Top 10 Bars to take your Parents to in Birmingham
Parents coming to visit? It’s time to pull out all the stops and treat Mum and Dad to a few drinks at some of the best bars in Birmingham. From cocktail bars with bags of charisma to Venetian Prosecco lounges with lakeside views, we’ve rustled up this list of 10 great bars to take your parents in Birmingham for some quality time with the family.
Last updated on 7th September 2016
Looking to impress Mum and Dad by whisking them away to somewhere a little bit different? The Jekyll & Hyde is possibly the most quirky bar in Birmingham, with tasty cocktails served in retro sweetie jars and a G&T menu showcasing over 90 gins from across the globe. Bring the folks along for a catch up in the Wonderland Courtyard or make an afternoon of it by checking out the bar’s signature Mad Hatter Tea Party.
There’s no prizes for guessing the most opulent bar to take your parents in Birmingham. The Harvey Nichols bar is a stunning spot down to every last detail, with leather banquettes to get comfy and a back-bar fitted out as a stylish high-end apothecary. A great choice if you're hoping to really impress the next time your 'rents are in town, there's an excellent range of wine and cocktails, as well as the option to hang around for dinner in the restaurant afterwards.
Island Bar has to be in with a shout if you’re after somewhere fun to take your parents in Birmingham. Boasting one of the most colourful and vibrant collections of spirits in the whole of the West Midlands, it’s a great spot to catch a drink with the folks before heading downstairs to take in some live music. Still not swayed? DMN readers voted Island Bar as the number one bar for Happy Hour in Brum, so you can treat Mum & Dad without emptying your pockets.
Your parents deserve nothing but the best, which is exactly why you should consider taking them to The Sky Bar. There’s a touch of the classic Manhattan rooftop bar set-up here but the main influences are from Asia, with a signature cocktail list inspired by Wu Xing - the five elements of Asian philosophy - promising something creative and bold when it’s time to get the drinks in. Come at the weekends when there’s live music and catch up with Mum & Dad with views looking out over Pendigo Lake.
Looking for a bar to impress your parents in Birmingham city centre? The Botanist could be a great fit - a unique concept renowned in Brum for its tasty food, daily live music and botanical cocktails just like this one. There’s cocktail masterclasses and ale tastings in case you were looking for an activity to try, and hearty roasts served with all the trimmings come Sunday.
Parents got a soft spot for the fineries of Venice? Book in at this beauty of a Prosecco bar, which is something of a love note to the Venetian drinking and dining scene. The second Resorts World venue to make it into our list of places to impress your parents in Brum, Bottega is there for a fresh taste of all things Italian, meaning you can expect traditional pasta dishes complemented by Prosecco, cocktails and wines from across the country.
Need somewhere to take your parents in the Jewellry Quarter? The Church Inn offers an innovative take on your classic British pub set-up, with unmistakable influences from New Orleans and a French bistro feel bringing something unique to the city. It’s great to visit any time of the week but we’d suggest bringing Mum and Dad along for Sunday lunch, where you can catch up over a delicious Deep South take on a roast washed down by some award-winning cocktails.
Those looking for a trusty pub the next time Mum and Dad are in town need look no further. A cherished, traditional boozer in the heart of Moseley Village, there’s always a friendly welcome and bustling ambience to soak up at the Prince of Wales. Grab a pint of something from their extensive cask beer line-up and make for the beer garden for some much-needed family time.
Stunning steak dishes, champagne cocktails, a roof terrace looking out across the city; the Marco Pierre White restaurant has it all. Treat Ma and Pa to drinks with a view when they’re next down to visit, they’ll be able to marvel at a 360-degree, panoramic vantage point from this spot at the top of The Cube building.
Housed inside an elegant building dating back to 1830, there’s still plenty of grand original features to marvel at inside the Cosy Club. This is a warm and welcoming spot perfect for family time, with the menu of “luxury comfort food” also featuring both gluten-free and vegan options. Come by for a hearty meal or skip the food and get comfy with a couple of drinks; you can get everything from tea and coffee to wine, cocktails, beers and ciders.