pubs in Birmingham

Great drinking spots in Birmingham: from New Street to old haunts

Discover the best Black Country’s brews while exploring the pubs and bars stuffed with historical, architectural, musical and cultural significance.

City breaks in Birmingham are second to none when it comes to hospitality. Choose from drinking dens or smart wine bars nestled in the easily accessible city centre. A rich cultural history lends vibrancy to the city’s pubs where live music is a mainstay. The atmosphere is helped by the three universities that fill the town with students and helps keep the prices down in many areas. Getting about is simple too, with great public transport and average prices of just a fiver to get around the centre in a taxi. Here’s our selection of the best pubs for all tastes.<o:p></o:p>

Best pubs for… Young groups

6 On Broad Street

Famous for its stag and hen parties, the Broad Street area is one of the most vibrant in Birmingham. There is a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants, but one that seems to have it all is 6 On Broad Street.

With six rooms over two floors it serves up everything from pop and jazz to soul and welcomes parties as well as passers by. Great for anyone who wants to boogie long into the night, the dance floor doesn’t close until the dawn chorus at 4am. Those looking for some nourishment to keep energy levels up will be pleased to know the bar also features a diner for light bites.<o:p></o:p>

Best pubs for… A visual feast

Bacchus Bar

If you’re looking for an unusual location with lots of historical interest, look no further than the Bacchus Bar. Just a short walk from New Street station, it has all the pub necessities – a range of quirky real ales and quality pub grub featuring all the favourites.

The bar itself has amazing decoration in the basement of a Victorian arcade and is handily placed for culture vultures, being snuggled between the Theatre Royal and the Museum of Bazaar. The street itself dates back to 1398 and was once one of the city’s premiere shopping streets. Today, a little pre-drink shopping trip is just a few minutes away on foot at New Street.<o:p></o:p>

Best pub for… Culture

The Old Joint Stock

Birmingham’s pubs are famous for serving up more than just food and drink. In The Old Joint Stock across the road from St Philip’s Cathedral there is a feast for the eyes, the stomach and the brain.

Run by Fuller’s, the pub carries the chain’s famous pies but you might let your food go cold just staring at the ceiling – with the building topped by a beautiful, decorative glass cupola. Or you might be captivated by the hidden outdoor patio area, well away from the hubbub.

If you can tear your eyes away from the ceiling or get back inside from the beer garden, the pub also boasts a professional 100-seat theatre. It hosts well-known playwrights and stages unique productions as such as The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged, fortunately). It will come as no surprise to learn that The Old Joint Stock was named Best in Birmingham in 2017’s National Pub & Bar Awards.
Best pub for… Live music

The Jam House

Birmingham has a bit of a reputation for launching bands from pub basements. While the Cavern in Liverpool steals the limelight with the Beatles, Birmingham pubs can claim responsibility for everything from reggae/ska favourites UB40 to Ozzy Osborne’s heavy metallers, Black Sabbath. 

That diversity still thrives today with pub-based entertainment for every beat. The Jam House in the Jewellery Quarter is the brainchild of well-known ivory-tickler and music presenter, Jools Holland.

With three floors of music, drinks and food, customers can pop in for a quick bite, or settle down for a full night’s hospitality and entertainment. Rightly praised for its policy of low priced (sometimes even free) music, the food and drink is also considered very affordable for the area. <o:p></o:p>

Best pub for… Live music

The Jam House

Birmingham has a bit of a reputation for launching bands from pub basements. While the Cavern in Liverpool steals the limelight with the Beatles, Birmingham pubs can claim responsibility for everything from reggae/ska favourites UB40 to Ozzy Osborne’s heavy metallers, Black Sabbath. 

That diversity still thrives today with pub-based entertainment for every beat. The Jam House in the Jewellery Quarter is the brainchild of well-known ivory-tickler and music presenter, Jools Holland.

With three floors of music, drinks and food, customers can pop in for a quick bite, or settle down for a full night’s hospitality and entertainment. Rightly praised for its policy of low priced (sometimes even free) music, the food and drink is also considered very affordable for the area. <o:p></o:p>

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