The Groove Train bar in Brighton is a great spot to grab a drink

The Groove Train bar in Brighton is a great spot to grab a drink. Image: The Groove Train Facebook.

Brighton’s leafy surroundings and proximity to the beach make it a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. With a vast and varied number of bars and eateries to choose from, there is something to suit every taste and celebration.

Whether you’re after a relaxed Sunday session at the pub with your mates, an evening at a bar with live music or nice drink to go with a meal at a restaurant, Brighton has plenty on offer.

Here are our top 5 places to grab a drink in Brighton:

Half Moon

A perennial favourite with the locals, Half Moon is a bright and airy gastro pub with six drinking and dining spaces to choose from. Perch yourself at the beautiful timber Public Bar to sample one of the many local craft beers on tap or settle in with a bottle of bubbly and group of friends in the vast outdoor courtyard. With weekly specials such as $20 cocktail jugs and Wednesday Happy Hour it’s easy to see why this place is popular every day of the week!

The Groove Train

Situated in the heart of Church Street’s shopping strip, The Groove Train (pictured, above) is the place to be for a casual night out with family or friends. The extensive drinks menu includes a range of local and imported beers along with a cocktail list full of old favourites. Espresso Martini, anyone?

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Pera offers an intimate atmosphere to enjoy a drink.

Pera offers an intimate atmosphere to enjoy a drink. Image: Pera via Facebook.


A quaint café by day, Pera transforms into a sultry wine bar after dark enticing visitors with an impressive menu of premium spirits, wines and cocktails. Crimson walls, dark wood and smooth jazz on the stereo make this Brighton gem the perfect spot for a romantic drink with that special someone.

Marine Hotel

Housed in a distinguished 1800s era building, the Marine Hotel serves up traditional pub fare and well-priced drinks to match. Grab a table in the redBAR and watch the footy over a counter-meal and pint.


A popular spot for any time of day, Pantry has been serving up meals to Bayside locals for over 20 years. Their expansive wine list highlights the Victorian wine region along with a generous selection of beers, ciders and French Champagne. If cocktails are more your style, Pantry keeps things sophisticatedly simple with three classics on offer – Caprioska, Mojito and Martini.