Whether you’re looking for a quiet pint, a cocktail masterclass or to dance until dawn, you’ll find it all in Eastbourne.
Head to our Eastbourne pubs page to find the best half-dozen public houses in town, including The Pilot Inn and The Seven Sisters.
Eastbourne Cocktail Club
As befits a cool coastal town, Eastbourne is the perfect place to watch the sun go down with a cocktail in hand.
Start at the Eastbourne Cocktail Club, a terrifically cool and quirky joint located near the train station on Mark Lane. From the alternative table tops to the Rolling Stones memorabilia, it’s a hugely popular bar that offers a wide range of cocktails with the atmosphere never dropping below bubbling.
A short stumble from there is the Loft Lounge & Bar, a cool two-level cocktail bar with deep booths, table service and an impressive double-height main bar at the centre.
Down in Pevensey Bay, a mile along the coast, is the Garden Bar, a waterfront terrace that overlooks the marina. Choose from a wide selection of drinks, including 13 draft beers and speciality spirits, while they have live music every Saturday night, two dart boards, a pool table, a golf simulator and show all the live sporting action.
For something a little more low-key, Maxims is a cracking little pub and bar that’s built up a dedicated following. Come for their gastropub food, stay for their happy hour and then wander downstairs to their cosy club room where they put on live music, DJ nights and more.
Oenophiles – that’s a posh name for wine-lovers, word fans – will find plenty to cheers about in Eastbourne. Located on Mark Lane, one of the best streets for pubs and bars, Cru is a classy bar and kitchen that has over 200 bottles in stock, as well as a range of craft beer and tapas-style sharing plates. Hudsons Wine Bar on South Street is another great place to get your grape-fix. As well as offering dozens of wines by the glass or bottle, they’re also known for their innovative cocktails – and flaring skills – while they also do a range of sandwiches, sharing plates and specials.
Finally, Blue Bar is the place to come if you like live music. Located on Pevensey Road, the independent bar puts on a range of open mic sessions, guest bands and tribute nights spanning ska and 2-tone, old school hip hop, pop punk and more.
Sadly, the historic 900-capacity Atlantis club on Eastbourne Pier has closed down, but there are plenty of other late-night dancing spots in town.
The Havana Lounge on Mark Lane is a late night bar and club that has an open-minded music policy that spans 70s classics, modern day pop, drum and bass, garage and house music. Open until 1.30am on Friday and Saturday mornings, it’s a cool late night dancing spot but make sure to check in advance what events are scheduled as the line-up and music can vary.
Catering to a young crowd, including the local university students, Cameo is located on Langney Road next to the Arndale Centre and is a busy weekend destination that’s also open on Monday and Thursday. Music-wise, expect chart and pop classics, RnB and funky house across the two floors, while you can also book out VIP booths and get table service.
Open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, TJ’s on Terminus Road is a bustling two-level club that’s been dishing out dancefloor beats, beers and bands since 1983. With a focus on classic sounds spanning pop and dance music, the club opens until 3am at the weekend with regular drink and bottle deals.