Birmingham Digbeth Beer Guide: Your Birmingham Digbeth guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Birmingham Digbeth

68 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“One of the older buildings surviving the regeneration of the Eastside City Park, it's a lovely traditional pub with plenty of charm and an excellent focus on cask ales that rotate and are sourced from microbreweries.“
ManVsBeer 31 days ago
66 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“Large traditional urban boozer in a lovely red-brick corner building outside of the city centre, but walkable from. The large front room utilises both front walls with its large windows on both with seating against, and the bar is against the inner wall in an 'L' shape, sporting a decent row of rotating and local cask ales. Visited in 2017.“
ManVsBeer 31 days ago
48 /100 30-31 ALLISON STREET
“Back street Irish bar, not far from the city centre and walkable, but the change of landscape to urban industrial is quick and quite stark here. It's well kept inside, a little chain-like, it's beers are ultimately disappointing as you've probably seen all of them many times before, although I did find one craft keg I had still to sample when I visited.“
ManVsBeer 32 days ago
74 /100
Kilder (Bar)
5 SHAW'S PASSAGE
“Visited on Saturday 5th October 2019 around 13.00. Located in the railway arches at the south end of Moor St station, ideal for my train home (allow at least 5 minutes … 10 to be safe) and next to the Original Patty Man. The arch itself is clean, modern and nicely done out … Wi-Fi is the free and open one from next doors Patty Man. 16 taps of keg dispense with a good range of UK brewers and styles allied to 50 or so bottles cans with a 20% discount on take away. Third pints available. Service prompt and friendly … when we arrived there were only 2 other drinkers but within half an hour or so there were a good 20 present. I took down the Cheese toastie with Nduja … a god tier sandwich for sure and whilst I picked up a couple of ticks only … I'd head back here for the sandwich alone! Overall a decent pit stop … not one to head out of your way for if your time in Brum is limited but I'm sure most folks will find a tick or two here.“
Theydon_Bois 70 days ago
72 /100
Kilder (Bar)
5 SHAW'S PASSAGE
“I had been meaning to get here since it opened,it's very handy for Birmingham Moor Street Station being under one of the Railway Arches just round the back, about 3 mins walk. It's trendy, cool in demeanour and enough out of the way for it to be visited by those who really want to try something different. Lots of key keg lines, there had been a Lervig Tap Take over just before our visit, so most taps were from them. Really worth a trip.“
imdownthepub 315 days ago
80 /100
Kilder (Bar)
5 SHAW'S PASSAGE
“Kilder has a strange vibe about it: feels like a dessert restaurant or cafe, but the tap list is excellent. 12 operational on my Thursday afternoon visit, 9 of which were dedicated to Lervig. Excellent bottle/can selection as well, but the pricing is a bit inconsistent: some bottles are great value, some average, and somr extraordinarily dear for what they are. Nonetheless there's brilliant stuff to be sampled here. Recommended wholeheartedly.“
jjsint 318 days ago
68 /100
Original Patty Men (Restaurant)
9 SHAWS PASSAGE,
“If you're craving craft beer with your meat (or vice versa) then this is the place for you. The food is good, reasonably priced (not cheap though) and you have a choice of four Siren beers on tap with which to wash down your tasty burger. If you're up on your Siren ticks you'll struggle to tick from the draft (although I bagged a new APA from their 'Suspended' series) but there are a few bottles and cans available. Music a bit loud, WiFi is iffy, but all in all a solid place.“
jjsint 318 days ago
80 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Great little pub in the area of the Custard Factory in Digbeth. I came by just after they opened, so was understandably quiet. Consists of two very small areas, piped music. I think the beer selection is pretty darn good: they apparently just had a 'Tryanuary' lambic tasting, so there was an unblinded lambic from Oud Beersel as well as seven other taps, mostly from UK breweries like Salopian and Cloudwater as well as a Lervig. Decent bottle fridge as well, with a larger selection unchilled and available for takeaway. Recommended stop.“
jjsint 318 days ago
88 /100
Kilder (Bar)
5 SHAW'S PASSAGE
“15 lines of direct draw beer served/stored at 4 degrees; this is what Birmingham city centre has been screaming out for. Its fast becoming one of my essential stops on a day out!“
CitizenCained 326 days ago
72 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Small bar with inside and outside seating. Tap selection rather limited. Thirds available. More stuff in cans and bottles however. Good service. Prices for cans and bottles seemed a bit high. Not bad but not the best place that I have been to in Birmingham.“
UKBeerGeek 451 days ago
54 /100
Kilder (Bar)
5 SHAW'S PASSAGE
“Visited on Sunday 26th Aug 2018 with minutemat, RichThe Villan and three other beery mates. No cask lines, 15 keg ones, mostly sour puss stuff. Green tiles, a lit wall fridge showing specimen jars and what were lumps of cheese (but looked like fat) it reminded me of a morgue. Modern and slick, not my scene at all.“
BlackHaddock 474 days ago
84 /100
Kilder (Bar)
5 SHAW'S PASSAGE
“New-ish bar next door to (and run by) Original Patty Men under an adjacent converted railway arch. Nice modern interior with comfortable seating. Long table across the centre of the room that was occupied by a large group during our visit. 15 keg lines covering a full array of styles, almost all brand new releases with a few interesting high strength rarities. A small yet decent selection of choice modern ciders in the fridge. Nice chilled music. Clipboard menus with full bottle list on the tables, 20% discount for take-outs. Appears to serve charcuterie and cheese boards which look decent from the refrigerated wall display. Great addition to the Birmingham craft beer scene.“
minutemat 475 days ago
84 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Situated in the creative part of Birmingham which is well worth a visit in its own right. Very small which could be a problem if you are claustrophobic. Good tap selection and when I visited the server was very knowledgeable about. Bottles and cans are available for off sales. Interesting and varied selection with a wide range of prices. Pleasant and friendly in an area that is well worth visiting. Shows how Birmingham has moved on-ten years ago this would not have been possible.“
johndoughty 602 days ago
78 /100 43 RIVER STREET, DIGBETH
“New Brewery/taproom opened 30/09/17. Visited 08/10/17. Website said open until late but was closing when we arrived at 7pm, thankfully the very helpful chap behind the bar stayed open for us. 6 real ale sticks dispense 5 Dig Brew Beers and one cider, 2 keg taps for the lager and imperial lager, both are held in tanks under the bar, which is unusual. Another 2 keg fonts dispense various lagers, a stout and fruit beers. Ambience is nice, food I hear is good as related to Mad O'Roukes pie factory. Location is a little quiet and you walk through the brewery to enter. Worth a visit.“
47574xeCD 793 days ago
50 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“Returning to this , after several years away, and I’m afraid I’m slightly disappointed. It used to house a great selection of cask ales, from local micro breweries. Apart from the beer, it had a spit and sawdust charm, with a great variety of rooms to drink in. It’s now been improved internally , so looks quite clean and plush, if that is your think. The range of beers has been reduced.“
Mjp12 908 days ago
86 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“One of my favorite spots in Birmingham. Eight taps with great beer and lots and lots of good stuff to go. Light and relaxed place. Highly recommended!“
Kristophe 920 days ago
56 /100 12 BANBURY STREET,
“Traditional red-brick pub close to the railway arches, and somewhat lonely at the moment as the area begins a regeneration. The landlord told me the HS2 station will be next door in a few years time, assuming the pub remains a pub until that time. It does have a second income now as one of the rooms has been converted into an off-license by Wine Lord, carrying the same beers and ciders you’ll see at the dedicated shop on the other side of the city close to the Jewellery Quarter. This is also called Wine Lord. Quite worn with its decor it’s something of a trip down memory lane in this respect, with the large windows on both its mains sides providing plenty of light early in the afternoon, and the ’L’ shaped bar carrying four different ales, three of which were from the local area. The back room has a pool table. Unfortunately there’s no outdoor space here. I’ve given my rating for the pub only, but of course the selection would be higher if you include the off-licence selection. Some of the beers are in fridges so you could conceivably buy from in there and drink in the pub if the various licences’ allow this.“
ManVsBeer 1003 days ago
82 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Small bottle and micropub serving keg ales in the gentrified Gibb Terrace in an otherwise gritty industrial area around the railway arches walkable in 20 minutes from the city centre. It’s a lovely little place focusing on craft brewers from up and down the country, with cans and bottles available as well as an eclectic mix on tap with varying strenghts. All are available in 1/3 measures if you want to take it easy with some of the stronger stuff on offer. There’s an upstairs reached by a couple of clunky winding metal staircases which you’ll have to traverse if you want to use the toilet here. Friendly and there’s a couple of tables if you want to people watch in the attractive narrow street it is located.“
ManVsBeer 1003 days ago
88 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Visited on 10th March 2017. A bit out of the way of the centre but situated in the old Custard factory area of Digbeth this is a great little beer bar and bottle shop. It’s on 2 levels with large tables with wooden benches on 3 sides provide the seating plus a couple of odd tables and chairs (with a couple outside). Decor is minimal with a few bits of beer memorabilia on the walls. The tap list was excellent with several Cloudwater and Magic Rock beers on plus beers from Warpigs and others, picked up 3 new beers on tap. The can and bottle range is also good and is lined up on both sides on the way to the bar so a little tempting. A great mix of UK, European and US beers available, a really solid list. Staff were really friendly, prices good and had a really nice feel to the place. Definitely worth the effort to stroll out here. Take a bag as you’ll probably be taking away some good beer!“
WingmanWillis 1006 days ago
64 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Quiet old fashioned place with a decent selection of casks and pretty dull stuff on draft. Nice enough but was closing just after 7pm when we visited.“
kermis 1082 days ago
74 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Old Skool boozer in the industrial part of Brum but not far from the city centre. Ten cask beers plus all the usual fizzy lagers. Good service. Strange opening hours. Looks like a decent place to spend time in following the demise of the Anchor.“
jmgreenuk 1082 days ago
70 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Small modern and minimal bottle shop and bar with an interesting selection of UK and international beers. Decent prices and friendly service. Damn cold though when visited in December.“
kermis 1082 days ago
86 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“This is outwardly a small bottle shop cum bar in the Custard Factory area of Digbeth, however there has been expansion upwards and sideways, so much more seating than previously described.
It took me back as the shop is right where the fitters workshops used to be, very initially the stabling for Bird’s horses. My Father was a fitter here and my Uncle an Electrician and we used to be taken there after evening football matches as there was slab jelly and popcorn to be had, while Dad went into The Old Crown with his mates.
Back to the bar / shop, it is a real treasure and with very friendly owners. The bottled beers are well selected as far as the space will allow and well priced, the taps have a few good surprises. It is well worth the trip out, probably only 15 minutes walk from Moor Street Station. I wish them all the best.“
imdownthepub 1088 days ago
48 /100 104 WARWICK STREET
“Genuine Irish pub in the industrial heart of town, just off Digbeth High Street. Multi roomed boozer, nothing of much interest in the beer range, certainly on this visit, I hadn’t been here for many years. Quiet on my visit.“
imdownthepub 1088 days ago
54 /100 12 BANBURY STREET,
“Old style Birmingham boozer just down the road from The Woodman that I hadn’t been in for around 30 years, it still looks the same really. It was on one of our routes up to St. Andrews, but I remember it wasn’t keen on football supporters in those days. No beers of any note on this visit unfortunately. There seems to be a bit of a music theme going on. Not a pub to seek out really but could be doubled up with the Woodman and then on to Clink.“
imdownthepub 1088 days ago
58 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Old style boozer owned by Birmingham Inns and sister pub to The Post Office Vaults, although very different in style. Although the pub seems quite remote from the city centre it is actually only a short, easy stroll from Moor Street Station. There is a huge amount of redevelopment going on round here with some European funding, it is also close to Millenium Point and the Universities. The pub itself is multi roomed with all the old pub signs still in place, for example the Smoking room, acid etched windows and a big old, solid wooden bar. The beer range doesn’t compare favourably to its sister pub unfortunately, I had to go down the cider route to pick up anything unusual. Presumably, when the High Speed Rail terminal gets built this will become a busy and sought after area of town, in the mean time it seems a little out on a limb.“
imdownthepub 1088 days ago
68 /100 12 BANBURY STREET,
“Historic interior with old panelled bar and tiled walls. Jazz features. 6 sticks serving 5 good beers and doom bar! Nice.“
47574xeCD 1093 days ago
90 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“A bit out of the way but well worth a visit. A real hidden gem - ssshhhh don’t tell everyone!“
al60uk 1141 days ago
60 /100
Original Patty Men (Restaurant)
9 SHAWS PASSAGE,
“Decent burger joint, very busy on a sat night. Selection of draft and bottled beers available .“
Mjp12 1162 days ago
70 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Nice little bar and bottle shop in the custard factory area. 8 taps, and a decent selection of bottles to either take out, or drink in.“
Mjp12 1162 days ago
62 /100 104 WARWICK STREET
“A real old skool inner city boozer. This place has not changed so much in a long time. Love the decor and the leaded windows. A small cask ale selection. Friendly service and wifi. Interesting and occasionally loud clientele! A decent place and worth the walk from the city centre.“
jmgreenuk 1218 days ago
88 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Small, but brilliant bar/shop opposite the Custard Factory. Convenient for the Anchor, for Moor St station, the Woodman and Original Patty Men. Small, but well chosen bottle/can selection and 8 good keg lines. Very small, so might be tough to squeeze in when it’s busy, but a great place.“
DanielBrown 1222 days ago
82 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Visited here after Birmingham Beer Bash and was very busy, decent tap selection at the time, really good bottle selection. Currently extending into unit next door. “
RichTheVillan 1239 days ago
76 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“In the creative district of Birmingham, close to the Custard Factory. Rather small but with a nice outdoor seated area. They have 8 taps and serve a third of a pint. An awesome bottle selection and great service.“
jmgreenuk 1239 days ago
78 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Small bottle shop hidden away in Hipsterville. Nice to see an interesting and reasonably priced shop in more central Birmingham. Not sure how successful the draft beer will be as there doesn’t seem to be much room for drinking inside which should prove a challenge in the midst of winter.“
Scotty001 1239 days ago
68 /100 12 BANBURY STREET,
“Lovely old building not too far out of the city centre. Great to see it open again. Good selection of beers and friendly service. A decent bottle shop alongside too.“
jmgreenuk 1240 days ago
64 /100 12 BANBURY STREET,
“Nice to see this place reopened, any historic place like this is always to be cherished. A bit rough around the edges, hopefully this will slowly be addressed and a true gem will apear.“
Scotty001 1240 days ago
74 /100
Original Patty Men (Restaurant)
9 SHAWS PASSAGE,
“Decent quality burgers, really the food is the main draw, but the beer choice is good as well - mainly Siren, but a few other options. A couple of bottles of Bells available during my visit. There are far better beer options close by, but this is cool.“
Scotty001 1240 days ago
80 /100 6 GIBB TERRACE
“Located in the Custard Factory’s creative district about ten minutes walk from Birmingham city centre. From their website photos I expected a large bar but this is a pretty small bottle shop with some tables outside and up a narrow winding staircase upstairs. Lots of bare plywood shelving house a modern craft beer selection with all the usual suspects and a few interesting US and New Zealand breweries new to me. 8 tap lines with Siren, Omnipollo, Beavertown etc.. A place like this seems to blend in well to the cool indie shops / cafes nearby and I’m sure will be a relief to those of us attending gigs at the Institute / custard factory who have previously only had warm cask / lager to look forward to from the rickety old pub nearby.“
minutemat 1241 days ago
72 /100
Original Patty Men (Restaurant)
9 SHAWS PASSAGE,
“Visited here spur of the moment one Sunday eve. Railway arch chic, about 5 mins from the Bullring. Fairly small place, pumpin music, altho a bit too pumpin.. left with buzzing ears. Looked like around 6 beers on draft, curiously no Siren but two Kernel, some Mikkeller (actually that just finished) and assorted others. Some Siren bottles though. A choice of only 4 burgers so very basic, but mine was pretty damn good. Asked for some hot sauce or chilis, and got both - not massively hot, but did the job. Decent burger place, and altho a 5-10 min walk from the more noteworthy drinking dens, is worth a detour“
minutemat 1323 days ago
78 /100
Original Patty Men (Restaurant)
9 SHAWS PASSAGE,
“Hidden away behind Moor St Station in an old Railway Arch it’s well worth a search. Siren Beers on tap and a decent bottle and can selection. The Burgers are excellent and service was top notch. Busy on weekend evenings, my visit was on an afternoon when it was fairly quiet. Service was excellent and the barmaid come server very attentive. The kitchen area is next to the bar area.“
Clembo1957 1370 days ago
72 /100
Original Patty Men (Restaurant)
9 SHAWS PASSAGE,
“Visited on Saturday evening, 05/03/16 around 615pm and found the place fair booming ! Located in a railway arch on the south east side of Moor Street station (3 to 4 minutes walk from the platforms), Patty Men is an upmarket burger joint with four taps offering Siren core (the place even has a Siren sign on the outside which made it easy to spot!) beers accompanied by a small bottle list list of around half a dozen featuring Kernel and Mikkeller amongst others. Service was prompt and friendly and drinks only is not an issue. There were however no Siren one off specials on my visit ... an occasional thing apparently so probably worth phoning ahead if your time is limited as not really worth coming here if you are solely in it for the ticks. Overall a solid burger joint with decent beer options.“
Theydon_Bois 1378 days ago
66 /100 12 BANBURY STREET,
“A lovely old Victorian building still in bit of a state of decay having been closed for years. Re-opened December 2015. Nice tiles inside. More importantly 4 handpumps dispensing two local guest ales and 2 better known brands. Apparently they will in the future be offering CAMRA discount of 50p/pint. Aiming at trade from nearby University but at midday there were people of many generations. A welcome addition to the area. Situated a few yards from the Woodman by the impressive closed Curzon Street station.“
b727trijet 1403 days ago
80 /100
Original Patty Men (Restaurant)
9 SHAWS PASSAGE,
“Burger restaurant opened in December 2015 in a railway arch behind Moor Street station Birmingham, had burgers before at street food events and they are simply amazing. Basic stripped down look with an array of household plants. Has many Siren beers on offer, also will regularly have one of 2 keg specials. Well worth a visit.“
RichTheVillan 1428 days ago
76 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST


I visited The Woodman on Monday 4th January 2016. This is in what you might call an area that is prime for redevelopment. Btw be aware it is not quite as it appears on the RB map, it’s further up the street just on the corner where it turns into Curzon Street and opposite the old Curzon Street Station an impressive and imposing building with a grade 1 listed entrance. I read that this old station is is part of the plans for a terminus for HS2 so I guess that this area may well be redeloped. Until HS2 is complete you’ll find that the current closest station is Moor Street about 5 mins brisk walk away.

Beer choice is good with Redwillow, Elland, Castle Rock (2) and Kinver amongst the offerings. I had the Redwillow Seamless which was in great condition. I understand that this pub was built in 1897 and was under the old Ansells Brewery. It has lovely terracotta brickwork and some nice internal tiling and lots of original features including the large windows, many of which are etched and great wooden partioned entrance door. A large sweeping bar is straight ahead and lots of old dark wood and mirrors behind. I have only just noted the old smoke room that sits behind the main bar.

This is a lovely place and I hope that it remains this way, I hope any redevelopment to make way for HS2 across the road will see this place spared. It is well worth popping into if in the area.“
Fin 1441 days ago
76 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“Visited on a Wednesday evening in October 2015. Lovely old multi-roomed pub which used to be the best pub in Birmingham by a good distance. It’s definitely regained some of the former glory with a great range of beer, a couple of interesting keg efforts all kept in decent condition. Sat in the back room and it’s lovely and peaceful. Prices weren’t too bad, staff were friendly. I’ll make the effort and wander down there again.“
WingmanWillis 1521 days ago
70 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Decent old style bar, lucky to survive going by the location, but I would imagine very much populated by the (very) local students during term time. Decent looking cask range.“
Scotty001 1602 days ago
60 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“This place is surprising at have often I get a scope in here, mostly discount and when I attend, 5 scopes lined up. Also if HS2 happens this pub will be 45 minutes from the Euston tap :-0. Well restored traditional boozer.“
RichTheVillan 1613 days ago