The 7 Best Bars in Wolverhampton

Funky decor at The Grain Store | © The Grain Store
Funky decor at The Grain Store | © The Grain Store
Photo of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer1 October 2018

From a former bank to a gin emporium, bars in Wolverhampton are fantastically unique.

Gone are the days where city centres were full of boring British boozers with no soul or originality. Thanks to a recent boom in unusual bars, bars in Wolverhampton are better than ever.

The Bohemian

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Cocktail masterclass at The Bohemian, Wolverhampton
A cocktail masterclass in session at The Bohemian | © The Bohemian

Opened in 2016 following a £200,000 investment, The Bohemian (known as ‘Boho’ to the locals) on Lichfield Street is a cocktail, craft beer and cider bar in the heart of the city. This industrial-looking hangout, with exposed brick walls and hanging bikes, boasts an extensive beer and cocktail list. Boho’s hand-stretched, stone-baked pizzas – comically named ‘Meat the Focker’ and ‘The Mexican Wall’ – are incredibly flavoursome. Alongside all of this, The Bohemian also has a Tiki-themed drinks menu. We recommend trying the Jungle Juice sharer cocktail, which is served in a hollowed-out watermelon and set on fire.

The Grain Store Gin Emporium & Kitchen

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Funky decor at The Grain Store
Funky decor at The Grain Store | © The Grain Store

All things weird and wonderful are on the cards at The Grain Store Gin Emporium & Kitchen. Gin lovers will be in their element here as The Grain Store stocks more than 40 types of juniper and serves them up in their own signature style, complete with quirky garnishes like rosemary sprigs and cucumber ribbons. Couple this with the unveiling of Botanica, their new, al fresco cocktail lounge, and you’re on to a winner.

The Royal London

Bar, Contemporary
The Royal London bar
The welcoming entrance at the Royal London bar | © Royal London

A firm favourite with locals and students alike, The Royal London is your port of call for a great value night out in Wolverhampton. Situated on Wulfruna Street in the city centre, it is host to regular gaming nights, smartphone pub quizzes, live music & DJs, and is also a perfect place to watch live sports. The pub also proclaims an incredibly affordable food menu.

The Boardroom

Bar, Contemporary
Whisky on the rocks
Whisky on the rocks | © Adam Jaime / Unsplash

Seen as somewhat of a hidden gem in Wolverhampton, The Boardroom is a wine and whisky hideout on Salop Street. The Boardroom offers an extensive whisky list and some of the cheapest pints in the city. There is also an eclectic events programme, featuring live music, karaoke, bhangra nights and DJ sets. Many locals are repeat customers here, which is a testament to any bar.

The Dog & Doublet

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Spirit shelf at The Dog & Doublet, Wolverhampton
Spirit shelf | © The Dog & Doublet

The Dog & Doublet is a popular bar for live music, sport and homely food. Situated on North Street, this traditional freehouse features two real log burners, home-cooked food, live sport, great local bands and vinyl DJ nights. Furthermore, it’s only a ten-minute walk from Wolverhampton station.

Hooded Ram

Bar, Contemporary, 0
Hooded Ram, Wolverhampton
A view of the bar's offerings at the Hooded Ram | © Hooded Ram, Wolverhampton

Housed within the early 20th century former Westminster bank building, Hooded Ram is an award-winning brewery with just two mainland UK branches. Hooded Ram Brewing Co. was founded in 2013 and their first pub opened in Douglas, Isle of Man, a few years later. In 2017, the Wolverhampton branch was born. Those who visit enjoy their large range of crafted ales and the best Punjabi mixed grill this side of the Indian Ocean.

The Prince Albert

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
Cocktail lounge at The Prince Albert, Wolverhampton
Cocktail lounge | © The Prince Albert

This contemporary wine bar and eatery calls a beautiful, three-floored Victorian building its home, and has recently undergone renovation to become an incredibly popular bar in the city. The Prince Albert finds itself at the gateway of Wolverhampton’s forthcoming i9 development, which is set to add further regeneration to the ever-changing city centre, and is also a short stroll from the Grand Theatre.

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