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The 9 Best Bars In Birmingham, England
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The 9 Best Bars In Birmingham, England

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Freelance Travel & Music Writer
Updated: 22 February 2018
Seeing as Birmingham is the UK’s second city, there really is no shortage of unique, quirky and brilliant bars. This makes finding the best bars in the city a real challenge. We know it can be difficult to narrow it down, so we’ve done it for you! Here are nine of the best bars in Birmingham, from the hidden and unusual spaces through to some occupying the most grandiose buildings. Enjoy!

40 St. Paul’s

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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40 St Paul's Birmingham

Recently named the ‘Best Gin Bar in the UK’ at the Icons of Gin Awards, 40 St. Paul’s is probably not what you’d expect. With a facade that looks more like somebody’s house than a trendy bar, this Jewellery Quarter favourite boasts more than 140 different types of gin in its 24-seat, intimate spirit parlour.
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Tue - Fri:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun:
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Bacchus Bar

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Bacchus Bar, Birmingham

Considering that Bacchus Bar is situated on one of the oldest streets in Birmingham, it’s of no surprise to know that this pub is packed with plenty of character. Hidden beneath the pitter-patter of shoppers on New Street in Burlington Arcade, it’s a stunning example of the type of unique building Nicholson’s Pubs likes to take on: a Greek-inspired gem with busts, pottery and paintings galore. It’s unlikely that you’ll accidentally stumble upon this underground lair, but once you do, you’ll never want to leave.
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Mon - Wed:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

The Lost & Found

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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The Lost & Found Birmingham

Whilst we’re on the subject of impressive buildings, this former National Provincial Bank building is up there with the best. The Lost & Found calls this quirky building its home; think tall plinths, high ceilings, vintage furniture and a chequered floor – matching its chequered past. Here you’ll find an array of cocktails, wines, champagnes and a solid food menu to match.
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Mon - Thu:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Post Office Vaults

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Post Office Vaults, Birmingham

You might be mistaken for missing this hidden gem on New Street, but you won’t regret heading downstairs once you find it. Though small in size, the Post Office Vaults is home to around 450 different bottled beers from all across the world – that’s by far the largest selection in Birmingham and up there with the largest in the country, too.
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Sun - Thu:
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
11:00 am - 12:00 am

The Jekyll and Hyde

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Jekyll & Hyde Birmingham

If Dickensian decor and quirky drinks are your thing, you’ll love it here. Separated in to two parts – Dr Jekyll’s Gin Parlour and Mr Hyde’s Emporium – the Jekyll & Hyde is an expert on gin and afternoon tea. With more than 80 types of gin on offer – and drinks served in mini watering cans and tiny bathtubs – the Jekyll & Hyde is perfect for your adventurous side.
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Mon - Thu:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Loki Wine

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Loki Wine Birmingham

While Loki Wine may not be strictly a bar, this independent wine merchant in the city centre (and now in Edgbaston, too) is actually one of Birmingham’s finest wine bars. Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or a passive fan of red, Loki Wine stocks well over 600 different bottles of wine, meaning its tasting sessions suit all tastes.
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Mon - Tue:
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu - Sat:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

The Prince of Wales

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Prince of Wales Moseley

Arguably one of Moseley’s most popular pubs, the Prince of Wales has it all. Whether you’re after a quiet pint of ale in one of the front rooms, a fun cocktail from the Mo-Tiki Bar out back, a cigar from La Choze or glass of wine from their Shed du Vin (it’s actually a shed, too) we’re fairly certain you’ll find what you’re after here.
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Sun - Thu:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

The Champagne Bar at The Cube

Bar, Contemporary, $$$
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Marco Pierre White's Champagne Bar

Last but not least, for those looking to experience stunning views of Birmingham, look no further than the Champagne Bar on the 25th floor of The Cube. Situated next door to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant, this high-end bar offers some of the best views of the city and is a perfect accompaniment to the sunset on a warm summer evening.
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Wed - Fri:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
1:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm