This members only club was founded in November 1916 as the
Brighton & District Labour Club & Institute Limited and was known
as such until March 1974. When the club name was amended to the
one we know it by today, Brighton Trades Labour Club & Institute
Limited. It has three bars and offices in Lewes Road.
The main club premises were sited in London Road until 1963 when
the building in Lewes Road, that began life as coaching stables, became the Arcadia cinema,
then later the Co-op shoe factory was purchased. This was then enlarged
by the acquisition of the shop next door and designed to be the
entertainment centre of the club, which it still is today.
Lewes Road bars and office
There are two bars and the concert hall on the ground floor. The
front bar has a large screen TV so sports fans don't miss the big
occasion. On the upper floor is a bar and facilities for snooker and
The bars are well stocked with a wide range of beers and spirits
at competitive prices. Food is not available at present.
The men's dart teams play on a Tuesday
night and the ladies on a Thursday night.
The club premises in Lewes Road are a short bus ride away from the sea front,
Brighton racecourse and Churchill Square shopping centre.
Coaches can drop people here but there is no provision for parking.
Children under 16 years of age are not permitted in the club after 9 pm
on a Saturday or Sunday.
To assist C I U club's planning a visit to Brighton, meals and entertainment can
be provided to meet your requirements. However this must be booked
at least four weeks prior to your visit.
Elm Grove bar
This was situated half way up Elm Grove and just a short walk from Brighton
racecourse. It was more commonly known as the "Top Club".
This eluded to the fact that Elm Grove being a hill the premises were higher than the Lewes Road premises or "Bottom Club".
The bar was closed and sold in November 2012 for economic reasons.
This closure brought to an end the exclusive position that we had
among C I U clubs with having two premises.
All enquires and correspondence should be sent to the secretary at the address below.