I've been going to the Nep for years - it's an institution in the Brighton/Hove music scene. I don't live anywhere near it, but it's worth the journey. The music is mostly of a bluesy/rocky nature on Friday and Saturday nights, but with a variety of smoother folky/jazzy things on Sunday afternoons. It's a long narrow bar, so for popular bands it can get pretty rammed, which adds to the atmosphere (literally...);for added comfort, the trick is to get there early - towards the back it widens out a bit, and there's a few tables and seats.
It's a very friendly and convivial place, and always has a range of well-kept proper hand-pumped bitters as well as the usual lagers and ciders; and I understand the wine is always good, too (don't drink it myself).
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