Birmingham – once known as the ‘city of a thousand trades’, is now developing a reputation for a city with a booming bar and restaurant scene, writes Will Dann.
As I’ve been very fortunate to work in the heart of the city centre, I strongly recommend a visit to the second city for those who might have been avoiding it.
From renovated Victorian pubs, to cool cocktail bars and live music venues, Brum has a huge amount to offer – regardless of whether you’re a craft beer convert, cocktail master, wine connoisseur or gin lover.
After major investment in the city over the last few years, with the rejuvenated New Street Station (hello, Grand Central), The Mail Box, Jewellery Quarter, Colmore Business District and Digbeth areas, the city of a thousand trades has attracted a vast amount of new operators including some major chains, and also independents.
I recently joined a few of my colleagues for an ‘educational’ tour of some of the newly opened venues across the city – here’s a selection of my favourites:
Be At One
Although it’s only been open a year, this hidden venue is already very well-established. Not only is it just a few seconds walk from New Street Station, but it’s also one of our clients! Serving pretty much every cocktail you could think of, what’s more, Be At One offers a mixing masterclass for those who want to learn the art of cocktail making. When visiting Birmingham, you really do need to be at one…
Bourne & Co
One of the more recent bars opened in central Birmingham, this New York inspired cocktail bar has the classic 1920’s loungey vibe. Exposed brickwork and a dark wood saloon make for a sexy, intimate setting complete with jazz music.
Living up to Birmingham’s reputation, this venue located in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter offers a range of craft beers and wines. Not only that, but this Grade II-Listed premises is already becoming a well-known name for hosting live music every night.
Ana Rocha Bar & Gallery
For a taste of Spain, this is the place go to. Enjoy delicious cocktail creations and tapas made with Spanish imported products while surrounded by exceptional antiques, fine art paintings and luxury watches.
Will Dann is Fleet Street Communications’ apprentice