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Ms R and I will be visiting Brighton for the day on Monday 15th July, staying in a funky little B&B called Snooze. Neither of us have ever been to Brighton before so, as in my Goodwood thread, can anyone offer any advice, hints or tips?
 

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I meant to post in the other thread but anyway, here we go

You are in staying in Kemptown (less than 10 minutes walk from me), which is its own cosmopolitan part of town (yes it is the gay part but don't let that put you off though, you'll be fine).

Firstly, Brighton is not car friendly and you get charged an arm and a leg to park (something daft like £3 an hour in some of the car parks :rolleyes:), so find somewhere to park the car that doesn't charge (easier said than done) and leave it there, it's not a big town, you are better off walking everywhere, I do.

Things to see / do in Brighton.

Go to the Royal Pavilion, it is a fantastically designed building that's shaped a bit like an onion (the EDL thought it was a mosque....)

Although there is a shopping mall with all your usual high street shops, along with a high street (Western Road), make sure that you have a wander through the north laine area, it's full of quirky independent shops (you could spend ages in Snooper's Paradise), cafes and bars, it isn't really like any high street you'll ever see anywhere else.

If it's not raining, then go to the pier (if only to look at the view of the coastline), nearby is the Brighton eye (like the London eye but with only half a view - the other half is of the sea :rolleyes:), I haven't been on it. Then, heading westwards, walk along the seafront and have a drink in the Fortune of War or Gemini's - further on (still heading westwards) is an Italian restaurant called Alfresco, which has a lovely view but you pay for that.

And you aren't going to go hungry or thirsty, there are quite literally hundreds of bars, pubs and restaurants (you could literally eat in a different one every day for a month) - what sort of food do you like? Spanish? Italian? Japanese? French?

That's all I can think of at the moment but I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
 

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If you like boats, then you could head towards the marina (going east), there's free parking there and it contains a casino, a bowling alley, a few souless chain pubs and restaurants like Pizza express and a drive in McD's.
 

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Thanks for that mate.

I thought all of Brighton was the gay part! :p

I think we'll take your advice and go west.

I think we'd probably like to eat Italian or Spanish. Indian might result in an uncomfortable journey home. :eek:
 

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Thanks for that mate.

I thought all of Brighton was the gay part! :p

I think we'll take your advice and go west.

I think we'd probably like to eat Italian or Spanish. Indian might result in an uncomfortable journey home. :eek:
:) Yes, everyone in Brighton is gay, especially the mums, the dads, nans and grandads.....

Honestly, you will be fine in kemptown, not everywhere is gay and neither are all the people and even if you happen to find somewhere that is 1) so what? 2) chances are that they will spot you are straight and leave you alone.

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You can't beat Casa Don Carlos (5 Union Street, Phone:01273 327177), it is very popular though, so I would advise that you book a table. Drink: the Font and Firkin opposite, (it is a converted church ) is OK but I would recommend the Bath Arms, good ales.

Otherwise, there's a place on Sydney Street (in the north laine area), that I have eaten in once and it was excellent. The Office opposite is a good bar that has 40 different types of gin. Starkers likes this :D :thumbs:

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There's a place on the same street as Casa Don Carlos which is quite cheap and cheerful.
Donatellos, just off east Street is another pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap kind of place
Al Duomo basically next to the Pavilion is nice, slightly poncy bar opposite

Lots happens on New road (where the theatre is), Zafarrellis at one end is run by a very charming Italian man (he paid a lot of attention to my Mum). I think they also do fish. Valentinos opposite (next to the theatre) does cracking cocktails.
At the other end of New Road are Pinocchios and a Carluccio's and opposite them are the Mash Tun, Mrs Fitzherberts and the Wagon and Horses. All of these are patronised by Starkers :thumbs:

Let me know if you fancy a drink!
 

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Thanks again Starkers. I'm not sure about a drink as I'll have Ms R with me.
 

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Hey, Take the mrs to the laines and play it by ear. North laines are great, arty bit with retro shops, plenty of cafe's and places to sit and spot the straight folk, or the vast numbers who've migrated south from Nottingham - check out inside out cafe, wi Kiki moo cow, komedia, mash ton for coffee or lunch. If casa don Carlos is full there's also a great authentic tapas opposite the corn exchange - it's tiny but I've not found better and often full of amusing characters. If you're heading for the beach, there's some galleries under the arches to the west of the palace pier (that's the one still standing) + a couple of pubs (fortune of war). Its also lovely down by the sea at magic hour. Enjoy!
 

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Our over60's friendship club make regular coach trips down there, great place for us old dodderer's with plenty of interest and great food and booze. Enjoy. :thumbs:

Watch out for the zimmer's and the mobility scooters though? :D :lol:
 
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everything below Nottingham is mostly gay isn't it? so it's all relative

Hold on, lets back the truck up here.............Northern men like their nights out with the lads in the Pub and behaving like tough guys etc. Why?
Because they're all gay and prefer mens company. Simple.
Thats why Northern Women prefer Southern men.
Northern men wash in t'tin bath with coal tar soap and Southern men shower and use expensive fragrances.
Northern men, go to the pub and then when they get home, beat the missus up because she has burnt the black pudding.
Southern men wine and dine their women.
 

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We're here. We've mooched about a bit. We're going for another mooch soon. What's the magic hour?
 

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Probably too late now but it would have entirely depended on what you wanted to do....!

Ironically, I was in your neck of the woods today.
 
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