Fortune of War – The Oldest Pub on Brighton Beach

Fortune of war pub on Brighton beach Front façade

When it comes to the Brighton beach seafront, the available selection of clubs and bars is genuinely far and wide. The surprising thing, though, is that when it comes to the most traditional establishment in Britain, the pub, you will find only one watering hole on the seafront. 

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Fortune of War Pub on Brighton Beach

The Fortune of War pub is a sort of novelty among all its neighbouring bars and clubs, but its unique look and the fact that it is one of the oldest pubs in the area, having opened in 1882, make it a definite must-visit location. 

Trading Times

Fortune of War Opening Times
Monday10 am – 12 am
Tuesday10 am – 12 am
Wednesday10 am – 12 am
Thursday10 am – 12 am
Friday10 am – 3 am
Saturday10 am – 3 am
Sunday10 am – 12 am

The Look

The Fortune of War pub is nestled into Brighton’s old fortified chalk cliff face. Today the crumbling chalk cliffs are all strengthened with a brick facade and arches from the pier to the old West pier. These arches all have curved ceilings inside, and so when cladded, as they have done inside the Fortune of war, does give the shape like that of an upside-down boat, making for an even more unique look amongst all its neighbour’s bars and clubs.

Even more impressive than its architecture is its extensive beer garden, also known as Brighton beach. Well, that’s not exactly true, as there is one allocated beer garden directly outside the front of the Fortune of war, and then a second and much larger walled off beer garden across the promenade located on the beach.

The location is unparalleled, and as it is the only traditional pub on the lower promenade of Brighton beach, you should consider visiting here just for the sake of keeping up with tradition. 

Music and Entertainment

While its décor is traditional, its live entertainment is not. When it comes to the entertainment offered, the pub has made leaps since its first opening. Both of the managers of this venue, Laurence Hill, who used to be the booker for Komedia in Brighton. And his business partner Paul Jones, co-owns Brighton’s biggest record label Tru Thoughts. 

Both of them use their local and national ties in the music industry to bring in some of the hottest names in the scene. Previous Guests included DJ Derek, Rob Da Bank (Bestival), Fip Radio from Paris, Ashley Beedle (X-Press 2), Dizraeli, and Anchorsong. 

So, if you are planning to make your visit extra special, it might be a good shout to check which artists are booked to perform in their live music events. 


Now, let’s not kid ourselves, you are going to a pub, and while Brighton beach and the upside-down boat are definite aesthetic winners in the area, you will most likely want to know what this watering hole has to offer in terms of drinks.

You will be happy to hear the drinks menu has somewhat updated from its original stout, whiskey or rum selection. The Fortune of War now has a wide of high street brands, as you would expect, but also has more exciting microbrews offering Brighton brewed IPS’s to Peanut Buttermilk stout. 

So now, even for the more enthusiastic drinkers, the available selection is sure to delight their taste buds, as well as thirst. 

Honest Burgers on Brighton Beach


So say the Fortune of War

I’ve had a good few burgers along Brighton seafront and they may just be right. The sister company to the main ‘Honest Burger’ branch, is based on Duke Street, to me, The Fortune of Wars Burgers seems to me to make the tastier burger.

But this may be down to my personal experience of the sweet succulent burger and chips being served in a timely manner by busy, but pleasant staff at the Fortune of War, compared to the slow service and rude staff I’ve experienced not once, but the two times when I’ve been to the main branch.

So Yes! The Burgers of Honest and the staff and location of the Fortune of war on Brighton beach is a very successful collaboration.


If you want a guaranteed table for your visit, then it is definitely recommended that you pre-book your place using their online website.

There is only a limited number of tables allocated for bookings each night, (with a £5 deposit for no shows), so whether you just want drinks or want to make a night of it with the live music or themed nights, booking in advance will help ensure your place in the oldest, and kinda the only pub on Brighton beach.

Contact details:


01273 205065


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