Still planning your reunion?
Not one to plan too far ahead? Well, we’ve got your back. While many of Birmingham’s popular bars and restaurants are pretty booked up already, we’ve done the hard work for you and found the best spots in town which are also allowing walk-ins. Without further ado…
1. Mama Roux’s
Mama Roux’s is your saviour this month as they aren’t taking any bookings and are continuing with their tried and tested walk-ins only policy. The Digbeth bar has reopened their yard with its purple flower-clad ceiling, as well as their front terrace, once more so there’s plenty of seating to choose from. Expect big vibes at Mama Roux’s with stage takeovers from Birmingham’s best party brands and a brand new cocktail menu to tickle your tastebuds. Plus, you can enjoy epic street food from the likes of Only Jerkin.
Mama Roux’s, 2-3 Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG
2. Stag Digbeth
The Custard Factory bar and coffee shop is also offering a walk-ins only service so you needn’t panic if you’re looking for a last-minute meeting spot with your mates. Sip on the barber’s selection of cocktails including one called Barbicide (a mix of vanilla, lime, Tiki Fire rum with orange zest and cranberry juice) which is bound to make you not want to leave. Plus, you can kill two birds with one stone by getting a trim at their barbers too.
Stag Digbeth, Courtyard Unit 2, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, B9 4AA
3. Cherry Reds
Cherry Reds proves you don’t have to leave the city centre to find some space for you and your friends to socialise. This Birmingham bar and restaurant has set up tables and chairs outside its establishment and with John Bright Street being mainly pedestrianised you needn’t worry too much about cars blocking those rays. Whether you’re after a plate of pancakes or a few cocktails outdoors, Cherry Reds has got you covered and you needn’t have to book with walk-ins welcome.
Cherry Reds, 88-92 John Bright Street, B1 1BN
This Jewellery Quarter gem has a magnificent, covered terrace featuring beautiful wicker chairs to relax as you have a catch up over a cocktail or two. The bar and restaurant, plus hotel, offers an extensive cocktail including some Birmingham-inspired ones such as Colmore Rose, Bournville and Jeweller’s Gate, to name a few. You can also make the most of the outdoor dining spot by booking a bottomless brunch or Sunday roast here.
Located in the Jewellery Quarter, this restored factory building is great for al fresco bottomless brunch. The Button Factory’s brickwork gives the bar its charm and has a New York loft-style feel to it. The bar however is only allowing walk-ins for their 200 capacity garden called ‘The Yard’ and their hotel terrace at Frederick Street Town House. The restaurant also tends to have a few walk-in spots available on their rooftop terrace, which offers ample seating with umbrellas as well as views across the Jewellery Quarter and beyond.
The Button Factory, 25 Frederick Street, B1 3HH
This canalside pub operates a walk-in service for its outdoor areas on a first come, first served basis. If you get there quick you can grab a spot on The Canal House’s balcony looking out at the water as you sip a pint or two. In summertime, the canal area really comes alive and it will be great to witness the hubbub of both this pub and Birmingham area after a year of restrictions and difficult times. Cheers to that!
The Canal House, 12 Bridge Street, B1 2JR
7. The Juke
The Juke will be operating a strict walk-ins (or walk-ups) basis with a tonne of benches for you to chill on whilst having a good catch up and a pint of locally-brewed craft beer. The Kings Heath bar has also joined forces with Birmingham Vietnamese street food vendor, Brúm Mì, who will have temporary residence in their kitchen to serve up some exciting and flavoursome food to guests. The Juke also has their vintage juke box to bring you plenty of music to enjoy your long-awaited night out.
The Juke, 16 York Road, King’s Heath, B14 7RZ
[Featured Image: The Button Factory, Cherry Reds]