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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

The top 6 bars to hire in Birmingham

Imagine the scene, after a day dodging bikes, crossing canals and seeing blokes do their best Peaky Blinders walk, you dip into a dimly lit bar – neon lights aglow, the only sounds are the gentle buzz of conversation and an occasionally clinking of glasses.

When it comes to choosing a bar in Birmingham, you really are spoiled for choice. The canal-covered city is packed with amazing bars that have a whole range of bookable spaces. Doing things differently is encoded into the DNA of the city, and each Birmingham bar brings something different to the table. So get ready to get comfortable, and pull up a stool at these brilliant bars.

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1. Birmingham’s best secret garden bar: The Botanist Bar & Restaurant


Looking for a bar hire in Birmingham that creates an aesthetic stir? The Botanist is the Birmingham bar for you.

This bar and restaurant are located on Temple Street, a short stroll from the transport hub of Birmingham New Street. This bar is a favourite haunt for those who want their bar to focus on cocktails that makes full use of botanical ingredients.

Food options range from BBQ and deli options to classic burgers and indulgent brunches. The decor runs with the secret garden theme – expect hanging baskets, wooden decor and lots and lots of plants. For bar hire in Birmingham, you’re hard-pressed to do better than The Botanist.

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2. The Birmingham bar with *all* the activities: DropShot


Activity bars are two for a penny these days. The cities of the UK are awash with flying axes, digitised dartboards and barely escapable rooms. Where Birmingham’s premium activity bar, Drop Shot Living, comes in is through sheer choice.

DropShot is a Birmingham activity bar with a difference. The difference? Drop Shot boasts, features a cocktail, craft beers, six Olympic-grade tennis tables, two shuffleboards, and many pool tables alongside pizzas and party music.

You can hire it out all to yourself, or (if you’re feeling generous) invite up to 400 guests. Sometimes more is more.

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3. The best Birmingham bar to sing your heart out at: Juke Boxers


Piano and bar lovers of Birmingham: So you’ve seen Rocketman. You’ve put some Chopin on whilst opening that fancy bottle of wine. Have you, and be honest, sipped on a beautiful cocktail whilst two pianos duel it out? We thought not.

The concept is as simple as it is mad. Using an app you can request whatever song you like, and the two pianos will play. You can then dance, sing, nod along or just royally drunk.

The music doesn’t stop playing and the drinks don’t stop coming till the early hours of the morning. With a capacity of 200, you can book the whole place out and impress pretty much everyone.

Alexa, play Piano Man.

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4. The best completely private, completely beautiful Birmingham bar: The Compound


So it’s not just a bar, not really. It doesn’t matter though; The Compound might just be the most stunning venue in the entirety of Birmingham (there’s also an argument for the UK).

10,000 square feet of stunning space can be hired out for any private occasion you could imagine.

Alongside a kitchen, and a speakeasy bar, this Birmingham venue also boasts an art studio, balconies, bridges, a cinema, and much more (we only breached the first three letters of the alphabet there!).

You and 130 incredibly lucky guests could have the whole space to pretty much anything you could imagine. Yes, we are jealous.

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5. The best independent bar in Birmingham: 1000 Trades


Independent, friendly and a leading champion of craft beers and natural wines, this Birmingham bar makes full use of its community spirit to bring drinks, music and art together in a beautiful 3-floor 19th-century building.

Located in the Jewellery Quarter, 1000 Trades has a range of private spaces to hire.

Combine this with their top-tier sound system and generally saintly attitude towards things, and you have a winner.

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6. The best Birmingham bar to lift a stein at: Bierkeller


A UK stalwart, the Bierkeller bar group has formed the foundation of many a booze-soaked adventure. Birmingham’s outpost is a reliably fun bar that has beerhall-style bench seating so getting a chair even on a busy night is realistic.

With an Oompah band playing at the weekend and a wide array of German beers on draught, it’s the best Birmingham bar to shout “Proust!” in.

For private hire the Birmingham City Centre bar allows you to book the main bar or the adjoining Sports Bar, and you can host anything from meetings and private parties to your own charity bar event.

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We've put together the best bars in Birmingham for you to find and book. From activity bars for a corporate day out to cosy pubs to swanky cocktail bars, Birmingham is full of amazing bars for you to explore. Take a look at all our bar venues in Birmingham. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Birmingham bar venues respond to your enquiry.

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