5 Of The Best New Bars And Restaurants To Try This January In Birmingham

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


Fancy trying something new this month? Brum is brimming with new restaurants, bars and cafés. From a bar and restaurant with cricket batting cages to a restaurant serving up burgers in glazed donut buns, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to picking your next food and drink adventure. So, without further ado, here’s our guide to some of the very best new restaurants, bars and cafés to try in Birmingham this January.

1. Sixes

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The world’s first social cricket entertainment experience, Sixes, is setting up its fourth clubhouse at Birmingham’s Mailbox and the thrill of the game might just leave you bowled over. Following its success in London and Manchester, the new opening in Birmingham marks Sixes first venture to the Midlands and will be open from January 26. Sixes boasts a BBQ-inspired menu which will be served both indoors and outside, with twists on classic grub such as the Low and Slow Beef Topside Mini Buns, Overnight smoked Whiskey Glazed Shortrib in Bourbon BBQ and so much more. To accompany, guests will be able to enjoy craft beers, shotbats and aptly-named cocktails such as Eton Mess, Ashes Manhattan, Sixes Fruit Cup and Tea Time featuring Yorkshire Tea.

Sixes, 174-176 Wharfside Street, Mailbox, B1 1RN

2. Jamaya

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Arriving at Colmore Row, this Caribbean casual dining restaurant offers charcoal-grilled jerk and Jamaican fried chicken and burgers with a range of sauces from mild to fiery hot. Jamaya uses the traditional Caribbean slow-smoke method to create a spicy-sweet flavour and a tender texture through its marination process. Guests can also tuck into rotis, stews and fried plantain, as well as sip on frozen cocktails like rum punch and banana daiquiris.

Jamaya, 126 Colmore Row, B3 3AP

3. Hengata

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Looking to branch out from your regular brunch spot? Head to Harborne and discover one of the area’s new restaurants that is Hengata. Serving incredible brunch dishes such as pancakes stacks topped with honeyed figs, cardamom butter and bitter chocolate sauce; spiced sweet potato hash and the aptly named dish ‘the millennial’- avocado on toasted sourdough served with tomato and onion relish, poached eggs and house lime pickle- you won’t want to leave. Hengata also offers a seasonal dinner menu plus big tunes, art and a selection of craft beer and natural wine.


Hengata, 106 High Street, Harborne, B17 9NJ

4. Hanbao

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Already building quite the reputation for their burgers in Worcester, Hanbao is finally arriving in Digbeth this month. Brummies will soon be able to devour some of the most delicious loaded fries, wings and burgers including ‘Piggie Smalls’- a beef patty served in a demi brioche bun alongside American cheese, slow cooked BBQ pulled pork, BBQ sauce, crispy fried onions, purple slaw and baconnaise. And we’re crossing our fingers that Hanbao brings their infamous ‘Odd Future’ burger to Birmingham- beef patty, American cheese, bourbon bacon jam, maple streaky bacon, fresh chilli and baconnaise, all served in a glazed donut bun with sprinkles.

Hanbao, 46 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SL

5. Elio Café

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Bringing cute café vibes to Birmingham this month is Elio Café. Located on the third level of The Mailbox, Elio Café is a pastel paradise filled with dainty decorations serving beautifully-brewed coffee and pretty pastries. You can also enjoy smoothies, loose leaf teas,  flatbreads and mezze dishes such as olives and houmous.

Elio Café, Level 3, The Mailbox, 65 Wharfside Street, B1 1RE

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