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EAT & DRINK
- Albert’s Schloss– A German bierhaus located in the shiny new paradise circus area. Excellent food served during the day with live shows, drinks, drag and dancing on tables in the evening!
- Bank – This has been a staple of Birmingham’s upmarket food scene for years. Grab a table on the huge terrace overlooking the canal and enjoy top food and great service.
- Bodega – One of the first restaurants on Birmingham’s independent scene and it’s still one of the best! Serving up Mexican food, cocktails and decor, you won’t be let down.
- Bop Kebabs – Served out of The Florence. An excellent Middle Eastern inspired pop-up.
- Felson’s – An underground venue off Broad Street and overlooking one of our most iconic canal stretches. Head here for some relaxed pool, shuffleboard and live sport.
- Hen & Chickens – Popular desi pub in the city centre.
- Jukeboxers Duelling Piano Bar – Late-night cocktail bar with a non-stop live music show.
- Lane 7, The Cube – Located in The Cube this bowling alley is a great night out with friends. Get yourself a few drinks and have a go at the retro video games or shuffleboard if you don’t fancy getting your bowling shoes on!
- Loki – Wine bar and deli in the handsome Great Western Arcade. Load up your pre-pay Loki card and have a truly modern wine-tasting experience, picking and choosing from the wide variety of wines on offer!
- Missing – An iconic bar on Birmingham’s gay scene. Head here if you want to dance the night away.
- Purecraft Bar and Kitchen – This is where you need to head for your craft beers on tap – you won’t be disappointed by the wide variety on offer or by the food if you fancy a bite to eat!
- Sixes – A unique experience, located in The Mailbox. Head down with friends to take on the cricket batting cages. No cricket whites needed!
- Tattuu – An underground upmarket restaurant serving East-Asian cuisine. If you’re not blown away by the food and drink then the decor is a sight to take in.
- The Canal House – One of the most desired beer gardens in the city centre and it is easy to see why. Located between Gas Street Basin and Brindley Place, you won’t be disappointed with this lovely city centre pub.
- The Distillery – Another beautifully converted building located on our canals. Head here to experience the lively beer garden on the canal side. A great place to catch live sport outside on a sunny day too!
- The Exchange – This converted bank is one of Birmingham’s hidden gems. A University of Birmingham building, The Exchange is a beautiful venue to head for a coffee and cake with friends or for some quiet study time.
- The Flapper – This canalside live music venue won’t disappoint. A large beer garden canalside and excellent rock, punk and alternative live music bookings all year round.
- The Fox – Pub and late-night bar in Birmingham’s Gay Village.
The Loft – A relaxed and tastefully decorated bar in the Gay Village.
- The Lost and Found – Another one of Birmingham’s excellently converted buildings, Lost and Found is an elegant bar in the city centre.
- The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre – A grand pub in the city centre doubling up as one of Birmingham’s leading theatre venues showcasing up and coming talent.
- The Victoria – A classic Birmingham pub in the city centre with live music, craft beer and more.
The Village Inn – Cabaret, dance and drag. One of Birmingham’s thriving late-night bars in the Gay Village. Expect a late one!
- Urban – This cafe has venues across the city centre. Don’t be fooled by its relaxed cafe vibe – they do a cracking bottomless brunch!
- Vagabond – Another modern wine-tasting experience in the city centre.
- York’s at the Ikon gallery – This cafe has various locations in the city centre but this is our top tip for a beautiful setting too! Head to this Brindley Place destination for a delicious brunch, taking in the Ikon gallery after or heading around Brindley Place while the cherry blossom is in bloom!
Alicia’s Bakehouse – This pizza venue is a staple of Stirchley’s independent scene.
- Attic – This converted warehouse and micro-brewery is a great venue to catch up with friends and enjoy Birmingham’s thriving craft beer scene.
- Cork & Cage – Food and drink venue serving craft beer and natural wines.
- Eat Vietnam – Serving traditional Vietnamese food in a cool setting on Stirchley High Street.
- Greidy’s Wings & Strips – Fried chicken galore! Award-winning venue. Go on, get the box, it won’t disappoint!
- Kafenion – This Greek cafe in Bournville is a hidden gem serving good food in a beautiful setting in the heart of historic Bournville.
- The British Oak – This traditional pub has a brilliant beer garden out back that won’t disappoint. Original Patty Men – one of Birmingham’s best-known street food vendors – serves up from there fulfilling all of your burger needs!
- Birdie’s Bar – Bright and busy bar in the heart of Digbeth’s party scene.
- Ghetto Golf – A quirky 18 hole mini golf course.
- Luna Springs – A huge outdoor venue on the thriving Lower Trinity Street.
- Mama Roux’s – This late-night venue is fast-becoming Birmingham’s go-to night out.
- Nortons – A converted warehouse and one of Birmingham’s most popular Irish venues. This is one of the best nights out in the city and won’t disappoint with its live music! For a more chilled day out, enjoy live sport here with one of their incredible pizzas.
- NQ64 – This retro arcade games bar in the Custard Factory won’t disappoint.
- Roller Jam – A recently-opened roller disco for those of you looking to get your groove one!
- The Floodgate – Get your baseball practice in at these batting cages in the heart of Digbeth! If baseball doesn’t take your fancy then why not give winter sports a go and try your hand at curling?!
- The Old Crown – One of Birmingham’s historic gems, this award-winning venue won’t disappoint. Head to the beer garden there in the summer for a great evening with friends.
- The Mill – Fast-becoming one of Birmingham’s best venues. A cool rooftop venue – keep your eye out for some great club nights and DJs playing here.
- The Rainbow – This historic pub has been refurbished and it doesn’t disappoint. One for the late-night ravers.
- Wine Freedom – Converted industrial venue for the more sophisticated wine-seekers amongst you.
- Zumhof Biergarten – One of the best venues around with excellent food, live music, DJs and most-importantly, amazing beer.
- Chapter – One of the latest additions to the Edgbaston scene, this upmarket restaurant won’t disappoint.
- Fiesta del Asado – This is a must for a good steak in Birmingham. This small Argentinian restaurant gives a cosy feel while serving up some of the best bife de lomo in town!
- The Blue Piano – A quirky independent venue with a beautiful beer garden. Serves up South-East-Asian cuisine.
- Laghi’s Deli – This independent Italian is one of the best places to grab a pizza in the city.
- Loki – Load up your pre-pay Loki card and have a truly modern wine-tasting experience, picking and choosing from the wide variety of wines on offer! The deli options are delicious here and offer the perfect accompaniment to your wine tasting!
- The Highfield – A tasteful food and drinks venue in Edgbaston with a great outdoor space.
- The Physician – This beautifully converted physician’s house is one of our go-tos in Edgbaston. An excellent pub, with a lovely beer garden for summer and cosy fires crackling in the winter.
- Estado Da India – This Portuguese-Indian fusion restaurant serves some great dishes and drinks inspired by Portugal’s colonial past in south India. We would recommend sharing up some of their delicious starters.
- Harbone Kitchen – This tasteful and elegant restaurant in the heart of Harbone is one of our upmarket favourites. Serving modern-British cuisine their menu won’t disappoint and their service is second to none.
- The Bell – Quirky old-syle pub right in the heart of Birmingham!
The Cod’s Scallops – The best fish and chips in town! Sit in and enjoy their charming little fish shop to get the best experience.
- The Giggling Squid – Some of the best Thai food in town.
The Junction – This bright and lively pub on Harbone high-street is the perfect place to meet friends for a few drinks.
The New Inn – A quiet and cosy venue inside with a good-sized beer garden for that summer sunshine.
- The Plough – A Harbone institution. Tasteful and thriving pub serving great food.
- The White Horse – Located just off Harborne High Street, don’t forget to head down here for a drink if you are doing the Harbone Mile!
Cafe Artum – Located at Hockley Social Club. Grab yourself a coffee, or even better, a cocktail. Browse the records and listen to some vinyl being spun while you do it!
40 St Paul’s – Multi-award winning gin and cocktail bar in St. Paul’s Square.
Hockley Social Club – This place gets better and better. Digbeth Dining Club’s permanent project opened in Hockley. Serving up some of Birmingham’s best street food with resident pop ups. This is just the start though – live music, DJs, weekend markets and some retro computer games to boot make it one of the liveliest city centre venues.
JQ Bar & Grill – One of our favourite places to watch the mighty Villa. You won’t be short of a TV screen to catch the Villans here. Make sure you get one of their smoking mixed grills while you are there.
Lasan – For an upmarket experience, head to this Indian restaurant located off the beautiful St. Paul’s Square. Charming decor, great service and excellent food.
Soda Bread Cafe – This location on St. Paul’s Square serves up its sandwiches on some of the tastiest freshly baked bread in the city centre!
St. Paul’s House – A boutique hotel on St. Paul’s Square. Really tastefully decorated, St. Paul’s House offers an upmarket while still relaxed atmosphere. Try the bottomless brunch if you have a spare two hours.
The Jam House – This has been one of Birmingham’s leading live music venues for years. Located on St. Paul’s Square, this award-winning venue is one to tick off your Birmingham to-do list!
The Pig & Tail – Relaxed and recently refurbished pub in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.
The Red Lion – A traditional front and back room where you can often catch the mighty Villa on the screens. A bright and quirky beer garden and excellent roast dinners to boot.
The Rolling Mill – This venue won’t disappoint. A large converted mill in the Jewellery Quarter serving up a wide range of food and drink…not your usual roast dinner venue but this is one of our top tips if you are looking for a great roast on a Sunday!
The Rose Villa Tavern – Traditional Birmingham pub located right next to the iconic Jewellery Quarter clock tower.
- At The Kingsway – Unique setting with outdoor food, bar and market
- Biscotto Cafe – Head here for lunch in a relaxed setting.
- Black Lab – One of our favourites in Kings Heath. This quirky cafe does everything – food, coffee and drinks and all in a laid back setting. A great venue to meet friends day or night!
- Early Bird Bakery – Some of the most incredible cakes and pastries around.
- Hare & Hounds – Very popular, iconic venue with live music.
- Kitchen Garden Cafe – Take a look around this quirky garden centre and pick up some treasures from some of Birmingham’s quirky independent artists. Don’t forget to stop for a coffee in the courtyard!
- Levain and Cherry – A French patisserie offering takeaway options in a quirky arcade off Kings Heath High Street.
- Poli – One of the most popular pizza venues with locals.
- RA coffee – Inspired by the Egyptian God of Sun, Ra. This independent coffee shop is a great place to meet for a quiet coffee.
- Rourke’s Pies – Independent pie and bake shop serving awesome food
- The Juke – Craft beer bar and eatery serving top street food
- Upstairs Kings Heath – Top notch venue serving tasty bistro-style evening food and Sunday Roast.
- Herbert’s Yard – An eclectic community space attracting some of the best street food vendors around.
Cuban Embassy – Enjoy the wide range of rums on offer downstairs in this iconic Moseley pub converted into a Cuban bar. And once you have had a rum or three, head upstairs to catch some live music.
Damascena – A charming Middle-Eastern inspired cafe in the heart of Moseley Village.
- Patrick Kavanagh – Another one of our favourites. A great place to catch the Mighty Villa and if they are not playing then get your requests on the jukebox or catch some live stand up in the week.
- Peacer – Grab a slice of pizza American style.
- The Fighting Cocks – One of our favourites – a good old-fashioned pub, right in the heart of Moseley Village.
- The Prince of Wales – A Birmingham institution! You can’t visit Moseley without a visit to this iconic beer garden!
Birmingham has a long tradition of top quality breweries but there has been a rise in the number of excellent taprooms and brewers in recent years. Here are just a few. Always happy to hear more suggestions!
LOCAL BUSINESS & EVENTS
- Aston Brewing Co. – Aston Villa themed beermats with worldwide delivery
MARKETS & EVENTS
- Edgbaston Village Artisan Market – Birmingham’s largest artisan market held monthly
- Moseley Farmers’ Market – A large market selling locally produced goods
- The Crescent Theatre – Great venue in the city centre run mostly by volunteers where visitors can see fantastic performances
Extensive information on what you can do when visiting the city can be found on the Visit Birmingham website.
To discover more hidden gems in and around the city, you can also visit the Independent Birmingham website.