Best Pubs in Birmingham
Whilst traditional pubs stand tall in Birmingham with local ales and wholesome pub grub at the heart of their ethos, a new breed of cool and quirky boozers are now regulars on the scene. Selflessly, we've been out and about exploring the city's finest pubs in the name of research, and our list of the best pubs in Birmingham is thus.
Last updated on 9th March 2017
Part of the student bar chain 'Scream Pubs', Gosta Green is one of Birmingham's more lively spots. With foosball tables, bar stock full of delectable drinks and a collection of irresistible drink and food deals in operation, this is the perfect spot for anyone hoping to have a great night without breaking the bank. Add to the fold a huge beer garden for those lazy summer afternoons, and you've got yourself a wonderful pub in Birmingham.
The Old Joint Stock doubles as a decadent, Victorian drinking den and theatre for live music, comedy and plays. Head down here for a night of interesting interiors of richly decorated archways and bold wooden bars and sip on their wide selection of delicious beers on tap. But the main draw of this interesting boozer is that they will host an event nearly every day of the year, making sure you are more than captivated.
Sitting on the ever-vibrant Broad Street, Walkabout has taken Birmingham's pub scene by storm, offering a brilliant venue that marries live sport, delicious comfort food and ice-cold drinks into a brilliant, frivolous blend. With plenty of huge HD screens scattered across the entire bar, guests can enjoy the best live sport whilst tucking into a delicious burger and gulping down a few pints of their favourite craft beer.
The Lord Clifden’s exceptional outdoor space makes this one a hive of activity on those hazy summer days. The venue has awards piling out of its trophy cabinet, impressing everyone that steps inside with its mix of urban street art, wholesome cooking and premium lager. 12 HD ready screens offer a great place for live sport, and there’s ping pong shenanigans and BBQ bites to enjoy in the summertime.
Another jewel in the Bitters ‘n’ Twisted crown is Steelhouse Lane’s Jekyll & Hyde. Unsurprisingly renowned for its dual personality, Mr Hyde is a main bar that serves fresh and homemade food, washed down with a varied drinks list, while Dr Jekyll is a gin parlour housing over 80 of the finest bottles from around the world. Check out their Wonderland Courtyard if alfresco antics are on your agenda.
Brewdog are the cool kids of the beer world anyway, so when they open a pub in Birmingham, you know it’s going to be a good one. With unique beers on the taps, sleek interior with exposed brickwork and New York style booths, and live music nights, it’s bound to become one of your favourite Birmingham haunts.
Sitting grand in Brum's Jewellery Quarter, The Rose Villa Tavern is your quirky alternative to a Sunday pub. Part of the renowned Bitters 'N' Twisted chain, The RVT plays with vintage seats, colourful antiques and refurbished bright pub furniture to create an unexpected and creative atmosphere. From cocktails to global beers to some of the best burgers in the city, this vibrant spot caters to a wide ol' market.
19th Century pubs don't come much more vibrant that the consistently busy Victoria in Birmingham. Quirky murals, vintage lampshades and unique international beers make it a popular destination for Birmingham's young and creative audience looking to try something new, vibrant and comfortable. Put your noggin to the test at their music and film night quiz every Tuesday or dabble in a heart Deep South dining menu.
Chasing those village vibes, but don’t want to drive into the depths of the countryside? The Plough has your name all over it; serving eye-catching stonebaked pizzas and silky flat whites in comfy surroundings. Indulge in a char-grilled burger if you’re particularly peckish, dip your toes into a pool of 50 premium whiskies and don’t forget to check out the sun-trap of a beer garden to make the most of your downtime.
Found in the heart of Birmingham city centre, this student friendly pub is a hit with the young, vibrant and indie crowd of Birmingham. From its contemporary and grand main pub room to a prim and proper 50 cover balcony bar area upstairs, The Sun On The Hill is available for private hire and boasts a crack team that will cater for your every need.
With 18 real ales, 5 traditional ciders and a commanding range of 150 whiskies, The Wellington is the very essence and definition of the Great British pub. Variety is key here; you’ll find them regularly chopping and changing their guest list pumps, and there’s a fantastic outdoor terrace for some al fresco drinking if the weather is behaving.
Sometimes two unlikely forces unite and create something special. The Bartons Arms unique fusion of high quality Oakham Ales with authentic Thai delights works wonders for this Victorian watering hole, where an eclectic crowd head in to enjoy quality fare and friendly service.
Traditional pub out front, party tiki bar out back, The Prince of Wales is just what we meant when we said the upside of cool and quirky pubs in Birmingham. Serving local ales, beers and once having served Lady Gaga herself, The Prince of Wales is popular with Moseley locals and out of towners alike thanks to its unique flair, cracking cocktail menu and unique vibes.
Host to UB40's first ever gig, don't let the Hare and Hounds' celebrity status fool you into thinking this isn't great pub with a relaxed atmosphere. Renowned for its involvement in the local Birmingham music scene, it's home to a gig nearly every day of the week, making it not only a great music venue in Birmingham, but a fun visit every night on the week, be it for street food soirees or local music.