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Hastings is a fantastically unique, independent and bohemian town to explore and spend your free time.

Hastings Town Centre, as it is today, is a modern pedestrian shopping area, filled with high street brands, coffee shops, and snack shacks.

We could tell you all about the high street shops where you can spend your student discount, but that’s the same in most towns and cities. What we’re dying to tell you about is the Old Town.

Wandering through the quirky streets of the old town or ‘Twittens’ as they’re known, you’ll get a real feel for the true spirit and eccentric vibe that this ancient town has.

There is a whole range of vintage and quirky boutique shops and restaurants to grab your attention; many of which have featured in national press and style magazines.

If you’re looking for vintage, then you’ll be sure to find it in The Butlers Emporium. Hooks hang from the wooden clad walls displaying all sorts of memorabilia and treasures, fit for decorating your new surroundings with.

You’ll be able to create your own unique style and find ‘one-off’ clothes items in clothing and textile specialists, Warp and Weft Styling.

Hastings is packed with over 80 amazing bars, pubs and restaurants.

Where else would you be able to order a Thai green curry in a bookshop, and enjoy a Lamb Tagine while sat amongst handbags and accessories?

Trip Advisor can give you an idea of the best places to eat and drink, but nobody really knows Hastings like we do. Here are some of our favourites:

The Crown

The Crown is adored by locals and visitors and is a real jewel in the Hastings… well, crown.

It is a traditional pub with rustic wooden tables and a golden crown hanging above the door. It sits just a few strides from the seafront in the Old Town and serves a selection of local ales and craft beers, fine wines, specialist gins, whiskeys and cider. The food is pretty awesome too with a fine range of home-cooked meals to make you feel at home.

Local artists have their work displayed on the walls, live music plays most weekends, and there is an open fire to sit back and relax in front of on a chilly day.

Dragon Bar

In the heart of the Old Town, the Dragon Bar is an informal and friendly place to enjoy food and drink.

The resident DJ likes to play a diverse range of tracks straight from vinyl on his mini decks, while you enjoy fine bistro food and chose from a huge range of alcoholic beverages.

The bar is a big hit with trendy Londoners who visit Hastings, probably because there is a second Dragon Bar in Shoreditch.

Albion Hastings

The Albion has been beautifully refurbished with the help of local designers, artists and artisan crafts-people.

Among the changes, the venue now has a stage for live music, bespoke bar tops and stylish furniture. It has 6 hand pumps, a selection of craft beers, and serves traditional British food with a modern approach at lunchtime.

Ye Olde Pump House

The Pump House looks as if it could be the oldest pub in Hastings with its low beamed ceilings and lead-lined windows, but in actual fact, it’s less than 100 years old.

But take nothing away from it, it still has bags of character and is a cracking place to grab a pint and a bite to eat.

Porters Wine Bar

Porters is a trendy and premier wine bar set in a Grade 2 listed building in the Old Town.

The restaurant is beautifully decorated and still has old wooden beams running throughout.

The charming venue serves home-cooked seasonal dishes, accompanied by a great range of wines and regular appearances from the award winning jazz singer, Liane Carroll.


Walkers is a popular wine bar in the middle of Hastings, offering great food and a cracking range of cocktails in a laid back atmosphere.

It’s a really popular place as there is something for everyone; whether you’re out with friends for lunch or out for a few drinks in the evening.


Just behind Priory Meadow shopping centre, Pissarro’s is a pub, wine bar, bistro and restaurant all rolled into one.

It has a modern décor with influences from across the pond, which wouldn’t look out of place in an American Jazz bar, and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a packed line-up of live music and entertainments every Friday night.

The John Logie Baird

The JD Wetherspoon in Hastings is named after a local man who conceived the idea of TV.

Wetherspoon always offer a great range of food and drink at great prices and often have festivals to celebrate local ciders, world craft beers and real-ales and a whole range of spirits.

Casa Mexicana

It might be a small, intimate restaurant, but its big on flavour!

This is a great place to indulge in some Comida Callejera or Mexican street food.

Dishes are prepared quickly and meticulously using traditional recipes and you can get anything from empanadas to fajitas.

Did we mention they also have over 10 different types of tequila? Arriba!

Boulevard Bookshop and Thai Cafe

The Boulevard Bookshop and Thai Cafe brings a taste of Thailand to Hastings.

However, unlike other Thai restaurants, the tables and chairs are set among bookshelves.

You’re invited to kick back, relax, and read a good book while you wait for your two course thai feast to be cooked.

All the food is freshly cooked using authentic ingredients from Thailand.

What’s more, you can bring your own wine and beer!

Café Maroc

Another cosy little restaurant in the Old town, offering the finest home-made Moroccan dishes.

Café Maroc is a shop by day, selling handbags, accessories and authentic Moroccan gifts that you could expect to find on market stalls in Marrakech.

By night it turns into a wonderful dinning space, serving authentic, delicious and generous sized portions of Moroccan food.

You can bring your own alcohol and pay a small corkage fee.

In the rest of the town you’ll find some of the best fish and chips shops including: The Cod Father, The Old Town Fryer and the Kingfisher.

There is a row of arcades and amusements, a Go-Kart track and the UK’s largest adventure golf complex.

To the east, you’ll find a glorious stretch of beach, with Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet, the iconic black fishing huts, with views of the East Hill in the background.

The Jerwood Gallery has very much made itself at home in this part of town since opening in 2011 and offers a ‘uniquely British experience’.

Heading west, you’ll find the famous Hastings Pier.

After being burnt down in 2010, the pier re-opened 6 years later.

It acknowledges the history and charm of the old one by using some of the old planks in the restoration.

It now offers a clean, modern, spacious area for people to explore.

Since re-opening, the pier has been a hive of activity with open-air yoga, cinema screenings, a circus and live music.

The pier was once a popular venue for live music. The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols, The Who and Jimi Hendrix all played here in their heyday. It looks as if the pier will once again become a hot spot for live performances after Dizzy Rascal, Madness, the Levellers, and DJ sensations MK and Hannah Wants all played sold out sets over the summer.

Throughout the year, it’s hard not to get carried away with all the parties and festivals going on in the town.

The Seafood and Wine Festival, Jack in the Green, Pirates Day, and its very own version of Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday are some of the best.

Student Union

When you enrol onto one of courses you will become part of the University of Brighton student union.

There are so many clubs and societies for you to join, both in Hastings and in Brighton.

Students are proactive in arranging Fresher’s events and our active student societies are organised, run and funded by the Student Union.

All of the societies work hard to arrange trips, exhibitions and events for students to get involved with and take advantage of throughout the year.

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