Best Independent Bars in Birmingham
Fighting the good fight for independent bars in Birmingham, this cool and quirky bunch are the hardworking souls and creative critters keeping Birmingham's cultural nightlife scene alive. From some of the city's tastiest cocktails bars and beer garden ventures to independent music venues in Birmingham, our city is brimming with unique enthusiasm. Check out our recommendations for the best independent bars in Birmingham and discover a special collective of spirited bar owners and vibrant atmospheres.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Another chain that is not a chain, The Jekyll and Hyde is a cool and cocktail bar that is part of Birmingham coolest independent group, Bitters 'N' Twisted. A traditional pub downstairs with a Victorian themed gin bar on their second floor; The Jekyll and Hyde are miles ahead of the cocktail scene in Birmingham thanks to their independent take on drinks and flavours including a toothpaste based cocktail.
It just so happens to feel like The Prince of Wales is a pub in Moseley that rolls over four different independent venues into one. A hearty and vibrant pub in the heart of one of Birmingham's coolest independent village's, The Prince of Wales is a cool and quirky mix of traditional pub, wine bar, cigar shop and Birmingham tiki bar thanks to its attitude toward adventure in their pub and beer garden.
While Brewdog may be a chain of bars, it's a truly independent chain of bars nonetheless. Opened by friends Martin and James after they noticed a lacklustre attitude to beer, ale and the brewery way, Brewdog set about on a craft beer revolution...and that they did. After opening their first bar in 2007, Brewdog have spread like happy beer wildfire with their Birmingham branch a nod to their cool, urban and independent spirit.
Opened by clubbing aficionado's James Swinburne and Adam Shelton back in 2012, Spotlight bar has cultivated itself into one of the coolest hipster hang-outs in the city. Boasting a blend of the vintage with the industrial, Spotlight is brimming with cool classic furniture and nitty gritty vibes. From a Digbeth Dining Club residency to some of the best DJ nights in the city, James and Adam are doing independents proud.
They're in our top 10 pubs in Birmingham list, so how dare we leave The Plough behind? Known as something of a neighbourhood gem, The Plough is fronted by a collection of managers and bar staff that love the venue like their own, and it shows. A buzzing mix of quirky creatives, cool kids and dashing diners, The Plough is a kitsch mix of unique decor, heartwarming spirit and indie values.
Originally part of a chain, The Flapper has broken free of its Firkin brewery roots and evolved itself into one of the best independent music venues in Birmingham. Boasting some of the most dapper canalside views in the city with a riverside beer garden to boot, The Flapper is not only a great place for gigs, it's a great place for tipples too. Support some of your favourite local bands in their basement gig venue and do Birmingham proud.