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

Latest reviews from Birmingham Digbeth

68 /100 6 GIBB STREET
“Made a visit before closing Saturday night after GBBF Winter with Grumbo. Very relaxing concept bar with nice lounging couches. Interesting concept as there was 2 spiral staircases up to a loft with more bench seating and a bathroom. They had 8 taps mostly of Belgian beer with a few locals. The manager was very chatty and knew a great deal about beer as she has aspirations of opening a brewery. The selection in the fridge was also thick with Fantôme and other Belgian beer. Unfortunetly we were the only guest as a man left as we came in, plus Roberto wasn't there so no chance of getting anything off the secret menu. Hopefully more patrons start going, not far from The Old Crown (oldest pub in Birmingham) so worth a look.“
SHIG 8 days ago
82 /100 6 GIBB STREET
“Visited late evening 8/2/2020, with SHIG after Winter GBBF. 20/30 minute walk south of the city centre. Aside from a chap who left as we arrived we were the only customers. Decent few taps, including a local brewery I'd not had before, and a fridge full of mainly Belgian beers including maybe rare breeds. Really interesting place. Quirky decor, spiral central staircase leading to a cosy upstairs, eclectic furniture collection and a very chatty friendly bar manager who knows her stuff and is also is starting to brew. The location which seemed quite remote (though there are other things to do in the area we were told) but very pleased we made the effort to get out to here.“
Grumbo 8 days ago
64 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Old fashioned pub. Divided. 10 HPs. 4 ciders.“
Finn 14 days ago
72 /100 43 RIVER STREET, DIGBETH
“Dig Brew is located in a worn but busy industrial estate down the tracks from Snow Hill Station, and like many brewery taps you are located next to all the brewing apparatus. Once you’ve walked past a few vats it does open out and there’s plenty of long bench seating available in front of a long wooden bar that’s situated above more vats! There’s both cask and keg pumps at the bar with all the tasting notes on clipboards with a range of different styles from the brewer, and it was nice to see a ‘mild’ available in the options too! “
ManVsBeer 41 days ago
62 /100
Original Patty Men (Restaurant)
9 SHAWS PASSAGE,
“Patty is attached to Kilder next door and they both share a central covered outdoor space under the railway arches. This is a single room cheap eats style restaurant where a sign asks you to wait to be seated, which could be on a table or a bench space looking out through its large window in the arch. There’s is a bar area but there’s no service here and when I said I only wanted to drink I was ushered out into Kilder next door. I assume the beer selection will be the same between both sides of this restaurant and bar.“
ManVsBeer 41 days ago
66 /100
Kilder (Bar)
5 SHAW'S PASSAGE
“Kilder is attached to Patty next door, and this I was told was the bar of the two. The share a central covered outdoor space under the railway arches so it makes sense. This is a single room space with the bar against the back wall and all the seating in front with a large window at the front. This is a keg ale bar associated with Siren Brewery and as such half of the dozen or so options are from them, with crafted keg guest options coming from up and down the country. There’s a few real cider options here too that some might want to explore.“
ManVsBeer 41 days ago
50 /100 79A DIGBETH
“We had a 45min stop at the coach station, and this seemed like the only vaguely serviceable beer place nearby. Pleasant enough cafe vibe, and coffee is indeed available in industrial quantities (we wanted to warm up, shut up!). Beer selection pretty limited, mostly crafty kegs and macro bottles, but I found a tick, so not too terrible. Staff served with a smile.“
FatPhil 52 days ago
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 95 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 95 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 96 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 134 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 379 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 382 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 382 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 390 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 538 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 539 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 857 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 972 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 1146 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 1146 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 1152 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 1152 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 1226 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 1282 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 1304 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 1387 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 1434 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 1442 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 1492 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 1505 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 1585 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 1666 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 1677 days ago
80 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“A lovely multi room pub in a delightful old building with plenty of old tiling still intact. More importantly beerwise there is a good selection and both I had were in good condition. Also had some interesting European bottled beers. Glad to see it’s popular even on a Tuesday lunchtime. A seven minute walk to/from the famous Anchor pub.“
b727trijet 1786 days ago
72 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Smart bright pub with some original features. Food menu looks good but didn’t partake. Two friendly but quiet serving staff. 8 casks to get at including local and regional stuff and plenty of dark beers. some less common macro lagers on keg may be a tick for some. Comfortable and could happily stayed all afternoon.“
Beersiveknown 1848 days ago
60 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“Massive old, wooden floored multi-roomed pub. Good range of cask beer and cider even a few "craft keg" fonts though mostly faux craft like Greene king revisionist and shipyard. Reasonably priced, friendly service, jukebox.“
Beersiveknown 1848 days ago
70 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“Classic boozer and a real decent Birmingham pub from the days when there weren’t any. Lots of little rooms to be found, a pool table and great local patrons, as you’d expect from Brum’s Irish quarter. Lots of handpulls on offer, and usually lots of ticks for people of that inclination. Has recently started dabbling in key-kegs, which only bodes well for the future. Recently sampled some lovely Clouded Minds and local Wolverhampton brewery, Sacre Brew, from their keg-fonts at reasonable prices. One to watch for 2015!“
LewisKingBeer 1886 days ago
72 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“We visited here on Tuesday 25th November 2014 on a brief jaunt to Birmingham to watch a gig by the excellent Perfume Genius. It had been a few years since I’d been here and I was a bit annoyed to see that I’d not rated it previously. It sits just behind the coach station in fact the short stay car park for the coach station is adjacent to the pub. The pub itself is a good looking corner pub, I’m guessing Victorian with a lot of original features. Sadly two TV screens would not have been original and whilst they were being watched by no one with sound mercifully muted and just subtitles I did wonder why bother? Not sure how many rooms there are I know that we were in the larger front bar which had a pool table in this bar featuring a 3/4 height old red wooden (original?) screen to partition it from a much, much smaller bar accessed via a different door, I’d forgotten that last time, I think there is also an old smoke room behind/beyond the bar accessed via the main door heading straight rather than turning right as you enter pub. It was very quiet save for three older folk playing pool and another older chap listening to music via his phone. It seemed a world away from the Purity place and the hustle and bustle of the German Market, in fact it could have been a pub scene from 20,30 or even 40 years ago and I quite liked it for that, the talk was random and light hearted banter. Beer choice was pretty good I had a Box Steam something or other Ltd Ed beer but there was a few H/P and there were also a few kegs I’d not had. I guess the balancing act for this place is to recognise that people will love it for its traditional atmosphere etc but it also needs to keep up with and compete with all of the new kids on the block in terms of beer and offering people what they want, all of this whilst noting it is just a little way out of the main action but I guess it could benefit from its proximity to the coach station and places like the Custard Factory. I hope it continues to hold its own, I guess a Tuesday night at 7pm is always going to be quieter, but I wish it well. Btw I forgot to mention prices were excellent, a 6% beer for under £3 a pint is superb value for money and it was in great nick. “
Fin 1909 days ago
74 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Smart multi-room pub northeast of the city centre, sort of between Digbeth and Aston University. An interesting array of cask ales, plus a craft keg or two, so very likely something for the ticker. Try the smoke room for a bit of relative quiet.“
jjsint 1909 days ago
78 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“Old-fashioned two-bar pub out toward the Digbeth area of Birmingham. Walkable from the city centre. Despite its opulence it does look a bit tired, especially from the outside. A handful of cask ales (mostly on the strong side), a couple of craft kegs from Sacre Brew, and a few bottles including some Irish craft beer (unfortunately not chilled). This will get rammed on BCFC match days but today it’s quiet.“
jjsint 1910 days ago
76 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“In the land that time forgot, Digbeth, Good venue with a big choice of beer and cider, the Midland Red Bar is linked to the old Coach Station with maps and photo’s.“
47574xeCD 1921 days ago
84 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Revitalised community pub on Birminghams East Side located opposite the Victorian Curzon St Station Building. Up to 9 realales& craft lagers. A slight walk from the city centre but worth it.“
Clembo1957 1976 days ago
80 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Nice old boozer with some outdoor space that is good in the summer. Beer selection is patchy and can be very good in quality but I have a had a couple of dodgy pints.Service needs work, some dozy student types who don’t know the beer and are slow to offer a taste. I get the feeling this place will improve. Not tried the food but not heard anything bad.“
pabloscafe 2026 days ago
34 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“The pub is nice .. I agree with some review here the selection was a bit " lazy " .. We haven’t been welcomed and when we asked if they served food the lady have us a really bad reply .. So we finished our drink and got out ..“
jorge76 2039 days ago
84 /100 308 BRADFORD STREET
“Although more expensive than some London pubs it is certainly a must visit if in Brum. A beautiful four bar pub nicely restored. Always a good selection of beers from all over Britain and foreign beers too. They also hold beer festivals with impressive beer lists several times a year.“
b727trijet 2081 days ago
62 /100 30-31 ALLISON STREET
“Irish bar, cum function suite not far from The Anchor. A small range of guest ales and a fair selection of international lagers and Belgians. Very clean. Food looks good. Open till late.“
DanielBrown 2157 days ago
72 /100 104 WARWICK STREET
“Lovely community boozer, frequented by old and young alike. Enough bitters to keep you refreshed, but the main reason you come here is for the atmosphere and good times.“
DanielBrown 2157 days ago
80 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“A very good restoration job on this long-closed classic boozer. Beautiful bar area: big windows and nice tiles. Good range of fairly unadventurous ales and some similarly safe keg choices. I’m nit picking a bit, because it’s still good to have s choice of beers (10-15) plus there are a few well chosen German and Belgian bottles. A lovely pub.“
DanielBrown 2207 days ago