We’re spoilt for choice with cocktail bars in Birmingham that guarantee a good time. Birmingham has some of the best bars in the country, serving everything from unique concoctions to classic cocktails. So here’s our round-up of some of the best!
1. Gas Street Social
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
You might have guessed already that this Birmingham 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
In one of Birmingham’s coolest neighbourhoods, you’ll find Couch. With an exclusive menu that changes regular, previous cocktails have matched with iconic women in music, such as Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox, and their favourite TV shows, like Twin Peaks and The Sopranos. It is this innovation that saw Couch break into Top 50 Cocktail Bars last year.
Find it at 1466 Pershore Rd, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2NT
4. Dirty Martini
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! Also, there are some pretty innovative cocktails, like the dragonfruit and pomegranate cocktail, which features gin, Aperol, prickly pear liqueur, dragon fruit and pomegranate. With so much variety on offer here, you’re almost guaranteed to find something you want to drink.
Find Dirty Martini at 7 Bennetts Hill, B2 5ST
Recently voted among the Top 50 Cocktail Bars in the UK, Passing Fancies has been open less than a year but has already made quite the impression. Described as “approachable luxury” in Digbeth, the cocktail bar is relaxed and modern with a range of refreshing, well-balanced drinks on the menu. While the light-bites food menu is equally delicious. The bar’s name is a nod to the owners’ desire to keep evolving with their ever-changing interests. So there’s always something new and exciting on offer.
Find Passing Fancies at 30 Gibb St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4BF
6. The Botanist
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
7. Fox & Chance
At Fox & Chance you’ll find a drinks menu that is both modern and paying homage to the colourful history of cocktails. The cosy, wooden interior nods to Birmingham’s past, but the cocktails are full of unusual twists to classics. While you’ll also find plenty or original creations too. Meaning you’ll find something to suit every taste at this cool and sophisticated Birmingham cocktail bar.
Find it at 45 Pinfold Street, B2 4AY
8. The Alchemist
When it comes to creative cocktails, The Alchemist has the rest of Birmingham beat. Every drink is like something out of Willy Wonka’s factory. The Birmingham cocktail bar is famous for its strange yet sensational concoctions. You never know what or how you’ll end up drinking!
Find it at The Grand, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2BS