Monday, 16 February 2009

Brighton bar or pub? What's the difference...?



I was talking about Brighton bars the other day with a friend and we were arguing about the difference between a pub and a bar. I mean is it that bars just look different from the outside and aren't called things like The King's Head or The Queen's Arms or various other random regal body parts? Or is it that they are just a bit more trendy and can get away with charging a fiver for a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon?

Or is a pub a place where beer and ale is drawn from a wooden cask, whereas a bar is where you buy bottled and canned beer...?

Or maybe it's that most pubs serve food, whilst bars don't, they just serve drinks. But then we thought of bars in Brighton that sold food. And then there's gastro pubs - a lot of which look like bars...

Oh for goodness sake.

Well, what we did agree on was that there are some great Brighton bars around the city! The Hanbury Club popped up as a fav (oh please don't start - I know it's not actually called a pub or a bar, but it 'feels' like a bar, ok...) - it's got a great atmosphere and is somewhere you can listen to an eclectic array of live music, from Latin & Jazz to Swing and Lounge. They've also got Burlesque evenings, games nights, Vegas nights, come dancing nights, and DJ sets, making them a bar, pub, club...oh i give up.

You can check out some of the other Brighton bars on the VisitBrighton bars in Brighton page.

Any further enlightenment on the difference between a pub and a bar or any top tips for great Brighton bars gratefully accepted...

Sarah
VisitBrighton

3 comments:

VisitBrighton: said...

Well I've never seen a pub with a real fire...but I have seen lots of pubs with fires...and dogs...

niftyknits said...

bars are scary trendy places that won't want me wandering in wearing walking boots. they'll charge me the earth for something with little frilly bits of salad. a pub, on the other hand, will have big chunky chips and tomato ketchup!

VisitBrighton: said...

he he nifty knits. know what you mean. but Brighton is so darn friendly we reckon you should come and do some knitting on Brighton beach - tis ever so relaxing and sure to inspire new knitwear ideas...and you can happily wear your walking boots to stamp across the pebbles...