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Things we love

It’s got the most Michelin starred restaurants of any city outside London

40% of all the UK’s jewellery is produced in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

It is the home of Duran Duran and Black Sabbath

That accent

Apparently it has more lap dancing clubs than any other UK city.

It is the home of Cadbury’s Chocolate – amen

Things we wished we’d known

Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice – wouldn’t have bothered taking that flight!

It’s got more parks than any other European city – awesome come Summer

Under 25s account for nearly 40% of the population – so the city knows how to party

McDonalds is open on Christmas Day!

 

 

Best bars in Birmingham
Best bars in Birmingham
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Bodega
Bodega

It’s no secret that BarChick likes to get her South American freak on, and in this Bodega that we did. The bar is bright, funky and super happy, it’s more than just the tequila that will make you smile in Read More

Fleet Street Kitchen
Fleet Street Kitchen

After a couple of nights painting the town red, BarChick needed freshening up, and this place more than did the trick. The white tiled walls are clinical yet calming, the rustic wooden tables are appealing and the space is bright Read More

Fumo
Fumo

This is the place where ladies do lunch and chicks do cocktails, in fact on our visit it was entirely full of the female sex (boys, take note). There’s a lot of white, as well as hanging lamps that look Read More

Ginger's Bar
Ginger's Bar

This cocktail bar is kinda ‘glam’. It’s large, modern, clean cut and gets lively come the weekend. Settle in at the long, dark marble and leather fronted bar, or take a seat in a booth, also leather and frothy in Read More

Island Bar
Island Bar

If Island Bar were a bloke he’d be dressed in flairs and rocking a retro brown 60s patterned shirt! Don’t be fooled by the location of this place, sure it’s right next to a busy road, but this is Birmingham Read More

Lost and Found
Lost and Found

Welcome to this whimsical world of hedonism. Lose yourself, find yourself, all possible in this large Victorian styled former bank. If you’re walking in for the first time, jaws may drop, it’s vast, quirky and damn impressive. The bar’s sweeping Read More

Malbar at Malmaison
Malbar at Malmaison

Located in the heart of The Mailbox, this hotel bar is first-class. The space is big and the décor is rife with red and black, so no surprises there. Teaming with businessmen sinking bottles of red, girls on high street Read More

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill

Soak this place up with a large gulp of expensive Champagne. Stroll through the rather odd and soulless Mailbox, find the lifts, order one up to the 25th floor and you’ll hit Marco’s hangout. The setting is James Bond-esq and Read More

The Church
The Church

If you find yourself in the cool and understated Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham then you’ll want to make sure you hit The Church. It’s a little bit of pub with a hint of French Bistro, plus whack in some Louisiana Read More

The Jekyll and Hyde
The Jekyll and Hyde

Discreet but perfectly formed, this tale of two bars is an oasis of Victoriana glamour just off Birmingham’s city centre. It’s the Dr Jekyll gin parlour, tucked above the Alice in Wonderland themed courtyard that makes this place a mecca Read More

The Lord Clifden
The Lord Clifden

This place is just so much more than your typical boozer, it just keeps on giving. Not only have they got a HUGE food menu, literally you can eat anything but you can even kick start your day with one Read More

The Pickled Piglet
The Pickled Piglet

As quirky as its name, this upstairs bar/café is out of the way, independent and proud of it. Clean cut, white and with a small number of tables to sit at for the perfect catch up. It’s a loft style Read More

The Rose Villa Tavern
The Rose Villa Tavern

Another one to hit if you’re in the Jewellery Quarter. This converted pub has stained glass windows to get any church goer going. They’ve got wicked wallpaper, brightly coloured, mismatched furniture and our favourite kind of telephone box – one Read More

The Victoria
The Victoria

From the outside The Victoria could be just another old local, but from the inside this place has got it going ON. With snakeskin booths, portraits of pigeons that have the bodies of women, Union Jack bunting and dangling lampshades Read More