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Sips & Stories: Discovering the Best Pubs and Bars of St Leonards and Hastings

There’s something magical about St Leonards and Hastings drinking spots – there’s lots of them!  Whether you’re a beer enthusiast, a wine connoisseur, or someone who enjoys a cocktail, we take you on a journey through the best pubs and bars they have to offer. So, pour yourself a glass, sit back, and let’s explore the drinking gems of St Leonards and Hastings!

Pubs and Bars in Hastings

First In Last Out (FILO):
14-15 High St, Hastings
In the historic heart of Hastings lies the iconic First In Last Out, fondly known to locals as the FILO. A venue with deep roots in the community, the pub presents a delightful juxtaposition of old-world charm and contemporary flair.
What sets the FILO apart, besides its ambiance, is its dedication to brewing. Renowned for its on-site brewery, the pub offers an ever-evolving range of craft beers and ales, each brewed with passion and precision. From hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, the selection caters to both the traditional ale enthusiast and the modern craft beer fan.
Brewing Brothers:
The Courtyard Hastings
Brewing Brothers is a craft beer brewhouse located in Hastings. The bar offers a broad selection of beers brewed on site along with fine craft ales from all around the world. They also serve traditionally made pizza by their Italian chef from their bespoke wood-fired oven. Brewing Brothers has received positive reviews for its great beer, delicious pizza, and cozy atmosphere. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a pint or two and some delicious pizza, Brewing Brothers comes recommended.
The Crown:
64-66 All Saints’ St, Hastings 
Nestled in the heart of Hastings’ Old Town, The Crown is a quintessential British pub that perfectly encapsulates the town’s rich history and vibrant local culture. Stepping inside, visitors are greeted with a warm, rustic ambiance – aged wooden beams, exposed brick walls, and a mosaic of eclectic furnishings. The Crown also boasts a fab beer garden
Ye Olde Pumphouse:
64 George St, Hastings
Tucked away on the cobbled streets of Hastings’ historic Old Town lies Ye Olde Pump House – a pub that evokes a sense of nostalgia, transporting visitors back to bygone eras with its charming architecture and rich heritage. With its half-timbered façade, leaded windows, and old-world charm, this establishment stands as a testament to the town’s storied past.
Ye Olde Pump House is a lively hub for locals and visitors alike. Known for its extensive selection of real ales and ciders, the pub is a haven for those who appreciate traditional brewing methods and authentic flavors. The curated drink menu also boasts an array of fine whiskies, wines, and spirits that cater to every palate.
The Dolphin:
11-12 Rock-a-Nore Rd, Hastings 
Situated in the heart of Hastings’ Old Town, The Dolphin is a traditional British pub, with its characteristic white façade and distinctive sign swinging gently in the coastal breeze, this pub is more than just a landmark; it’s a cherished institution.
The bar boasts an impressive array of drinks, with a particular emphasis on real ales and craft beers. The rotating selection, often featuring local brews, is a testament to The Dolphin’s commitment to quality and its support of regional producers. Paired with a menu that offers hearty, traditional British fare, it’s no wonder that the pub remains a favorite for both locals and visitors.
The Jenny Lind:
69 High St, Hastings 
Nestled within the intricate lanes of Hastings’ Old Town, The Jenny Lind stands as a cornerstone of local culture. With its striking Victorian façade, the pub draws the eye, beckoning passersby’s to step inside and experience a slice of Hastings’ history with the lively spirit of the present.
On any given evening, the pub comes alive with the sounds of local bands, solo artists, and occasional bigger-name performers. From foot-tapping folk and blues to more contemporary sounds, The Jenny Lind offers a musical treat for every ear.
Marina Fountain:
26 Caves Rd, Hastings,
Proximity to the seafront and a legacy of serving the locals for years makes Marina Fountain a good visit. On a sunny day, its outdoor seating area becomes a prime spot for all to enjoy their drinks while taking in the panoramic views of the coastline. Inside, the welcoming interiors and friendly staff ensure every guest feels at home.
True to its roots, The Marina Fountain boasts a bar that is both well-stocked and well-loved. The array of beverages on offer caters to every taste, from traditional cask ales and crisp lagers to a select range of wines and spirits. The pub’s commitment to supporting local breweries is evident in its ever-rotating taps, offering customers a taste of the region in every pint.
Bottle of Hastings:
91 Queens Rd, Hastings 
Bottle of Hastings is a wine shop located in Hastings that offers a top-quality glass in-store.  The shop has received excellent reviews for its great selection of wines, friendly staff, and beautiful space. If you’re looking for a place to purchase wine or spirits in Hastings, Bottle of Hastings is definitely worth checking out.

Pubs and Bars in St Leonards

Cactus Hound:
33 – 35 Western Rd, Saint Leonards-on-sea
Cactus Hound is a fantastic bar known for its signature spirit, tequila. The Cactus Hound offers a wide selection of cocktails, refreshing beers, choice wines, and a selection of over 40 tequilas!! Cactus Hound has received excellent reviews for its great drinks, friendly staff, and beautiful space. If you’re looking for a place to get the night going and enjoy a drink or eight, Cactus Hound is definitely worth a visit.
Heist Market, St Leonards-on-sea
Wermut is a pop-up cocktail bar located in the Heist Food Market in St Leonards-on-Sea. The bar specializes in all things vermouth, including an almighty line-up of Negronis. The market is open every day except Sunday from 8am for coffees and snacks, though the food stalls only get cracking at midday. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy a Negroni or other vermouth-based cocktails, Wermut is a must visit.
The St. Leonard Pub:
16 – 18 London Road, St Leonards-on-sea
Centrally located, The St. Leonard Pub is an establishment that effortlessly balances the modern with the traditional. The exposed brick walls, artful decor, and dim lighting create a setting where conversations flow as smoothly as the beer from the taps. With its broad selection of craft beers, wines, and spirits, it has established itself as a local favourite for those seeking a vibrant evening in a warm environment.
At the bar, patrons are spoiled for choice. A carefully curated selection of local ales, craft beers, and a diverse range of spirits and wines ensures that there’s something for everyone. The menu, often featuring locally sourced ingredients, provides a good gastronomic offering, combining traditional British fare with innovative twists.
Horse and Groom:
4 Mercatoria, Saint Leonards-on-sea 
This quintessential British pub transports its guests to a bygone era. With its vintage interiors, roaring fireplace, and a selection of classic ales and beers, the Horse and Groom is a nod to British pub culture’s timeless traditions. If you’re looking to savour a hearty pie alongside your pint, or simply wish to soak in the ambient nostalgia, this is the place to be.
The bar itself is a focal point of the establishment. Boasting a comprehensive array of beverages, from locally brewed ales to an impressie selection of spirits and wines.