Birmingham attracts many visitors, especially those looking for great clubs, pubs and restaurants. The city’s cocktail bars are also at the cutting edge of current fashions, so here are just a handful of the best.
Close to Birmingham Museum and art gallery, food is a big attraction at Bodega, and its popularity means you may need to book a meal well in advance. There are Latin American influences on both the food and drink menus. The décor borrows from Mexico’s Day of the Dead with vibrant colours, cactus murals and cast iron furniture.
The Cuban Embassy
Formerly the Bull’s Head, this bar lives up to its new Latin moniker with Spanish tiling and frequent live Latin music. Also in keeping with its Caribbean theme, the Embassy takes a special pride in its magnificent offerings of rum: around 130 varieties are available (see http://www.thecubanembassymoseley.co.uk).
The Jekyll & Hyde
The Jekyll and Hyde nestles between the old law courts and the Children’s Hospital on the fringes of the city centre. The downstairs bar takes the form of an old candle-lit Victorian pub like the kind frequented by sinister Mr. Hyde. This vibrant venue provides enough good reasons to spend a few nights in Birmingham on its own. Some great serviced apartments in Birmingham are available at No.8 Waterloo Street apartments.
Gas Street Social
The Gas Street Social is a friendly but smart venue in the Mailbox complex in central Birmingham. Tapas-style dishes and sharing boards are prominent on the food menu, while the seating arrangements are also communal – underlining the word “social” in their name.
The Lost & Found
At the top of Bennett’s Hill in Moseley, this is a Grade II listed building with towering ceilings and many historic features. It builds on its traditional features with a Victorian-inspired theme paying tribute to nineteenth-century botanist Hettie Watson, a butterfly collector.
40 St Paul’s
A bar for aficionados of fine gins as well as cocktails, this one is tucked away in the traditional Jewellery Quarter near St. Paul’s Square. Get there early because it only has seating room for 24 and it’s popular.
On Temple Street, the Botanist holds regular cocktail classes open to the public, and their cocktail menu embraces many exotic ingredients. There is a rustic theme with potted plants and arts and crafts fixtures.