Quirky Bars in Birmingham
If you're up for a weird and wonderful adventure in Birmingham, then why not try one of these quirky bars on for size. From Victorian themed gin parlours and tiki-themed wonders, to a secret bar that harbours a stunning collection of historical antiques and vintage oddities, you'll find a truly unique venue in every corner of Birmingham. Check out our recommendations for the best quirky bars in Birmingham and uncover the cool, creative dens that this vibrant city beholds.
Last updated on 18th January 2017
With its feet firmly placed in the 80s, Reflex offers its guests one of Birmingham's best themed nights out. Complete with disco balls hanging from the ceiling, bookshelves full of vinyl records and draped in an idyllic glow from the many neon light fixtures, it takes guests back to a time when bushy moustaches and flared trousers were all the rage. Frivolous, fun and full of character, how better to spend a night out in Birmingham.
Embedded within the beating heart of a Grad II listed building, Nosh and Quaff is a bar that somehow manages to marry a line-up of delicate cocktails with a distinctively rustic atmosphere. Framed by exposed brick walls and low-hanging industrial-esque lighting, you certainly won't forget a trip to this quirky cocktail bar in Birmingham.
One of Birmingham's best tiki-bars, Island Bar has proved itself over the years to Birmingham's cocktail-obsessed crowds. Promising nothing less than a tiki-tastic theme, it continues to offer a fun and exotic adventure that whisks its guests away on what feels like a tropical holiday. With as much colour and vibrant flavour as the quirky decor, the delectable cocktails, crafted by their team of mixologists, produce an unrivalled explosion of flavours that'll leave you simply wanting more.
If you're after a cocktail made by some of the most creative and inventive bartenders in the bizz, then make haste towards The Jekyll and Hyde in Birmingham city centre. A gin bar in Birmingham complete with Victorian parlour, Alice in Wonderland themed garden and regular movie nights, this quirky Birmingham bar is bringing a bundle of mixology to the heart of the city.
Judging from the venue's less-than-subtle name, Popworld is dedicated to celebrating everything we love about pop. From their neon-lit walls to their bright-pink furniture, everything about this themed venue in Birmingham screams quirky. Completing the experience, their DJs will be playing all of your favourite pop tracks, going back as far as the swinging 60s and buzzing 70s. Few venues in Birmingham have as much frivolous character as this quirky spot.
Serving colourful cocktails and hosting fun-loving film screenings on a weekly basis, the Mockingbird has to be on our list of quirky bars in Birmingham. Experimenting with an arsenal of different spirits, fruits and spices, the bartenders push every boundary in sight with their brilliantly bizarre concoctions. Head down for a night that won't stop surprising.
A cool and quirky bar in Birmingham, The Karczma is something of a rural Polish retreat in the heart of Digbeth. From wooden benches, a thatched roof and fur throws, the team at this bar have kept with tradition while bringing something wholly unique and wonderfully different to Birmingham's already impressive nightlife scene.
Aluna is an unusual cocktail bar in Birmingham that's armed with an adeptness in the art of alchemy. The venue exhibits mixology at its very best; its bartenders are capable of conjuring up a colossal collection of cocktails. Over 80 inebriating concoctions are served in a multitude of conical flasks and beakers - it's up to you to experiment into finding which ones works the best. A fantastic cocktail bar in Birmingham's bustling Mailbox district, Aluna has the enjoyment of boozing down to a science.
With a feeling of secrecy and mystery running through the venue, The Lost & Found is an adventure of its own. Explore this quirky bar with a cocktail in hand and begin an enchanting escapade in which you'll be met by a host of butterflies and birdcages. Following that, rendezvous with your fellow boozers for a roundup in the boardroom - a room decked out with a huge conference table and military-esque maps. You might think you've explored it all, but snoop around the bookcase and we're sure you'll be able to find something else that'll keep the adventure going.
Another master of disguise in Birmingham, The Victoria may seem like any old British boozer, but upon a closer look, it harbours all kinds of quirky wonders inside. From birdcage lampshades and craft beer to walls drenched in some of the most cleverly designed pieces of art, the wonderfully unusual nature of the Victoria makes it one of the quirkiest spots in the heart of Birmingham.
A unique and quirky blend of the contemporary with the vintage, Spotlight is an urban bar in Birmingham that cleverly utilises the warehouse space it can be found in. Merging industrial flair with flecks of days gone by, the venue is signposted by a smattering of vintage lamps, chesterfield sofas and luggage trunk tables. Based in the heart of Digbeth, the aura and character of Spotlight makes it one of the most unique bars in Birmingham.
This quirky Birmingham bar brings the great outdoors inside as punters have their cocktails poured from watering cans into plant pots. Naturally, as the name suggests, the botanical theme runs strong here - great gastropub grub is served up via a myriad of garden-related paraphernalia. If that tickles your imagination, sow the seed of merriment by planning a visit to this wonderfully unusual bar in Birmingham.
Traditional pub outside, kitsch adventure inside, The Plough in Harborne is a quirky escape on Broad Street that adds something wonderfully special to Birmingham's city centre. Brimming with whimsical wonders from antler chandeliers and a mini tuck shop to vintage neon signs and iron wrought furniture, it is a humble restaurant bar in Birmingham that puts a lot of thought into the small details. Full of character, it offers revellers a great night out in Birmingham's bustling nightlife scene.
Prepare for a journey through time thanks to the city centre bar, Bacchus. An underground lair of epic themed proportions, Bacchus is a fun, tasteful and unique venue that transports its guests to a mysterious Medieval realm thanks to their round tables, thrones, wrought iron features and stone masonry. Try their real ale and roast dinners for another journey into the days of old.
There are so many unique parts about this pub in Moseley, that we hardly know where to begin. Whilst it might first appear as a simple pub that serves traditional, hearty cask ales out, there are plenty of treasures to be found out back. From a cigar shop and wine bar to a sand-clad tiki bar serving up some of the most unique concoctions in the city, The Prince of Wales is quite unlike any other pub in the city.
If you've ever wondered what it'd be like to jump feet first into Mary Poppins' magical bag, then head on over to The Cosy Club - one of the more unique venues in Birmingham. This restaurant-cum-cocktail bar was once an old bank; today, it's been transformed into an elegant eatery that oozes British charm. Serving up a plethora of cocktails to accompany a food menu that's crammed full of crowd-pleasers, it's certain to leave you with a huge smile.
Winner of our 'Most Inventive Cocktails 2014/2015' Award, the Edgbaston is a charming, stylish lounge bar in the middle of Birmingham. The bartenders have honed their skills over the year and never disappoint, putting on a show while delicately blending an array of different ingredients together. Perfect for a special occasion, this quirky Birmingham bar will leave you feeling like gold.