Hidden Gems In Birmingham
Home to one of the UK's most diverse drinking and dining scenes, there's no shortage of hidden gems in Birmingham. In this roundup we'll be bringing you insider knowledge on the venues you might miss if you aren't looking in the right place. From rustic pizzerias and quirky basement bars to the fabulous food outlets rocking the suburbs, here are our top tips for Birmingham's lesser-known nightspots.
A dinky darts bar hidden below The Rectory, 180 Club is all about bullseyes and bold interiors. With a punk aesthetic and a potent cocktail selection to match, this St Paul's Square activity hub is one of our top picks for underrated places in Birmingham.
A fun bar, restaurant and terrace in the Jewellery Quarter, The Button Factory is one of Birmingham's best hidden gems. Head over for alfresco drinks on their outdoor space, or make an afternoon of it with bottomless brunch at the weekend.
Located right on Gas Street Basin, this quirky cocktail bar is one of the city's finest hidden gems. Get cosy inside with a selection of classic and signature cocktails, or nab a space by the window for serene scenes of the water.
A literal hidden gem in Birmingham, Bacchus Bar is the basement pub serving up some eye-catching interiors. With weird and wonderful decor lining the labyrinthine space, this fun and friendly boozer is a great location for catch ups with pals.
A favourite among Birmingham locals, Otto is the Caroline Street pizzeria serving up some of the finest Neapolitan slices in the city. These wood-fired bites come topped with everything from artichokes and gorgonzola, to lemon ricotta and rocket.
Tucked away in the Great Western Arcade, this Miami-inspired cocktail bar is a fairly recent addition to Birmingham's drinking scene. Here you'll find signature sips, such as the Flamingo Spritz and Electric Googaloo, as well as a menu of small plates and tasty brunch fare.
Tucked away in the heart of Digbeth, The Social at Fazeley is one of the lesser-known hotspots in the area. Ideal for part-time office bods and freelancers, the cafe-bar serves up delicious breakfast and lunch plates until 2pm, and an array of beer and wine for some well-earned after-work drinks.
With delicious food and an impressive local following, Tiger Bites Pig is one of our top recommendations if you're looking for hidden gems in Birmingham city centre. Tuck into pork belly bao buns and mustard greens, mapo tofu rice bowls and other twists on Chinese and Taiwanese eats.
Head down to Kings Heath where this charming cafe and restaurant is offering the ultimate escape from the bustling streets of central Birmingham. With a gorgeous outdoor area filled with plants, flowers and vintage furniture, you'll barely feel like you're in the city at all.
A cosy pub with a secret rooftop terrace? The Church Inn is the Great Hampton Street beaut fronting upstairs space for all. Head over on sunny days and get stuck into brunch plates, sandwiches and modern pub grub, washed down with cold pints and spritzes.
One of the coolest Indian restaurants in Birmingham, Zindiya is the Moseley dining destination doing Indian street food with a twist. Alongside their all-day lineup of chaats, burgers and kati rolls, this quirky spot offers an afternoon tea packed with sweet and savoury snacks, and a fresh pot of masala chai.