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 parlour's and tiki-themed cocktail bars to medieval hideaways fit for any king or queen, Birmingham is a hubbub of unique venues and mind boggling bars. To impress your friends, family and out of town visitors, check out our recommendations for something a little different to do in Birmingham.
Last updated on 31st August 2016
Dedicated to the wonderful world of craft beer, The World Bar in Birmingham has one of the most diverse drinks menu around. From hop-based creations to barely-based bliss, over 40 different varieties of craft beer and real ale are on offer here, produced by some of the finest breweries in Britain. But if that isn't your kind of thing, fear not; with a diverse menu that includes a stunning selection of fine wines and international spirits, you're bound to find something at this quirky Brimingham bar that suits your taste.
At the heart of Birmingham's mixology scene is quirky Victorian themed bar, The Jekyll and Hyde. From their Alice in Wonderland themed beer garden and tailor made cocktails, to their historic Gin Cocktail Lounge hidden in the upper levels of this building, the team behind this bar have latched on to a romantic and intriguing niche, serving the city's revellers something a little different.
We're not ones for counting, but this may just be one of the only tiki cocktail bars in Birmingham. Doused in exotic finery, paradise themed props and a team of stunning hula girls , this two tier tiki bar transports all its guests to the idyllic beaches of the South Pacific. Their cocktails are not to be missed either with mixology and creativity running through the heart of Island Bar.
Refreshingly simply meets wonderfully bizarre at the Gas Street Social in Birmingham. The bar itself is distinctively rustic; with wooden floors, plain wood tables and simple stools spread out across the venue, the venue has an industrial air about it. But kicking things up a notch is the bar's intriguing cocktail menu. Produced in the most intriguing ways and using the most imaginative ingredients, the team of mixologists have really let their creative sides flourish, serving up an impressive range of spirit and spice infused cocktails to the city's hungry revellers.
Sleek, stylish and opulent, it's clear that the Sky Bar hopes to recreate the suave vibes of a Manhattan rooftop lounge in Birmingham. You’ll have to head out of the city towards the Resorts World complex to find it, but once here you can expect a stunning experience featuring theatrical performances, Wu Xing cocktails and a terrace space that overlooks the Pendigo Lake. For a spectacular date night spot or somewhere to celebrate your next landmark birthday, look no further.
Harking back to New York's prohibition era, High Line Bar and Lounge brings the elegance, style and attitude of Manhattan to Birmingham's popular Resort World Complex. The sleek finish off the furniture beautifully complements the serene colour tones of this bar, and helps to create the opulent aura you'd expect to find in every New York bar. Additionally, the intriguing cocktails produced by this prohibition-era watering hole is certain to appeal to everyone. From the Brooklyn Mojitos to the Hudson Manhattans, you're certain to find something to your liking on their diverse cocktail menu.
Styled as a bustling American diner, the team behind Buffalo & Rye have worked hard to create a venue that offers stunning food and drinks in a characterful setting. Rare woodwork, exposed brick and diner furniture create a sort of lazy ambience that's usually accustomed to the sun-drenched South, while the menu of condiment filled hot dogs, succulent burgers and flavoursome sides will leave you beaming with a huge smile. Offering an unique culinary experience in an idyllic setting, Buffalo & Rye is perfect for anyone that fancies pushing the boat out a bit and trying something different.
One of Birmingham's, and possibly the UK's, only botanical themed bars, The Lost and Found is a stunning and quirky Victorian retreat. Decorated in floral brilliance and botanical charm, this bar is themed around Victorian explorer Hettie G. Watson. Oh and psssssst, just between us, there's a little secret hidden behind one of Lost and Found's many bookcases. Let us know if you find it!
Close enough to being recognised as a 'secret' bar in Birmingham, Bacchus by the way of Birmingham's city centre is a hidden basement retreat with an impressive selections of drinks and bagfuls of attitude. Doused in stone masonry, quirky Medieval upholstery and wrought iron in abundance, Bacchus will have you playing at Medieval royalty thanks to their banquet-styled seating areas.
Tucked away behind the streets of Digbeth is this unique, unusual and somewhat traditional Polish restaurant bar. Fur throws adorn the venues dining benches and bar stools , whilst traditional Polish artwork hangs effortlessly on the bar's walls. Ideal for a family day out, years of proud heritage and tradition wash over this quirky Birmingham bar.
Charming and elegantly decorated, the Rose Villa Tavern has to be one of the most characterful pubs in the entire Midlands, let alone Birmingham. With quaint telephone boxes, comforting fairy lights and a real tree sprawling across the entire bar, guests can enjoy all their favourite drinks in an idyllic setting. On top of the brilliant range of cocktails and craft beers on offer, the venue's many comedy nights and live entertainment will continue to draw in crowds from across the city. Far from the ordinary, this intriguing spot is perfect for anyone looking to try something a little different in Birmingham.
Whether it's after work drinks, weekend parties or romantic date nights in Birmingham, any trip to The Vaults is sure to leave a beaming smile etched on your face. A suave and sultry basement bar in the Jewellery Quarter, The Vaults boast some of the most indulgent VIP booths around with the expert cocktails and DJ nights to match. Follow your feet and discover something a little different in the underground caverns that The Vaults hold.
Sister two successful sister venues in the form of the Island Bar and The Victoria, Bodega is a quirky restaurant bar in Birmingham that's dedicated to the very best of South American culture. There's no time to siesta in the fiesta party atmosphere of Bodega as global beers and Latin flavours keep customers happy all night long. And once you're done with dinner, head downstairs to Sugarloaf for a long-lasting DJ night..
Famous for its warehouse parties, Digbeth could soon be famous for its warehouse bars thanks to Spotlight. Full of gritty charm and a trendy edge, Spotlight brings in hordes of Birmingham's young and creative minds, thanks to its cool chesterfield sofas and vintage trunk tables. DJs feel right at home at this venue, with a long collection of songs and stunning sound system at their disposal.
The Prince of Wales has been waiting for a category like this since it opened; 'something a little different' seems to be the perfect description for this quaint spot. You'll be surprised at what this pub in Birmingham has to offer. Everything from a cigar shop/humidor and cocktail lounge to a tiki bar seems to have made a home in this hubbub of alternative.
Paying tribute to a simpler time, and adding a bit of quirk to Birmingham's burgeoning nightlife scene, Tilt is a cafe-cum-bar that thrives off its frivolous atmosphere. The bar's 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 pin-ball machines. With friendly gaming in mind, guests can enjoy a few rounds of frivolous fun, while sipping do their favourite hop or barley based beverage. Bring out the inner gamer in you and challenge your friends at this quirky bar in Birmingham.
Although not strictly a bar in Birmingham, 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. Imagine horror film marathons, thrilling action movies and stunning blockbuster stories, all framed by delicious, alcoholic drinks.
What may look like a traditional pub in Harborne has got more than a few tricks up its sleeve once you head inside at The Plough. A mini tuck shop, vintage signposts and quirky lighting give this pub an urban edge. Combined that formula with some gastronomical treats and you've got yourself a hot spot for alternative dinners and drinks in Birmingham.