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Audio, Brighton
Audio, Brighton
  • “It's a great place to catch a band as there is a certain intimacy even though it's generally packed like sardines.” in 5 reviews

    Music: Live

  • “Above Audio is a great place for an evening drink as you watch the sun go down along the coast.” in 5 reviews

  • “The simply named venue lives up to its definition, offering club nights with live music and DJs playing a huge array of genres to keep music-heads happy.” in 3 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    My word the cocktails are lethal. I'm blaming the cocktails for my slightly hazy memory of Audio and what will be a limited review!

    Our downfall was reserving an area for a little birthday celebration that was right next to the bar. We only had to turn 180 degrees to get served, and the bar staff were pushing my adventurous buttons by suggesting cocktails I might like. Challenge accepted. The problem with cocktails is that they're not cheap (no different in here) and given I'm used to drinking pints of beer, they disappear all too quickly. The end result is an expensive, blurry night.

    Great music, fun atmosphere. A much better option than the huge touristy chain pubs and clubs on Queen St.

  • 3.0 star rating
    2 check-ins

    I'm not really a fan of Audio itself, but the bar above it with it's outside seating isn't too bad. We popped here last night for a drink after a gig at the Three and Ten. It was pretty quiet, both inside and out, but it meant we got the best terrace seats outside. You get great views of the sea, the pier and the wheel (assuming you can ignore the busy road directly in front of you).

    I wasn't drinking at this stage of the evening and the choice of soft drinks seemed limited. The bar itself was OK, but both this and the loo's had a bit of a grungy club feel about them.

    To be honest, I would probably only come here when the weather is good enough to utilize the terrace, which in this country isn't going to be that frequently.

  • 4.0 star rating

    When I saw Joan As Police Woman play Audio a couple of years ago she had the whole crowd grinning when she started the encore with the immortal words: 'This song is about doing it up against a wall'.

    Needless to say, the crowd loved her and although there wasn't much shape-throwing that night, everyone seemed to leave happy. I've been to a dozen or so gigs at Audio since and every one has been just as memorable. There's something cosy and atmospheric about basement venues and Audio has it in spades. The moment you walk in - it feels like its going to be a great night!

    When it's really busy, you can wait a good 15-20 minutes to get to the bar and be served. And the bar staff can act like they're doing you a favour just acknowledging your existence. My only real grumble though is the bathrooms - which tend to be grubby, run-down and out of soap & toilet paper. If you come prepared with tissues though and you don't mind getting hot and sweaty, Audio rocks!

    Check local listings or the Audio website to find out about their forthcoming shows and club nights.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Technically, Above Audio was the first place I ever went to in Brighton. I was with my Brother, seeing my Favourite Band Ever (TM) for the second time, and it was probably the third gig of my life... We got a couple of drinks at the bar, and our change was handed to us on a little silver plate, which we both thought was exceedingly pretentious...

      After the gig was over (which took place downstairs and had me standing within stroking distance of the frontman... but common courtesy held me back) we returned to "Above Audio", where I had my first experience of Brightoners. Thoroughly disturbed, I left without really thinking I'd ever be coming back... But here I am! And loving every minute of it...

      You'll have seen Above Audio if you've ever felt tempted to pop outside for a cigarette, but probably won't have paid it much attention. When Its not all kicking off downstairs though, and the sun is out... Its actually a decent enough place to sit with some good company and admire the pier stretching off into the sea... Lovely... There's probably better places to drink around, but seeing as you get the sea view thrown in for free this place makes a very nice way to spend an afternoon... Or of course just steam across it on your way between smoking and dancing! Whatever floats your jetty.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Audio is a little overrated in my opinion. It's in a great location, a little further down than most clubs on the seafront. There is plenty of seating and it's a good sized venue with two bars, however it still seems to take a while to get served here. The music is probably the best thing about it - it ranges from DJ sets to indie, house and electro. It's fairly cheap and gets full of students on weeknights, especially Thursdays.

    The atmosphere is lively, friendly and pretty laid back. Overall, there's not much a great deal to write home about this club, but if you want somewhere to go for a laugh and some good music, audio is another option from the current choice of clubs along the seafront.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Audio is one of the best dance music venues I've been to, its got both a dark basement club set up for pulling some shapes and then a nice polished bar upstairs with a mega decking area that over looks the seafront.

    The downstairs can seem a bit dingey particularly if you rock up after the clubs been open for a while and there's a inch of beer on the floor. That said is often perfect for the regular nights held there like 'Glue' and 'New Slang' both popular with students. Its also a really nice bar in the summer because of the massive decking area with sofas for cocktails in the sun!

  • 4.0 star rating

    Above Audio is a really fun place to hang out for an evening, either before heading down to Audio (the club below), or just for drinks.  In the summer, this bar has an amazing atmosphere, which is greatly aided by the outdoor decked seating area, which has tables and chairs as well as sofas.  Right on the seafront, this bar is the perfect place to relax with a drink on a balmy summer's evening.  You can even sit outside when the weather's not so great, as the patio is covered, though it can get a little breezy!

    Inside there is limited seating, with a couple of areas big enough for groups and some smaller tables.  There is also ample room for dancing, if you fancy getting your groove on!

    The cocktails are good, pretty standard these days, but you can get a good mojito or caprihina for about £6.  During my student days, I spent a large chunk of my student loan in this place- the cocktails were incredible back then...one summer there was an all-Australian team of barstaff who made the most amazing fresh fruit mojitos- they would crush raspberries and blueberries into the bottom...divine!  Every summer I pray that they'll be back, but alas, the scrummy fruit cocktails are no more!  Nevertheless, Above Audio remains my favourite place to sip a cocktail and watch the sun set over Brighton pier!  Magical.

  • 4.0 star rating
    31/12/2009 Updated review

    Above Audio's a great place for a few drinks either day or night.
    In summer, the wooden terrace area is a great place for some afternoon drinks, with a relaxed feel and (almost) a sea view.
    When the club downstairs is open, the bar often becomes a second room for the club, generally providing more chilled out and downtempo music than the main club.
    Decor is all leather sofas and light wood,  and a great fake fish tank at the back!

    4.0 star rating
    31/12/2009 Previous review
    One of the better clubs in Brighton I feel. Audio seems to hit a middle note between being smart and… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating

    What I like about Audio is that it tries to cater for all sorts of minority groups that do not often get to hear their sorts of music for a whole night. Obviously they do this on seperate nights so you won't be getting spice girls with drum 'n' bass following it. The place itself is good with a bar upstairs and a somewhat cosy dance floor downstairs.

    Drinks prices are not that cheap but then again most clubs do the standard double rates on a weekend so there is never too much variation on price except for the odd occasion.

    check out the website to see if they have any nights coming up that tickle your fancy...

  • 3.0 star rating

    Audio is one of Brighton's better indy and alternative nightclubs and music venues. I've come a few times to the 'dirty pop' night where you can expect to hear Brit Pop and the best indy crossover's from the last decade.

    As a live music venue, Audio is also pretty good. Despite being underground, the acoustic's hold up well. I saw Alphabeat here last year and had a brilliant night. The venue is so small that you can really get involved and feel part of the atmosphere.

    They regularly have guest DJ's on the weekends with various more specialised nights, so if you're in to things like house music then this could be a good venue for you.

  • 4.0 star rating

    We used to head here quite a lot when it was the Shark bar but now its turned into a really cool, and in some ways, down to earth club. Its pretty small but there always seems to be plenty of room to get on the dance floor.

    We went to see Beardy Man there recently and there was a really good atmosphere in there - everyone just up for a good laugh and not at all moody.

    There's a really nice area upstairs to pop out for a smoke and chat to some of the people there and the bar upstairs is fantastic in the summer time. This place is a lot better than most of the clubs bang on the front.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/4/2010 Updated review

    Audio is one of Brighton's premier gay bars, and offers a variety of activities. Those with a greater constitution might enjoy boogieing downstairs, or the upstairs bar provides tables and chairs and plenty of nice alcoholic beverages. There's nothing really wrong with Audio: plenty on offer, lots of nice drinks to choose from, although the prices are quite inhibitive for quaffing a huge amount of drinks on any given night.

    The downstairs club is a little rubbish, but seems to offer consistently high quality acts: not quite sure how that one works, but good on them for getting the big guys to come down and play. It's quite dingy, overpriced and the stage space is tiny and awkwardly situated within the room, but it's not bad if you consider some of Brighton's more cramped nightclubs.

    The upstairs bar is much more sociable, with plenty of seating, a fully-stocked bar and a nice vibe. Drinks are quite pricey, but the selection is impressive: this is almost the quality and demeanour of a high end cocktail bar, and deserves to be classed in the same category: it is a very nice place indeed for a drink. I recommend popping in her for a drink on a night, or checking out their acts: they do get some big names in here.

    4.0 star rating
    18/3/2010 Previous review
    Brighton is well-known for having a busy nightlife, and Audio is certainly one of the better of… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    20/5/2010 Updated review

    This is the sister bar to the club proper and is a respectable venue in itself. The bar is designed with style in mind and has a plush but relaxed atmosphere. There is ample seating with a number of diner style booths at the back along with a pool table. I especially like the revolving door to enter the place, but this can pose a challenge at times if you have had a few too many!

    There will usually be a DJ playing tunes and there is a small dance area should the desire for a boogie take you. They also have a good range of cocktails (including happy hour deals) as well as a  well stocked bar.

    There is a link to the club downstairs and if you have paid for the night and been branded with a stamp you can switch between the upstairs bar and club. The outside area at the front is also a nice place to enjoy a few drinks especially if the sun is still shining on a summer evening.

    Being a bit swanky, you will find drinks are a little more expensive than other pub/bars in the city, but the experience is good enough to warrant a few extra pennies for your pint.

    4.0 star rating
    20/5/2010 Previous review
    Audio is nearer the top end of clubs in the city and will always offer a decent night with a decent… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    First to Review

    Audio - noun - sound, especially when recorded, transmitted or reproduced. Audio is also the name of a Brighton club and a pretty banging one at that! The simply named venue lives up to its definition, offering club nights with live music and DJs playing a huge array of genres to keep music-heads happy. Attracting a host of established names, and some promising up-comers it's definitely worth keeping up-to-date with their jam-packed programme. The negatives - sweaty, sweaty, sweaty, it's oh-so-dark and sweaty and the toilets are frankly disgusting, but its free to enter on a Saturday night, open into the wee hours and the music takes priority, so you won't be disappointed on that front. Just whack on your high-heeled waders and you'll be all set for the good times that lie ahead!

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/11/2009 Updated review

    Revisited Audio for Halloween and had a pretty awesome time. The ambience was great, and the music was good enough. That said, the drinks prices were a bit extortionate, with two drinks costing me £13 at one point.

    4.0 star rating
    3/10/2009 Previous review
    I've been to Audio a number of times and never had a bad experience. The music has always been… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating

    Above Audio is a great place for an evening drink as you watch the sun go down along the coast. There's a fairly big outdoor seating area in the front, which isn't great if there are strong sea breezes, but the heating makes it comfortable during the winter. It's one of the most popular places with students, with good music and dancing at the weekends, and many choosing to have a quick drink before heading downstairs to the club Audio. The drinks aren't cheap unfortunately, so if you're wanting a few rounds before the club I'd reccomend somewhere else first before perhaps just one here. But the price factor is far over-looked when Above Audio is one of the most lively bars in town.

  • 4.0 star rating

    Audio has two storeys worth of bars. The upstairs is quite cosmopolitan, with its mood lighting, defined shiny edges and patio area. Whereas the basement bar is more dark and sticky affair which is perfect for the live gigs and club nights it hosts. But don't get caught short, bring some cash with you. After you scramble your way finally to the front of the drinks queue only to find that they don't accept card, the other busier bar does though but only for over £10! It's a great place to catch a band as there is a certain intimacy even though it's generally packed like sardines.

  • 3.0 star rating

    Get your self together, fix up your wallet and prepare for a rip off. Yes the surroundings are stylish and well designed but with such a student crowd it's simply far too overpriced to make it worthwhile. Nonetheless the music is always good and the staff are extremely capable. it seems as though part of the job description is to be able to spin bottles and serve drinks smoothly. All this, however, doesn't make up for the fact it's  not quite the place it's trying to be. It's first on the freshers trail and extremely popular with a crowd that seems to see contemporary styling and loud music as a redeemer for extortion. I'm sorry Audio fans, the empty swagger of leather and bottle twirling doesn't make me feel better about spending over £5 on a JD & Coke.

  • 4.0 star rating

    A marvelous club with an excruciating queue. Audio pulls in all the best audio to tap your feet to and perhaps launch your body from one side of the floor to the other also. Get there early if you are as impatient as I am, otherwise you may find yourself drifting off somewhere where the music isn't as good after waiting 10 mins. The Kitsune night last year was awesome, look out for all the best acts in underground dance coming up in 2010. I like to dance, pretty shamefully most of the time, and this is one place I can throw some obscure shapes around whilst listening to all the best of the recent and latest.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/4/2010 Updated review

    Above Audio has some kind of magnetic pull, making it difficult to avoid for an after-hours drink. The upstairs bar is probably the reason for this, with its large, outdoor patio area, usually packed with excitable young people - as good an advert as any to stop in. Offering up DJs on the right side of trendy upstairs and down, Audio can be more a place to be seen than a pure clubbing experience. Despite its pretensions to be glamorous, the downstairs is rather dark and sticky, with a sound system which pales in comparison to Concorde 2 or Digital. Still, with reasonable-to-free entry prices, it shouldn't break the bank, and if there is nothing good downstairs, enjoy Above Audio's more sociable bar and terrace.

    3.0 star rating
    18/4/2010 Previous review
    By no means the best club in town, Audio has some kind of magnetic pull, making it difficult to… Read more
    • Qype User DocWit…
    • Brighton
    • 4 friends
    • 54 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    9/4/2011 Updated review

    k have gone here on and off for 6 years....when there isnt some awsome dirty lil party happenin at the volks or concorde got nothin bangin i seem to head here after a couple voddys. have been some awsome artists playing here over the years...supercharged have pushed the partys here mostly id say and they got some nice things happenin sometimes, wll worth a look....but every time i go here i feel the crowd are a bit fake if that makes sence...only place i had my jacket stolen from next to me in a club...to many posers not enough ppl lettin go...soundsystem need more bass too xD

    supercharged = much respect...............club = meh

    4.0 star rating
    29/6/2009 Previous review
    im not to sure about the top part as im not really a drinker, im more of a raver so the downstairs… Read more
    • Qype User al2…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 53 reviews
    4.0 star rating

    This is one of my favourite clubs in Brighton and I never fail to have a good night here! Most of the nights tend to be break beats, house with some good names if you're into your music as well as some more mainstream acts. It used to be quite pricey to get in on a big night, up to £10 but get there early and it will be cheaper. It's recently started a free on Saturday night policy which is amazing but means it gets busy quickly. The thing I really like about it is if you get a bit bored or tired you can go upstairs for a change of scene and a sit down. It also has quite a large outside area which is brill in the summer. There are two bars downstairs and one big one upstairs so it's usually easy to get served. The key to this place though is the quality of nights and music it offers.

    • Qype User Vegai…
    • Brighton
    • 13 friends
    • 24 reviews
    5.0 star rating

    Audio is a great little nightclub near Brighton seafront which also has a bar above it and a large heated smoking terrace. It's always cheap to get in and on Saturdays it is completely free all night. There's always really good drink deals on so it would be hard to have an expensive night when partying in this place. They have brilliant nights on too, such as Club NME on Tuesdays with live bands, Wednesdays is Supercharged featuring established mc's and musicians and on Fridays and Saturdays they get some great dj's in with different people on the decks every week. The music is varied with Indie and Rock nights, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, House (usually on Saturdays) and Hip Hop. I have to say this is one of my favourite places in Brighton for the tunes that are played. The club attracts a real mix of people too so you wont get bored with seeing the same type of crowd. All in all I recommend this club if you are looking to have a cheap, fun night with great music to dance to.

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