Cocktail Bars in Birmingham
Birmingham's thriving drinking dens know all about adding a little bit of exotic bang to their fizz, boasting some of the best tailor-made cocktail delights in the Midlands. From quaint concoctions in cool and quirky bars to the freshest mojitos in town, the city has everything from the upmarket to the experimental waiting to be discovered. Here's our recommendations for the best cocktail bars in Birmingham, check them out and let us know your thoughts.
Last updated on 13th July 2016
With low light fixture, exposed brick walls and wooded furniture, Buffalo & Rye really is one of the more rustic cocktails bars in Birmingham. Transporting it's guests to the rural plains of America's Deep South, the team behind this venue serve up some of the best wheat, rye and barley-based whiskey cocktails available in town.
This is one cocktail bar in Birmingham that needs no introduction. Coming to the Piccadilly Arcade and new to Brum's nightlife scene, Be At One brings its notorious happy hour, cocktail-centred expertise and fun atmosphere to make one hell of a party. Open until 3am as well means this bar is a top late-night destination for the city's party-mad audience.
Two sides to the infamous Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde? You'll find it's the same in Birmingham's playful cocktail bar version. While downstairs boasts flambee'd creations and tasty tailored treats galore, upstairs is a Victorian themed gin parlour with a twist. Working the gin and other such spirits to the best of their abilities, these mixologists conjure up unique and mind-boggling cocktails that we'd bet (quite a fair bit) you've never heard of before.
Home to Carl Finn's heralded dining project, Soul Food Project, The Church Inn is a whole new drinking and dining experience in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. From New Orleans classics to pop-up favourites, there's a taste of the Deep South in their cocktails that fills each recipient with wonderfully contrasting feelings of curiosity and joy.
Who doesn't love a horticulture-themed night out in Birmingham? Decked out with walls covered in ivy and a smattering of huge plants, The Botanist is one of the quirkier venues. Alongside cocktail masterclasses perfect for birthdays and small groups, their bartenders use an arsenal of fruits, spices and spirits to serve up an excellent array of cocktail concoctions.
Part prosecco bar, part Venetian-inspired restaurant, Bottega brings a taste of Italian decadence to the Resorts World complex in B-town. Serving authentic Italian pastas and tapas plates, the real draw of Bottega is the bubbly, wines and inventive cocktails; undoubtedly one of Birmingham's best nights out.
The Harvey Nichols cocktail bar offers a plush experience for the city’s discerning drinkers. Located in the heart of the Mailbox shopping complex, follow a sweeping staircase up from the restaurant to settle into one of the city's most high-end wateringholes; where an apothecary-styled bar oozes with style and opulence.
Hold your seahorses, there's a Tiki bar in town?! Birmingham's premium Polynesian-themed bar, Island Bar, is an exciting, exotic hidden gem. Boasting cocktails that'll have your taste-buds tingling, these guys conjure up their very own in bar creations tailored to both taste and style. With their upstairs beach retreat hailed as Birmingham's Saturday night destination, these unusual and adventurous drinks are sure to make your experience at this quirky Birmingham bar unforgettable.
With a Teppanyaki and Yakitori serving platform, as well as a signature menu of drinks inspired by Wu Xing - the five elements of Asian philosophy - expect plenty of theatrical drama from the drinks at The Sky Bar. We won’t lie - the venue is a fair journey from the city centre - but with a sophisticated vibe and stunning views of the Pendigo Lake accessible via the terrace, it’s a must-visit for any Brum cocktail lover.
Taking its name from the historic elevated public park that winds through Manhattan, the High Line bar is one sophisticated spot to enjoy a few cocktails. Indulge in a Brooklyn Mojito or a Hudson Manhattan, each expertly mixed up with plenty of NYC-inspired twists on show throughout. There’s a sleek and elegant feel to the venue, which attracts a crowd that’s dressed to the nines, and a lovely outdoor terrace to experience when the sun’s out.
Drop anchor in one of Gas Street Social’s cosy booths and prepare to sample some curious concoctions. Drinks like the Fig As Thieves and Cox’s Grave Spinner are as quirky as their names might suggest, and the venue’s Bloody Mix takes no less than 14 days to marinade. A pain-staking process, but totally worth it when the results are this delicious. This is truly one of the more creative cocktail bars in Birimingham.
Located on Birmingham's buzzing Broad Street, Pushkar is your more tailored and stylish alternative for weekend drinks. Whilst catering to the lovers of those cocktail classics, it's Birmingham's next big advocate for custom drinks. From a 'Monaco Fizz' to a 'Lemon Calm', Pushkar are PUSH-KAR-ING the boundaries when it comes to the art of mixology. It's offers a night out in Birmingham that won't be easily forgotten.
If kooky custom cocktails are what you're looking for, pull in those reins and hold your horses for Ginger's Bar. Wowing visitors with their unique and downright bizarre cocktails, Ginger's specialises in serving "re-mastered, timeless classics". With award-winning bar staff and mixologists, this is an absolute must on your tour of Birmingham's premier cocktail jaunts.
Home to cocktail masterclasses and South American treats alike, Bodega is a restaurant bar in Birmingham at the top of their Mixology game. Brandishing cocktails that suit the spices and variety of their menu, the team pride themselves on being an adventure. You can even grab a tasty little cocktail tipple for just £4 between 4-7pm every day.
If you're looking to dazzle a date in Birmingham with cocktails and finesse, then Fumo is the venue for you. Whether you're sitting down for Italian tapas in amongst stylish surroundings or poised at their curved marble bar for a creative little tipple, Fumo is the Birmingham-based cocktail bar that really shines.
There's no sight of novelty party umbrellas or twizzly straws at this dapper establishment! Dealing in the very best in 1920's style classic cocktails, traditional mixes and fancy thirst quenchers, this is a marvelous place to get tipsy. Decked out in mahogany and plush red velvet, settle in for an evening of sophisticated imbibing.
A dapper, vintage yet luxe style joint where the likes of Don Draper certainly wouldn't look out of place, this Colmore District retreat knows how to whip up one hell of a divine cocktail frenzy. From their elusive 'Elixir No.6' down to their somewhat daring 'Chocolate Egg', The Bureau boast cocktails for the more mature and discerning palate with a feisty edge, all in a relaxed and humble environment.
Upmarket cocktails and swanky club nights are the name of the game at Birmingham's Nuvo cocktail bar. Not only offering all your favourite classic cocktails made to the highest of standards, they've also developed an array of signature concoctions all of their own. Don your dancing shoes and grab your favourite tipple come the weekend, as their DJ nights douse the entire venue in glamour and VIP charm.
There’s class and sophistication in everything that The Edgbaston does. From the stunning fusion of jet black and gold interiors to the highly innovative cocktails on show, these guys confess to a “passion for perfection” and it’s something they achieve with flying colours. Twelve varieties of bubbly add a dash of sparkle at this stunning Birmingham-based cocktail abr.
Perched in the Mailbox district comes this parlour of ticks, treats and the curiously concocted. Aluna are the alchemists of Birmingham with a stylishly, velvet clad bar that twinkles with vintage essence. Expect bespoke service and some skilled mixologists knocking up all manner of luxurious drinks at this Birmingham cocktail bar.
A stylish hideaway sprinkled with Victorian and botanical charm, Lost & Found is a characterful Birmingham cocktail bar that never fails to serve its guests a number of jaw-dropping surprises. Talented bartenders muddle a complex range of cocktails split into ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’ sub-sections, and there may or may not be a further secret bar tucked behind a bookcase.