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Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham | © Andy Hughes
Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham | © Andy Hughes
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The Best Bars Near Birmingham New Street

Picture of Richard Franks
Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 6 October 2017
Whether you’ve got some time to kill before catching a train, fancy a quick tipple after work or just want some really central bars to check out, here are some of our favourites near Birmingham New Street station.
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Bacchus Bar

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.

Burlington Arcade, New St, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Bacchus Bar, Birmingham

Bacchus Bar, Birmingham | © Ian Flickr/Flickr

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The Shakespeare

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.

Lower Temple St, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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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.

4BJ, 20 Piccadilly Arcade, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Cherry Reds

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.

88-92 John Bright St, Birmingham​, United Kingdom

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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.

76 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham | © Andy Hughes

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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.

51 Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham, UK, United Kingdom

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Island Bar

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?

14-16 Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Cocktails at the Island Bar

Cocktails at the Island Bar | © Island Bar/Facebook

Bourne & Co.

Cocktail Bar, Contemporary
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Patriota cocktail, Bourne & Co, Birmingham
Patriota cocktail | © Bourne & Co.

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.

7 Suffolk Street, Queensway, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Tue - Wed:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun:
6:00 pm - 2:00 am


Cosy, Quirky, Speakeasy