Around the World in 20 Birmingham Bars
Tired of the countless air fares, baggage limitations and the hair raising screams of a grumpy baby on the 7:05 to Fiji, but still want a sweet taste for international flavours? Heck, you can get it all in Brum don't you know. One of the most culturally rich cities in the UK, no corner turned in our fair city doesn't throw up a new venture. Whether you fancy cocktails and jambalaya, bayou style, or fancy stuffing those chops something silly with monstrous mound of New York style patties, you want it, we sure got it. Make your way around the world in 20 Birmingham bars and stamp a delicious passport of punchy flavours along the way.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Whisk yourself away to the South Pacific with just a short taxi ride to Birmingham's tiki themed cocktail bar, Island Bar. With everything from cocktail classics to their own unique creations, Island Bar deliver a taste of the Caribbean in everything sip! The only questions to ask now are, 1) when can we go? And 2) will we dare to order a 'Zombie'?
Good news chaps! You don't need to travel to the other side of the World for a taste of Australia because Walkabout are bringing it here to you! With its beach themed decor, penchant for playing the best party tunes, live sport screenings, and top burger and beer deals, it's a taste of Ozzie life on no other than Birmingham's bustling Broad Street.
Shaking things up over in the Jewellery Quarter is creator of Birmingham's Soul Food Project, Mr. Carl Finn, who has descended on The Church Inn to create a Deep South dining experience. Cajun and Creole comfort food can be found on the menu, think Gumbo and Jambalaya, along with a unique New Orleans inspired cocktail menu. Also playing host to a range of exciting evenings, including the infamous Ribs Night, this venue is making a big impact on Birmingham's pub scene.
Birmingham's nightlife doesn't get more exclusive than Bambu. This club oozes glamour and sophisticated with its boudoir themed rooms and stylish decor, and is a haven for celebs. Continuing the premium experience and furthering their Eastern style, Bambu have installed a Moroccan themed garden too.
Hidden away in Digbeth is a real treasure of a restaurant - The Karczma. Serving up traditional Polish food, live music and vodka shots, look no further for dip into Polish culture. Decked out in fur throws, long wooden benches, stuffed animals, and even a thatched straw ceiling, The Karczma is warm and inviting and offers up something a little different to Birmingham.
Family run Irish bar in Digbeth, Hennesseys, is friendly, relaxed and everything a pub should be. One of the city's most well known Irish residents, this is set to be a stellar taste of those infamous Emerald Isles. It's a great venue to watch sport with a pint or two, or to tuck into some hearty pub grub for those that like their nights out of a classic nature.
Rodizio Rico brings the flavours of Brazil to Birmingham with their unique dining experience. A Mecca for all carnivores in the city, where freshly barbecued meat is brought out in skewers and carved at the table, and guests pay a fixed amount to eat as much BBQ meat as they want. Diners can wash down their delicious helpings of meat with a classic cocktail from their menu too.
Head over to the Jewellery Quarter to one of Birmingham's best pubs, The Rose Villa Tavern. Order from their American diner inspired menu, featuring burgers and hot dogs with all manner of toppings (yes, there is pulled pork!). No pub would be complete without an impressive selection of drinks, and the RVT do one better and offer a unique, creative cocktail menu too.
Delivering yet another fantastic venue in Birmingham, the Bitter 'N' Twisted group are serving up a slice of South America in the shape of Bodega. Spend the evening upstairs in the bustling, vibrant restaurant with delicious food and cocktails inspired by South American flavours. Think burritos and nachos, all washed down with a classic Pina Colada or one of their inventive tequila, rum or pisco based creations. Or venture downstairs to their secret Mexican wrestler themed bar.
Street food is so on trend right now it hurts. And Brindleypllace based Chilacas are following suit with their Mexican-inspired cantina. With its tin roof, barrel-esque tables and rustic charm, Chilacas have created a fresh and quirky venue that feels like the inside of a van. Burritos and teapot cocktails are on the menu, and at seriously cheap prices, it's got Brum's population flocking to try out this Mexican street food venue.
The last thing you'd expect to find on Birmingham's party central, Broad Street, is an Indian restaurant. But then you also wouldn't expect to find a furniture shop either, but there you go. Not only do Pushkar dish up delicious, award winning, Indian food, they've also made themselves known as a fantastic bar too with a team of highly-skilled bar staff making exquisite cocktails and bespoke liquid refreshments.
Brewdog are infamous in Birmingham for delivering the best craft beers in a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere. With an international variety of beers, including local brews, American craft beer and Scottish pale ales, Brewdog have global liquid domination behind the bar. From their New York style interior to live music nights and beer tastings, Brewdog have secured themselves a regular crowd.
Looking for a taste of Spain? Then look no further than tapas bar and restaurant Bar Estilo in the Mailbox. Be transported to the sunny coasts of Spain with the terracotta walls, vibrant music and relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Bar Estilo offer up delicious selection of tapas dishes, tempting Spanish cocktails, and no less than four unique flavours of sangria to share with friends.
For a taste of Argentina, Edgbaston based restaurant Fiesta Del Asada have got all areas covered. Offering up everything from free tango lessons to live Argentinian music to traditional food and drinks such as empanadas and Angosto steak, this rustic restaurant delivers a unique experience in a charming, welcoming environment.
For a taste of Thailand, look no further than Chaophraya in the central location, Spiceal Street. Diners can enjoy the traditional flavours of Thailand with modern twists in a stylish, luxury environment that boasts leather booths and even a jellyfish tank. Try one of their authentic, Thai inspired cocktails, such as 'Made in Thailand', which boast fruity, exotic flavours and interesting ingredients, like lemongrass and coriander.