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7 Places To Find Birmingham’s Best Negronis Since It’s National Negroni Week

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer

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You can’t say ‘no’ to a Negroni.

The classic Negroni recipe was apparently invented at Caffè Casoni in Florence, Italy, when Count Camillo Negroni asked for a bolder version of the Americano cocktail with gin replacing soda water. With equal parts Campari, gin and sweet vermouth, this short, ruby-toned cocktail is now appearing on many bar menus.

From 13-19 September, bars across the globe are celebrating this red-hued cocktail that’s nearly as bitter as me after paying my rent. So, if you do fancy venturing out for a swig of this well-known Italian cocktail here is our list of the bars in Birmingham serving an epic Negroni.

1. The Alchemist

If you love the theatre experience as you watch your cocktail be made, you’ll enjoy The Alchemist’s Barrell aged Negroni. The menu says the ingredients for this iconic cocktail are Tanqueray Gin, Campari, Rubino Vermouth, Oak, Time. Plus, the Negronis don’t stop there as the Birmingham branch has The Alchemist’s first ever nitrogen infused Negroni tap!

The Alchemist, The Grand, Colmore Row, B3 2DA

2. Bourne and Co

For Negroni Week 2019, Bourne and Co had an array of options mixing it up with different gins and spirits so expect some interesting flavours during your visit. Aside from the classic, the bar offered a strawberry flavour with Bloom Gin, chai flavour using Ophir spiced gin and a White Negroni using Beefeater Gin. And for all those you are more of a whisky than a gin fan, Bourne and Co offer a variation with Woodford Reserve Rye and the ‘Boulevardier’ using Woodford Reserve Distillers select Bourbon.

Bourne & Co, 7-8 Suffolk St, Queensway, B1 1LT

3. Chakana

This Peruvian restaurant not only serves delicious dishes like ceviche but also some delicious, Peruvian-inspired cocktails. Chakana’s Amazonian Negroni is a tropical version of the classic. The bar’s recipe uses Peruvian Mosto Verde Pisco (a brandy from Peru), Passion Fruit, Campari, Spanish Bandarra Vermouth and a dash of Muyu Vetiver Gris, a liqueur with classic perfume notes of patchouli and cedarwood. So not only does the cocktail taste nice, it smells damn good.

Chakana, 140 Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8HT

4. Theatrix

Housed in a stunning Grade II listed building, you can enjoy a Negroni in hand whilst looking out over  Victoria Square. Plus, Theatrix serve brunch. So you can enjoy a Negroni day and night as it is on their brunch menu too!

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Theatrix, 130 Colmore Row, B3 3AP

5. Gas Street Social

It’s all fun and games at Gas Street Social. If one of their cocktails is served with an inflatable unicorn around it then expect the Negroni to be extra. The bar serves a Jaffa Cake Negroni which includes vermouth, Campari, plus Jaffa Cake gin and orange essence, to give it that proper zesty taste.

Gas Street Social, 166-168 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, B1 1RL

6. The Cuban Embassy

Enjoy live music alongside consistently good drinks at this venue. The Cuban Embassy’s Negroni is made with Portobello Road Gin, Campari, Dolin Rouge Vermouth and orange zest. If you want to mix things up a little, order The Cuban Embassy’s cocktail ‘El Presidente’ which still has vermouth and and orange zest, but with grenadine and triple sec added and gin swapped for rum for that Cuban feel.

The Cuban Embassy, St. Marys Row, Moseley, B13 8HW

7. 40 St Paul’s

Voted World’s Best Gin Bar in 2019, 40 St Paul’s certainly has the gin collection. 140 gins in total! Since gin is one of the main components of a Negroni, the people at 40 St Paul’s sure know how to mix one. For a unique twist on this Italian cocktail, the bar created ‘The Figroni’. The drink is a blend of rooibos tea-infused Portobello Road gin, fig liqueur and Campari and comes with a slice of Serrano ham on the side. Drink and snack- now we’re talking!

40 St Paul’s, 40 Cox Street, B3 1RD

Read more: 7 Of The Best New Bars And Restaurants To Try This September In Birmingham