Celebrating your birthday at university is odd, suddenly your parents aren’t there in the morning, and instead, you’re surrounded by your friends and flatmates. Usually, there’s fewer presents and more alcohol, but if you’re looking for things to do until it becomes an appropriate time to drink, check out these fun birthday ideas in Brighton!

10. Check out the Secret Comedy Club

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Location: 42 Waterloo Street, Hove, BN3 1AY 

With comedy nights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for prices as low as £5 per person, the Secret Comedy Club is a perfect way to start your evening after work or before the club. With the events starting at 7, you can go grab a meal at one of the best restaurants in Brighton, then continue your night here!

9. Have some drinks at Brighton Music Hall

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Location: Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 2FN

Brighton Music Hall has one of the biggest outdoor seating areas in the city, with benches, chairs and tables all available for use. Plus, as the name suggests, you can enjoy live music whilst you sit on the seafront with some pizza, chips and drinks. What more could you possibly want?

8. Play some games and grab some grub at The World’s End

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Location: 60-61 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JE 

Hard to miss, this quirky pub has a giant Kraken painted on the front in honour of its sponsor, Kraken Rum. Located on the busy London Road, this pub has an upstairs full of arcade games and a Scalextric raceway. You can enjoy video game themed burgers, great drinks, a brilliant atmosphere, and it’s even dog friendly!

7. Indulge in Brighton’s fruity nature at Proud Cabaret

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Location: 83 St George’s Road, Kemptown, BN2 1EF 

Over in Kemptown, Proud Cabaret offers world-class cabaret and burlesque shows. They’ve got talented performers, happy vibes, great food, expert service and a beautiful venue. If you’re not up for an evening meal, try out the Drag Extravaganza Bottomless Brunch instead, perhaps?

6. Smuggle some booze into Alcotraz: Cell Block 13

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Location: Alcotraz Penitentiary, Kings Road, BN1 1NE

Hidden beneath the seafront, this themed cocktail bar is a secret speakeasy prison. This bar promises to be one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever have. Upon entry, inmates are instructed by a prison gang to smuggle in liquor for cocktails. The gang will then deliver a range of delicious cocktails each night based on the drinks you smuggle in. Or, you can persuade a crooked Guard to provide you with some drinks. All whilst hiding from The Warden.

5. Explore the oceans at the Sea Life Centre

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Location: Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TB 

Set on the seafront, this beautiful old building is one of the oldest standing aquariums in the country. Venture inside and sea the gorgeous architecture lit with rainbow colours, and meet all the creatures that the Sea Life Centre cares for. Even better, pay £2 to take a trip on the glass bottom boat over the main tank, and you may get to see the creatures swim beneath you!

4. Be a good sport at Globalls

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Location: Unit 8, Ground Floor, Mermaid Walk, The Waterfront, Brighton Marina, BN2 5WA 

With two current courses to choose from, either jungle or dino, and with a new venue opening nearby with more courses, a cocktail bar and upgraded decor, this glow in the dark mini golf course is a guaranteed fun birthday idea in Brighton! Plus, it’s near a McDonald’s and a Spoons. Perf.

3. Whizz around at Brighton Zip

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Location: Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1TB 

Take the leap and conquer the Brighton Zip. Experience great views as you fly across the south coast 30 meters in the air, over a 300 meter long zip wire. There’s really not much more to it other than the student discount, the attached bar and cafe to celebrate afterwards, and the thrill of a lifetime!

2. Cook with some friends at the Community Kitchen

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Location: 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG

Book into the Community Kitchen, and their experienced Cookery Leaders will work with you and guide you through some exciting food fun. You’ll get a glass of fizz on arrival (and you can bring your own drink), expert tuition, time to relax, and a parcel of your own goodies to take away with you afterwards. You can choose from biscuit baking to brunch or a full world cuisine blowout.

1. Craft some dishes at The Painting Pottery Cafe 

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Location: 31 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YB 

Book online to paint some plates with your friends in this cute little cafe. Spend the day acting civilised and crafting your perfect plate, jug, vase, mug or bowl, and then collect them after they have kiln fired to be ready for use.