Secret Bars in Birmingham
Looking to uncover Birmingham's best kept bar secrets? Like the idea of impressing your friends with hidden ventures and hiding places in the UK's second city? Then we've compiled a list of secret drinking escapades for you to find in the most unlikely of places. From bookcases and back gardens to Medieval retreats, we've searched long and hard to discover some of the city's most hidden sites and watering holes. Check out our recommendations for the best hidden drinking dens in Brum.
Last updated on 4th October 2016
With no welcoming sign and and quaintly hidden in amongst Birmingham City Centre, 40 St Paul's remains one of the most exclusive and illustrious bars in the city. Once they've searched all over and completed a few frustrating laps around St Paul's Square, guests can expect to find a quaint, sleek gin-bar, stocked full of 140 different types of the spirit from across the globe. Sample a range of juniper berry based bliss or sink into a few of the venue's expertly produced, colourful cocktail concoctions.
Another restaurant with a mysterious hidden retreat, Sugarloaf bar is Bodega's best kept secret. Lurking below drinkers and diners at the South American restaurant about, this cool and quirky bar in Birmingham is a haven and hotspot for all things Mexico. Themed around Day of the Dead, guests can expect to find paintings and sculptures depicting the famous coloured skulls seen in Mexico City.
A quaint and fresh farm kitchen themed restaurant may not strike you as the venue that harbours a secret, but lurking behind a mirrored door downstairs is a bar you wont forget. Yep, that's right; hidden underneath the Fleet Street Kitchen is a bar and music venue in Birmingham that most Midland clubs bitterly envy. Plush leather booths and luxurious chandeliers make this one of the city's most characterful spots.
For centuries, speakeasy bars have had a number of different faces. Some sit as barbershop, others as various agents. Armed with this new piece of information, head to Gas Street in Birmingham and keep your eyes peeled for a cosy looking launderette. Decorated in the way you'd expect every launderette to work, underneath lies Suds and Duds, an elegant watering hole serving the very best cocktail concoctions that money can buy. Full of hidden charge and character, you definitely won't forget a Birmingham night out at this cosy location.
A hotel may not be the first place that you'd look to find a quaint Birmingham pub, but then again, who said secret bars needed to play by the rules? Nestled underneath Hotel Du Vin in amongst the building's traditional wine cellars is Pub Du Vin. An intimate and hidden retreat, it's a Birmingham businessman's best kept secret and is stocked full of international spirits, fine wines and delectable craft beers.
Whilst The Lost and Found may be easy to find in the throngs of Birmingham city centre, there's a secret they're hiding from you. Lurking behind one of their many bookcases is a quaint and quirky hidden bar with the charm and character of any Victorian drinking lounge. Which books will it be? Maybe you'll have to try them all.
The Prince of Wales has adopted many disguises, but weave your way through their pub labyrinth and you may just be pleasantly surprised by their mysterious Polynesian secret. Lurking somewhere out back of this traditional pub is an oh so traditional cocktail bar. From tiki masks and teapot cocktails to the sand you find yourself standing on, the attitude and aura of this secret bar will transport you to the beautiful beaches of the South Pacific.
Ready to venture back in time? That's if you can find this bar that is. Cleverly nestled away in amongst the bars in Birmingham City Centre, Bacchus is a secret Medieval retreat, sitting comfortably in the heart of town. The elegant oil paintings on the walls wonderfully complement the venue's detailed cornicing and many leather-bound books. Quirky, unusual and broody, this stone and iron clad bar is great for history buffs and explorers alike.