There’s nothing quite like the refreshing glass of fermented grapes after a long day at work, but what if we told you that a glass of vino could do good for the planet? The UK’s first zero waste café bar and refill taproom is now open in Birmingham and it’s the greenest bar going.
Founded by the owners of Birmingham zero waste shop The Clean Kilo, their key focus on reducing waste and its carbon footprint resulted in a completely unique bar concept making it the first of its kind in the UK. Known as Kilo Ziro Bar, the Digbeth venue features lush interiors with a hint of Art Deco and comfy velvet seating oozing sophistication and making it an ideal date night spot.
The café bar and taproom serves a selection of organic, natural and biodynamic wines via their self-service ‘wine and fizz refills’ tap wall, which are available for you to dispense in small measures and it gives you the perfect opportunity for wine tastings. It also means you don’t have to drink the same wine twice and you are even able to fill a bottle to take home and bring it back for a refill next time.
The wines at Kilo Ziro Bar come in 20.5L kegs that are given back to the supplier to be refilled – cutting out up to 96% of carbon emissions generated from regular glass bottles. Local craft beers and ciders are also available on tap via refillable stainless-steel kegs, which produce super fresh pints whilst supporting the best of local brewers and reducing carbon miles.
Kilo Ziro selects their producers and suppliers based on locality, sustainable ethos and quality – meaning that you will not see your average corporate brands. You can expect to find a range of spirits locally distilled in the West Midlands and independent companies who champion reducing their impact on the environment such as certified carbon negative rums, gins and whiskeys.
But that’s not all. Kilo Ziro Bar creates mindfully-crafted cocktails using their selected spirits combined with innovative methods of reducing waste and lowering carbon footprint. From rice paper printed passion fruits to eliminate a carbon-heavy fruit shipped across the world to be used as a garnish, to reducing the amount of lemon and lime waste by experimenting with critic mixes and creating homemade flavoured syrups with leftover fruit rinds.
Kilo Ziro in Digbeth is a great spot to enjoy wine tasting, olive and cheese platters, local beers and ciders, mindful cocktails, locally roasted coffee and tea and bakes all within an elegant, intimate setting. The café bar and taproom is open Wednesdays to Sunday and walk-ins are welcome or you can book a table here.
Kilo Ziro Café Bar & Refillery, 1 Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA