273
hall-like shed stuck on top of a pub. The venue is loud and sweaty with all the
ambience of a school disco, but thanks to the lack of small venues in Brighton,
the Pressure Point is one of the only places for new nights and good old
unpretentious tops-off raving. Techno, hip-hop, drum n bass, smiling faces and a
|Madeira Drive, Brighton||01273 682828||www.volksclub.co.uk|
the seafront this small and intimate club has nights of house, díníb and
well Ďard techno plus Catskillsí new Saturday hip hop /funk/breaks malarky.
Generally jam packed with raging clubbers up for a good night. And you can leave
your high heels at home.
|189-192 Kings Rd. Arches Brighton||01273 202407||www.thezapbrighton.co.uk|
of the most popular places in town drawing an ever so large crowd at the
weekend. The place itself is pretty massive, with two levels and a balcony from
which you can cast lecherous eyes on the heaving mass of flesh beneath. As with
all the best clubs in Brighton, thereís a saucy mix of gay/straight folk all
on the same single minded, hedonistic mission - to
have it LARGE. So, if youíre one of them youíre in great company here. Funky
with a fresh and friendly vibe, playing host to top name DJs, the Zap is the
place to go if you want to get glammed up and rocking.
Reviews by Jason Clarke, Nick Elson & Lyndsey Winship
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