Broad Street bumpkins? You're sure to have heard of this one. Found on one of Birmingham's most raucous party strips, The O Bar is coming up trumps when it comes to cheap fare and party hearty dancefloors.
Split over two floors, it geniunely feels like two inherently different bars can be found in this Broad Street joint. Whilse upstairs is awash with contemporary down lighting, plank smattered walls, brown leather lounge areas and a dance floor with its own DJ booth, downstairs could be any dabble back to the broody basement bars of the 80s. With its plush leather booths, orange interiors, mirrored walls, there's a more opulent yet retro feel to the basement retreat aptly named 'O Below'.
The O Bar is an interesting one. While most of their drinks are markedly set to be found in any other Birmingham bar, there's a few fun filled added extras that blend the expensive with the exponentially tasty. Sure, you can crack out the credit card for a bottle of premium vodka, but you can also nab yourself a classic cocktail for as little as £3. Their mojito's aren't ground-breaking and Birmingham's cocktail bars come up as a strong competitor, but what with a round for three of my friends and I coming in for under £20? From where I come from, that's a freakin' pretty steal.
Heading down for their Monday Club, Little did I know that I'd be dragged to the dance floor before you can scream 'MARIAH CAREY'S GREATEST HITS'. Surrounded by students, Birmingham's young party patrons and the odd hen night here and there, it's clear that O Bar's crowd is ever changing and suitably marketed to those with air in their lungs for a Now 40 hit or three. Fun, friendly and pretty darn care free by the looks of things that night, The O Bar is inherently labelled a party bar for a reason, the people in here sure like to party.
The O Bar might not be everyone's cup of tea, or even their fishbowl of hearty neon refreshment, but I can definitely see the appeal for party hearty Birmingham youngsters. From its raucous evenings and bustling atmosphere down to its down right cheap tipples, The O Bar is so very well suited to the young and fun looking for a late night bevvie and boogie on Broad Street.