DesignMyNight names best bars in Brighton, Birmingham and Glasgow


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The best bars, pubs and clubs in Brighton, Birmingham and Glasgow have been chosen by the public through the annual awards run by going-out website DesignMyNight.

The best cocktail bar in Brighton and Hove was named as the Speakeasy at The Wick Inn in Hove, part of Indigo Pub Company, while best bar was BYOC in Brighton’s Meeting House Lane where people bring their own alcoholic products for bartenders to make into cocktails.

The accolade for most inventive cocktail menu went to Bohemia in The Lanes, while the title of best party bar was won by Mesmerist in Prince Albert Street, Brighton, part of Laine Pub Co.

National operator Eclectic Bars won three of the awards for its venues in Brighton: best club for Coalition on the beachfront, best all-in-one venue for Dirty Blonde and best happy hour for Lola Lo.

DesignMyNight runs awards, voted on by the public, in cities where it runs its online guides to bars, pubs, clubs and events. See below for a full list of winners.

In Glasgow, the title of best cocktail bar went to The Riding Room, while Lebowski’s won the award for most inventive cocktail menu.

Chinaski’s was named as best bar while G1 Group’s Hummingbird won the award for best party bar. The title of best all-in-one venue went to Hillhead Bookclub.

Also announced this week, the awards for Birmingham included the long-established Jekyll & Hyde for best cocktail bar and more recent arrival The Edgbaston for most inventive cocktail menu.

The title of best bar went to The Bureau in Colmore Row while Island Bar was named best party bar. The award for best club went to The Rainbow Venues in Digbeth, and another Digbeth venue, Alfie Bird’s, was named best all-in-one venue.

Full lists of winners (with most recent first)

Brighton winners
Best bar: BYOC
Best club: Coalition
Best pub: The Black Dove, Kemptown
Best cocktail bar: Speakeasy at The Wick Inn, Hove
Most inventive cocktail menu: Bohemia
Best party bar: Mesmerist
Best outdoor space: Neighbourhood, Kemptown
Best happy hour: Lola Lo
Best beer garden, The Hare & Hounds, Kemptown
Best live music venue: Sticky Mike’s
Best all-in-one venue: Dirty Blonde
Best pop-up: The Set
Best event: Speakeasy at Proud

Birmingham winners
Best bar: The Bureau
Best club: The Rainbow Venues, Digbeth
Best pub: The Rose Villa Tavern
Best cocktail bar: The Jekyll & Hyde
Most inventive cocktail menu: The Edgbaston
Best party bar: Island Bar
Best outdoor bar: The Prince of Wales, Moseley
Best live music venue: The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath
Best happy hour: Le Truc
Best beer garden: The Lord Clifton
Best all-in-one venue: Alfie Bird’s, Digbeth
Best pop-up: Madame Moonshine, Digbeth
Best event: UK Burger Battle, Digbeth

Glasgow winners
Best bar: Chinaski’s
Best pub: Curler’s Rest
Best cocktail bar: The Riding Room
Most inventive cocktail menu: Lebowski’s
Best party bar: Hummingbird
Best outdoor space: Brel
Best beer garden: West Brewery
Best live music venue: King Tut’s
Best all-in-one venue: Hillhead Bookclub
Best pop-up: Section 33, city centre
Best event: Street Food Cartel, city centre

Click here for the winners in London and Manchester.

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