An all-day bar-café

Now open in Brighton

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Damn good.
All day.

A salute to the permit rooms of Bombay, in Brighton’s Lanes.

Seriously good bar snacks, moreish curries, plates for sharing (and a handful of best Dishoom favourites). Breakfasts too.

And of course, crackingly good cocktails to wash it all down with.

Swinging by the morning after the night before? There’s a Bacon Naan Roll with your name on it.

We’re kicking back like Bombayites. In 1949, liquor was banned in the city and enterprising Aunties secretly served drinks from their front rooms, a boiled egg vendor stationed outside as a sign for those who knew. By the 1970s the law was loosened up, and permit holders (having obtained their liquor permits ‘for the preservation or maintenance of health’ no less) could buy alcohol. Permit Rooms were officially born.

No matter the hour or shuffling mood at this Permit Room - just come as you are.

Swing by

Come freely. Go freely.

Permit Room is mostly for walk-ins - so come and grab your seats.

We hold a few tables for reservations and, if you’re with a big group, it’s best to book in advance. You and your party may be spread across a few tables that are pretty close together - in one, happy-go-lucky section. For questions about bookings, chat with our team.

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Get down

From DJ nights curated by our friends at Going South, to shindigs with local musicians, there’s an eclectic events mix at the Permit Room. We’re taking cues from the jam sessions at Slip-Disc and Rang Bhavan in 70s Bombay, as well as from everything Brighton’s got to offer.

DJ Mimi

Thursday 7th December
One of our Resident DJs Mimi - a self-taught, multi-genre artist and Brightonian - will be spinning tracks from 8pm. Come for new wave rock, hip hop and off-beaten track sounds, plus selections from a bevy of local labels.

DJ Priya

30th November & 14th December
One of our House DJs and Brighton resident DJ Priya will kick things off from 8pm. With outings on Boiler Room, Mixmag & Keep Hush, she'll be live on the decks, bringing the party.


Going South x Permit Room
To mix things up we will also be welcoming guest DJs, curated by our friends at Going South for epic mixes and eclectic sounds that will keep you coming back for more.


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How do I find Permit Room in Brighton?

Our address is 32 East St, Brighton, BN1 1HL. We’re right next to the Sussex Arms.

Is Permit Room a Dishoom?

Permit Room is its own special thing, but you'll find some of your Dishoom favourites on the menu.

How far is Permit Room from Brighton Railway Station?

We’re 0.7 miles away from Brighton station - around a 13 minute walk.

Do I need to make a booking to visit Permit Room?

We like walk-ins but bookings for larger groups and special events are welcome too. Feel free to send us an email at to ask about this. 

Does Permit Room allow dogs?

You can hang out with your canine friends at Permit Room at all times.

Does Permit Room cater for allergy and dietary requirements?

Absolutely. Help us help you by letting us know of all dietary needs and allergies beforehand (especially the more serious ones). For any questions before you swing by, get in touch via email or chat.

Can we visit Permit Room for drinks only?

We’re an all-day bar-café, with a bunch of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks on the menu, so you're welcome to come along, grab a seat and try them out. But we always recommend a few snacks to enjoy alongside.

Does Permit Room do home deliveries?

Yes – when we said round-the-clock deliciousness, we meant it. Use the Deliveroo app to dispatch delights from our delivery kitchen, straight to your door. (But check that we deliver to your area first.)

Let’s chat

Press the chat bubble (bottom right hand corner) to get to someone sharpish 10am – 5pm daily. Or call us during the same hours. Email if you like too.

Contact details
01273 442199

Find us

From 8am until late on weekdays, and 9am until late on weekends from1st November.

32 East St

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Let’s have a chat

Press the chat bubble bottom right hand corner to get to someone sharpish 10am – 5pm daily. Or call us during the same hours. Email if you like too.

Contact details
01273 442119

Find us

Opening hours
Monday – Wednesday 8am-11pm
Thursday – Friday 8am-12pm
Saturday 9am-12pm
Sunday 9am-11pm
32 East St

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