City Centre Bar Crawl
With so many bars to choose from, we bet there's a few you're still yet to try. So how's about we do the hard work for you? Cultivating a tipple worthy route through the city centre? You got it buddy. What better way to visit Birmingham's very finest in one dabble-fuelled night of hopping between the city's best bars. Check out our recommendations for a city centre bar crawl in Birmingham and discover some of Brum's best hidden treasures on our hot to trot drinking route through its centre.
Still with us? Congratulations! You've made it to the final stop on our tour. Voted as the Best Cocktail Bar in Birmingham in this 2014's DesignMyNight awards, we've saved the best till last. Island Bar will have you dreaming of sandy beaches and summer sunsets with their tiki themed decor, Caribbean inspired cocktail menu and lively atmosphere. End the night in style and order a Zombie if you dare. So now you have a route for a bar crawl in the city centre, what are waiting for?
We're kicking things off at one of Birmingham's best vintage cocktail bars, The Jekyll and Hyde. Brave the cold and sit in their magical Alice in Wonderland themed garden sipping quirky sweet-inspired cocktails out of jam jars. Or bag yourself a table in the upstairs gin parlour and share one of their creative concoctions served in a mini bathtub. Either way, you'll leave The Jekyll and Hyde raring to go for the rest of the bar crawl. Take a short stroll down Colmore Row, past our pretty cathedral and onto Newhall Street for the next location.
Make your way past the Bullring and onto John Bright Street to one of Birmingham's hidden gems, The Victoria. From the outset it looks like a pub and upon entering you'll be greeted with a cosy, quirky pub feel. However, when you head up to the bar you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a full cocktail menu with lots of tempting creations to choose from! By this point you'll probably be ready for bed, but hang on a little bit longer as the next venue is only around the corner and you're not going to want to miss this one.
Pop down the road (literally, it'll take you 30 seconds, tops) to Bodega. Control your cravings if you can as you walk through the restaurant area and eye up all the delicious food, and instead head down to their hidden basement bar, Sugarloaf. This Mexican wrestler themed paradise delivers rum-based cocktails and Latin-American music, which will have you pulling you best salsa moves and dancing along the streets to the next bar.
The last place you probably expected to find yourself on a bar crawl is in the city's business district, but with new bars and restaurants opening here all the time, it is quickly becoming a key area to visit of a night time. New kid on the block The Bureau only opened at the end of 2013, but is already making its way up the ranks amongst some of Birmingham's best cocktail bars. Enjoy reasonably-priced cocktails, from a selection of classics or their own inventive creations, in a relaxed, easy atmosphere. Once you've settled into one of their comfy booths you won't want to leave, but it's time to grab your coat and embark on the next bar as we're not even halfway through yet.
Made it safely? You'll be happy to know that's the furthest stretch you'll have to walk for the rest of the bar crawl (cue a sigh of relief from our feet). Located within Purnell's Bistro, Ginger's Bar oozes style and sophistication without being pretentious. This is one serious cocktail bar, where cocktail making is considered an art and a passion by their highly-skilled bar staff, and you can expect only the finest cocktails. The next stop takes us around the corner to Birmingham's Colmore business district.