I hadnít 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 itís a traditional Victorian boozer, with the craft selection.
For a Victoriaís 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 itís 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, Iíd like it. But itís 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 hadnít 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 itís 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 birdsí 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 itís 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 - itís actually in John Bright Street, just a stoneís throw from BrewDog.
(Visited 7 July 2013).
It has to be over 30 years since I had been in here, but now it has been done up it could well be a regular. There are now 3 rooms, all of a similar decor and fittings, but nice and comfortable, with a good feel to the place. There were 5 beers available and I managed a couple of new ratings, the beers were all in very decent condition. The food was also very good. With The Brewdog opening up soon across the road, this will make it a popular area to go. Well worth a visit. Re Rate Aug í13. This has not kept up the standard it started with. Now it feels a little more run down and the beer was poorer in quality. A little disappointed.
Itís about time I rated this place! As itís name suggests, itís an old Victorian style pub in the heart of the city that thankfully and rather surprisingly retains much of its original character. They have a small but rotating selection of real ales, so itís always worth checking out to see what they currently have. The staff are friendly, the wifi good and the customers "colourful". Iíve always enjoyed my visits here. In terms of the architecture, its like stepping back 100+ years, but your fellow customers somehow manage to bring you bang up to date :-)