Bars in Birmingham City Centre
You need only hop off the train at Birmingham New Street station to find yourself in the hubbub of city centre bars and vibrant drinking dens that Birmingham has to offer. Boasting the biggest collective of restaurant bars in the Midlands, the city centre is an atmospheric collective of great culinary experiences housed within the historical settings of grade listed buildings and charming architecture. Check out our recommendations for bars to visit in Birmingham city centre.
Last updated on 28th February 2017
Sat in the centre of Birmingham, Be At One is one of the city's funnest party venue. The team in charge of this bar have worked tirelessly to put on some of the biggest club nights in town, and as such have started to develop a bit of a party-mad reputation. Importantly, the venue boasts one of the most diverse cocktail menus around; flirting with different flavour combinations and spice infusions, an impressive range of drinks are on offer here.
Flamboyant by nature and beautifully decorated, the Island Bar is Birmingham's only Tiki-themed watering hole. Based on Suffolk Street in the city centre, it bursts into life each evening, offering the city's revellers a stellar line-up of dazzling DJs and one of the best cocktail menu's in town. With all the Polynesian decorations that they could possibly fit in a room, the talented bartenders put on a show each night, flairing and mixing together ingredients in the most expressive manner.
Birmingham city centre has been transformed into a Bavarian beer hall thanks to Birmingham Bierkeller. Featuring everything you love from a German beer hall, from long tables, traditional outfits and Oompah bands, you’ll be on your feet toasting steins of beer and having an amazing time from the moment you step in.
Based on Steelhouse Lane, the Jekyll and Hyde bar serves some of the most carefully crafted cocktails in the country, let alone in Birmingham. With an arsenal of spirits, spices and fruits, the team of talented bartenders have set about creating a cocktail menu bursting with vibrant colour and delectable flavour. Expect to find some truly dazzling concoctions at this characterful central Birmingham bar.
With live piano performances every Sunday until 7pm, Browns Bar and Brasserie is a welcomed upmarket addition to Brum's busy Bull Ring. From traditional British dishes and fine dining to 'Cocktail of the Month', Browns offers both a complete culinary experience and a cosy place to regain strength after a day of shopping.
If you're after something a little different and you're a whizzin a suit of armour, then the Medieval themed basement bar Bacchus is the venue for you. Oozing the warmth of any historical dining hall, this underground bar is a haven of craft beers and delicious ales.
Popular amongst Birmingham's many professionals and primed for after-work drinks, Alvar is a cosmopolitan restaurant bar in the heart of the city. From the floor to ceiling windows and granite topped bars, to the glamorous hounds-tooth furniture, Alvar Bar offers revellers in the centre of town an evening of indulgence in the UK's second city.
Tucked away underneath popular Mexican cantina Bodega, Sugarloaf is without question a cool and quirky bar in the heart of the city. With a capacity of 80 people, its idea for smaller parties or those all-important intimate drinks with close friends and family. Cosy and comfortable, it's the perfect counter to the bustle of Birmingham's vibrant urban centre. Try Lucha Libra for a great free night of brilliant DJ sets and tasty cocktails.
If you go down to the Colmore Business District today you're sure to find a great big surprise. Nestled comfortably next to the Michelin starred restaurant Purnell's, Ginger's make and sell some of the most premium and tastebud tingling cocktails in town. From chocolate treats to classic, Ginger's is perfect for anyone hoping to try something new.
Based in Victoria Square, the Chameleon is a central Birmingham bar that offers its visitors a culinary experience that won't be forgotten anytime soon. Guests can drink their way to bliss at the traditionally decorated bar, or can tuck into a delicious menu of traditional pub grub. If that wasn't enough to draw you in, the bar hosts a number of live musical performances each week, showcasing some of Birmingham's best up and coming talent.
Offering the finest in South American grub, Bodega Bar and Restaurant serves everything from Columbian to Mexican dishes on their exotic menu. From fresh cocktails to quirky murals,the bar uses the flavours and spice of the food and drink to transport guests across the Atlantic. With an idyllic Mexican-themed bar downstairs named Sugarloaf, the venue has everything you'll ever need for a great night out in Birmingham.
If you're looking to splash the cash and unwind in a dining experience signposted by delicious food and fantastic flavours, then San Carlo group restaurant Fumo is your venue. A tapas restaurant bar in Birmingham, the venue's sleek and clean cut decor is complemented by the marble topped bars and bespoke, quirky cocktails. Trust us, a night at Fumo won't be forgotten anytime soon.
Home to an impressive collection of famous Scottish whiskies and sought after bottles of champagne, Bubble Lounge is a petite - if not decadent - venue in Birmingham city centre. Housed by the Hotel du Vin, it's perfect for those after work drinks and intimate date nights on the town.
Front runners in Britain's, let alone Birmingham's, craft beer scene, Brewdog opened their 10th chain in Birmingham to loud rounds of applause. With an impressive list of wonderfully quirky beers and real ales, the team have worked tirelessly to create an atmosphere that draws in the city's ever-growing group of beer enthusiasts.
An award winning bar just shy of Birmingham City Centre, Filini's offers a sleek, smart and upmarket environment for its visitors to unwind in. Primed for both drinkers and diners, Filini's feels like an almighty treat any day of the week. And what with one of the coolest and most quirky wine racks in town, you'll be more than tempted by a visit to this restaurant bar in Birmingham.
Drinkers of the tasty grape variety will be best pleased to find a wine bar in Birmingham with bagfuls of expertise and many years of experience. Book or visit Loki Wine for a tasting session that will not only educate your palette but make for a great night out with friends in Birmingham city centre.
Make no mistake, the Lost & Found is undoubtedly one of Birmingham's best secret bars. Sitting on Bennetts Hill, it's an idyllic botanical-themed retreat in the heart of the city, away from the bustle of shoppers and commuters. Indulge in Victorian themed cocktails and quirky decor thanks to this adventurous bar themed around the explorations of Hettie G. Watson and her unique discoveries.