Birmingham drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Pub in Birmingham

Jekyll & Hyde

Potent cocktails (or rather 'elixirs, concoctions and potions') at this trippy spot are served in sweets jars, watering cans, teapots and miniature bathtubs – even a top hat. Downstairs, Mr Hyde’s emporium has a cos…
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Lost & Found

Fictitious Victorian-era explorer/professor Hettie G Watson is the inspiration for the botanical-library theme of this bar in an 1869-built former bank. Inside the domed entrance, amid soaring columns and timber pan…
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The pastel wallpaper, timber bar and polished brass give the impression the Welly is frozen in time, but this spruced-up pub sheltering a timber-decked roof terrace is the best in the city for real ale. Its 27 hand-…
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Bodega Bar & Cantina

South American–themed bar Bodega takes its cues from the continent for drinks (wines from Argentina and Chile, cocktails made with mezcal, tequila, rum, pisco and cachaça) and cuisine (Ecuadorian rice and king prawn…
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Buried beneath the Burlington Arcade, this darkened drinking den has the ambience of a decadent underworld. Down a faux-marble-encased staircase, crumbling pillars and giant Grecian murals give way to soaring mediev…
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Old Joint Stock

A vast high-ceilinged temple of a pub, housed in an 1852-built former bank, the Old Joint Stock is beloved by a high-spirited after-work crowd. Upstairs, a 100-seat theatre puts on plays and comedy shows.
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Comedy nights regularly take place in the 19th-century splendour of this old theatre pub dating from the late 19th century, which is reputed to have its own resident ghost. Cocktails include Victorian Lemonade (Bomb…
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Canalside Cafe

Narrow boats glide past the terrace of this 18th-century lock-keeper’s cottage, where the low-ceilinged interior is strung with nautical paraphernalia and warmed by an open fire. Drop by for a cuppa, a real ale, or …
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Arcadian Centre

Chinatown's Arcadian Centre, centred on an open-air plaza, is the gateway to Birmingham's hedonistic nightlife quarter ᠎south of New St station, with numerous party bars and dancing spots as well as theatre and come…
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Island Bar

Sit in perspex chairs in front of giant blow-ups of Hawaiian beaches and groove to rock and roll at this tiki bar. Tropical-themed cocktails include daiquiris, margaritas and rum punches.