4.6.19

DISCOVERING BARS IN BIRMINGHAM

* the spending money was gifted by hotels.com, but all views are my own* 

For a girl who's grown up in Birmingham, it's safe to say I know the city pretty well...or that's what you'd assume anyways. Every time I think I've seen ever corner of the city, I discover there's so much more going on and I'll tell you this one straight away - Birmingham is kinda cool. 

Luckily for me I live just 20 minutes outside of the city, so it's a short journey for me. However, if you're not so local, there's plenty of Hotel's in Birmingham for anyone looking for a weekend city break - a personal favourite of mine is Bloc Hotel in Jewellery Quarter, it's so quirky and stylish. 

I was racking my brain how I could share my experiences in Birmingham, do I show you all the art and exhibits (which the museum is filled with such cool things). There's plenty of unique art and things to see within Digbeth. Do I show you Grand Central and all the cool shopping opportunities, including the Mailbox, Selfridges or the new Primark. 

But I thought rather than sharing bits of Birmingham that you've probably seen from so many other Birmingham bloggers and all over the internet...I thought I'd bring you on a little tour of as many bars as possible around town. 

I tried to stay away from the franchise bars and restaurants and focused on all the places that you're most likely only going to find when visiting the city centre. Me and J both had a Saturday off a couple weekend back (a rare occurrence I swear) and used this as an opportunity to have ourselves a lil date day. We started off with lunch at The Malt House a personal favourite of mine; obviously it's your typical pub lunch but it's got seating outside looking onto the canal side and it's got extra seating upon a balcony. 


Once we'd stuffed ourselves with fish and chips (so boring I know), we continued down the canal. Which is where we walk past Brindley Place - which is filled with bars and clubs, Pitcher and Piano is possibly the most popular within the area, but there's plenty more such as slug and lettuce, all-bar-one, BANK, Be at One and The Brasshouse, all basically on each others doorsteps. We actually ventured to be at one around my birthday earlier in the year, it's a small venue so we set ourselves up in a booth and had a couple of cocktails (and some shots, I believe) to see in my 26th birthday - the small venue made this feel all the more intimate and that's a vibe I was diggin'. 


I tried to use this as an opportunity to be a little bit more of an 'fashion blogger' or attempt it at least. Doing this in public made me extremely awkward and uncomfortable and made my way to the bar instead. 

We made our way down the canal side hitting places like the canal house, tap and spile and the gin vault (a cosy hidden away gem, which has the biggest variation of gins I've ever seen). 

When you've lived in Birmingham and see almost every sight possible, you begin to forget the little bits of beauty that can be found and that was definitely something I was noticing on this date day. 


We walked along the canal and made our way to the mailbox - which has a bigger selection of bars available. We headed to Gas Street Social and had a couple cocktails out on the decking, but you've got places such as Aluna bar and Pennyblacks...we actually headed back to the mailbox a couple days later to find that The Everyman Cinema is not only the most quaint little cinema in the city centre but also a cute little bar too, I was very impressed.


Continuing our little bar crawl around 'town' we hit the Alex theatre which just next door has island bar and Bourne & Co. a little hidden bar which is either new or I hadn't seen before - this one was  one of my favourites of the day, it was peaceful inside with a really mellow atmosphere. The selection of drinks available wasn't limited but more suited to taste. I think what I love about places like this, is the opportunity to feel like you're almost completely alone, even on a busy Saturday. 

We popped down towards Digbeth a place filled with venues, bars and things to do but generally don't get much opportunity to see. We headed into Kilder which is a bar connected to Original Patty Man where my brother works on the bar - so we caught up with my brother over some gorgeous ales, something I never thought I'd be saying. 

I realised I've given the most lengthy post I've written in well, forever. 

SO, to help you all out I though it would be best to share all these bars, bars we've been to before and other we simply ran out of time to check out. All so not only you guys but so we can look back and take our pick at places to visit. 

1. THE DISTILLERY 
2. THE MALT HOUSE 
3. BRINDLEY PLACE.
4. THE GIN VAULT 
5. TAP AND SPILE 
6. THE CANAL HOUSE 
7. THE MAILBOX 
8. GAS STREET SOCIAL 
9. PENNYBLACKS 
10. ALUNA BAR 
11. ISLAND BAR 
12. BOURNE & CO. 
13. BREWDOGS 
14. CHERRY REDS
15. THE VICTORIA 
16. HEAD OF STEAM 
17. DIGBETH 
18. DIGBETH DINING CLUB 
19. KILDER 
20. DIGBREW CO. 


With working schedules being hectic and J moving in with me recently, we've been spending crazy amount of time together but not many 'date nights' so you can imagine how thrilled we were to find the time to make a blogging opportunity into a date day and actually turn it into a couple days worth of dates. Working in retail and suffering with anxiety with larger crowds I was quite nervous to spend a weekend out in Birmingham, but once we'd found the bars and I'd had a couple cocktails it was just amazing to spend that quality time just the two of us.

Have you checked any of these places out? Where in Birmingham will you always recommend?



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