The best cocktail bars in Birmingham

We have some fabulous cocktail bars in the city, from hidden speakeasies to tropical paradises.

When it comes to cocktails, the bartenders in Birmingham certainly know which are shaken not stirred.

There are some amazing cocktail bars in the city, from hidden speakeasies to tropical paradises.

Some offer hard-to-find blends, others promise surprises and some even suggest ordering by app over your phone!

So whether you like you’re like yours long and tall or short and sharp, there’s a cocktail and a bar for you.

Here’s a selection of our favourites – tell us yours and we’ll add them to the list!

Ginger’s Bar

Ginger's Bar in Newhall Street in Birmingham.

The staff at this Newhall Street bar, owned by celebrity chef Glynn Purnell, are knowledgeable when it comes to their cocktails, having taken inspiration from some of the first edition cocktail books dating back to 1923.

The extensive cocktail list includes hard-to-find spirits and lots of surprises.

Definitely, the place to go if you’re after something a bit more original than a mojito or a mai tai.

Newhall Street, Birmingham

Be At One

First pictures of the new cocktail bar Be At One.

Brum’s newest late night cocktail bar, in the Piccadilly Arcade, offers more than 150 types of drink.

One of the quirks of this new place is that you can a use an app – downloaded from the company’s website – to help you to manage your cocktail budget by adding credit to your account.

You can pass your phone to a bartender who will input a secret password to process your order.

The app will also randomly generate a cocktail for you to try.

Island Bar

It may be grey outside but the sun’s always shining at Island Bar on Suffolk Street, the place to go in Birmingham for tropical cocktails.

They also offer cocktail masterclasses for those who want to have a go themselves.

Suffolk Street, Birmingham

The Botanist

The Botanist cocktail inspired by famous Birmingham Royal Ballet.

If you can get past the drinks in watering cans phenomenon, this chain restaurant that arrived in 2015 does pretty good cocktails.

Some might say they can taste a little on the sweet side, but the bar itself has a nice feel to it.

There is an extensive list of concoctions to try from martins to mojitos.

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Temple Street, Birmingham

Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay Restaurant

Another little bit of sunshine in the centre of Brum!

Turtle Bay on John Bright Street pile plenty of rum into their Caribbean inspired cocktails.

What’s more, every day is happy hour here so you can enjoy double the pleasure seven days a week!

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John Bright Street, Birmingham

The Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Seeing is believing at this Victorian, botanical hideaway on Bennetts Hill where the bartenders conjure up curious creations to make you smile.

There’s a taste map to help you choose whether you’d like sweet, strong, light or dry cocktails, and their Found Cocktails are just £5 each from 5pm to 8pm Monday to Friday.

Oh, and it even has a hidden speakeasy!

Bennetts Hill, Birmingham


Eton Mess cocktail at Fumo, Waterloo Street

Part of the award-winning San Carlo Group, the cocktails at this traditional Italian bar and restaurant in Waterloo Street have a distinctly Mediterranean feel to match the laid back, yet lively atmosphere.

Waterloo Street, Birmingham

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and GrillMarco Pierre White's restaurant on the 25th floor of The Cube.

With 360° panoramic views of the city and a sunshiney rooftop terrace at the top of The Cube, this is an impressive place to sip a cocktail.

Be prepared to choose from the list though as bartenders here are unable to take special requests.

The Cube, Birmingham

Gas Street Social

Gas Street Social

The cocktails here are up to scratch but a personal experience saw the bartender create exactly what we wanted based on the vaguest description. Bonus points there.

The Gas Street Cobbler is worth anyone’s money, a great mix of wine, passion fruit, vodka, lemon and apple.

The menu is huge though so you can choose from others.

Gas Street, Birmingham


Pushkar, Cocktail Bar and Dining on Broad Street

This is a cocktail bar within a classy Punjabi and North Indian restaurant on Broad Street.

They promise plenty of classic cocktails, creative mocktails and some of their own creations too.

Broad Street, Birmingham

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Buffalo and Rye
Boozy Brunch at Buffalo & Rye

Looking for somewhere to chill out on a Sunday without breaking the bank?

There’s a Wet Your Whistle Happy Hour at Buffalo and Rye, a bar and diner offering a taste of Americana with selected cocktails just £4.50 from 4 to 7pm on weekdays – and all day Sunday.

Tuck into Hard Iced Tea (with peach-flavoured Moonshine!), Bourbon Honey Mule and Mountain Dew Collins at this Bennett’s Hill bar.

Bennetts Hill, Birmingham


We snooped around the new Bills restaurant in the Bullring opening Monday December 7

Expect classic cocktails like Just Peachy Bellini and Bramble Mojitos at Bill’s in Bullring.

They also have a nice selection of virgin cocktails too.

Bullring, Birmingham

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Birmingham Cocktail Weekend organiser Alex Nicholson-Evans with a Margarita cocktail in Bodega

The downstairs bar at this Bitters n Twisted restaurant on Bennetts Hill (most of which do great cocktails, incidentally).

When the weekend can’t come quick enough, head to Thirsty Thursdays here, an all-night happy hour.

The one to return to is the margarita, a classic done well.

Bennetts Hill, Birmingham


Chaophraya in Spiceal Street

Fancy a cocktail in the sunshine?

Enjoy 2-4-1 deals on the Cocktail of the Week at Chaophraya from 3 to 7pm on Sundays to Thursdays.

This bar and Thai restaurant, set over two floors in Spiceal Street in the Bullring, has an extensive alfresco terrace, making it a lovely place to enjoy the sun in Brum.

Spiceal Street, Birmingham

Bar Opus

Bar Opus at One Snowhill in Birmingham.

We’re the first to commend Opus on the food that they do so it’s only fair to commend their excellent alcohol too.

Reasonably priced, constantly changing and expertly created, you can also get some decent mocktails.

A special that catches the eye right now is the Twisted My Melon.

One Snowhill, Birmingham

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The Jekyll & Hyde

This is probably the quirkiest option on this list and one that gin lovers with literally lap up.

You’ve got over 80 different types of gin to choose from and they can all be mixed and served up in numerous creative styles.

Cocktails are reasonable and many of the concoctions have their own unique twists with flavours such as lemon bon-bon and strawberry laces.

Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham

GINgle Bell Rock at the Jekyll and Hyde, made up of Beefeater gin, St Germain, sugar syrup and cranberry juice.

The Edgbaston

The food and rooms at The Edgbaston are both of a high quality but the focus here needs to be the cocktails.

The bartender here prides himself on creating cocktails that perfectly match the dishes.

There’s even an edible cocktail designed to cleanse the palate.

Highfield Road, Edgbaston


Information Courtesy of The Birmingham Mail