CAMRA Pubs in Birmingham
Founded by four men in 1971, CAMRA is a well known organisation that campaign and award bars and pubs for their involvement in the real ale and pub community. What with Birmingham host to such a large collective of CAMRA awarded pubs, we decided to bring together a list of the best of the bunch. From cool and quirky boozers to traditional watering holes, check out our recommendations for the best CAMRA pubs and get a taste of some of the UK's best real ales and local beer.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
One of the pubs and bars in the Bitters 'n' Twisted chain, New Inn is a charming, kitsch pub in Harborne. Dishing up locally sourced pub grub from steaks to indulgent desserts to accompany a wide range of quality drinks. With up to six cask ales on offer at any given time, including Titanic Brewery's Chocolate & Vanilla Stout and Marston's EPA, New Inn will surely have something different to try.
The Old Crown is a pub in Digbeth steeped in history. Dating all the way back to 1368, The Old Crown is the oldest pub in Birmingham and it is brimming with tradition and old fashioned charm. Whilst keeping this traditional in decor, The Old Crowd still attracts a young, cool and creative crowd who come to enjoy the range of tipples and frequent party nights. Serving Pedigree ale along with English Pale Ale that might not be quite what you expect, a zesty twist gives this EPA a modern zing.
One of the best cosy pubs in Birmingham, The Fighting Cocks is a heart warming affair in the Brum suburb of Moseley. And whilst they may boast all the very best in traditional pub traits, they have got a few CAMRA secrets up their sleeves. Home to craft bevvies the likes of Purity and UBU, The Fighting Cocks boast an impressive selection of independent beers and ales.
Fancy a bit of live music to accompany your pint? The Hare and Hounds pub in Kings Heath is a well known live music venue in Birmingham. Attracting Birmingham's young and trendy who come to enjoy top gigs, DJ nights and buzzing atmosphere. A range of high quality cask ales give this pub their CAMRA status. The Hare and Hounds have bar snacks down to a T as well, with a menu of original crisp flavours, bar snacks just got a new lease of life.
If you think you know all there is to know about real ale, you might be forced to think again once you have visited the Wellington. Serving over 2000 different ales in the space of just one year, this pub in Birmingham City Centre will have something for even the most experience ale aficionado. With 16 pumps on the go at any one time, The Wellington is an ale drinkers heaven. If you're not into ale put you're more than partial to a pint of cider, The Wellington serves up quality ciders in their cosy and traditional surroundings.
A pub in the heart of Moseley that harbours one of the best secret bars in Birmingham, The Prince of Wales appear to be masters of cunning disguise, with a tiki bar, humidor and wine bar loitering out back! But it's not just these secrets that they seem to boast, there's an almighty selection of local ales and beers to including the likes of Mad Goose and Doombar.
If you're looking for the biggest collection of beer and ales in Birmingham city then you've certainly come to the right place. Found in Birmingham city centre, The Post Office Vaults is a traditional basement pub home to a rocking selection of over 300 beers. Collect a passport and stamp your way through their gigantic collection of cracking bevvies.
While craft beer in Birmingham is on the verge of a new and exciting explosion, there are some small pubs in Birmingham who have been fighting the craft beer fight for a while now. Stocking a petite and great range of international craft beers that rotate monthly, The Victoria is a cool and quirky pub in Birmingham with the cool and quirky drinks to match.
If quaint, cosy and friendly is what you're looking for from a pub in Birmingham then Cherry Reds is the place for you. As kitsch as it is quirky this fun yet petite pub in the heart of Kings Heath boast an impressive range of purity ales and guest beers that you'll find hard to find anywhere else in this small suburb of Birmingham.
A fun and independent restaurant bar in the heart of Harborne, The Plough is a unique and kitsch retreat from the party bars of Broad Street. Filled with fun frolics and one of the quirkiest beer gardens in Birmingham, The Plough also stock a promising selection of local ales and craft beers including companies the likes of Purity and Roosters.