Scruffy Guide to Gay Brighton

Life in Gay Brighton is a lot of fun!

As you already know, I love this fun and lively city in Southern England by the sea: I love it also because of its fun gay life. Yes, Gay Brighton is a place not to miss if you are interested in keeping all the points in your Gay Licence!

All of the life of Gay Brighton happens in the very center of the town: the gay scene is not hidden, but embraced and welcome in this little English Town. And there is fun for any tastes and at any time of the year or the week! Most of the bars are located on or around the so called Gay Brighton Village, in the area called Kemptown, comprised between St James Street on the North, and the Marina on the South.

These are the 5 top features you can’t miss in Gay Brighton according to Scruffy Gios!

Gay Brighton – Official Nudist Beach

Yes. Gay Brighton has an official naturist beach!

 

Brighton Nudist Beach
Brighton Nudist Beach

Where is it? You don’t have to walk too much or look for some hidden hints to find it: the official Nudist Beach is right in front of the town, on the Marina, walking distance from the Pier. In Summer you can easily reach it by using the Volks Electric Railway from Brighton Pier: get off at the Black Rock station, and walk about 5 minutes (back towards Brighton) to find the nudist beach.

OK, we are not in Italy neither in Greece: forget the sandy crystalline waters! Brighton Beach is mostly pebbly, so that it is not very comfortable lying down or walking along the seaside… but hey, don’t complain too much :)

Gay Brighton – Brighton Pride

Brighton organizes one of the best Gay Prides in all England!

Brighton Gay Pride
Brighton Gay Pride

Gay Brighton celebrates Gay Pride usually during the first week of August: as you can expect, the main Parade through the city centre happens on the first Saturday of August. After the Parade, most of the Happy Out and Proud Gays flock into Preston Park, where held a big Music Festival takes place, catering for any tastes.

Another option is to head to Kemptown and join the Gay Village Party. Of one thing you can be sure: you are not going to feel lonely! It is calculated that an estimated 300.000 people join the big Gay Brighton Celebrations during Pride Weekend, making it by far the UK’s biggest Pride festival.

Gay Brighton Bars – Camelford Arms

This is definitely my favorite bar in Brighton! The Camelford Arms is a pub situated in the centre of the Gay Village, on Camelford Street, walking distance from the Marina.

Gay Brighton - Scruffy Gios in Camelford Arms
Gay Brighton – Scruffy Gios in Camelford Arms

Camelford is a friendly, no-attitude, woofy bar with a mixed crowd, but especially popular with Scruffy Types (yes, like Scruffy Gios), Bears, Cubs, Otters and their admirers. Plus it is popular with the little furry ones: the bar prides itself for being the most Dog-Friendly pub in Brighton!

I spent a full Sunday afternoon in this lively bar enjoying a few pints and cheeky chats with its guests. Don’t miss this bar if you happen to visit Brighton!

Gay Brighton Bars – Charles Street

If you fancy a relaxed atmosphere, a few drinks and some lively Cabaret shows, then you MUST visit Charles Street!

Drag Queen Show in Gay Brighton
Drag Queen Show in Gay Brighton

This bar is located right in front of the Marina, and it is famous for its Sunday shows, starting at 7.30pm: I had a laugh with its amazing drag queens! Drinks are very affordable, and even more on Sundays: Happy hour prices kick in immediately after the cabaret, just in time for the Rock & Roll Bingo.

The crowd is mixed, the atmosphere friendly and laid back. From Thursday to Saturday Night, the bar becomes a very crowded and popular nightclub featuring live DJ’s and great music until 3am.

Gay Brighton Bars – Bulldog

Bulldog is the oldest gay cabaret bar in Brighton.

Gay Brighton - Bulldog Bar
Gay Brighton – Bulldog Bar

Established in 1979, the bar has two floors. The ground floor it features a small but fancy cabaret / karaoke bar with weekly shows. The upstairs floor is used during weekends as the perfect location for the club nights.

The clientele is mixed, and friendly: most of the music is classic pop like Kylie or Madonna to enjoy while sipping a well priced drink or two. Bulldog gets very busy over the weekend, especially in the late hours, as it is one of the few venues in London open until 8am. When the summer sun comes to play, Bulldog patrons can be found taking to the street side tables outside.

Did you enjoy my blog about Gay Brighton? Willing to know more, and be part of an exclusive party at Brighton Gay Pride in 2017? Drop me a line and I will make sure to keep you posted about my plans.

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