Cool and Quirky Bars in Birmingham

Nurturing quite the creative spirit, Birmingham isn't only known for its stellar clubbing scene. You'll find a collection of super secret hideaways, tiki dens and pubs brimming with quirky character in this Midlands city. Find the cool places to drink and discover some of the best hidden or underrated gems this city has to offer. So without further ado, here's our collection of the cool and quirky bars in Birmingham. 

BrewDog Birmingham

32 user reviews 4

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When it comes to craft beers in Birmingham, Brewdog are not only the city's main proprietors, but possibly even the country's. From their popular Punk IPA to their downright dastardly Hardcode IPA, Brewdog are leading the independent front when it comes to unique places to drink in Birmingham. Grab a pint, unwind and sink into a tall glass of hop-based bliss. 

The Distillery

317 user reviews 4

Part-pub, part-gin palace, The Distillery is one of the coolest bars in Birmingham. Sitting prettily on the canal and offering up a series of great gins and craft beers, it's pretty much one of the best hangouts in the city. But add in a food menu of delicious robata grilled food and wood-fired pizzas, and you've got something great.

Buffalo & Rye

1 user review 5

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Taking on the style of an American diner, Buffalo & Rye serves up beefy bourbons and hearty foods in their cool Birmingham restaurant-bar. Decked out with raw woodwork and exposed brick walls, this place is a Birmingham must for some hella punchy, Southern inspired cocktails and laid back atmospheres. 

The Jekyll and Hyde

249 user reviews 4

What with The Jekyll and Hyde's beer garden covered in Alice in Wonderland interpretations, it's no surprise that this pub feels like falling down the rabbit's hole. From their bespoke and tailored cocktail lists to the Victorian gin parlour upstairs, this pub is fun and frivolous. Make sure that you visit that Gin Parlour too; from vintage nit-bits to over 50 different gins, it's one of the most unique places to drink in Birmingham.

The Rose Villa Tavern

7 user reviews 4

There's something about refurbished pub furniture, stained glass windows and mounted antlers that suit a spot like the Rose Villa Tavern. Based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, this venue certainly isn't short of character. From classic cocktails lists and global beers to comedy nights and festivals, The RVT is not only a hubbub of activity but a thriving mix of young and creative locals. 

40 St Paul's

73 user reviews 5

Hidden behind what looks like someone's front door is one of the best gin spots in Brummy. With black booths, dark wooden tables and a bar fully stocked with all the gin you could need, this place is a real gem. Sip on some marvelous concoctions made from one of their 140 gins with specially selected garnishes and tonic, heaven for any gin lovers. 

The Victoria

8 user reviews 4

Happy Hour

In and amongst the back streets of Birmingham City Centre lies The Victoria, a cool and quirky pub in the Bitters 'n' Twisted chain. Home to cocktail creations and a tasty food menu to rival any Deep South Diner, young professionals and students alike fill this pub in Birmingham week in week out. Host to lively DJ nights come the weekend, The Victoria becomes more a club space ideal for an alternative Saturday night in Birmingham.


2 user reviews 4

Found in Birmingham's creative Digbeth area, Spotlight is a warehouse haven enviable to any London bar. With its rough charm and quirky attitude, Spotlight blends everything from atmosphere and DJ nights to vintage sofa's and retro luggage trunk tables, creating a buzzing cool Birmingham bar that's become a favourite for late nights and raucous parties. 

The Cuban Embassy

2 user reviews 5

Oh Bull's Head, you quirky hidden retreat. Tucked away in Moseley Village, The Bull's Head is a unique venue that has an array of events that keep the crowds flocking. From live art installations to live gigs, there's something for everyone in this music venue come pub. Given the variety on offer, it consistently busy every Friday and Saturday night in Birmingham. 

The Lost & Found

11 user reviews 4

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If history is your thing and your throat thrives on mixology then a visit to Birmingham city centre's The Lost and Found goes without saying. Adorned in vintage botanical treats and Victorian themed ventures, The Lost and Found is a unique cocktail bar based around the adventurous exploits of explorer Hettie. G Watson. 


1 user review 5

Pinball and pints? YES! The newest member of the City Arcade block, Tilt is a quaint little cafe by day and lively bar by night. Serving hot coffees to get you through the day and craft beers to keep you happy after work, it very much nurtures a community spirit for people to come and socialise whilst enjoying a game of retro pinball on one of their many machines. Hoping to wash a wave of nostalgia over their guests, Tilt is arguably the coolest bar in Birmingham. 

Gas Street Social

3 user reviews 4

The city's urban hangout for killer cocktails and communal dining, Gas Street Social is undoubtedly one of Birmingham's coolest places to drink. Brought to you from the Shaker & Co collective, this place specialises in innovative mixology, bar banter and a buzzing atmosphere making it one of the hottest neighbourhood kitchens about. 

Island Bar

9 user reviews 4

The Island Bar is at the heart of Birmingham's cocktail scene and mixology movement. A two floored tiki bar with exotic charm and cocktails to match, it's adorned with hula girls, paradise props and palm trees galore. Known for their rowdy Saturdays and cocktail masterclasses, Island Bar is unique, boasting plenty of charm and with an alluring attitude. 

In the heart of one of Birmingham's nightlife and creative institutions comes the Mockingbird Theatre. A cultural hub for socialising, eating, drinking and even screening films, The Mockingbird is a cool and casual joint with a community spirit where you can see an array of dazzling performances and amazing entertainment. 

The Prince of Wales

4 user reviews 5

Where has this place been hiding and why didn't we hear about it earlier? With a cocktail lounge, cigar shop/humidor and garden tiki bar under their wings, The Prince of Wales in Moseley is more than meets the eye when it comes to quirky bars in Birmingham. So much so that the crazy-cool lady in pop, Lady Gaga, has even made a visit.