Birmingham is most certainly buzzing, with more than 300 pubs in the city centre alone and a growing reputation for cool, unique and downright hip bars. With all those pubs, there is also a good number of hidden-away bars, cosy inns and secret taverns that only those in the know frequent. Find out more about these little gems in our guide to Birmingham’s best “hidden” bars.
The Bacchus Bar
This hidden gem is a great spot for history buffs or to surprise your date. Located in the historic Burlington Arcade, this bar has been opulently finished in the style of a cosy Ancient Greek tavern. Think thick oak paneling, low ceilings, Gothic arches and faux-marble frescoes. Owned by the Nicholson Pubs chain, which prides itself on finding hidden gems and unusual locations for pubs, you can enjoy a huge range of gins, ales and whiskey here.
40 St Pauls
Another good option for gin lovers, this hidden-away bar in the Jewellery Quarter serves over 140 varieties of gins. This subtle bar looks like a normal private home, with a black painted front door. Come in and discover a bar that feels like a private member’s club.
This is a seriously hidden bar named in honour of an old word – smultronstalle, which is used to describe a tranquil location – is often returned to by those in the know but hard to find for those who are not! In fact, this bar is so hidden that you need to book well in advance. You will receive a text outlining its exact location, tucked somewhere within Birmingham’s Arcade. Customers order a tasting menu of cocktails and spend a long time savouring perfectly crafted drinks in harmonious surroundings.
Staying in Birmingham
Whether you’re staying for one night or you need somewhere to come back to, there are plenty of accommodation options in the city, although a good serviced apartment in Birmingham can be hard to find. Birmingham serviced apartments are a great choice for those who need a premier home-away-from-home experience in the centre of the city, close to all the most happening joints in town.
Whether you fancy something a bit different or you simply want to impress, try out one of these secret pubs on your next visit to the UK’s second-biggest and arguably best city.