Hove is a wonderland of pubs. Whether you’re looking for a swift one after work, Friday’s ‘it got a bit out of hand’ drinks, or a cheeky half at lunchtime, any PLATF9RM members at our Hove Town Hall site will not wont for quality watering holes. Here’s 9 of the best.
The bee's Mouth
How many pubs do you know that have a toilet decorated exclusively with pictures of Steve Buscemi? The Bee’s Mouth’s toilet decor is just one of many unconventional design quirks that make it one of the area’s most beguiling pubs. Inside, the atmosphere is all soft lighting and creaky nooks: perfect for a first date or last drink of the night.
The Urchin knows what its likes, and it likes shellfish and craft beer. Its menu is comprised almost exclusively of locally-sourced shellfish and if you’re ‘that guy’ that always gets the seafood platter when you out for dinner, you’ll be coming back every week.
The Old Albion
The position of PLATF9RM 's official Hove Town Hall boozer is very much up for grabs, but if we were betting types we’d put our dollar on The Old Albion. Across the road and recipient of a recent refurbishment, it’s transformed itself from an old man’s pub to flash gin palace and craft beer dispensary. See you at the bar.
The Gin Tub
Much attention was showered on The Gin Tub when it first opened but not for the contents of its drinks menu. Instead, the attention garnered was thanks to its use of a faraday cage which meant all phone signal is blocked when you’re inside. Whether its a headline-grabbing gimmick or a genuine attempt to restore the lost art of conversation is probably an objective choice, but its range of gins will satisfy any aficionado of Mother’s Ruin.
The Brunswick Arms
We reckon the Brunswick is a little unsung gem of the local boozer scene. With its massive beer garden perfect for (very) late summer sun and idiosyncratic array of performaner in its live room, its got a couple of aces in its pocket. It’s JazzJam every Tuesday is reverently attended by the areas local noodlers. Don't forgot your beret.
The Ginger Pig
The Pig is a stalwart of the local pub scene and the perfect place to pack in a meal to soak up the drinks. It’s grilled hanger steak with dipping chips will satisfy the most blood-hungry carnivore, whilst the mean cocktail menu ensures its anything but a beer-only boozer.
Tucked away behind Western Street, the Bottom’s Rest has the kind of off-the-beaten-track position that ensures it will always be a locals’ bar. It’s outrageously dog-friendly and your four-legged pal with be made to feel like canine royalty. Tuesdays are 2-4-1 on burgers, if you’re feeling hungry. Which you probably are.
The Foragers is gastropub par excellence, with 100% sustainable and locally-sourced food being one of many reasons that it won the ‘Best Food Pub’ at the 2013 Brighton & Hove Food Awards.
The Wick is one of those slightly shiny boozers that could be a bit naff if they hadn’t got the ambience just right. It’s dark, noisy with a reliably rock & roll soundtrack, and you’ll rarely find it anything other than rammed. There’s also a speakeasy upstairs, for those who want to sneak off for a smoochy Old Fashioned.
At PLATF9RM we are all about supporting local businesses, this week our members will be getting to taste the delights of local Gypsy Brewer Lost Pier Brewing.