Gone are the days of Birmingham being stripped of its second city title, Brum has stepped up its game as of 2016 and it's time to take notice. The city is in full bloom with a fresh crop of openings coming showcasing some of the most stylish, diverse and cool places to eat and drink yet. She ain't no boring bird anymore, Birmingham is on a roll and here's a round up of the best to prove it:
Climb up to the top of the Regis Park Tower Hotel and experience some luxury, high rise dining from this Spring opening. Rofuto takes over the 16th floor to bring you panoramic views across the city and some Asian Funk fusion cuisine taking on far East flavours with traditional Japanese sushi plates. After you've got your fix of oriental divinity, the cocktail lounge Kurabu awaits.
Saint Pauls House
Tapping into the creative and commercial district of the Jewellery Quarter comes Saint Pauls House - a boutique hotel with dedicated restaurant and bar. Sitting pretty at the heart of St Pauls Square comes this home-grown development that pushes out all the cosy-contemporary aesthetics as a space for socialising, tourisn and casual-come-formal dining.
Be At One
Dominating the drinking scene all over the UK and hot off the heels of their Manchester opening, the once Southern powerhouse Be At One are hitting up Birmingham for their next opening. Coming to the Picadilly Arcade on New Street the champions of bartender bants and cocktail making arrive mid-May with their fun-loving party antics.
Molecular mixologists and elementary conjurers makes up the artistry behind The Alchemist. Debuting their first Birmingham bar later this year, The Alchemist will be showcasing their flare for the unconventional, theatre and ultimate craftsmanship from their space inside one of the city's most iconic listed Victorian buildings - The Grand on Colmore Row.
Le Bistrot Pierre
Opening their 15th UK venue on Birmingham's infamous Gas Street, Le Bistrot Pierre will be creating a fine canal-side dining experience, finished with some classic French finesse and delectable provincial ingredients. Expect Grade II listed interiors exuding rustic character, an elegant restaurant physique and a collection of only the finest wines from the French countryside.