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

Latest reviews from Birmingham Harborne

78 /100 METCHLEY LANE
“This two-room beer bar, just off Harborne High Street, manages elements of beer emporium, local boozer and micropub. The fridge stocks about 80 bottles and cans and the bar has four handpulls with mostly beers from small independent local breweries. The range includes a guaranteed churn. Simple but effective.“
Tim Webb 405 days ago
84 /100 115 HIGH STREET
“Visited on a Saturday afternoon. Fairly quiet, got busier as it got towards evening. 16 beers on keg, good range from hoppy, sour to stout. Modern venue. Really friendly staff, customer service focussed. Prices reasonable.“
tommann 511 days ago
78 /100 METCHLEY LANE
“We visited The Hop Garden, Saturday 9th December 2017. We walked all the way from Moor Street Station heading south east, skirting around Chinatown and then headed down Bath Row before eventually joining the canal (I think it's the Worcester canal?). It was a great walk, amongst the highlights you go under the Edgbaston tunnel. We left the towpath at the Somerset Road bridge and cut back across to Harborne. The Hop Garden is a street back from the High Street near an M&S, however more than close enough to both The White Horse and The Paper Duck to make a trip to Harborne very worthwhile for the pub baggers. From the outside you can tell its a traditional old pub but it has had a modern makeover.

*For those folk keen to get here a.s.a.p. without the faff of a long walk, if you are intending getting here by public transport Bus no: 22 from Moor Street Queensway stop MS12 will get you directly to here in 21 minutes.

Inside this has clearly had a big makeover, it's clean, smart, lots of new wood, 5 handpumps on the bar and 12 keg taps on an exposed brick wall at the rear. A display (digital as I recall) is above the bar. It would appear that there were originally three rooms, to be fair in a sense there still is but the removal of doors and slightly opening things out makes it a bit more open plan. We sat in the room off to the left and immediately bumped into and had a great chat with Roberto Rossi a beery legend from around these parts (Stourbridge?) who appeared to be working here at the moment. Roberto gave us a mini tour, the back garden was particularly extensive for an urban pub.

The beer choice was really decent and had a good focus on local brews, there were also a couple of fridges in the room where we sat with a decent selection. I liked it here, so did the three very friendly CAMRA types in the middle bar. I think with all three of the pubs we've been to offer something a little bit different. My only criticism is that I think that the decor is likely to date and look at bit tatty quite quickly.“
Fin 923 days ago
88 /100 115 HIGH STREET
“We visited The Paper Duck, Saturday 9th December 2017. We walked all the way from Moor Street Station heading south east, skirting around Chinatown and then headed down Bath Row before eventually joining the canal (Worcester canal?). It was a great walk, we left the towpath at the Somerset Road bridge and cut back across to Harborne. The Paper Duck is located on the main High Street it's very close to both The White Horse and The Hop Garden. From the outside it is all glass and has a familiar craft establishment type of look.

*Btw if you are intending getting here by public transport Bus no: 22 from Moor Street Queensway stop MS12 will get you directly to here in 21 minutes.

Inside much like The White Horse it is quite spartan. A straightforward rectangular room layout with very simple identical tables and chairs throughout, the corner bar is at the rear on the left and some bottles can be found rear right. It is no frills, it is all about the beer.

The beer choice was extremely good and the bar staff were more than happy to provide you with with tasters. There were a number of Thornbridge beers on tap during our visit, most of them were new beers to me. We arrived as it was opening and stayed for a couple our stay interspersed with some good beery chat with the two bar staff and and a very decent playlist in the background. We really enjoyed this place, beer, chat, good service they have got the essentials off to perfection.“
Fin 924 days ago
78 /100 2 YORK STREET
“We visited The White Horse, Saturday 9th December 2017. We walked from Moor Street Station heading south east, skirting around Chinatown and then headed down Bath Row before eventually joining the canal (Worcester canal?). It was a great walk, we left the towpath and cut back across to Harborne. The White Horse is situated on York Street which is just off the the main High Street and a stones throw from the Paper Duck. It is a very traditional looking pub from the outside.

*Btw if you are intending getting here by public transport Bus no: 22 from Moor Street Queensway stop MS12 will get you directly to here in 21 minutes.

Inside it is quite spartan, a wooden floor, the bar which is centrally located is clad with wood, there is a electronic beer board off to the left hand side of the bar. The main room opens out at the back, though it was a little gloomy out there. We sat in the bay window at the front. There was a further room off to the left. It hadn't long opened when we arrived so there was just one other couple in here.

The beer choice was very good, Loz had one of their own beers I somewhat foolishly went for a big Tripel from Twisted Barrel it was something like 9% and was Rum Barrel Aged, I don't really like Rum Barrel aged beers and hadn't realised also hadn't realised that I could of got a third rather than the half I ordered and left quite a bit of. We liked it here, it probably has a great atmosphere in the evenings, the staff were very friendly and service very good.“
Fin 924 days ago
90 /100 METCHLEY LANE
“Called into this pub that has opened as a craft and real ale outlet recently and it is going to be a winner. Well served ales and a brilliant selection. 5 real ales and we enjoyed beers from Billericay, Harwich Town, Fixed Wheel and Green Duck. The other was Blackedge brewery, 7 craft beers on tap and we tried beers from Turning Point and Weird Beard. All beers in great condition. They also have 5 ciders plus some foreign beers on tap. All beers displayed on an electronic beer board. The pub has a rustic character at the moment but is comfortable enough with solid tables and chairs. The massive garden with some shelter will be great in the summer. No food at present but no objection to bringing your own in. Easily reached down the alley alongside Marks and Spencers in the High Street served by a variety of buses.There is also a fridge with a good selection of bottled and canned beers.Beer festivals are planned for next year.“
gillhalfpint 947 days ago
80 /100 115 HIGH STREET
“Small 14-tap craft bar in a converted box shop on Harborne high street, run by the guys behind the celebrated bottle shop 'Clink' in the Custard Factory. For those unfamiliar with Birmingham, Harborne is located a few miles outside the centre, and only really accessible by bus, taxi or car. Expect around a dozen danish-style wooden tables and chairs with a basic bar / tap line-up at the back of the room. Good range of stuff, from local-ish movers & shakers, the latest collab releases through to some expensive BA imported options.. something for everyone it seems. There are 40 or so cans / bottles though no reductions for take-outs. A great addition to Harborne, and Birmingham in general, though a bit too far out the centre for Brum day-trippers.“
minutemat 966 days ago
94 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“A very accommodating local shop, with welcoming staff and relaxed atmosphere. Went based on a recommendation from a friend after exhausting the limited selections of craft beers offered from other shops around this area. Was pleased to see an offering of very local beers, coupled by a selection of interesting international beers. Will continue to come back to try the various craft beers sold here!“
jake55 1205 days ago
98 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“An excellent selection of beers to choose from. Prices are reasonable - some beers can be pricey, but they offset this with regular offers. The owners are very friendly and helpful. There’s a nice selection of snacks making it a very convenient drop-in shop.“
Morley93 1517 days ago
74 /100
Plough (Bar)
21 HIGH STREET
“This is the best pub in Harborn. Devour is amazing as is the service but you come here for the food not the ale. Beer is usually common stuff with no bottles to speak of but the atmosphere is amazing“
worldbeertaste 1699 days ago
76 /100
New Inn (Bar)
74 VIVIAN RD
“Great update for a traditional old skool boozer. Small, but nice choice of hand pulls. Some good bottles. Posh food. Nice bowling green.“
DanielBrown 2481 days ago
72 /100
Junction (Bar)
212 HIGH STREET
“Nice boozer - rather well heeled, but with an excellent location and a range of solid handpulls and reasonable macro keg choices. Haven’t been in the evening, but as an afternoon venue, it was very pleasant to chill here for a while.“
DanielBrown 2626 days ago
70 /100
Plough (Bar)
21 HIGH STREET
“Excellent example of how to create a thriving pub - family friendly, with exciting looking food and cake choices, plus top end macro lagers and real ale. Good decor. A nice place to hang out - not for the beer necessarily, but pleasant.“
DanielBrown 2626 days ago
82 /100
Plough (Bar)
21 HIGH STREET
“A victim of its own success! As the best pub on Harborne High Street, The Plough can be very crowded in the evenings and at weekends. Apart from all those other customers making far too much noise, the ambience is great. There are only four real ales on tap but they are chosen well. The service is excellent - last time I got a free pint! I haven’t tried the food yet as I’ve never been able to secure a table - it seems that you need to book to ensure a table.“
scotthmoore 3020 days ago
68 /100
Junction (Bar)
212 HIGH STREET
“Potentially a really great pub, The Junction is let down a little by being too crowded in the evenings towards the weekend with too few bar staff, and having a rather limited selection of food. But it does have a large selection of draught beers and ciders with six real ales on cask including the odd seasonal special (last time I was in the pub they were serving a Welsh wheat beer flavoured with lemon grass and lime flower). And the food is good. Being one of only two decent pubs on Harborne High Street (the other is The Plough) it is unsurprisingly very pricey.“
scotthmoore 3020 days ago
68 /100 METCHLEY LANE
“A really unusual pub in that it is just off Harborne High Street and is decorated as though it were one of the trendy pubs on the High Street and yet...it is quiet, inexpensive and clearly a pub for locals.“
scotthmoore 3020 days ago
76 /100 2 YORK STREET
“I’ve visited a couple of times. Good selection of beers on tap, friendly staff (when I asked about one of the ales, I was poured a sample plus samples of two other ales for good measure), and reasonable prices for Harborne. No ambiance as such - far too posh a word to use for this locals’ pub.“
scotthmoore 3044 days ago
82 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“Great selection of beers and also some interesting wines and whiskies.“
scotthmoore 3047 days ago
96 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“Great selection of beers, wines and spirits, reasonably priced and always willing to show you around and help you be a bit adventurous when you don’t know what you fancy. Owners always friendly and have a laugh. Lived here for 2 years and never needed another shop.“
DavidBeechey 3056 days ago
58 /100 METCHLEY LANE
“Great beer garden, limited selection of beer but local breweries well represented.“
dsmith67 3088 days ago
80 /100 2 YORK STREET
“Small pub which gets very busy, but great sleection of good value beers, especially local selections.“
dsmith67 3088 days ago
82 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“Great little shop, with a fantastic selection of beers, ranging from local Midlands breweries to American craft beers to Belgian classics. Always seem to find something new to try. Friendly and helpful staff. Sure, it can be a little pricey, but you get what you pay for!“
dsmith67 3088 days ago
82 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“Worth calling in . A reasonable selection of world beers including top belgian .Some gems .The staff are knowledgeable and friendly . A touch pricey but good for picking up new beers to try“
martinrumsam 3101 days ago
100 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“Well what can i say - on my second visit there are lots more beers to choose from. a special offer on some local beers and i even got a free glass.“
petewestwood1 3108 days ago
62 /100
Drinks World (Beer Store)
115 HIGH STREET
“A run of the mill off licence with attitude. Where else can you find Harveys Imperial Stout next to Magners and Carling? Quite afew new ones from me which never happens in off licence chains. Worth checking out.Dont expect anything too exciting but be prepared for the unusual.“
johndoughty 3528 days ago
58 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“Gone downhill a bit, still some interesting bottles but a lot of standard supermarket fare. Pretty expsensive too, many stock 4% bottles at £3!“
tommann 3556 days ago
60 /100
Drinks World (Beer Store)
115 HIGH STREET
“The English ale selection is just generic suprmarket beers, but in the firdge is where the random selections begin. No order, Meantime Coffee porter next to Miller lite. Worth popping in if you’re in the area but I wouldn’t make a special trip.“
tommann 3563 days ago
76 /100 2 YORK STREET
“A great find today. I visited here about 10 years ago, so knew it was a real ale venue, but now, with the help of the Wellington’s landlord, it has morphed into a 12 handpulled ale haven, with a plasma screen oredering system. Rotating micros, a couple of bottles and pub grub in a reasonably unspoilt, but lived in location.“
DanielBrown 3735 days ago
50 /100
Drinks World (Beer Store)
115 HIGH STREET
“Good off licence, slap bang on Harborne High Street. The thing which struck me about this place wasn’t that they carried a well chosen range of craft ales, but that they had some pretty oddball, unexplained choices. On my visit today I saw some German beers I’d never heard of, some South-East Asian lagers, a strong Swedish beer and a South African micro. I get the impression that this place just grabs a load of random stuff - which means I’ll have to keep popping in, from time to time. It also scores well for cheapness. UPDATE: eclecticness has gone downwards slightly. >> Further update >> eclectiness is now non-existent, but they still have a range of fairly standard real ales.“
DanielBrown 3746 days ago
74 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“Very interesting selection. British beers well represented. A few Belgians, but not so many as down the road at Stirchley Wines. Wonderful range of foreign spirits if you like that sort of thing. True it’s pricey, but there were some beers on offer if you look carefully.“
hughie 5297 days ago
50 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“Visited again in October 2010.Very much a shadow of its old self. Very limited stock with a few British Micro’s and a handful of Belgians.Now just a run of the mill off licence with a smattering of out of the ordinary beers. If you are in the area it might be worth dropping in but dont make a special journey.“
johndoughty 5297 days ago
72 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“Not too hard to get to - get off at Birmingham University rail station and walk for about 10 minutes. Half grocers/half beer shop, but still has a good selection. Has a very good range (when I have been) of beers (especially Bartrams) and all UK beers appear to be bottle conditioned, which should be applauded. I should warn you that some beers are out of date and taste as such. But, if you check the labels the beers are fine. A good shop.“
leaparsons 5364 days ago
60 /100
Rai Wine Shop (Beer Store)
337 HARBORNE LANE
“A little hard to get to, in between Harborne and Selly Oak, this is a gem of a shop, with a large selection of UK real ales, and an eclectic collection of German, Belgian and world beers. Good range of wine too - not that I know much on that subject. Recommended for having some unusual treats.“
DanielBrown 5823 days ago
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