We visited on a late Wednesday evening for a quiet night cap after a full day of trains and beer. This place is anything but quiet. It was one big party with loud music and lots of drunk people. We got our two beers and one cider and then hurried out of this chaos.
I hadn’t been in this place for years, I seem to remember a very limited selection of cask and not a lot else. All change now, both cask and keg are generally from high end micro-breweries. Nice that it is also an old school bar in appearance as well. Well worth a visit on the (very) short John Bright Street crawl.
Was taken here by colleagues and returned the next day before I got a train back south. Selection was pretty good, although coming back the next day meant I had limited new beers to try. However staff were very helpful - went through the bottle selection with me. I also liked the fact that it’s a traditional Victorian boozer, with the craft selection.
For a Victoria’s boozer pub, it has a pretty decent beer selection. Interesting bottles behind the bar and rotating casks. Very busy all the time and service can be slow. But the atmosphere is certainly spot on.
Large place just a block from the main train station. Very crowded on a Saturday at 6 PM. One large sort of circular connected room with a central bar. Hipsters. Bachelor party, in costume, if that gives you an idea of the place. And it’s CARPETED! Need I say more...
Decent enough but sticky place for the younger set. Tries very hard to be hip. Partially succeeds. One cask ale when I was in (Siren Soundwave), a couple decent keg and an ok bottle selection. If this place were in Ely, I’d like it. But it’s near BrewDog and Cherry Reds (q.v.) so it needs to try much harder.
Situated a couple of minutes away from Brewdog this is a multi roomed pub on different levels.
Had 4 beers on tap and a couple of the beers hadn’t seen elsewhere in Birmingham and kept in decent condition
Tried the pizza deal 2 for £12 and was decent stuff.
Service OK but kept getting caught up with cocktail and coffee drinkers. Trying to be achingly fashionable.
Worth a look in but better places in Brum
Outwardly the Victoria looks like a traditional Victorian pub but inside it’s rather eccentric and not a little strange. It feels circular, with three quirkily decorated rooms round a central bar. In the main room, which is very purple, there are curved banquettes and seats covered in a plastic crocodile or possibly snake skin pattern; the animal theme is continued in some of the pictures which feature human bodies with birds’ heads. There are birdcages and clusters of fringed lampshades and some nice original features such as bell pushes and stained glass, although where a panel is missing it’s been replaced with astro turf. In the back room there are green leather sofas and some peculiar cartoons, possibly inspired by films. There are four hand pumps with a reasonable choice of beer and the service was friendly.
Incidentally, the flag on the Ratebeer map shows the Victoria in the wrong place - it’s actually in John Bright Street, just a stone’s throw from BrewDog.
(Visited 7 July 2013).