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West Sussex nightlife venues

There’s plenty to do on an evening in West Sussex and here are some of the best venues for a traditional pint or cocktail. A pub is never far away, whether you’re seeking a quiet pint or want to watch sport on TV. The county is dotted with drinking holes in rural and urban locations, many of them holding regular events such as quizzes and open mic nights. At The Stand Up in Lindfield, you could even join the locals for a game of toad in the hole (a coin toss game played in Sussex). If you favour a different type of tipple, head to Piries Bar in Horsham. This 16th-century oak-beamed bar stocks more than 100 different types of gin.

If you’d rather something a little trendier, the Hornet Alehouse is Chichester’s first micropub and serves a constantly-changing selection of cask ales and craft beers, real cider and fine wines in relaxed and friendly surroundings.

If you prefer a club to a pub, nightclubs can be found in inland as well as in West Sussex’s seaside towns. Moka is Crawley’s largest nightclub, with a capacity of 1,200, while Bar 7 serves the LGBTQ+ community with weekly karaoke sessions, plus regular themed parties and entertainers. For a high-brow evening, head to Chichester Festival Theatre which shows original productions alongside touring productions, musicians and comedians.

Our picks

Manuka Bar & Kitchen

9 Portland Rd, Worthing BN11 1QH

Manuka Bar & Kitchen is one of Worthing’s newest cocktail bars. Chic design, attention to detail, experience mixologists and fresh local produce make this a must-visit destination! Manuka has live bands every Wednesday, live DJs until 1am on Friday and Saturdays and serves food until midnight, seven days a week. Visit website

The Fountain
Pints of stout

29 Southgate, Chichester PO19 1ES

The Fountain is one of the oldest public houses in Chichester, opening its doors in 1798. The pub is built against the Roman city wall, which is visible in the restaurant, and was once run by HG Wells’ grandparents. It is also said to be haunted by ghosts of a man, dog and a Roman soldier. Visit website

Arundel Jailhouse
Live band

The Undercroft, Maltravers St, Arundel BN18 9AP

Arundel Jailhouse transforms into an underground club at night, hosting live music, comedy and theatre. Relax in one of the cell booths at its monthly jazz club, comedy night or 80s disco. The club also organises murder mystery dinners and music nights from its very own Jailhouse Blues Band. Visit website

The Duke of Wellington
Pints of beer

368 Brighton Rd, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 6RE

Musicians perform every Friday and Saturday night at The Duke of Wellington and an open mic night and ukulele jamming session is held during the week. It also organises the Beltane Beer & Music Festival, a four-day event held each spring and a beer and music festival as part of Shoreham’s annual River Fest. Visit website

Chichester Jazz Club

Pallant Suite, 7 S Pallant, Chichester PO19 1SY

For serious jazz fans, Chichester Jazz Club at the Pallant Suite, South Pallant runs a 10-month programme of live music from September to June, spanning a wide range of jazz. Non-members are welcome, so why not enjoy an evening at one of its candlelit tables? Visit website

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