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Written by Luke Bull

November 11, 2022


The top outdoor bars in Birmingham


Birmingham is host to an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, and bars. Lots of bars.


Despite the weather, we think that no other city (bar the capital, no pun intended) recognises the importance of a good bar more than Birmingham. More than that, a good outdoor bar.


Weather permitting, there’s nothing like a pint, a cocktail or a glass of wine in the sun with a few friends at an outdoor bar. Better still, when you can host a private event there.


Let’s take a look at some of the best outdoor bars in Birmingham next time you fancy a drink outside.


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1. An outdoor bar that's bringing it back to basics: The Loft

Birmingham

Near New Street Station, next to the Birmingham Hippodrome and Arcadian, is this contemporary cocktail bar serving fun vibes and a lovely outdoor space to enjoy one of their refreshing drinks.


The Loft has classic drinks on lock, from premium spirits and craft beer to classic cocktails. The chic interior decor provides a cosy atmosphere and many places to sit, sip and chill.


To pair with your flavourful drinks and delicious homemade food is a weatherproof garden conveniently open all year round. The cold weather doesn’t stop this bar from opening up their outdoor space, and the staff will graciously hand you a blanket for those colder nights for you and your friends to cosy up while enjoying your meal.


If you are searching for a space to host your private dinner with friends or an exclusive work event, this venue is available for private hire.



2. It’s all fun and games at this outdoor bar: The Floodgate

Birmingham

If you’re looking for a space to entertain your friends visiting from out of town, head to The Floodgate for fun games, drinks and decor.


This experiential bar is located in the Custard Factory and has games like Curl Curling, Bleachers Baseball and Table Golf. Enjoy competing with your friends in this colourful, neon atmosphere.


Scope out The Yard, their outdoor space for more fun games, like curling lanes and batting cages.


And while you're there try their street food and signature drinks to fill yourself up for a long night of gaming. We suggest you try the Strike Out (raspberry vodka, triple sec, strawberry, mango, lime and cranberry) options.


This place is a great venue to bring your friends to, but you can also hire the space for big events and fun team-building activities.



3. A botanical outdoor bar in Birmingham: Birdies Bar and BBQ

Birmingham

Set in a beautiful outdoor space with high-top tables, vines tangled around the wooden panelling and yummy drinks to sip on while catching up with your friends is Birdies Bar and BBQ.


This spot offers delicious cocktails, beers and street food while listening to fun live music. When you order your drink, don't forget to snap a pic of the tiki bar decor and colourful flowers that make this venue a fun and lively place.


This bar has a wide selection of food and drinks to pick from, like the Raspberry Robin (spiced rum, pureed raspberries, vanilla and lime juice) or check out their sharing cocktails, like the Zazu Zombie (rum, passionfruit, pomegranate, pineapple, orange and lime juice).


Bring your friends and family to enjoy this fun spot and soak up the tropical atmosphere this space has to offer.



4. An outdoor bar that's standing the test of time: The Old Crown

Birmingham

Step into history when you walk through the doors of The Old Crown. This venue is the oldest secular building that has existed since 1368.


The rustic interior decor has exposed brick and beautiful wooden elements that bring a cosy atmosphere while you’re enjoying a drink with friends.


The outdoor space is full of colour with large blue picnic tables and string lights that bring a fun vibe while you sip a beer with your mate.



While you're there, try their sourdough stone-baked pizza and select a drink from their extensive menu of traditional beverages like an Aperol Spritz.


Whether you pick a seat inside or outside, The Old Crown is a solid choice.



5. An outdoor bar that brings the music, food, drinks and fun: Luna Springs

Birmingham

Luna Springs is a quirky, colourful jumble of vibrant decor and eclectic artwork everywhere. The fun atmosphere, great music, and delicious drinks make this venue a lively place to go with your friends to enjoy the outside air and the fun Birmingham nightlife.


If you're looking for a drink to sip on while enjoying the music check out the bar under the colourful tent. Try one of their signature drinks, like the Lunar Springs (gin, limoncello, white peach and citrus) or the Cosmic Sangria (merlot, berries, orange, gin and spices). Don’t forget to ask about their 2-for-1 cocktail deal.


This space is also available for private hire and can fit up to 600 standing guests for an all-out party, but there are more private facilities for an intimate event.



6. An outdoor bar in Birmingham suitable for all occasions: Bank Birmingham

Birmingham

Introducing Birmingham’s (kind of) new outdoor bar, Bank. Having been closed for refurbishment, this venue is ready to open with a brand-new interior and menu. Exciting, right?


Open every day until late, Bank promises they have the sophisticated vibes of the finest brasseries. They serve seasonal food, taking particular pride in their beef.


For those wanting a post-work tipple or 2, consider visiting one of their 2 outdoor terraces. We all know what Birmingham weather can be like — rainy, cold, dreary. Basically everything but sunny. Well, Bank’s outdoor section is fit for all-weather, meaning being in Brum doesn’t have to hold you back.


Located on Brindley Place, you will have a great view of the canal too.



7. An outdoor bar in Birmingham to visit for food and drinks: The Junction

Birmingham

The Junction is located in Harborne and is open every day. Housed in a Victorian building, it certainly wins points for being aesthetic. Although you can sit inside, they have a great pub garden which we recommend you check out.


Decked in fairy lights and flowers, part of this Birmingham outdoor bar is sheltered in case of rain. They offer a range of drinks including craft beers, ciders and all of your favourite cocktails. From strawberry daiquiris to espresso martinis, The Junction has it all.


Feeling a little hungry? Well, this venue offers a sprawling menu — all seasonal and British-grown. Choose from options like British pork sausage and spring onion mash or a nourish bowl. We bet you’re hungry now.



The best outdoor bars in Birmingham

Who doesn't love an outdoor bar? Views of Birmingham's cityscape, the open air, a drink in hand, the setting sun... and we have the very best of Birmingham's outdoor bar offerings, ready for you to browse, book and get outside. Looking for a quiet bar for al fresco drinks or stunning views from a busy rooftop terrace? If this sounds like the perfect backdrop to your next event, you're in the right place. We've scoured the skyline for the best outdoor bars near you. Search, match, and book easily with HeadBox.

How to hire an outdoor 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 outdoor 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.

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

Tonight Josephine Birmingham – Check out this sassy and colourful cocktail bar, with iconic neon signs and glittery walls. Based on the debauchery of Josephine De Beauharnais, Empress of France and the original ‘it girl'.

Bar Opus – The city bar provides drinks, parties and an outdoor terrace. Enjoy Bar Opus' all-day menu and delicious bar plates. Classic cocktails with the freshest, quality ingredients.

There really is no one answer to this question: so many variables come into play when understanding the cost of exclusive hire of an outdoor 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 Birmingham outdoor 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 outdoor bars in Birmingham and let you enjoy your free time. Easy.

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