Perched on Birmingham's canal old line, 52 Gas Street is the waterside bar that promises quirky cocktails, soul sessions and live music events. From after-work drinks to late-night date nights, this city centre spot has it all.
Birmingham Canal Bars
Boasting more miles of canals than Venice itself and being lined with natural and man-made beauty, Birmingham's canals are something to behold. From restaurant bars to music venues in Brum, these canals are not only host to barge boats and wildlife, but a great selection of bars and pubs too. So for somewhere to relax in this idyllic setting, check out our recommendations for drinks by the canal in Birmingham.
Here's a premium canal side spot if ever we saw one. Found just off popular party strip, Broad Street, the Pitcher and Piano can be found nestled in amongst the bars of Brindleyplace and overlooking Brum's scenic canal. Take a place at the Pitcher and Piano every year for the renowned Dragonboat Festival and get the best seats in the house.
The perfect companion to some fine views of the canal has to be an alchemical cocktail from Aluna. The masters of mixology have a cocktail menu as long as your arm, serving up a number of theatrical cocktails contained in flasks and other crazy contraption, while the velvet sofas, bespoke mirrors and copper trimmed bars creates a great surrounding.
The Distillery has not only one of the best canalside outside seating areas in Birmingham, it also boasts amazing drinks too. From day till night they serve up a wonderful array of gins for your drinking pleasure, and should you get a bit peckish, they've got a rotisserie and robata grill, as well as wood-fired pizza.
The name pretty much gives the game away here: mosey on down to Gas Street to Canalside Cafe, a cool and quirky pub in Birmingham primed for a spot of canal side drinking. It's not all coffee and cake at this cafe-cum-bar, oh no. Canalside Cafe serve up to four cask ales at any given time, making this a top spot for sipping a pint whilst you take in the views.
Make haste to the historical quarter and find a music venue in Birmingham that's hard to miss. From second floor terraced seating areas to canal side courtyard pitches that are perfect for a summer pint, get a glimpse of The Flapper for one of the best canal bars in Birmingham to watch beautiful barge boats go by.
Not only do they boast over 300 different varieties of wine at Churchill's, they've got a mean view of the canal too. They have everything from port, Champagne to bottles of wine priced up to £100. They've even got a unique paying system, where guests can traverse the venue paying for bottles on a payment card.
Bistrot Pierre has a bit of a reputation in Birmingham for delivering French culture in both aesthetics and cuisine. But while you sit on a candlelit table, feasting on a variety of artisanal dishes, they also happen to have some of the best views of the canal in the city.
As canalside pubs in Birmingham go, this one has quite the spectacular view. The historic pub serves up a variety of local ales, bottles of wine and spirits all at affordable prices. And with a fireplace for when it gets cold and a balcony to enjoy the weather, there's loads of ways to enjoy the Birmingham canal.