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Something A Little Different in Birmingham
Bored of your local boozer, bogged down by your local bar? Let Birmingham be your evening pick me up with one of the country's best selection of cool and quirky bars. From Victorian gin parlours and tiki-themed cocktail bars to medieval hideaways fit for any king or queen, explore our guide to these unique venues and mind boggling bars, all offering something a little different in Birmingham.
At the heart of Birmingham's mixology scene is quirky Victorian-themed bar The Jekyll and Hyde. From the Alice in Wonderland themed beer garden and tailor made cocktails, to the historic cocktail lounge hidden in the upper levels, the bar has a romantic and intriguing niche.
Kongs, located in Victoria Square, is a wonderland of all things gaming and nostalgia. Boasting a huge range of retro arcade games, a well-stocked bar and a soundtrack of floor-filling classics, this place may just be your new go-to Saturday night spot.
Charming and elegantly decorated, the Rose Villa Tavern totes quaint telephone boxes, comforting fairy lights and an actual tree sprawling across the entire bar. On top of the brilliant range of cocktails and craft beers on offer, the venue's comedy nights and live entertainment is a real draw.
Ditch the same old weekend activities with something a little out of the ordinary as this city centre hotspot opens its doors for the ultimate Brunch Social. Think darts, pizza, live music and endless drinks.
Looking for a cool and quirky event? Make your way to Escape Hunt, where you can choose from a selection of games including the likes of Blackbeard, samurais and Nazi enemies. You'll have an hour to escape to plan carefully and don't let the clock run out.
Burn some rubber at Birmingham's ultimate go-karting experience this summer. You'll whiz around like a bona fide F1 professional across 1000 metres of multilevel track, all in effort to win a place at the top of the podium and lifelong bragging rights.
If you're a cheese lover - aren't we all? - you're definitely gonna be fondue of this pop-up. Following two sellout years, Cheese Fest is back for a third gloriously goo-related year. Over the one day event, you can expect numerous cheese-only traders, a line-up of DJs and live music, craft brews, a cocktails caravan and fitting street food.
Styled as a bustling American diner, Buffalo & Rye has worked hard to create a restaurant that offers stunning food and drinks in a characterful setting. Rare woodwork, exposed brick and cosy furniture create a relaxed ambience that's usually accustomed to the sun-drenched South.
The Night Owl strives to bring back the golden days of the Soul and Motown, only playing original vinyl tracks to create a truly authentic musical experience. Throw in some funky furnishings and themed nights, and it's easy to see why this is one of the city's best alternative bars.
Poised as one of the biggest, best and only tiki bars in Birmingham, the two floor venue is doused in exotic finery. The vibrant menu of paradise-themed drinks, and team of hula dancers, transports guests to the idyllic beaches of the South Pacific.
Bacchus is a hidden basement retreat with an impressive selections of drinks and bagfuls of attitude. Doused in stone masonry, quirky upholstery and wrought iron in abundance, Bacchus will have you playing at Medieval royalty thanks to their banquet-styled seating areas.
One of Birmingham's only botanical themed bars, The Lost and Found is a stunning and quirky Victorian retreat. Themed around Victorian explorer Hettie G. Watson, the bar is decorated with floral brilliance and horticultural charm.
Located in the heart of the city, Flight Club is the ultimate group night out. Boasting 13 darts oches, cocktails aplenty and paddles of delicious pizza, this unique bar is the fairground-themed experience you didn't know you needed.
Famous for its warehouse parties, Digbeth has offered another storeroom party venue in Spotlight. Full of gritty charm and a trendy edge, the venue brings in hordes of Birmingham's young and creative minds thanks to its cool chesterfield sofas and vintage trunk tables.
Although not strictly a bar, The Electric Cinema does promise something a little different, well, a lot different actually. One of the oldest working cinemas in the UK, it has become something of a indie movie haven, perfectly framed by delicious alcoholic drinks.
Bodega is a quirky restaurant bar that's dedicated to the very best of South American culture. There's no time to siesta in the fiesta party atmosphere as global beers and Latin flavours keep customers happy all night long, with downstairs club Sugarloaf adding a fun-filled DJ night.
Paying tribute to a simpler time, Tilt is a cafe bar that thrives off its frivolous atmosphere. The menu boasts an impressive line-up of craft beer, real ales, fine wines and international spirits, but the real attraction here is the venue's pinball machines.
Fur throws adorn this venue's dining benches and bar stools, whilst traditional Polish artwork hangs effortlessly on the bar's walls. Ideal for a family day out and quirky dining adventures, years of proud heritage and tradition wash over The Karczma.
Refreshingly simply meets wonderfully bizarre at the Gas Street Social in Birmingham. Kicking things up a notch is the bar's intriguing cocktail menu, the impressive range of spirit and spice-infused cocktails inspires with its delicious ingredients and innovative production.