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 ones a real challenge. Here are just some of the best bars in Birmingham, from hidden spots and unusual spaces to some that occupy the most grandiose buildings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.