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The Brighton Tavern, 99 Gloucester Road, Despite a chequered past in recent years, the Brighton Tavern has emerged as a mature and attractive boozer full of character. Some years back I went there with a group of fellas on a bit of a pub crawl. It was a hard schedule and as such it was halves all round. Not only did the landlord tut tut this request, he announced it to a jeering pub and chucked us all out. We were not amused. Not least because we had put 10p in the Juke box for a play. Having said that, the whole place did stink of a ronseal factory. Then, after a few years, the Brighton Tavern was transformed with little fanfare into the B Right On Tavern. the landlord was a curious and over enthusiastic antipodean who had, and I saw it, the largest collection of extreme sport videos imagineable. He played them on the several tellies about the place much to everyone's amusement. But it was never to be, it was only mildly amusing for ten minutes watching these videos of amazing feats. Brighton didn't need an extreme sport pub and it gradually failed and the bar manager went to pastures new. The Brighton Tavern now seems pleasantly normal and un-kookie and solvent too...which is a blessing as it's a good gem of a pub. Consisting of two bars, there is a sort of comfy modern rustic feel. There are big tables and comfy sofas making it a relaxed and kookie place to have a drink but its not that big so its cosy too. The outsized Jenga, a pinball machine jammed in the corner and a bizarre wooden woman are testament that the Brighton Tavern has a great sense of fun. There's always a good crowd but always a seat. I like that. The Harvey's is invariably excellent and the staff chatty and friendly. On a recent visit the women outnumbered the men which contrasts with a visit years ago before it changed hands when me and my mates were chucked out for drinking halves. They regularly have live music and an open mik e slot too and unusually the standard is high. Look this place up. You shouldn't be disappointed.