The Best Cocktail Bars in Birmingham, UK

Hawaiian Punch cocktail at The Alchemist, Birmingham
Hawaiian Punch cocktail at The Alchemist, Birmingham | © Alchemist/Facebook

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Birmingham is a haven for a darn good cocktail. Whether it’s a mighty mojito or something more extravagant, this list of the city’s hidden hideouts and most-loved bars will have you planning your next night out ASAP.

1. Island Bar

Bar, Pub Grub

Island Bar is Birmingham’s very own exotic paradise. The Tiki-themed cocktail bar is slap bang in the centre of the city and tends to be a popular pit stop on any bar crawl. Head upstairs for their beach-themed hideout and kick back.

2. The Bureau

Bar, British, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

The Bureaus rooftop terrace
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Nestled in Birmingham’s bustling business district, The Bureau is a vintage-style cocktail haven. Set in a vintage 20th-century building and armed with its own rooftop mezzanine and terrace, The Bureau offers its own take on a wealth of classic cocktails with a twist.

3. The Sky Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Cocktails

For cocktails with a view, head over to The Sky Bar at Birmingham’s Resorts World entertainment complex. Situated next to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) & Genting Arena, this bar overlooks Pendigo Lake and their cocktails are served with a signature Asian presentation.

4. Turtle Bay

Restaurant, Caribbean

Cocktails at Turtle Bay, Birmingham
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Happy hour happens every day at Turtle Bay; not that you need an excuse to visit this popular Caribbean restaurant. Using only the finest rum from across the world – including the lethal Wray & Nephew overproof rum – try these cocktails at your peril…

5. Be At One

Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub

With well over 150 drink options on offer, Be At One is an essential Birmingham bar. One of the latest to open in the city, the Piccadilly Arcade haven offers an experience rivaled by few others, including their very own mixing school. The experience is topped off with an app you can download which has a random cocktail generator on and also allows you to top up your account and use it as payment in the bar!

The Botanist

Another bar with a giveaway in its name; The Botanist blends a horticultural theme into its range of cocktails on offer. This quirky Temple Street venue carries its garden theme from the entrance through to its drinks which are served in watering cans and plant pots!

The Botanist’s watering can cocktail

6. The Jekyll & Hyde

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Contemporary

The Jekyll & Hyde is a Brum bar with many quirks. Not only does it have a gin parlour named after Dr. Jekyll upstairs, the bar also pays homage to Alice in Wonderland with its themed courtyard and main bar which is named after Dr. Hyde. With one of the largest varieties of gin on offer in the city and unique cocktails served in miniature bathtubs, you’d do well to check this bar out.

7. St. Paul’s

Cocktail Bar, Bar, Cocktails

Hockley Tonic at 40 St. Pauls
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Speaking of gin, 40 St. Paul’s is a hidden gin emporium in the Jewellery Quarter. Situated just off the famous St. Paul’s Square, this quaint gin paradise offers the largest selection of gin in Birmingham, with table service to the 24 people the bar can cater for. If you love gin cocktails, this is the place for you – they’ve even got their own tonic water – The Hockley Tonic.

8. San Carlo Fumo

Bar, Restaurant, Italian

Fumo is an Italian restaurant and bar based on Waterloo Street in the city centre, a stone’s throw from St Philip’s Cathedral. This popular Italian venue serves up a range of Italian tapas to match their extensive cocktail list. Try the Old Fashioned — it comes highly recommended.

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