Bars, beers, beaches and sunburn: Brighton basks in the early July sunshine

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton looked ruddy glorious in the July sunshine last week, and here’s a selection of photos taken during my short stay on the south coast.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

With the temperature still around 20C at night, the city bars took on something of a continental air.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Apparently known for its, “plush private booths, lush purple hue and regular turnover of top notch party nights,” the Boutique bar/club can be found on Boyces Street.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Ice creams on the seafront.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Looking west with the looming outline of the i360 Tower in the background.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

By the beach.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Inside the Hope & Ruin on Queen’s Road.

Apparently modelled on Eastern European bars (it looked more like Brooklyn to me), this is a fabulous place for a drink, with a good range of beers and really friendly staff.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

I was in the Prince Albert last month to see the fabulous Deaf School perform, and this time I remembered to take some photos of the impressive mural on the side of the pub along Frederick Place.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

A collaboration between graffiti artist Req, SinnaOne and bar owner Chris Steward, the mural features music legends such as Bob Marley, John Lennon, Ian Curtis and Freddy Mercury.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Desperate for a last drink, we headed off to the Mash Tun in Church Street, where people seemed very keen to enjoy themselves.

Loud, rambunctious and full of people hell-bent on enjoying themselves, I loved it.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Street shop sign.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Pop up market off Queen’s Road.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Royal Pavilion.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Blue skies, calm seas and a pair of mirrorballs.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Elvis and a king sized 99.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Soaking up the sun.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Taking to the sea.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Underneath the pier.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Sheltering from the sun under the pier.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

On the Volks railway. If only the wonderfully bonkers railway that ran in the sea was still here!

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Half way on the Volks.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Fish and chips and mushy peas.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Looking east along the beach.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

On the pier.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

A seagull poses for a picture.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

These two annoying idiots insisted on revving up their high powered splash-machines right next to the pier.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Thanks for that, guys.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Afternoon nap #1.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Afternoon nap #2.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

A fisherman tell swimming kids to clear oooorf as they come close to his line.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Chasing the giant bubble.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Seaside tack.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

It still makes me sad to see the West Pier rusting away.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

Taking a paddle.

Brighton basks in summer sunshine - 50 photos

See more Brighton photos and features on this blog or on the Brighton photo collection.

More about Brighton West Pier: 
Brighton’s derelict West Pier in the winter sun and storms – in photos
Brighton’s West Pier in 2014 – Victorian elegance rusts into the sea
Remembering the Brighton West Pier in photos, part one
Remembering the Brighton West Pier in photos, part two
The Brighton i360 tower: ‘successor’ to the West Pier
The tragedy of West Pier, Brighton beach, Brighton [2011]
The Brighton Wheel, a Steve Coogan-powered, third-hand alternative to the West Pier [2013]