18 Cool Bars in Birmingham
Whether you’re a craft ale enthusiast or a cocktail connoisseur, we’re sure that you’ll find what you’re looking for in one of these amazing Birmingham bars!
Known as England’s second city, Birmingham is packed to the brim with quirky bars and pubs. To save you all the confusion of trying to find the best place to celebrate we have compiled a list of some of the best bars that this fabulous city has to offer;
Article written by Emma Parry
18 Bars in Birmingham to Visit
1. Island Bar
You’ll Feel like you’re on an Island with the award winning cocktails at Island Bar! Situated in the heart of Birmingham it is a definite hot spot for a few… or a lot of cheeky cocktails. If none of them tickle your fancy feel free to ask one of the highly skilled bar tenders to rustle you up your dream mix, it’s no trouble at all. Not to mention there is an irresistible happy hour which makes Island Bar that little more tempting. Bring the beach to Birmingham! Check out the best hotels in Birmingham for you to use during your time in the city.
14-16 Suffolk Street Queensway | Website
2. The Loft
Get in the spirit at the Loft Bar which has a specialised range of premium spirits on offer. Not to forget the cocktails, craft beer and delicious, homemade food, which is perfect to line the stomach before a tipsy night. You will be sure to enjoy the chilled vibe inside or outside, with the award winning weather proof garden which is open all year long. There is even blankets to keep you cosy on cold winters nights! You name it the lofts got it.
143 Bromsgrove St | Website
3. Bourne & Co. Cocktails
After a sophisticated, sexy cocktail bar? Well Bourne & Co. is right up your street. Literally. Its central location, not far from the New Alexandra theatre. If you dare to relax in its dark and intimate environment, be tempted to order a show stopper cocktail from the best vintage cocktail menu in the city. Bring your NYC attitude to this NYC style bar, and be sure to have a night to remember.
7-8 Suffolk Street | Website
4. The Gin Vault
Calling all gin lovers. There is absolutely no fault in this gin vault! This cosy and independent bar offers over 350 gins, alongside a cool atmosphere and the expertise of its gin devoted staff, it’s a must. You best hope they have plenty of gin glasses because you will be refilling all night long with a selection of gin you could only dream of. If gin isn’t your thing then don’t worry because there are plenty more beverages to choose from, these shelves are stacked! Situated in Birmingham’s historic Canal surroundings, you would be silly not to pop in.
Canal Edge | Website
5. Nocturnal Animals
You will feel like a nocturnal animal in this playful and popular venue. Sleep is for the wicked if you attend this bar. Inspired by 80’s pop culture, Nocturnal offers a one of a kind experience through its bold flavours in both its drink and food. If you want something a little more civilised they even offer a different take on traditional afternoon tea which is served Thursday-Sunday. However, if you’d rather stick to partying don’t miss liquid lunches 12-4pm on weekends. Don’t miss out on this weird and wonderful venue that will not fail to add an experimental twist to your plans.
20 Bennetts Hill | Website
6. The Lost & Found Birmingham
It’s in the name. This place is all about discovering both your drinking and dining desires. Situated on Bennetts Hill this venue offers more than what meets the eye. Victorian hideaways are sure to have you talking or in this case drinking, with the collection of unconventional yet irresistible cocktails and food available. Bring a hint of glamour to this social setting and embark on a new experience at Lost & Found. Each visit is unique, just like the luxurious, individual décor which really contributes to the classy Victorian theme.
8 Bennetts Hill | Website
7. Jekyll & Hyde
Based on the novel, ‘The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde’ this bar has two sides just like the story. Except one being gin and one being cocktails. Jokes aside, this creative bar will add an imaginative flare to your classic night out. It’s one of Birmingham’s favourites, why not make it one of yours? There is a choice of upstairs and downstairs, with various different menus. If that’s not enough then there’s a classic ‘Happy Hour’ which runs from noon-7pm every day. Yes every day, no excuses! See some of the best bars in Windsor for some other fun and unique venues.
28 Steelhouse Lane | Website
8. Gas Street Social
This place will let both you and the drinks do the talking! It’s a highly sociable venue, which gives you every opportunity to catch up with friends over cocktails, this ties in with Gas Street’s values of togetherness and tradition. They truly do believe sharing is caring! If you are after great value for money the set menu offers some options that might take your fancy, they aren’t lying when they say food and drink go hand in hand. It’s also rumoured to hold Birmingham’s best bottomless brunch, but the rest you’ll have to see for yourself!
166-168 Wharfside St | Website
9. 40 St Paul's
You don’t have to be a saint at St Pauls! Awarded the world’s best Gin bar of 2019, it would be extremely rude not to explore the menu. You don’t need wild music to have a good time, this bar has plenty of chilled songs to sing along to or simply sip along to. These aren’t any old gins, and they are all garnished with a variety of extras, flowers ‘n’ all! It may not be the most noticeable bar in Birmingham but it might be the most magical.
40 Cox St | Website
10. Bacchus Bar
Bacchus bar is located a stone throw from Birmingham New street station, very close to some of Birmingham’s biggest tourist attractions such as the Museum & Art Gallery. This pub/bar has a great personality and historic feel, this shows in its range of themed rooms, making it an ideal place to grab a drink… or two. Everyone is friendly and it is defiantly a more casual option compared to some of Birmingham’s glitz and glam. Less is sometimes more!
Burlington Arcade | Website
11. The Botanist Birmingham
The Botanist puts the Botanical in Birmingham. Feel like a rose In-between two thrones in this outstanding bar. Cocktail inventions are never ending and will be sure to make your mouth water, so much you may in fact wish to participate in one of the Botanist’s marvellous masterclasses, this is great for parties of 6 or more and brings something different to your night! If you’d rather blossom on your private table or at the bar the menu has an amazing choice of both drinks and food, so no one will go un watered!
14-16 Temple St | Website
12. The Rose Villa Tavern
The Rose Villa Tavern offers a never ending list of things to keep you busy! Whether that’s from daytime drinks and carefree cocktails to light lunches and delightful dinners, everyone’s a winner. If you like what the cocktails that much you can always do a masterclass, The Rose Villa Tavern has the best teachers who will make sure you learn as well as drink. Its open to midnight on a weekend so make sure to get as many drinks in before then or you’ll miss out!
172 Warstone Ln | Website
13. The Victoria
A theatre pub on the doorstep of Birmingham New Street train station, this characterful venue boasts a fantastic range of whiskeys from across the globe from Japan to the United States, as well as a vast cocktail menu and prides itself on being a Birmingham CAMRA member for real ale. If you’re looking for a real classic English pub with a beautiful modern menu, then you’ll definitely find it here.
48 John Bright St | Website
14. Bodega Bar & Cantina
A bright, inviting and vibrant venue, this South American inspired neighbourhood bar and cantina, Bodega boasts an awesome menu of classic beers, gins and wines that you would expect to find anywhere else, but also a range of South American spirits like tequila, cachaca and mezcal to treat your taste buds with. If you’re a fan of the global variety of spirits that this vibrant venue has to offer or you’re looking to try something new and exciting, this is a fantastic place to start!
12 Bennetts Hill | Website
An experience like no other, Aluna prides itself on providing some of the best hospitality around, with a keen passion for creating some of the most amazing cocktails you could possibly try! With a number of signature concoctions and well-loved classics, Aluna’s menu compliments its stylish and modern interior and makes for a fantastic experience like no other.
128-130, The Mailbox | Website
16. Purecraft Beer & Kitchen
2015 winner of the Great British Pub Awards’ Best Beer Pub title, Purecraft Beer & Kitchen has gone from strength to strength and has earned its reputation for its extensive and high quality range of beers from all over the world. If you’re a big fan of real ale or you’re a connoisseur when it comes to trialling weird and wonderful beers, then this is the place to be!
30 Waterloo St | Website
A diverse and vibrant venue just off Corporation Street in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, Tilt has made a name for itself for its celebration of craft beer, coffee and pinball! So whether you’re looking to swing by for a coffee, a pint or a spin on a classic arcade machine, then this is the place to go. Check out the best Birmingham bars for a working lunch.
2 Union St | Website
18. Purnell's Bistro & Ginger's Bar
A fantastic dining and drinking hotspot on the edge of Birmingham City Centre, this twin venue that combines a classic menu of rustic British dishes at the bistro and a vast range of brilliantly inventive cocktails at the bar, you really cannot go wrong with this awesome place.
11 Newhall St | Website