Brilliant Pride Alternatives If You’re Heading to Brighton This Weekend

While the official Brighton Pride festival may have been cancelled this year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the biggest event in the LGBTQIA+ calendar in this incredible city.

Happy Pride season, people! While the official Brighton Pride festival may have been cancelled this year, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the biggest event in the LGBTQIA+ calendar in this incredible city. From boozy cabanas and cabarets to bottomless brunches and open air drag variety shows, the gay capital of the UK knows the show must go on and go on in style, it will.

So, dust off your dancing shoes, get your best rainbow glad rags on and get ready to sashay the night away as we bring you the best of Brighton’s Pride events for 2021.

Drag In The Park

Award-winning Drag Prince Alfie Ordinary presents an evening of drag and cabaret at the Brighton Open Air Theatre. Even if it rains, it’ll be the best alfresco experience of your life.

When: Saturday 7th August
Where: Brighton Open Air Theatre, Dyke Road, BN3 6EH

Book tickets here.

Charles Street Tap

Charles Street Tap is your go-to watering hole for good vibes, budget-friendly booze and 10/10 weekend entertainment. Start here for a few relaxed drinks on the terrace before hopping over to Club Revenge for all the rainbow party vibes.

Where: 8 Marine Parade, Kemptown, Brighton, BN2 1TA

HMS. Rockwater Pride Drag Brunch

On the stunning roof terrace overlooking the beach, you’ll find the best of Brighton’s drag circuit donning their finest & turning out all of the fun to bring the best party to your brunch club. Hosted by Ophelia Payne & friends for one weekend only, Rockwater and the team open the doors to the campest cruise ship you’ve ever set sail on.

When: Saturday 7th August
Where: Western Esplanade, Hove BN3 4FA

Book tickets here.


With four DJs, drag hosts, gogo dancers and pop up performances, Polyglamorous sure know how to throw a p-a-r-t-y. They will be donating 20% of ticket sales to All Sorts Youth, a Brighton based charity dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA+ children and young people.

When: Friday 6th August
Where: Chalk Venue, 10 Pool Valley, Brighton

Find out more on their Instagram.


International queer house and techno rave He.She.They will be pumping out the Pride anthems ‘til 6 in the morning to bring you the party of Brighton Pride weekend 2021. The dream line-up includes Shanti Celeste, Saoirse, Just Her, Bklava, Jaye Ward, Maze & Masters, Wax Wings and SYREETA. Expect drag queens, puppies and a Dame! Yep, you read that right.

When: Saturday 7th August, 21:00pm – 6.00am
Where: The Arch, 187-193 Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB

Get your tickets here.

Bar & Club Revenge

Serving fun, filth and fabulousness since 1991, no Pride weekend is truly complete without a visit to Brighton’s infamous LGBTQIA+ bar and nightclub. Conveniently positioned next to Charles Street Tap (hello bar crawl), consider Bar Revenge your warm-up / social lubricant for the bigger Club Revenge, just around the corner, where three floors of pop and R&B beats await. The newly renovated Rooftop Bar also makes for the best pre-clubbing spot, so grab a cheeky handcrafted cocktail from the fabulous drag hosts and enjoy the breathtaking views over Brighton beach before the debauchery begins…

Where: Bar Revenge, 5-7 Marine Parade, Kemptown, BN2 1TA
Find out more on their Instagram.

Piers for Queers

Discover the LGBTQIA+ history of the city with this colourful 90-minute guided walk. Learn about all the real-life characters and unsung heroes who shaped the beautifully vibrant, liberal, progressive and babbin’ Brighton we know today.

Where: Meet at Regency Square
Book your walk here
Piers & Queers – tour of LGBTQ+ Brighton

Bougie Drag Bottomless Brunch Brighton Pride Special

What better way to round off your Pride weekend than with the UK’s no. 1 big bougie drag brunch? Presented by Cara Melle, Honey Foxx, Kiki Snatch and guests, you’ll be treated to 4 gag-worthy hours of dance-offs, games, immersive performances, DJs, dancing and, of course, bottomless bubbles aplenty.

When: Sunday 8th August 12.00 – 16:00
Where: Pryzm
Snap up tickets here:
 Bougie Drag Bottomless Brunch BRIGHTON PRIDE SPECIAL

Gal Pals The Comeback

Welcome to queer heavenly utopia presented by Gal Pals. A huge two-day party playing music exclusively by women and designed to prioritise queer women, trans and non-binary folk and those of marginalised gender expression. Let loose until the early morn in a safe space, dancing the night away to female-fronted pop, hip hop, R&B bops and queer party anthems. Pride. Plans. Made.

When: Friday 6th & Saturday 7th August, doors open at 11pm
Where: Komedia, 44-47 Gardner Street, Brighton,
Get your tickets here:
 GAL PALS: THE COMEBACK – Komedia Brighton

Tempest Inn Bottomless Brunch

How’s about a seaside brunch on the terrace to kick off your rainbow Christmas? Get the prosecco flowin’ and soak up the iconic sea views at one of the best seafront pubs in Brighton. Cheers to that!

When: Saturday 7th August, 10:00 – 15:00
Where: Tempest Inn, Kings Road, Brighton
Book a table here:
 Bookings — TEMPEST

Sundown On the Terrace at Shooshh

On a sunny day, this beach club is the place to be. Head to Shooshh to soak up a 10/10 sunset and some heady cocktails on the newly revamped cabana. Expect lively scenes and blurry antics. Snap up a table for 6 guests for £20 or a 12-person table for £40.

When: Saturday 7th August
Where: Shoosh, 214 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 1NB

Get your tickets here.

The Queens Arms

It doesn’t get more Brighton than the legendary Queens Arms. Boasting live drag acts, karaoke nights, red baroque wallpaper, glittered ceilings and fairy lights, this is campy fun at its very best.

Where: 7-8 George Street, Brighton, BN2 9RH
Bookings via their Facebook page:
 The Queens Arms

Brighton Music Hall

The perfect spot to chill with some live music, sunshine and tasty street food. Make the most of that August heat (we pray) on the terrace or book a private beach hut for free – minimum spend applies.

Where: Brighton Music Hall,
When: Every sunny weekend

Book a table here.