Cool Places to Eat in Birmingham
With a place like Birmingham, how can you not find somewhere cool to eat? The city is packed full of quirky establishments, rambunctious beer halls and gin palaces pulled straight from the pages of Alice in Wonderland, meaning that there's something for everyone, no matter your definition of cool. So whether you’re after a quick bite to eat or a full scale meal, make sure you do it in style with these recommended cool places to eat in Birmingham.
Cool Birmingham restaurants can’t really get much more cooler than an American diner. Bringing everything you love about American cuisine – from big, messy, meaty eats, to a load of different burgers, gourmet hotdogs and more – as well as bourbon heavy drinks, and semi-rustic interior, you can’t go far wrong with Buffalo and Rye.
Not only is its food menu hangover heaven – serving up wonderfully American and pub grub food – the whole interior solidifies it as a quirky Birmingham restaurant. The Rose Villa Tavern sits within a Grade II-listed building, and is decked out with rich leather chairs, antler chandeliers, a Dr Who-esque phone box and charismatic tilework. If you want food delivered with a bit of quirk, you know where to go.
There’s not a soul on this planet that doesn’t like Oktoberfest, and at Birmingham Bierkeller, it’s there every day. Featuring long tables, steins and traditional Bavarian clothing, you get that German experience within one venue. But while the Oompah band plays and you’re all cheers those ridiculously large steins, make sure you tuck into some authentic, regional food to really transport yourself to Bavaria.
Jekyll and Hyde is renowned as a cool place to eat in Birmingham, with its Alice In Wonderland themed courtyard and Victorian Gin Parlour upstairs, anyone who’s anyone grabs some food and drink there. And for food, they’ll deliver anything from high tea and homemade sandwiches to gourmet burgers and hotdogs.
The Stable is the definition of a cool and casual restaurant in Birmingham. Offering hand-made pizzas, pies, and a menu packed full of hearty dishes that keep the belly satisfied, the staff will do their best to keep you filled to the brim with great ciders and ales.
The Original Patty Men don’t serve up your grandma’s burgers: they’re big, messy and are self-professed ‘Purveyors of Filth’. These former street food champions have settled down in Digbeth, offering some of the tastiest, juiciest burgers in Birmingham, all while serving them up in a cool, minimalist wooden setting.
Fleet Street Kitchen is one of the coolest bars in Birmingham. The space is decked out in art-deco stylings, coupled with exposed brickwork and decadent chandeliers, its more than worth the trip for the interior itself. But bring in their ‘farm to fork’ philosophy to their stunning British dishes, you’ve got yourself an all-round cool Birmingham restaurant.
The sleek contemporary interior is the perfect backdrop to the simple, seasonal and high quality food for you to munch on. But it’s really the cocktails that are the star of the show here, with a menu packed full of interesting and creative mixes that’ll keep you permanently attached to the bar. Get yourself down at the weekend and you’ll see that the rest of the city agrees it’s a cool place to visit in Birmingham.