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Brighton

Postby Tom Aylott » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:50 am

Okay, this is kinda the reason for the Lifestyle forum in the first place, so let's kick this off with a city guide for the place I actually know something about.

If you post replys here, I'll add the suggestions below. As this is the first one, let's trial and error it, and if we could stick to one for now until the format works, that'd be brilliant.

I'm at work, so I've just done a really quick few examples, most are bullshit. Make content and format additions/corrections/suggestions in the thread and I'll tidy it up when I can!

Brighton

Brighton lies on the South East coast and it's reputation for being an "anything goes" coastal getaway for everyone from tourists to transexuals comes packaged with high rates of bars per square mile, sexually transmitted diseases and drdrug use.

Easy transport links to Gatwick and London make Brighton a popular commuter town and stag weekend location. The large student, foreign national and gay communities make it a diverse and welcoming place to live, and there's always plenty to do or see.

Food

Grubb's
(York Place, various)
Like burgers? Look no further.

Kensington's (Kensington Gardens, North Laines)
Modest priced fry up /lunch food greasy spoon. Eclectic music playing, and balcony for the summer.

Los Taquitos (York Place)
Mexican food You'll usually leave nice and full. Great for the price. BYOB (I think).

Pompoko (Near the pavillion)
Right near the pavillion. Japanese rice / noodles for around the £5 mark. Fills you up and tastes good. It's quite small so worth going before/after peak eating hours to get food, but great for the money and the staff are friendly. BYOB with a £1 corking charge.

E-Kagen (Sydney Street: North Laines)
On Sydney street near the station above "Yum Yum" supermarket, E Kagen is a much fresher alternative to the chain sushi places in the center of town. Recommended. BYOB with a £1 corking charge.

Jamie's Italian Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant. Self-explanatory.

Tootsies Good for desserts.

BYO Mangerie on Hove high st. opposite Tesco is very nice.

Bossa Nostra run by lovely people, and the food there is a bit less upmarket (and cheaper!) but extremely tasty. It caters for meateaters and veggies although I don't imagine it'll be big on the vegan front. I'd really recommend it. Try the passionfruit mousse, you will not be disappointed. Nice wine too, well, nice to my uneducated palate anyway.

earth and stars [b/] is amazing.

[b]the yeoman
is expensive but even more amazing.

the windmill - food good generally and stuff other than roasts for non roast fancying types

the pond used to be good, but is now officially a dogs dinner. AVOID.
the hampton - people seemed to be chewing their food longer than you'd ideally want to. Overcooked to rubber.


Pubs/Bars

The Eagle (Gloucester Road: North laines)
Good post-work pub. Reasonable prices and it's right next to my house.

Caroline of Brunswick (Ditchling Road)
Rockabilly/punk/goth style pub. They host comedy and quiz nights along with a number of gigs. Good food and ale selection too.

The Evening Star A pub renouned in the South East for it's fantastic choice of Real Ale and unusual tipples, check it out if you like beer or cider in any way shape or form. Round the corner from Brighton Station.

The Pav Tav (North Road)
An "experience". Cheapey booze and full of wankers, but fairly standard for bumping into people and laughing at shitty try hard haircuts.

Venues

The Hobgoblin (York Place)
Legendary grimey retreat near the station. Big beer garden, and worth checking out if there's a gig on. Pretty much every show is free entry. (100~)

The Hope (York Place)
Recently refurbished and on the same road as the station, the Hope is the venue that people should probably like more than they do... It's a bit expensive for drinmks, but has an awesome disco ball. (100~)

Prince Albert (Trafalgar street)
Come out of the station and go under the bridge. Great pub/venue in the best location.

Cowley Club (London Road)
Cowley Club is a bookshop by day, anarchist venue super-clique by night fall. Questionable sound system, but good booze and bands now and again. (~100)

The Freebutt (Phoenix Place)
Most often associated with the words "it was better before....", the Freebutt has gigs on most nights and ignoring the massive pole in front of the stage and the toilets, it's not a bad venue. The Penthouse upstairs is really cheap and has some good after-show nights.(150)

The Engine Room
(Preston Street)
Basement club/ venue quite far from the station. Used to smell lots like piss, now smells a bit like piss. Super-loud venue for rock/punk/metal shows. (200)

Concorde 2 (Madiera Drive)
The biggest of the "small" venues, Concorde 2 is quite far from the station and out of the way. (600~)


Clubs

Life (Seafront)
Formerly Arc, indie nights mostly. Generally full of wankers, but it's not too expensive.

Coalition (Seafront)
Formerly the Beach, it's a fair sized club with varying nights on throughout the week.

Digital (Seafront)
Awesome sound system. Friday's indie night is a bit boring, and don't expect a cheap drink, but some of the DJs that play there are incredible, and it's probably my favourite night out on a good one.

Belushi's (Poole Valley Coach Station)
Tiny basement club. Thursday nights are currently £1 vodka nights and the music is amazing. Go figure.

Shops


Immediate/Punker Bunker (Sydney Street: North Laines)
Immediate is a clothes store for the sort of rockabilly / ska types, and Punker Bunker is, well, pretty much self explanatory. Great little shop for all kinds of DIY music, zines and gig tickets.

Resident (Kensington Gardens: North Laines)
Independant Record store. Indie/dance crowd with instores and tickets for most events in Brighton.

Guitar, Amp, Keyboard aka GAK (North Street: North Laines)
Massive range of instruments. Twinned with the nearby Drum Cavern. Competetitive prices on new and used instruments and repairs.


Tourism

The Pavillion
The gardens are a nice place to hang out when it's sunny and the musuem is free. The actually Pavillion costs a few quid, but worth it if you haven't been.

Palace Pier

Standard Brighton landmark, well worth a walk up and down if you haven't been on it before. It's a cliché and a timewarp, but free and makes you feel like you are in one of many classic films / TV shows.

The Toy Museum[/u] Underneath Brighton Station, not to expensive and lots of nostaligia and unusual bits and pieces! Staffed by some really lovely volunteers, and it's just such a labour of love on the part of the guy who owns it, beautifully put together and some fun machines to play with. There's a massive working model train set in the middle, and just lots of toys and trains, it's brilliant.[/quote]

[b]kemp town
is a really interesting place to walk around too, up st james's street if you want to head away from the hustle/bustle. it's still busy but mostly pedestrianised if i recall correctly.

Roly's fudge pantry it's THE BEST FUDGE IN THE WORLD.

Pavillion Gardens Sometimes on a weekend afternoon there are musicians and performances in the pavillion gardens. some that i've come across include; old people banging drums, man with tuba playing monty python and when i'm 64 and someone on stilts. FUN beyond words!

Mini Golf One by the base of Palace Pier, one (better) one opposite the Concorde further down Madeira Drive from Palace Pier

Veggie/Vegan Havens

Idyea Cute little cafe in the North Laine, open daytimes, veggie/vegan. Gorgeous food.

Food for Friends Renouned veggie/vegan restaurant in The Lanes, a little pricy but well worth it

Terre a TerreAs for Food for Friends, but more so in the taste/cost departments. Veggie/vegan.

Hop Poles situated between the Lanes and West Street, Hop Poles for meaty/veggie/vegan food and has a nice atmosphere to it

The George WARNING- A once great veggie/vegan pub that did fantastic food... it has gone down hill massively recently. However, it has had new managements in the last since months. So... make your own mind up?

The Eagle Owned by the same guys as Hop Poles, good for meaty/veggie/vegan food and has a nice atmosphere to it. They clearly have a formula that works?!

Pompoko Wise man's Wagamama- meat/veggie/vegan, situated opposite the Dome, great food, good value. Would choose 9/10 over Wagamama.

The Dumb Waiter Great for fry-ups, think it's meat friendly as well as veggie/vegan but not sure. Nice garden to sit in when your hangover needs nursing. Situated on Sydney Street in the North Laine. Open daytimes.

Planet India Awesome Indian, just round from the corner of the hostel 'Journeys' and Grand Parade (grassy bit outside Pavillion)

Wai Kika Moo Kau (say it aloud) Veggie/vegan restaurant, open daytimes, does sweet hallumi and sweet chilli wraps. Situated in the North Laine.

Red Veg Veggie/vegan fast food place, situated in the North Laine, open till 9, good for burgers and falafel. More expensive than Grubs, but I prefer it.

Grubbs Meat/veggie/vegan fast food place, situated on London Road and in Hove near Palmeira Square. Everyone else loves it (but I don't get it?)

V-Bites Heather Mills' vegan restaurant in Hove, near Hove lagoon (a fair way out of town) A nice idea, but we were mega disappointed when we went- nothing's cooked on site, the chefs couldn't tell us anything about the food (they were all meat eaters) and customer service lacked on many accounts.

Sanctuary Cafe Veggie/vegan cafe in Hove, open daytimes

Infinity Cafe Veggie/vegan cafe in the North Laine, open daytimes. Good cakes.

Cooper's Cask pub in Hove, good for Sunday roasts, meaty/veggie/vegan food and has a nice atmosphere to it

Barley Mow Possibly one of my favourite places for food in Brighton, situated out towards the back of Kemp Town is this fantastic little pub that sells meat/veggie/vegan food. Huge pile of board games to keep you entertained. My parents also really enjoyed the fish dishes, if you're there with non-veggies.

Bombay Aloo There's two of these, one is a entirely veggie all you can eat Indian, the other is meat and veggie. One is on Ship Street in town (veggie), the other on St James' street. Very cheap for all you can eat, reasonable food.

Cowley Club Socialist club for anyone with a hint of ethics or hippiness about them. Regardless of your beliefs, get yourself down there at 7.30 on a Thursday night for a lovely vegan meal for £3. Super cheap drinks too.

Other

Vegetarian Shoes Does what it says on the tin? In the North Laines, although they're a little pricy and not deemed particularly fashionable usually.

Taj Two supermarkets that specialise in food from other countries (largely Asian) but have great veggie/vegan sections. One is situated on Grand Parade at the bottom of St James' Street; the other on Western Road opposite Waitrose.

Infinity Champions of all things fairtrade/organic/veggie/vegan, this supermarket is opposite Guitar and Amp (big yellow guitar shop in the North Laine, also worth a visit)

Sunny Foods On Beaconsfield Parade, is my local veggie/vegan shop. Sells all sorts of awesome stuff, a mini Infinity/Taj.

North Laines Photography Gallery Not to do with food, but one of my favourite places to stroll around. Above Snooper's Paradise in the North Laine, get yourself up there for an arty wander round.

Vegetarian Hotel- Marina House B&B with nice rooms, cater for veggies and vegans. http://www.marinahousehotel.com/index.html

Journeys Friendly freshly-opened hostel that has had lots of good reviews
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Just Gaz » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:50 am

Tom, Tom, Tom, Tom. Come on, tell me about the ladyboys.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby snark » Wed Oct 14, 2009 9:58 am

The Penthouse above the Freebutt does host some zany and very interesting club nights, it should all be listed on the Freebutt myspace. What about the Pav Tav?

Shops - Punker bunker on Sydney Street, Resident on Kensington Gardens, same as Edgeworld (the wonderful Ash of Charlottefield works there) and Get Cutie for your dress needs.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Tom Aylott » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:01 am

definitely!

I'm at work at the moment so I haven't got time to write paragraphs about places, but yeah. I will.

Is the format of information okay? Does it need to be easier to read?
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby snark » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:04 am

Tom Aylott wrote:definitely!

I'm at work at the moment so I haven't got time to write paragraphs about places, but yeah. I will.

Is the format of information okay? Does it need to be easier to read?


Nah, it's fine :) I wrote an article about record shops in Brighton for Drunkenwerewolf fanzine, i'll track it down and summarise for you if you want? Maybe some of the charity shops if people like that?

I hate the pier though, it's ghastly!
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Tom Aylott » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:12 am

That's exactly why it's essential for tourists though!
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby snark » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:14 am

I suppose :|

There's a toy & model museum down from the station too. thats touristy, to an extent.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Tom Aylott » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:16 am

ha. It's just so weird and backwards that I just think you can't write it off.

I hate it, but I love taking people for a walk around!
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby snark » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:20 am

THE PUPPETS! CUTE!

There's also mini golf down on the seafront, near the marina maybe? Oh, sometimes on a weekend afternoon there are musicians and performances in the pavillion gardens. some that i've come across include; old people banging drums, man with tuba playing monty python and when i'm 64 and someone on stilts. FUN beyond words! ;)
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Duncan » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:46 am

The crazy golf in Brighton is one of the worst ones on the south coast.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby snark » Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:49 am

Slam Duncan! wrote:The crazy golf in Brighton is one of the worst ones on the south coast.


haha, well i wasn't saying it was good. just that it was there. :lol: what's wrong with it?
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Mysterious Traveller » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:30 am

Don't you dare do a Brighton guide without talking about Grubb's! I'm salivating over thoughts of the Malaysian Burger before I've evem got on the train!
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Tom Aylott » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:39 am

Mysterious Traveller wrote:Don't you dare do a Brighton guide without talking about Grubb's! I'm salivating over thoughts of the Malaysian Burger before I've evem got on the train!


Well obviously!
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby snark » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:43 am

Mysterious Traveller wrote:Don't you dare do a Brighton guide without talking about Grubb's! I'm salivating over thoughts of the Malaysian Burger before I've evem got on the train!


Oh Grubbs! :D Made someone from Panthers (Ex-Orchid) spew on stage once....I dunno how true that is ;) but thought i'd chuck it out there.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby chrisw » Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:51 am

It's all about the tropical! (peanut butter, banana, pineapple and lettuce)
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Mysterious Traveller » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:02 pm

chrisw wrote:It's all about the tropical! (peanut butter, banana, pineapple and lettuce)

That's perverse and wrong.

Also, the fries with BOTH garlic mayonnaise and blue cheese mayonnaise are a must! Also, a banana milkshake.

I'm seriously tempted to hop on the train this afternoon.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Soph » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:04 pm

Having a Grubbs at the end of my road is dangerous. I'm always in there.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Tom Aylott » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:40 pm

I can probably projectile vomit on my house from the Eagle. Might try later. ;)

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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Soph » Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:53 pm

Won't you have to swerve it don't the road a bit?
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Tom Aylott » Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:06 pm

well, i didn't say ALL of it would reach.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby snark » Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:13 pm

Moar pubs:

The Caroline of Brunswick - Ditchling Rd

It's got a rockabilly/punk/goth style to it. They host comedy and quiz nights along with a number of gigs. Food wise, absolutely smashing and a nice selection of ales too.

The Great Eastern is a quaint little pub, down Trafalgar Street (I think!)

Food:

Los Tacquitos which is near Grubbs on York Place.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Soph » Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:24 pm

Tom Aylott wrote:well, i didn't say ALL of it would reach.


I've puked over your street sign before after a night in the Eagle but not from the pub door - hands and knees under it innit.
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby TonyMercies » Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:55 pm

what about the Engine Rooms added to venues, and the Dumb Waiter to restaurants?
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Tom Aylott » Wed Oct 14, 2009 2:56 pm

TonyMercies wrote:what about the Engine Rooms added to venues, and the Dumb Waiter to restaurants?


good call!

I'm bored at work so I'll update these now ;)
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Re: City Guides: Brighton

Postby Tom Aylott » Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:16 pm

i'll be working on adding pictures to this, and making it more consise tonight.

Gonna add google map links and stuff like that too...
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