• Live music from old classic song to the latest one, played with sax and all live!” in 12 reviews

    Music: Live

  • “Downstairs, you'll find live bands (funk, salsa, jazz...) followed by dancing after.” in 5 reviews

  • “There was a jazz band downstairs who played lots of classics super fast, and it was quite fun dancing to them for a while.” in 5 reviews

    Good For Dancing: Yes

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  • 4.0 star rating
    22/7/2014

    I do love a bit of Casablanca, I must say! I've been here many a time and have had a great time on each visit.

    Casablanca makes for such a nice change if you want to go out dancing in Brighton but want to avoid the busier seafront clubs and are not in the mood for some swing dancing at the Mesmerist. The space is big enough that it doesn't ever get unbearably hot, but small enough that it always feels like it's packed in there, making for a great atmosphere.

    The music here is where they get things spot on! I love the live bands they have on - I've seen two separate ones perform several times. They're fantastic! No matter what the mood, as soon as the live music starts everyone is up on their feet and dancing away. They pick great tunes and the vibe is just right!

    The drink prices are reasonable enough - nothing too steep or remarkably cheap, really - and the bar staff are genuinely really friendly in here! They seem relaxed and I've always had a good experience with them.

    The only negative I've experience here is that the cover charge reaches around £8 on a Saturday which, compared to other places around Brighton, is a bit steep! That, plus paying for the cloakroom, leads to a pretty high charge to simply get in and get settled, so bear this in mind if you're planning to come here on the weekend.

    Otherwise, I do love this place! It's just perfect for a great, fun night out. I challenge any of you to come here and stay seated - the music is so catchy and irresistible that it's virtually impossible!

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/7/2014

    Amazing!
    Live music from old classic song to the latest one, played with sax and all live!
    Super funny...

    Just go downstairs and you'll discover a little cute local where dance and sing together with the band.

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/7/2011
    5 check-ins here

    I'm not sure whether it's the fact that I'm getting older, or the fact that on my last visit I went on a Friday night, but I just didn't seem to enjoy the vibe here on this occasion.

    Only the lower floor was open on my last visit - not too much of a problem as this is where I generally tend to be as it is where they have live music, but it is nice to be able to wonder between floors to get a little variablility. The band on this occasion were pretty good but the clientele were all fairly young and a little aggressive.

    The term Jazz Club is pushing it a little as the music doesn't really fit into this category, but at least they play something a little more interesting than generic pop and dance tracks.

    On the plus side, the drinks are cheap and the club doesn't seem to attract some of the chavs that tend to haunt West Street.

    Casablanca - I'll give you the benefit of the doubt on this occasion but please try to keep your quirky vibe and don't turn into a generic Brighton nightclub, pretty please...

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/12/2009

    Casablanca was the place to be on a Wednesday or Thursday back in my student days. Unfortunately, since then, Oceana has opened. I really hope that Casa's keeps going though, as its good music and varied nights make it an excellent choice for a Brighton night out - and Brighton is gonna go down hill if West Street takes over everything!

    At Casablanca you'll find an upstairs room with a seat fitted into a vingtage car, and the dj deck in the back of another. The music is predominantly funk, soul, student favourites and chart. Downstairs, you'll find live bands (funk, salsa, jazz...) followed by dancing after. The shabby decor aids the vibe of the whole place and offers a refreshing antidote to the 'glamour' of West Street's chain clubs and bars.

    A couple of years ago, you couldn't move in Casablanca without stepping into a pool of fresher vomit. Thus, the newfound peace is by no means a bad thing! And you'll still find cheap entry and drinks (frozen cocktails and tequilla), good music and a good atmosphere. You'd miss out not to give it a try.

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/4/2010

    Located just off the sea front, Casablanca's is Brighton's premier salsa and jazz club. There are two floors; one a night club, the other a live music venue.

    Open six nights a week, Casablanca offers a night to entertain everyone. The live music is always good, the DJ's also play everything from 80's the most contemporary 'urban' music around.

    This is one of the better live venues in town and is normally a guaranteed good night, for that reason you'll find a crowd of all ages. Entry and drinks are very cheap by local standards, so you can easily have a good night out even if on a budget.

    For any budding musicians out there, Casablanca offer open mic nights along with longer sessions on certain nights.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/4/2010

    The infamous Casablancas jazz club on Middle Street is somewhere you have to go to at least once when you're in Brighton. It has something different about it and a great atmosphere when it's busy. I love the interior - there are two rooms, the one on the first level is great, it has a shabby décor with a vintage VW beetle to sit in and another seat which has been made into a DJ deck. It has a small dance floor as well as various seats and sofas to sit on and relax.

    The popularity has seemed to have calmed down a little now but it still has a great atmosphere, especially on a Thursday night where shots of tequila are only £1 before 11pm and double £2.50! Even after 11pm all drinks are still pretty cheap, making it very popular with students. They sometimes have live music and local bands playing in the room downstairs which is fun if you want something a little more relaxed. The music varies from classic 80s to rock and electric. I've shared many funny memories here. It's definitely a unique little club with a great atmosphere. I can guarantee you won't find anything else like it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/4/2010

    Casablancas is a Brighton classic; one of the biggest and crummiest music venues, this jazz dive is a big student attraction, as well as one of the coolest and cheapest places in town to grab a drink and hear some funky tunes. Not your average club or bar, it does repel most of the West Street chavs with it's jazz, funk and slightly-more-out-there music: a boon in this area, to be sure. Thanks to the immense popularity of this place waning slightly, it is now slightly more fun to hang out in (it used to be so packed you could hardly move), yet is still a bit too busy for my liking. Still, one of the nicer of Brighton's music bars, with the occasional live band to round it all off.

    Although it used to be wall-to-wall rammed with students here, this has now calmed down somewhat: not sure what soured at Casablancas, but it seems many of the students aren't coming back. The prices are still cheap, which is a bonus, but I suppose it does look more and more run-down: a spruce-up wouldn't do this place any harm. Still, if you're looking for a cheap night with slightly more esoteric music, this is as good a place as any to start!

  • 4.0 star rating
    15/4/2010

    I've had so many good nights in this club. Before we used to live in Brighton we used to drive a good hour to come here. The music is fantastic, really gets you moving and they sometimes have live acts on who are usually amazing.

    There's plenty of space in here to take a large group along to - with two floors and plenty of areas to sit or dance to their ecclectic funk and soul tunes, you can't help having a good night.

    • Qype User Missis…
    • Brighton
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    • 2 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    23/9/2008

    Admittedly I've only been to Casablancas once, but I was sorely disappointed. It's the sort of place that people rave about going to, so I was expecting something amazing. In fact, it was a bit plain and grubby looking inside, with not that great music.

    I wouldn't be against going back there on a different night, though (we went on a Thursday night, which seems the stereotypical night for students to go - I saw loads of acquaintances there), so it clearly wasn't too bad. Just not as good as I'd expected judging from other people's opinions of the place.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/4/2010

    Possibly my favourite club in Brighton! The fact that it says 'Jazz Club' on the outside filters out some of the morons.... and when they have one of their house bands playing live Motown downstairs its just fantastic (when its busy). Last time I went I'm pretty sure I danced to every song played live. If I didn't - it certainly felt like it the next day - my legs hurt

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/11/2009 Updated review

    Went to Casablanca's the other day and had a great time. Even though the club isn't as busy as it used to be, its still a lot of fun, and if anything the lack of people makes the place seem more intimate, and more atmospheric, it not being composed of the usual trendy-sheep you find proliferating inside so many clubs and bars. There was a jazz band downstairs who played lots of classics super fast, and it was quite fun dancing to them for a while.

    4.0 star rating
    10/10/2009 Previous review
    A couple of years ago this used to be THE club to go to if you were a student. These days, its… Read more
    • Qype User annyea…
    • London
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    • 74 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    22/4/2008

    I have had a lot of good times here. We're here usually to celebrate birthdays or just for a good night out. This is one of our favourite spots. The other is the FUnky Buddha Lounge. They are both very different. This club is great. Its open from Tues to Sun and they have live music and a dj. When you enter the front door you can either go straight in or go downstairs. They have different music at both places. We like going downstairs because there is a big dance floor and a car. We just like that car. This place is not expensive to get in. We were all students at that time so it was important that the entry fee was cheap and the drinks were also cheap which was a bonus.

    • Qype User BigSuz…
    • Brighton
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    • 105 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    21/11/2008

    This is the place people end up when they don't really know where to go ! Often a strange mix of stag do's, students and tourists. Not sure why they still retain 'Jazz club' in name - as it is anything but a Jazz club. Do often have live bands (but the music certainly isn't jazz). Drinks are cheap and to be fair I have had a couple of good nights here. Go with no expectation and you won't be too disappointed.

    • Qype User PPucc…
    • London
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    • 16 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Go with low expectations and you'll be ok!
    Drinks are cheap and the music will always have something to get you moving. Its small and a bit akward upstairs but downstairs is bigger and usually with a live band. Worth a visit for the decor and randomness, so go with your firends have a few drinks and dance dance dance.

    • Qype User kateia…
    • London
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    • 2 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/6/2009

    This place was the backdrop to most the memories in my early twenties!

    fab live music downstairs and upstairs the DJ plays funk behind the bonnet of a VW beetle while the headlights flash in time with the music! what's not to like?

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/9/2009
    First to Review

    In the heart of the South Lanes lies Casablanca. Frankly my darling, I couldn't give a damn that this place is a little shabby around the edges, because what it lacks in cleanliness, it makes up for in entertainment and unabashed spirit. Many good times have been had at Casablanca. And I am not just talking about myself, as you can see in the faces of those dancing around you that they are enjoying basking in the wealth of unaffected charm and great music. Upstairs is a more commercial affair with DJs and sofas and even a bisected Volkswagen Beetle. Downstairs you step into a den of funk where the house bad keep revellers happy with their take on old skool and modern classics. The drinks prices and entry are, to quote Flo-rida: "low, low, low, low" and the crowd is made up of a genial bunch who bring the funk without the front. The atmosphere is charged with an energy that makes you want to dance all topped off with a light tequila-scented parfum. Arrrrrrrriba!

  • 4.0 star rating
    19/11/2009

    Back in my uni days, Casablanca's was a guaranteed good night out.  The recipe was simple but effective: take multiple tequila shots, mix in a few hours of energetic dancing, and then pop yourself down on a bench for half an hour of drunken slurring to a friend who can't hear you but nevertheless nods emphatically, and finally try desperately not to spin-out on the night bus home. Admittedly, it doesn't sound like the stuff dreams are made of now, but at the time it was great. Casablanca's is one of few clubs in Brighton where you can get down and dirty to live funk and jazz in an unassuming, laid-back environment.  The club itself is a bit of a dive, but that just adds a certain authenticity (jazz bars aren't supposed to be clean and sterilized, after all).  Cheap entry and booze make this place a big hit with students, meaning the crowd can feel a bit young.  However, if you turn up on a weekend night, you'll find a much more eclectic group, all eager to dance the night away to great jumped up jazz tunes...

    • Qype User DocWit…
    • Brighton
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    • 54 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    29/6/2009

    oowwwww increible, top venue for live music and a dance ppl ;D

    • Qype User darafi…
    • Brighton
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    • 44 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    This place is a laugh. I wouldn't go expecting it to be amazing, and then you'll have a great time. The drinks are cheap, the music is usually quite cheesy but always gets people dancing. I've had some great times here with my friends and you don't get the usual weirdos that hang out in places like Honey Club. Great vibe and a car on the dancefloor? And why not?

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