Keeping it cool and casual on the water's edge, this bar and bistro offers an affordable selection of quality cocktails and tasty British bites. Head down come brunch-time to nab breakfast plates and bubbles with some gorgeous views to boot.
Birmingham Canal Bars
Boasting more miles of canals than Venice itself and being lined with natural and man-made beauty, Birmingham's waterways are something to behold. From restaurants to gin distilleries, these picturesque channels are not only host to barges, wildlife and cyclists, but a great selection of boozers too. So if you're looking to take a pew on the towpath with a tasty tipple to boot, we've rounded up the best bars by the Birmingham canal.
A stone's throw from the Old Line Canal, The Alchemist is one of the most unique cocktail bars in Birmingham. Alongside bringing you closer to the city's pretty waterways, you'll be amazed and entertained by their array of drinks that are never quite what they seem.
Named for Paul Newman's iconic eight-ball hero, this Birmingham pool bar is one of the best places to drink near the canal. Between rounds of signature sips and classic martinis, you can chow down on American comfort food and even partake in a little shuffleboard.
Perched on the Birmingham 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.
Here's a premium canalside spot if ever we saw one. Found just off popular party strip, Broad Street, the Pitcher & Piano can be found nestled in amongst the bars of Brindleyplace and overlooking Brum's scenic canal. Nab one of their sought-after waterside seats for the ultimate sipping experience.
Not only does The Distillery boast some of the best canalside seating in Birmingham, it also fronts one hell of a drinks selection too. From day 'til night they serve up an array of gins for your drinking pleasure, alongside wood-fired pizzas for when the munchies kick in.
Whether you're in the market for an affordable pre-drinking spot or a full night-out atmosphere, this Brindley Place bar is a solid go-to. With an enticing range of creative cocktails, affordable pints and tasty food, you're in for a treat whatever your reason for being out on the town.
One of the best restaurants by the Birmingham Canal, this cute and quirky cafe boasts a fantastic wine selection, and some of the best breakfasts in the city. Swing by on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy a delicious roast dinner complete with waterside vistas.
With an onsite distillery, plenty of cocktail options and a little roof terrace, The Canal House is a pretty choice for bars by the canal. To top it all off though? They've got a great roof terrace for those on the hunt for the best views in Birmingham.
Located in The Cube, this pretty Italian eatery boasts one of the best afternoon teas in Birmingham. Pitch up for a chance to tuck into tiers of delicate treats and few glasses of fizz, while gazing out over barge boats and passers-by.
A sprawling bar and restaurant right by the canal, Noel's is a perfect spot whether you're looking for some after-work drinks, or a weekend catch-up with friends. Their cocktail lists promises an extensive selection of classic sips and signature variations - a dreamy pairing for those dreamy views.
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 drinks contained in flasks and other crazy contraptions.
About as close as you can get to the canal without getting your nose wet, Pennyblacks is a wine and real ale bar inspired by all things British. Head down to catch gorgeous waterside sights and epic sunsets over Brindley Place.
A party spot with a prime location in Brindley Place, this fun bar is one of the naughtiest places to drink by the Birmingham Canal. Head over to this Broad Street bar and get stuck into their epic drinks selection and vibrant atmosphere.