Quite possibly the closest bar to New Street is Bacchus, another of Nicholson Pubs’ gems. Hidden in a shopping arcade just off New Street, this charming bar is packed with character with its imposing entrance décor, homage to Egyptian pharaohs and vaulted stone dungeon making it one of the most unique places to sip an ale in Birmingham.
Slip away from the bustle of Birmingham city centre’s shoppers in to this historic pub which boasts original Victorian features and a rather superb ale selection too. The Shakespeare is one of few no frills pubs left in the city and is a favourite with football fans on match day.
Be At One
One of the newest in Be At One‘s chain of cocktail bars, the Birmingham offering is – quite literally – a stone’s throw away from the entrance of New Street Station. Famous for its eclectic offering of cocktails as well as regular masterclasses and demonstrations, Be At One is a must-visit for anyone after a cocktail like no other.
Cherry Reds is an independent dual-site bar, with one in Kings Heath and another near New Street Station. Famous for their homely atmosphere, array of food catering for all and their wealth of craft beers, Cherry Reds should be next on your list.
The Sunflower Lounge
Okay, so it’s not strictly just a bar, but we couldn’t leave The Sunny out. Upstairs you’ll find one of the coolest bars in the city where only the hippest tunes are played, while downstairs you’ll find a 150 capacity music venue playing host to some of the best up-and-coming bands from Birmingham and beyond.
Snobs Bar & Grill
Not many people know that Birmingham’s most popular indie nightclub, Snobs, also has a day time bar! With regular food offers, some of the best drinks prices in town and not to forget their hangover-busting full English breakfast, don’t forget to escape the crowds by experiencing Snobs in the day time.
Home to one of the region’s largest selections of rum – over 70 – Island Bar is a tropical themed, two-floored venue with a unique Tiki bar upstairs. Their cocktails are award-winning, their DJs spin some of the best grooves in Brum and it’s close enough to New Street to pop here for a drink… or 10. What’s not to like?
Bourne & Co.
This mysterious bar popped up near the Alexandra Theatre and New Street Station with the aim of reincarnating vintage cocktails and the history that goes with them. Bourne & Co. Prohibition Cocktail Lounge is a NYC-style 1920s speakeasy that’s open Tuesday-Sunday until late and is an intimate space for discovering your new-old cocktail.