We’re spoilt for choice with cocktail bars in Birmingham that guarantee a good time. Here’s our round-up of some of the best!
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1. Gas Street Social, Mailbox
At Gas Street Social, your drinks come with their own accessories — all of the cocktails are fun and colourful. The walls are lined with little tree trunks and you can hire a ‘party igloo’ to relax in. You can sit on comfy sofas and drink fancy drinks surrounded by pretty lights, in what can only be described as a transparent igloo. Book one of these igloos over on their website.
Find Gas Street Social at The Mailbox, 166-168 Wharfside Street, B1 1RL.
2. The Cuban Embassy, Moseley
You might have guessed already that this bar has a Cuban theme, and they claim to have ‘120 of the finest rums from around the world’. On weekends they have a Latin band providing the backing track to the cocktail-drinking. From 5pm-10pm, Sunday to Thursday, they offer 2 for 1 cocktails and their menu includes a variety of classic cocktails.
Find The Cuban Embassy at 23 St Mary’s Row, Moseley, B13 8HW.
3. Saint Paul’s, Jewellery Quarter
The bar at Saint Paul’s is beautiful and their cocktails themselves are also really pretty. There is an elegance to this place in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter — which also serves as a hotel — and they serve a variety of cocktails. They even have a Birmingham themed cocktail, inspired by and named Bournville, which includes vodka, pistachio and chocolate syrup, orange juice and Baileys. Admittedly, that combination might not be for everyone, but you can’t know until you’ve tried it!
Find it at 15 St Paul’s Square, B3 1RW.
4. The Edgbaston, Edgbaston
Next to Birmingham City University you’ll find The Edgbaston. The decor here is pretty luxurious and you can expect extremely attentive staff. The bar, situated within the hotel, has a signature drink named ‘The Edgbaston’, to honour the leafy suburb in which it exists. There’s also a cocktail named ‘Adam and Steve’, where every ingredient is apparently an aphrodisiac. Whatever you choose, if you want to drink here, it’s best to book in advance.
Find it at 18 Highfield Road, B15 3DU.
5. Dirty Martini, New Street
According to their website, ‘spirited sophistication starts at Dirty Martini‘ and it is pretty fancy. There are currently six different varieties of espresso martinis on the menu, so if that’s your thing then you know where to go! There are also some pretty innovative cocktails, like the dragonfruit and pomegranate cocktail, which features gin, Aperol, prickly pear liqueur, dragon fruit and pomegranate. There is so much variety on offer here that you’re almost guaranteed to find something you want to drink.
Find Dirty Martini at 7 Bennetts Hill, B2 5ST.
6. Bar Opus, Snow Hill
Bar Opus is big, bright and airy, with a comfortable and spacious outside area to sit in. They offer a variety of fairly traditional cocktails, some of which are included in the Happy Hour offer, which is literally only an hour long — not something you see a lot nowadays! It happens Monday to Friday, 5.30pm to 6.30pm, and it’s 2 for 1 on selected cocktails.
Find Bar Opus at One Snowhill, B4 6GH.
7. Olivia’s Townhouse Birmingham, Arcadian Centre
Olivia’s Townhouse calls itself, ‘the best Birmingham cocktail bar’ and they certainly have a lot to brag about. You can order a pink gin tree, for example, and it’s exactly what you’d expect. You don’t have to order gin to enjoy your drink served in tree-form, however. There’s also the Gang Bang, including nine pornstar martinis and a bottle of prosecco. The Glitter Ball includes, amongst other ingredients, vodka and pic ‘n’ mix sweets, all served in a disco ball!
Find Olivia’s Townhouse at The Arcadian, B5 4TD.
8. The Botanist, New Street
The Botanist has locations across the country and they are known for serving drinks in unusual vessels, such as flower pots. They’re not the easiest things to drink out of but they’re pretty tasty! Currently, they are serving Birds of Prey-themed drinks, in anticipation for the release of the film. You can enjoy it all in vintage style surroundings.
Find The Botanist at 14-16 Temple Street, B2 5BG.
Aluna offers a huge menu of cocktails in a really pretty bar. The walls are decorated with a lovely mural and everything looks pretty sleek. They serve drinks like the Marshmallow Daiquiri, which has toasted marshmallow foam floating atop vodka, butterscotch and apple juice. They also sell a ‘Porntreeni’, which is a tree of eight pornstar martinis. There are other drinks available in tree-form — one option is to pick and choose a mix of drinks.
Find Aluna at The Mailbox, 128-130 Wharfside Street, B1 1RQ.