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Written by Luke Bull - 09 October 2023

10 Cool bars in Birmingham

Birmingham has unfairly been ignored when it comes to the 'cool' moniker. Lacking the edge of Manchester, the laid-back vibe of Bristol or the sheer scale of London, the Brummie haven gets an undeservedly bad rap in our opinion. Truth is, there's much more to the city of a thousand trades than Cadbury, canals and Cillian Murphy's dodgy accent.

Birmingham recently has undergone a renaissance when it comes to cool spaces, in particular bars. The old in buildings of industry that make up the city prove a perfect breeding ground for a variety of trendy drinking spots, with bars of all stripes and colours attracting the best of the city's patrons.

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1. A cool Birmingham bar to visit for its huge selection of drinks: 52 Gas Street


Originally built as a gun factory before being used as stables for the canal, this cool Birmingham bar has certainly been around the block. Admire their cosy leather booths, well-lit interior and homely wooden beams.

Located in their self-titled street, this aesthetic Birmingham bar overlooks the canal (did you know that Birmingham has more than Venice?), giving you a decent view of the city's waterways.

The main thing which sets this venue apart is their extensive drinks list. Although you’ll be able to recognise all your favourite cocktails, if you’re a fan of the spirits then this bar is your calling. Boasting 40 plus types of vodka and around 80 different gins, there's a lot to get through.

one trick pony club birmingham cool bar
one trick pony club birmingham cool bar

2. A cool Birmingham bar which is the King of pub grub: One Trick Pony Club


There’s nothing more disappointing than visiting a pub and being let down by the food. However, this cool Birmingham cocktail bar, located in Moseley Village, prides itself on its diverse menu.

We personally love their humorously titled ‘winner, winner chicken dinner’. Boasting southern fried crispy chicken, jacket potato mash (and more) this dish lives up to its name. Wash it down with one of the venue's craft beers — a constantly rotating selection to keep you intrigued.

Our apologies if this description has made you hungry, but don’t worry. If you were planning a chilled night in, then this venue offers food delivery services. Wanting to bask in some of Birmingham’s (occasional) sun? Well, the One Trick Pony Club offers a great pub garden decked with wooden benches and intentional graffiti.

Ikigaib Birmingham cocktail bar 1
Ikigaib Birmingham cocktail bar 2

3. An authentic Birmingham bar to visit for a taste of Japan: Bar Ikigai


Open from Wednesday to Sunday, this loft venue in Frederick Street is one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets. With tons of natural light and minimalist decorations, this cool bar allows its Japanese drinks to be the star of the show.

The concept of the venue is inspired by Izakaya culture, informal drinks with snacks after work (not too bad, eh?) With knowledgeable, quality service, you are guaranteed to be in safe hands.

Moreover, this venue offers loads of Japanese drinks which you might not have tried before. Ever tasted sake? Well with a new flavour every month, this cool venue gives you the opportunity to become an expert.

However, the best thing about Ikigai is definitely its omakase feature. With the venue matching you to a drink, being indecisive has never felt so good.

Also available to private hire for up to 40 people.

flight club birmingham cool bar
flight club birmingham cool bar

4. A competitive Birmingham bar to visit to spice up your Instagram feed: Flight Club Birmingham


Did you know that Birmingham’s Temple Street has a bar which holds the key to all your childhood nostalgia? With a carousel themed interior, red and gold decorations and warm lighting, this cool bar is the definition of cosiness.

However, the thing which truly sets this bar apart from the others is its array of dart boards. There are 13 to choose from, all in semi-private oches — known to me and you as booths. Prepare to unleash your competitive side as you battle against friends in an array of fun games.

Don’t be upset if you lose the game (or if you want to celebrate in style) as this cool bar offers some amazing food and drink options. The drinks are particularly striking, with carousel horses decorated on top. Aesthetic galore.

Also available for private hire for the coolest party in town.

The night owl birmingham cool bar
The night owl birmingham cool bar

5. An independent Birmingham bar which hosts the coolest events: The Night Owl


Keep this bar in mind if you’re a fan of Northern Soul, retro beats, or want to see some of the best tribute acts which Birmingham has to offer. Located in the heart of Digbeth, this cool bar is open every Friday and Saturday night (ideal for you to party the week away).

Although it has a capacity of 250, this bar prides itself on remaining an intimate space. With vintage interiors and up-cycled furniture you’re sure to feel right at home.

Looking to spend some time with your nearest and dearest? Well if so, this cool bar is available to hire everyday apart from Fridays and Saturdays. With a fully equipped stage, mezzanine area and two bars, even your most annoying relatives will become your best friends.

The cocktail club Birmingham cocktail bar 3
The cocktail club Birmingham cocktail bar 3

6. A cool new Birmingham bar to visit : The Cocktail Club


Just a stone’s throw away from Birmingham New Street is the city’s latest offering, which promises to be the sexiest bar in town. Think leopard print deco, wild bartenders and amazing tunes and you’ve pretty much summed it up.

With a capacity of 450, the atmosphere is guaranteed to be electric. Prepare yourself and your feet to dance into the early hours of the morning. We’ll let you into a little secret as well — happy hour runs everyday up until 8pm. Surely nothing beats a great boozed based bargain. Your visit here is guaranteed to be a night to remember (depending how well you can handle your booze).

Private hire is available for a wild night with your pals, starting September 30th 2022.

Dead wax digbeth cool bar birmingham
Dead wax digbeth cool bar birmingham

7. A cool Birmingham bar bursting with vinyl records: Dead Wax Birmingham


Close your eyes (maybe after you’ve finished reading) and picture this. A beer in hand, sourdough pizza in front of you and vinyl music playing in the background. Well, that pretty much sums up this cool bar.

Situated in Digbeth, this place is open from mid-afternoon until late. Their ever-rotating selection of craft beers are sure to have you thirsty for more.

The music is the main focal point of this bar. With a staggering collection of 4000 vinyl’s, the music here is going to cover most bases. If you have a particular record which gets your head bobbing then bring it here for everyone to enjoy.

They also host frequent events which you can buy tickets for.

vagabond wine birmingham cool bar
vagabond wine birmingham cool bar

8. A cool Birmingham venue which is an expert in wines: Vagabond Wine


Calling all wine lovers, this Colmore Row resident will have you dreaming about your visit for days. With a staggering choice of over 100 wines by the glass, your wine knowledge is sure to grow.

Don’t worry if you’re new to the wine game or trying out a new one. You can use this cool Birmingham bar’s wine machines for tasting purposes (how sophisticated). Vagabond also offers a huge selection of craft beers which you can pour yourself. At least that’s one thing ticked off the bucket list.

Available for private hire, this venue is ideal for all wine loving friends. Moreover, they also offer bottomless wine brunches for those days you’d like a few extra glasses.

Bierkeller bar birmingham 2
Bierkeller bar Birmingham 2

9. A cool Bavarian bar to visit for a sehr gut time: Bierkeller Birmingham


Not one for the introverted, this cool Birmingham bar will transport you straight to the streets of Germany. Located in Essex Street, expect raucous dancing and plenty of foot stomping fun.

This venue prides itself on their Bavarian beer selection. If you’re becoming bored of the standard pint at the pub then definitely opt for a stein — a litres worth of beer. Yes you heard us right.

Looking to take the night one step further? Then this venue’s oompah bands are the ones to watch. You can sit (or dance) on communal benches whilst enjoying the traditional German music. Prepare for loud music, competitions, and plenty of foot stomping and hand clapping.

Available for private hire.

alchemist birmingham cool bar
alchemist birmingham cool bar

10. A cool Birmingham venue for a taste of magic: The Alchemist


Housed in the Grand Hotel is Birmingham’s very own centre of magic. Forget the fantasy of Harry Potter, this is the real deal. With two venues, one in Colmore Row and another in Brindley Place, you’re spoilt for choice.

Promising a night of molecular magic, there’s certainly not another bar quite as cool. The theatre in some of the drinks is more obvious (although still amazing), like ‘the colour changing one’. Prepare to be shocked and surprised when you order the likes of the ‘bubble bath’ and ‘pop-sicle’ (we aren’t giving you any spoilers, sorry).

Buckle yourself in to surrender to a night of fun and mystery. Both venues are available for your private hire. Gather your nearest and dearest and prepare for an alchemical night.

More of the coolest bars in Birmingham

Thinking of hiring a bar for your next event? Great idea. Birmingham is known for its cool bars. From busy tiki bars and trendy cocktail bars with world-class mixologists to quiet and cosy garden bars, we've got every type of bar in Birmingham for you to browse and book. Why not take the team for a corporate day out at an activity bar or have a hip birthday bash at your own exclusive bar? Have a look at these top Birmingham interesting bar venues and get some ideas for where to have your next event. Alternatively, tell us exactly what you need and we'll make sure the very best Birmingham venues respond to your enquiry.

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How to hire a cool bar in Birmingham

We know that finding a venue the old-fashioned way (where you trawl the internet, contact 10 venues or set your heart on one, only to find that they're out of your price range and not even available on your dates) is a pain, and there are a few pitfalls between you and book your perfect cool bar. Getting the venue-finding process down to professional art is what we’ve made our mission ever since we took on the events industry. We often get asked the same questions, so here's what we recommend to quickly and easily hire a space in Birmingham.

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For cool bars near Birmingham, you're spoilt for choice. Here are a few extra special ones that we vouch for:

52 Gas Street– Originally built as a gun factory before being used as stables for the canal, this cool Birmingham bar has certainly been around the block. Admire their cosy leather booths, well-lit interior and homely wooden beams. The main thing which sets this venue apart is their extensive drinks list.

The Night Owl – Located in the heart of Digbeth, this cool bar is open every Friday and Saturday night (ideal for you to party the week away). With vintage interiors and up-cycled furniture, you’re sure to feel right at home.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of a cool bar. How many guests are you planning for? Is the venue for the day, an afternoon, or the night? The good news is that you can find a venue for pretty much any budget (okay, almost any budget). Instead of letting the venue dictate the price, our advice is to be proactive and set a budget that you feel comfortable with – this way the right venues can reach out to you through HeadBox.

There are lots of ways to book a cool Birmingham bar. You can do the old-fashioned thing and pick up the phone, or email the venue directly. Unfortunately, lots of venues are busy and may not get back to you in time. That's where we come in. Give us your enquiry and we'll reach out to the best bar near Birmingham and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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