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Bars in Birmingham: things to know before you go

Find all your questions on the best bars in Birmingham answered in one handy place.

Which are the best bars in Birmingham?

The city’s bar and pub scene is brimming with new bars and hotspots offering craft beer and cocktails. With trendy speciality bars popping up across the city, there’s more on offer than you could hope to keep up with. There are a few standouts, though:

  • Gingers comes with an impressive pedigree, nestled as it is in Purnell’s Bistro by the business district. That, of course, is one of the eateries of Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell – so you know that drinking here is going to be a high-class affair. It’s cool and contemporary without giving up its welcoming vibe – and most importantly, the cocktails are amazing.
  • Dig Brew Co. might require you to hop on a train to Birmingham Moor Street or New Street, but it’s worth the effort. They’re a playful bunch at Dig, and the beers on offer are always creative. They’re keen on events, too, and often host art, beer festivals and live music.
  • Burning Soul was named the West Midlands Best New Brewery at the 2017 RateBeer Best Festival. It’s built a reputation for big and bold flavours and its on-site tap-room is a great place to taste them for yourself.

Where does the best gin and tonic in Birmingham?

With so many new bars in Birmingham, the best G&T is a hotly debated topic. Gingers is an excellent place to start if a G&T is your tipple of choice. But keep an eye on Groupon’s Birmingham events page, too if you’re on the hunt for Birmingham’s best gin and tonic – gin and prosecco festivals have a happy habit of passing through town on a pretty regular basis and we always have the best events vouchers in Birmingham. Raise a glass and sample a few at a time. Cheers to that.

What is the difference between a Birmingham pub, bar, club, and a lounge?

The differences between pubs, clubs, bars and lounges get a bit blurry around the edges. However, there are some key points to keep in mind that will give you an idea of what sort of drinking establishment best suits you.

  • Clubs – revolve around the dancefloor (with a generous side of drinking). If it doesn’t open until 10pm and closes sometime after 2am, it’s almost definitely a club.
  • Pubs – are all about having a pint and a catch up with mates, maybe even sharing some tasty British pub grub.
  • Bars – stay open late and serve beers, cocktails and everything in between. Expect music loud enough to hear but quiet enough to hold a conversation over.
  • Lounges – cocktail lounges are snazzier than a pub or a bar, but typically with a similar focus on relaxing and socialising. They’re often great places to start or finish up when you’re heading out to a restaurant.

What are the best apps to find nearby restaurants and bars in Birmingham?

The Groupon app is a great place to start. Not only will it show you all the bars in Birmingham that are nearest to you, it will also help you get the best bar deals in the city, too. Open Table and Zomato are also great apps to try.