With International Beer Day coming on 4th August, it would be rude not to celebrate it with a pint or two. But where to go? We’ve asked our resident Birmingham pub scene experts Matt & Jim for their favourite places to enjoy a drink. You can also plan your own trip (or pub crawl!) with our handy map of the area.
Let’s start with the heart of Birmingham, where a diverse array of pubs awaits. The Colmore, in the business district, offers craft beers and a relaxed vibe. Pure Bar & Kitchen is a trendy spot with craft beers and locally sourced food. The Old Joint Stock, a former bank, impresses with its bar and live performances. Albert Schloss is a lively Bavarian-inspired beer hall with German brews and entertainment. The Wellington, one of the oldest pubs, delights real ale enthusiasts and The Old Contemptibles, near the Cathedral, charms with its history. Explore these pubs for unique experiences and flavours in the heart of the city.
The next stop is the vibrant Jewellery Quarter, where history and craftsmanship come together to create a unique atmosphere. This neighbourhood is not only known for its exquisite jewellery but also for its exceptional pubs. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Brewery stands out as a hidden gem, offering a variety of handcrafted beers that showcase the passion and creativity of the local brewing scene. Just around the corner, the Rose Villa Tavern awaits, with its eclectic decor and retro vibe – step inside and enjoy a laid-back ambience while sipping on a carefully crafted cocktail or exploring their impressive selection of craft beers. And if you’re looking for a cozy and welcoming spot, 1000 Trades is the place to be. This independent pub prides itself on supporting local businesses, serving a range of quality drinks, and hosting live music events that bring the community together… did we mention we built their website?
Continue your journey to Digbeth, Birmingham’s creative hub where art, music, and vibrant pub culture thrive. Begin your exploration at The Old Crown, a historic gem with a charming interior and an extensive drink selection. Experience the unique combination of vinyl records and craft beer at Dead Wax Digbeth, while The Ruin offers a whimsical outdoor garden setting. Nortons Digbeth is a local favourite with friendly vibes, live music, and craft beers, while Hennessey’s Bar offers a lively atmosphere and live sports screenings. Immerse yourself in Digbeth’s artistic energy as you visit these fantastic pubs, each with its own distinct character and a perfect place to enjoy a drink or two.
This area knows how to do pubs! Jim tells us Stirchley has so many in one area that it’s become known as the Stirchley Beer Mile. Combined with tap rooms and bottle shops there are 8 quality venues for you to explore!
- Attic Brew Co.
- The British Oak
- Cork and Cage
- Wildcat Tap
- Birmingham Brewing Company
- Strichley Wines
- Glasshouse Beer
- Cotteridge Wines
Heading there from the city centre? According to The Brewery Bible, “The route is easily covered if you get off at Bournville railway station and then head along Pershore Road and get a train back to Birmingham from Kings Norton station”. So, hop aboard and get to that mile!
The best of the rest
If we let them Matt and Jim could go on all day about the pub scene, so here’s a few from other areas of Birmingham.
A vibrant pub at the heart of Selly Oak, with ample seating inside and in its covered beer garden. With a wide range and even better offers on its menu and drink range, it’s popular with both locals and the student community.
Located right next to the train station, “the Pear” offers a welcoming atmosphere, perfect for relaxing and socialising, whether you want to watch sport, play a few games of pool or catch up over a meal and drinks. It serves a great food menu as well as a variety of drinks including a specials board of ciders and real ales.
A beloved pub and live music venue. It features a bar area with a great selection of drinks and hosts a variety of live performances, ranging from local bands to renowned artists.
A canal-side pub with a fantastic beer garden offering picturesque views. It serves a variety of drinks, including real ales and craft beers, making it a popular spot for relaxing and enjoying the scenic surroundings.
Originally built in the 1840’s and rebuilt in 1887, the Prince of Wales has been a staple of Moseley throughout the years and is proud to keep its Victorian feel. In the Prince of Wales you can take a seat in the Tolkien Lounge, in honour of J. R. R. Tolkien who is said to have visited the pub on many occasions.
Another popular pub, it’s gained a reputation for having a friendly and welcoming ambience, attracting both locals and visitors. It often hosts live music events including performances by local bands and artists.
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