Top 10 Bars in Birmingham
Everyone loves a list right? On that premise we decided to put our noggins to the test and come up with a selection of ten amazing bars in Birmingham that you would be utterly barmy to miss. From quirky Victorian cocktail bars in Birmingham city centre and adventurous decor ventures, to slick warehouse bars that promise the best in independent events, there's a cool selection of places to choose from in the UK's second city. Check out our recommendations for the top 10 bars in Birmingham and explore what some of the city's best drinking dens have in store.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
If you're after some of the most cleverly curated cocktails in the city then this is the bar for you. A unique bar in Birmingham, The Jekyll and Hyde boast everything from an Alice in Wonderland themed beer garden to a traditional Victorian gin parlour upstairs. From rum flavoured toothpaste cocktails to sharers that arrive at your table in a teeny tiny porcelain bath, The Jekyll and Hyde are truly special in their cocktail making ways.
Dive down to Digbeth for a character-crammed, atmospheric drinking den that delivers the ultimate in old-school. Harking back to the iconic, bygone decades of the 60s, 70s and 80s, The Night Owl grotto guarantees retro grooves as you kick your dancing shoes to an eclectic array of symphonic Northern Soul sounds, Motown melodies and disco beats, as well as a rhythmic, move-your-feet mix of reggae & ska. With strictly vintage vinyl spinning on the decks, a bunch of bubbly boogie-ers atop a sprung wooden dance-floor against a full-on, funky interior design, you'll no doubt be jiggling, twirling and twinkling late into the night in this top Brummy bar-room.
One of the Jewellery Quarter's newest bars, The Church Inn has already become a heralded drinking den in the city. Owned by Soul Food Society's quirky Carl Finn, the bar is a cool homage to Deep South dining and classic cocktails, but that's not all it beholds. Boasting on of the best rooftop bars in Birmingham, The Church Inn promises everything from rooftop movie nights to cool dining events.
One of the very first tiki-bars in Birmingham, Island Bar is a renowned cocktail bar in the heart of the city. Blending independent drinking with cool, quirky cocktails and fun-filled traditional tiki decor, Island Bar is a themed retreat from the bustle of the working week. From rum club and DJ nights to cocktail masterclasses, Island Bar is a fun and vibrant bar whatever the occasion.
Known for their simple, chic and sophisticated enviroment, Ginger's is a humble bar in the heart of the city that are known for their less than humble drinks. Popular with the after work crowd in Birmingham, Ginger's is a vibrant haunt known for their creative take on the fine art of mixology. From roast dinner themed cocktails to classics, Ginger's have the clever cocktails and the clever bar staff to match.
A cool and quirky independent bar in Moseley, The Bull's Head is in our top ten list for many reasons. From its unique, buzzing atmosphere and trendy clientele to DJ nights that will blow your mind. The Bull's Head is at the forefront of cool independent events with anything from street food pop-ups and live art nights making their way to this slick bar in Birmingham.
One of the best basement bars in Birmingham, The Vaults in an indulgent hideaway, hidden amongst the city's iconic Jewellery Quarter. Bespoke and cosmopolitan, The Vaults is a fanciful affair with private VIP booths and rich wooden dining tables. The greatest feature about The Vaults is the bar itself, a brick-clad lair, there's a fun intimacy to this cocktail bar that makes it so popular all weekend long.
Another of Birmingham's bustling independent bars, The Victoria is a cool and unique take on the traditional bars on old. From its ample selection of unique whisky's, craft beer and pub grub to its cool decor; boasting anything from bowler hat lampshades to locally commissioned artwork, The Victoria is not only a sight to be seen, it's a Birmingham bar to be visited.
If you like urban independent styles and cracking DJ nights, then Spotlight is a bar in Digbeth with the goods. Cool and quirky, Spotlight boast a cool urban mix of industrial with vintage thanks to their warehouse location and vintage furniture. Not only are Spotlight at the forefront of independent bars in Birmingham, they're a dab hand with independent food too, hosting heralded street foodie event Ddigbeth Dining Club every Friday night.