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Where to eat and drink: Fish and chips are the name of the game in Brighton, so roll up your sleeves and dig into a delicious newspaper wrapped cone of fried, salty goodness. It’s practically a requirement that you douse the offerings in vinegar (it’s got to be malt - don’t ask questions) and use a wooden pick. All along the pier there are places to choose from and each stand offers a better deal than the last, so follow the crowds.

If it’s too much choice, head to Bardsley’s of Baker Street. Established in 1926, they claim to be the original and, though they’re not the cheapest, they don’t scrimp on seasoning or sauce. They even do a half portion of chips if you’re trying to be healthy, but who are you kidding? If you’re looking for something more classy (what’s more classy than licking salt off the tip of your nose and wiping your greasy hands on a plastic table cloth, we’d like to know?) then head to The Coal Shed for some sizzling strips of juicy meat, or the upmarket Restaurant at Drakes, for some modern European fare.

The Lion and the Lobster is an exceptionally good gastro pub, with some great local ales to boot. As you wander the streets, you’ll also find no end of trendy burger joints, Mexican eateries and Japanese cafes.There are hundreds of old-fashioned boozers in Brighton, all with their own charm and flavour. For ale aficionados, get sampling at the Evening Star or get hot under the collar at the outrageously camp Regency Tavern. But with more than 900 places to drink in the city, we’re just getting you started.

Where to party: The scene of many a hen-do gone mad, Brighton’s late-night establishments are thriving. Here, up-and-coming bands test out their wares before moving on to the more discerning crowds of London, and well-known stars return for sell-out gigs, pumped full of affectionate nostalgia for the place that gave them a head-start.

The website has a really thorough list of upcoming club nights, and is worth a hefty peruse before you go. also does a good job listing nights out.

The Office, which is a wood-beamed bar offering more than 25 types of gin, is a great place to get started before hitting the streets and their drinks are truly out of this world, with everything from saffron infused gin to dandelion martinis. Riki Tik, with its Jamaican dance hall trills and tropical vibe, is also a popular choice that will have you jiving into the wee hours.

Venues such as Concorde and The Brighton Dome have big live-music schedules. But again, these are mere beginnings, as there are hundreds of clubs to choose from. The city centre is packed full of indie strongholds, best found by looking at posters in pubs during the day and asking around. There are also many country-wide chains such as Oceania for those of the hen and stag do persuasion.

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