Quirky Pub Crawl in Birmingham
We don't care if you've been a Brummie local for donkeys or you've just arrived, we bet there's still a few undiscovered pubs in the city that you'd like to get your mitts on right? Why not join us on a magical trip around some of the quirkiest pubs in the city, stopping off at tikki watering holes and lavish lounges, where the vibe is always a little off-beat. So hows about it? Ready to undertake our city adventure? Follow our guide and have a quirky, drunken journey around this beloved city.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
So you've shimmied all of ten minutes on foot down the road to Digbeth, but where are we taking you? Sure, The Rainbow Venues are known as one of the biggest clubbing institutions in the city but it's their pub we're interested in. If you're not swanning in amongst vintage tables or up-cycled wooden booths and taking in an air of New York cool, you're sure to be perched over the games corner like a kid at Christmas. Now we know you're an active soul what with all this walking, but your final destination is in Moseley so in a cab you must pop!
Like magic, you've sauntered your way through the Colmore Business District and found yourself outside another vintage emporium. An immediate crowd pleaser with its brazen purple exterior, The Jekyll and Hyde sticks out like the happiest sore thumb you ever did see. Head on inside for a journey back to the late 1800's where an upstairs Victorian gin parlour serves unfathomable cocktails. An Alice in Wonderland themed garden and some quiz night antics make this pub a unique stop. But, while we know you're enjoying this stop, to the city centre we must flee!
So you've made your way to New Street, and it seems we've misled you to a post office! But no, we haven't taken you here for the long queues and selection of brown stationary; we've actually taken you to a pub that boasts one of the biggest collections of beer in the city. A haven to over 280 different types of beer and ale, international and local, the Post Office Vaults even supply your own passport to stamp these tasty little number along the way. But there is no time to get fully stamped up tonight, because we're off to the Craft Beer Quarter!
Congratulations, you've made it to your final destination! And if we say so ourselves, it's something of a corker. Whilst you may be thinking that this standard boozer is the least interesting on your journey, how wrong you'd be! Head on out back our fellow pub crawl friends for a dabble in a cigar shed, wine bar and one of the only tiki bars in the city, IN A PUB! From treasure chest cocktails and international tipples to a bamboo clad bar, this is a hidden gem alright. So that's it folks, your quirky pub crawl in Birmingham, we hope you've enjoyed a frolic across some of the most unique boozers in the city, and if you try it twice? Well then, we definitely don't blame you!
Okay okay, so no-one has actually started to call this little niche of bars next to Birmingham New Street Station the 'Craft Beer Quarter' quite yet, but we like how it sounds so we're going with it. Tucked behind the Queensway, this is one almighty little cavern of cool. If you're not impressed by the locally commissioned artwork, bird cage lampshades, craft beer or soul food, we just don't know what to do with you. An institute unto its own, The Victoria is brimming with quirky, creative characters. Don't get into a proper long convo yet though, because we're making haste for Digbeth!
We're kicking things off at the the tip of the city with a pub that practically teeters on the edge of The Jewellery Quarter and Birmingham city centre. Whilst The Queens Arms may look like any bog standard boozer, there's something about the beer garden that is wholly unmissable. Weave your way out back to the intimate wooden shack clad space that boasts reclaimed cinema seats, benches from a double decker bus and Edison style lightbulbs; a true jaunt back to the 1930's. When you're finished here it'll be time for a wander through the Colmore Business District.