Birmingham is home to some of the best clubs, bars and restaurants in the country. It is truly one of the great party cities. Here at GoHen, because we didn’t want you to miss out on any of the great cocktail bars which Birmingham has to offer, we compiled a list of some of the top hangouts about. So next time you’re in the brilliant city of Brum, be sure to check them out!
The Cuban Embassy
The ideal haunt for rum lovers and the perfect venue if you’re looking for Latin American flair. The Cuban Embassy is a fabulous independent venue with a passion for live music, great food and most definitely, rum. They boast a selection of over 120 varieties of the finest Caribbean liquor and pride themselves on their wonderfully authentic Cuban cocktails. With a fantastic atmosphere, Latin music performances and extensive drinks range, The Cuban Embassy is a truly unmissable establishment.
You must try: Havana Style Mojito
Address | 23 St Mary’s Row, Birmingham, B13 8HW
Bourne & Co.
Bourne & Co. is a fantastic prohibition themed bar, which provides an unbelievably realistic feeling peak into 1920s New York-style speakeasies. They have an amazing range of expertly crafted cocktails on offer, from vintage classics and cocktails with a twist, to vegan inspired concoctions. Stylish and swanky, this intimate bar is perfect if you’re looking to marry a brilliant atmosphere with an impeccably made cocktail.
You must try: Clover Club
Address | 7/8 Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham, B1 1LT
If you’re looking for an evening of refined sophistication, The Edgbaston meets every requirement you could possibly want – and then some! This multi-award-winning establishment prides itself on its excellent service, unrivalled elegance and amazing cocktails – and they do not disappoint. With three cocktail lounges to choose from and a drinks list as long as the dress you’re dying to wear, you could come back multiple times and feel as if you’re somewhere completely new. But don’t take our word for it, go and try it for yourself!
You must try: A Summer in the Bath
Address | 18 Highfield Rd, Birmingham B15 3DU
Gas Street Social
A bustling bar and restaurant which is the perfect place for a catch-up over a cocktail (or three). If you’re looking for somewhere a little more down to earth – with no pomp, no pretention – the Gas Street Social will hit the spot. Enjoy a genuinely laid-back atmosphere and have a natter over some exciting signature cocktails. So grab a friend, grab a booth and get tasting!
You must try: Espresso Mootini
Address | 166-168 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RL
40 St Paul’s
Ladies, gin is in and we have found the best gin bar in the country. That’s not an opinion, 40 St Paul’s were awarded the ‘Best Gin Bar’ and the ‘Best Gin Menu’ in the UK for 2018. Now, that’s got your attention hasn’t it?! With over 140 varieties on offer it’s fair to say that they’ll be able to satisfy your every gin-related need. With only 24 seats, booking is highly recommended as space is by no means guaranteed. However, when you do get a spot, the cosy, intimate atmosphere just adds to the fantastic ambiance. It is truly gin-credible!
You must try: Herno Juniper Cask Gin Old Fashioned
Address | 40 Cox St, Birmingham, B3 1RD
If you’re looking for some glamour and sophistication, then look no further. A splendid, high-end cocktail bar, Fumo radiates elegance and grace. So doll up and get ready to sparkle in this wonderfully stylish establishment which boasts some of the best cocktails in town, as well as some excellent cuisine. A perfect setting for a classy night with the girls or an evening with that special someone.
You must try: The Hugo
Address | 1 Waterloo St, Birmingham B2 5PG
The Jekyll & Hyde
Where to be-gin? This vintage gin bar encapsulates ‘The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde’ in its creatively constructed menus, which offer a wide variety of drinks – many of which have a devilishly sweet element. Served in retro-styled candy jars, you can satisfy your sweet tooth as you indulge in one of their excellent confectionery cocktails. Lemon bonbon anyone? So, whether you’re relaxing in Dr Jekyll’s Gin Parlour or you’re in Mr Hyde’s Main Bar, they cater for all personalities.
You must try: Rhubarb & Custard
Address | 28 Steelhouse Lane, City Centre, Birmingham B4 6BJ
Leave the pretention at the door! This tiki-inspired bar pays homage to what’s truly important – the drinks (we’ll raise a glass to that!). So ditch those ball gowns and don the hula skirts as you bask in the soulful party atmosphere. Enjoy one of their own signature cocktails or let the bartender know what you fancy, and they’ll come up with something just for you. Count me in!
You must try: The Zombie
Address | 14-16 Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B1 1LT
Never visited the Botanist? Well it’s about thyme you went! Enjoy a floral themed evening which is a must for any plant lover and definitely a must for anybody who enjoys a rather tasty cocktail in a lovely environment. They have an extensive, greenhouse inspired, drinks menu which contains unusual cocktails as well as your favourite classics. In a quirky twist, some cocktails are served in a variety of garden-related vessels. Plant pot of booze anyone?
You must try: The Botanist
Address | 14-16 Temple St, Birmingham B2 5BG
Buffalo & Rye
Their alcoholic milkshakes bring all the girls to their bar…! Enjoy a boozy milkshake in a gloriously rustic setting at the quite frankly fabulous, Buffalo & Rye. Though they have an extensive menu, including a wide variety of luxurious cocktails, their adult milkshakes are the undoubted showstoppers. Choose from a selection of deliciously sweet shake flavours; from apple crumble to birthday cake, and add an alcoholic twist. If that’s not enough of a selling point, I don’t know what is!
You must try: Reese’s Peanut Butter Alcoholic Shake
Address | 11 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RS
As well as some fantastic South American-style street food, Bodega serves up a superb array of beautifully crafted cocktails. Whether it’s some fiery Mexican Mezcal, some stunning Caribbean Rum or a drop of beautifully Brazilian cachaça, they have plenty cocktails made with different bases to satisfy your every desire. So kick back, relax and enjoy the carnival atmosphere as you bask in all things South American!
YYou must try: Blue Brazil
Address | 12 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RS
A funky establishment which specialises in spirits, cocktails and craft beers, as well as serving up some truly delicious food. Enjoy one of their sumptuous signature cocktails in their award-winning weather-proof garden, with some cosy blankets on offer for those cold winter evenings. Indulge in a traditional cocktail or select something sweeter from their fun tuck shop range. From Refresher flavour to Parma Violet there are some tantalisingly tasty options available. How sweet!
You must try: Glitter S*it!
Address | 143 Bromsgrove St, Birmingham B5 6RG
Fancy an evening of upmarket elegance? The stylish décor and refined ambiance of Nuvo’s cocktail lounge will provide the perfect backdrop to that evening of sophistication. Sample some of their signature cocktails, a traditional classic or something with a twist if you’re feeling adventurous, whilst you enjoy the high-end atmosphere of one of Birmingham’s favourite haunts. Be sure to stick around when it transforms into one of the hottest dance venues, with top DJ’s regularly dropping the best urban, house and pop beats. Let’s Party!
You must try: Tanqueray Bramble
Address | Eleven Brindley Place, 2 Brunswick Square, Birmingham B1 2LP
The Button Factory
More exciting than the name suggests, The Button Factory is the perfect venue if you’re looking for a relaxed, casual cocktail. With high ceilings, big windows, leather seats and wooden floors it is has a wonderfully vintage feel which is enough to keep you there all afternoon. As well as some excellent food, they have an extensive list of classic cocktails on offer to cater for your every need. So get dialing and invite the girls to a tour of The Button Factory!
You must try: Sloe Negroni
Address | 25 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HH