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90 /100
Tilt (Bar)
2 CITY ARCADE
“This is a fantastic little place. I sneak in for a pint if I'm in Birmingham and have to wait for a train, as it's near New Street. Today I'm having a Wild Weather white stout, off a regularly changing menu of 14 draft ales. Oakham looks familiar, there are two Swedish beers, and lots of things to try. The vibe is pretty cool as well, this is by no means a trad pub. Feels more like Rotterdam than Ramsbottom. The sounds and the beer feel curated , loved, even , and it's just hidden away from the main drag.“
PubTrub23 6 days ago
62 /100 236-239 BROAD STREET
“Central location at Broad street, close to the Gas Street Canal. A long bar to the left, large beer garden to the rear and a medium-sized, open-plan dining and drinking room, including a library section.Ten ales by hand-pumps, two of them new to us. Friendly service. Pretty quiet early on a Tuesday morning. Over par for a spoon. (Visited for breakfast with Finn 04.02.2020).“
Rune 238 days ago
76 /100 116 COLMORE ROW
“Grand looking Thornbridge pub in the centre of Birmingham, tall roomy Victorian-style feel inside with a long bar boasting a sizeable cask and keg range, plus a modest range of bottles. Halves and Pints only. Solitary pool table downstairs. Pizza and nibbles served, which I'll see about trying if I can tear my other half away from the Stable where we normally go. Although mainly serving Thornbridge beers, there are a decent range from mainly Yorkshire indie breweries (all regions) so it's a good place to top up your Yorkshire rates. Nice feel. It's location near offices must surely attract suits in the daytime / after work, much like Purity's bar just round the corner, but it was a mixed crowd on our Tuesday evening visit. Along with Purity it's another good option for Birmingham.“
minutemat 238 days ago
74 /100 116 COLMORE ROW
“A stylish place in dark wooden interiors, some sofa benches, marble tables, and lots of mirrors on the walls. Good selection of Thornbridge beers on keg and cask, a few guest ales from breweries like Vocation and Brew York. Located in the same area as Purecraft, Wellington and Pint Shop. Friendly service. Quite busy on a Monday eve. (Visited with Finn 03.02.2020).“
Rune 239 days ago
74 /100 SOMERSET HOUSE, 36 TEMPLE STREET
“Modern layout with a four-sided bar in the middle of a spacious room. Ten hand-pulled ales supported by a large range of craft beers on keg, and a well-stocked bottled and canned menu. They do thirds of their draught beers. Very central location, just a few minutes from the New Street Station. Gets crowded late in the afternoon and evening, best time for serious beer drinking should be early in the daytime. Friendly service. We stayed here for quite a while. (Visited with Finn 03.02.2020).“
Rune 240 days ago
72 /100 93 BATH STEET,
“A cool, cozy traditional pub situated on a corner close to the Fazely Canal. Home of the Two Towers brewery with six of their beers among the ten cask ales at our stay, all of them available in thirds. Wooden interiors, local feel, 1950s music, sandwich options, and an attentive barman. Likable banter with plenty of charm. (Visited with Finn 03.02.2020).“
Rune 240 days ago
64 /100 ARCH 16, 214 LIVERY ST
“A colourful decorated place under the arches, not far from the Snow Hill train station. Four of their own beers available at our stay added by eight guest beers. The beer menu can be seen at the entrance of the place. A small sized brewery plant on one side of the room. Food options from an Asian/Indian cuisine. Indian music in the back. Polite service. (Visited with Finn 03.02.2020).“
Rune 241 days ago
58 /100 115 CORPORATION STREET
“Spacious spoons located in a huge, corner, square building. Clean and slightly posh. Four rows with five hand-pulled ales in each, many duplicates among them. Well-kept cask ales. £4.05 for a traditional English breakfast, good value! Polite service. (Visited for breakfast with Finn 03.02.2020).“
Rune 241 days ago
66 /100
Bonehead (Restaurant)
8 LOWER SEVERN STREET
“Next to the Cherry Reds Cafe, this looks and feels like a late night bar, with a drinking area in front of the service area all in dark colours feeling a little heavy metal in design. There’s a fridge full of craft can here and over half a dozen keg ales from decent microbrewers up and down the country. This is actually a restaurant though, and a popular one given the waiting times for people I overheard during the 20 minutes I was there propping up the bar as I wasn’t eating. This is located upstairs, which has much greater capacity than down below, where nobody was eating (presumably waiting with drinks).“
ManVsBeer 245 days ago
68 /100 SOMERSET HOUSE, 36 TEMPLE STREET
“Central and around a lot of other bars, this is a split level pub with the bar in the upper part, and this service area is central within the room so in theory you can order on all sides, although the lines of cask and keg ales occupy three of them. The selection on both is pretty decent as you would expect from a Head Of Steam pubs, with local options aplenty. The place was packed on a Saturday afternoon, although it was pre-Chrismas with the Christmas Market at the end of the street and Birmingham vs West Brom showing on the television. The lower level entrance area had the Liverpool Premier League match showing too. Was made to leave my suitcase at the door with the bouncers.“
ManVsBeer 245 days ago
82 /100 25 BENNETTS HILL
“Very busy (as ever) JDWs. Around 8 cask ales. Punk & plenty of macro on tap. Fish & Chios was outstanding - as good as any chippy. You can't go wrong!“
simontomlinson 262 days ago
82 /100 LOWER TEMPLE STREET
“Packed to the rafters on a Saturday lunchtime but someone was just standing up to leave so got a table. Around 6 cask ales - the Nicholson's Pale Ale was excellent! Food was excellent, large portions & hot - really good value.“
simontomlinson 262 days ago
74 /100 4 TEMPLE ROW WEST
“Beautiful old building with a central bar. Around 4 Fuller's cask & a couple of guests. Beer was well kept. Plenty of seating & friendly staff. Picked up a couple of boxed bottles for home.“
simontomlinson 262 days ago
82 /100 81-87 JOHN BRIGHT STREET
“Visited on a busy Friday night after the CAMRA Winter Beer Festival 2020. The place was packed, some off duty staff were eating a takeaway at a table & the place was stinking of their food. I asked a manager what was going on & he told them to stop as "it doesn't look too good" - so well done to him. Somebody was sick right outside the entrance & it was a while before security cleared it. Overall too many drunk rowdy people. The beer was excellent though but rather overpriced even by BrewDog's standards! Staff behind the bar were as friendly & helpful as ever. I'd like to visit again a quieter time.“
simontomlinson 262 days ago
80 /100 37 BENNETTS HILL
“Visited 8/2/2020 (and a fair few times in years gone by, but never place rated it for some unknown reason). It's not changed much though the carpets were not as sticky as I remember they used to be! Very decent cask selection, around 18 on, many were LocAle. Busy, service was fine, though not exactly enthusiastic. We got chatting to friendly locals. Still a "go to" destination when in Birmingham.“
Grumbo 263 days ago
64 /100 ARCH 16, 214 LIVERY ST
“Visited 8/2/2020. There to try the beers only, and they were not that great, but the place itself was very nice - great service, friendly staff, and the food smelled amazing. Would definitely revisit if in the area again and eat here next time.“
Grumbo 263 days ago
62 /100 ARCH 16, 214 LIVERY ST
“Stopped in here after GBWBF. Super packed and at first they wouldn’t let us sit because we didn’t have a reservation. 4 of their beers on tap and they were um-okay. I’ve heard the food is awesome.“
SHIG 264 days ago
56 /100 ARCH 16, 214 LIVERY ST
“We visited this noisy bar/restaurant on a Saturday evening. They had four of their own beers on keg and a couple more on bottle. They also had a few guest kegs. None of their beers were really interesting, but there was nothing wrong with them either. Not a place I would want to come back to.“
Rasmus40 264 days ago
80 /100
Tilt (Bar)
2 CITY ARCADE
“Buena selección de cervezas Craft, pecualiar local con varias maquinas para jugar al pinball, me gusto la mezcla arcade + beer.“
fombe89 264 days ago
82 /100 116 COLMORE ROW
“Pub amplio, decoración peculiar, amplia variedad de cervezas de Thornbridge, buen sitio.“
fombe89 264 days ago
72 /100 84 NEW STREET.
“Local con amplia selección de cervezas, incluyendo bastantes cervezas de botella, en barril buena selección, bien.“
fombe89 264 days ago
84 /100 88-90 JOHN BRIGHT STREET
“Visited around midnight 7/2/2020. Really liked this place. Even though it was loud and busy it had a great vibe, relaxed, definitely with a cafe type feel, and superb service. Music was subtle, not too loud, and playing a great 80’s mix which for me is always worth a bonus point! Was offering up 3 cask and 3 guest keg plus a selection of other taps, bottles and cans. Nothing very mainstream amongst it. Reasonable prices too (compared to its neighbour anyway). Definitely my new favourite place in Birmingham.“
Grumbo 264 days ago
78 /100 81-87 JOHN BRIGHT STREET
“First visited when it hadn’t long been open, late 2014/early 2015. That was on a quiet weekday afternoon. This second visit was late evening 7/2/2020. A busy noisy Birmingham big Friday night out. Place is quite compact. Made the music they were playing seem even louder (though at least the selection was good). Two thirds of taps were BrewDog, the rest from ‘friends’. Quality friends too. Expensive naturally - most over £10 a pint (but it doesn’t seem so bad advertised as the price for a half?). Friendly if noisy crowd. Very good service.“
Grumbo 264 days ago
58 /100 236-239 BROAD STREET
“Modern ´spoons. Nothing special.“
Finn 268 days ago
66 /100 CHRISTCHURCH HOUSE, 28-30 WATERLOO STREET
“Modern place with 5 casks and 18 kegs. Half of them from Purity.“
Finn 269 days ago
74 /100 116 COLMORE ROW
“Good looking place with a good beer range. Mostly Thornbridge but some guests as well.“
Finn 269 days ago
78 /100 SOMERSET HOUSE, 36 TEMPLE STREET
“Large modern place with an impressing range of casks, kegs & bottles/cans.“
Finn 269 days ago
74 /100 93 BATH STEET,
“A bit worn old fashioned pub with a great range of their own beers - and some guests. Friendly service.“
Finn 269 days ago
62 /100 ARCH 16, 214 LIVERY ST
“Nice under-the-arc(s) taproom with a restaurant. 11 beers on. 4 of them cask. Ok place. Worth a visit.“
Finn 269 days ago
56 /100 115 CORPORATION STREET
“Huge one floor pub (capacity 950 persons). Lots og pumps but most of them duplicates.“
Finn 269 days ago
80 /100 SOMERSET HOUSE, 36 TEMPLE STREET
“I like this place. We popped in for a beer before the Slipknot gig the same evening at the arena. Heavy metal music being played was a nice touch as we were about to see a metal band. I can understand how slightly older people may not appreciate the loud music. Exceptional choice of drinks, fridges full of Belgian, American and craft beers plus about 20+ pulls around the square bar. La Chouffe on tap was my choice here followed by a Bruges Zot. A little pricey but some of the beers are difficult to come by in the Uk so as a 1 off treat I didn’t mind.“
AndyTF2 278 days ago
62 /100 SUMMER ROW
“Live review, sitting in the back bar after the Slipknot gig. Sweaty and tired after 2 hours of intense moshing. Immediately impressed with the ambiance and more so with the choice of music (slipknot). I’m assuming they play songs dependant on what gigs have taken place at the arena that evening which is a nice touch. Busy front bar with a few seats, slightly quieter back area with more seats, candle lit tables etc. Decent selection of taps, a few fun cans in the fridge. Supping half a Camden Pale, friend is on the coke, just under £6, can’t complain. Back to the hotel now for a shower!“
AndyTF2 279 days ago
56 /100 32 GREAT WESTERN ARCADE
“Stopped by here with the SHN. We grabbed an assortment of the beers offered. Not the biggest place and not the best beer of the day. Course it is a not for profit.“
SHIG 284 days ago
70 /100 4 TEMPLE ROW WEST
“Stopped here late on Saturday night with RichTheVillian and mR_fr0g. This place was a mad house with plenty of taps, decent staff for as busy as it was. Somewhat a waste on me since I was a;ready pissed.“
SHIG 284 days ago
64 /100 37 BENNETTS HILL
“Stopped here with some SHN: This was towards the end of the night, but still not many places to stand as it was super packed. Founds some new beers on tap, so it was worth the stop.“
SHIG 284 days ago
80 /100
Tilt (Bar)
2 CITY ARCADE
“Visited here with the SHN crew. They had a solid line up of taps, since it was pre-Christmas they had some solid specials on. Three floors made it very easy to find place to sit, the only issue was the loud ass pinball machines. A must stop in Bingoham!“
SHIG 284 days ago
64 /100 BURLINGTON ARCADE, NEW STREET
“If I'm in Birmingham with friends who have never heard of this pub, i always make sure to take them. It's a fun and quirky place that you have to visit at least once. Beer selection is ok, food is tasty, but you mainly go for the novelty.“
AndyTF2 293 days ago
40 /100 81-87 JOHN BRIGHT STREET
“First visit to a Brewdog pub. Perfectly fine but lacks something i can't put my finger on. Beer was fine, food was fine, staff were friendly, just something missing that isn't drawing me back. Atmosphere possibly?“
AndyTF2 293 days ago
60 /100 84 NEW STREET.
“We visited here towards the end of our bar crawl so i was a little wobbly by the time we arrived. From memory, great selection of Belgian Trappist beer, very welcoming staff, i will be heading back again for sure.“
AndyTF2 293 days ago
62 /100 32 GREAT WESTERN ARCADE
“The Good Intent is bang in the middle of the Victorian Great Western Arcade and they market themselves as a not for profit pub. Traditional on the inside but spartan in design the bar on the right has a row of cask ales mainly from the Craddock selection, including their current seasonal when I visited. There’s a line of keg ales too with worthwhile craft options, and the window next to their outdoor space, which is indoor given the Arcade has a roof, shows craft cans and bottles, so presumably you can order these too. There’s only one toilet for all on the downstairs (except for a locked disabled toilet), so this may cause a long queue at busy times, although there is an upstairs with further seating, but I didn’t go there, however further facilities on the upper level can not be ruled out. “
ManVsBeer 295 days ago
70 /100 37 BENNETTS HILL
“Visited later in the evening, the pub was full so we barely managed to find a table. Traditional pub interior, seemed they were having trouble keeping up with the crowds considering dirty glasses and rubbish on our table. Good range of casks, however quality was mediocre. Good for cask ticking I guess, but wouldn't expect too much.“
Iznogud 302 days ago
76 /100 SOMERSET HOUSE, 36 TEMPLE STREET
“Somewhat large place with the square bar in the middle. Looks nice inside, but it does feel bit like a chain, trying to sneak up on you with all the cool details. I liked the interior in general, but not big fan of the diner booths in the back. They do remind me of Stone in San Diego though. Good selection, we had bit of a disappointing experience with the Nottingham branch so decided to visit one based on untappd menu. North Riding Rum & Raisin Dark Mild and Titanic Plum Porter lured us in. Some decent choices on keg, but nothing too exciting to keep is in for more than one beer. Worth checking out the beer list.“
Iznogud 303 days ago
82 /100 84 NEW STREET.
“Somehow it took us a few moments to notice the entrance, not your classical English pub from outside I guess. Visited in the evening, not many people inside. Seemed like small to medium sized one room pub. Bit basic interior, could use some details. 8 cask beers, some more in keg. Great cider selection, they had 12 ciders on tap, some of which were great. Solid bottle selection. Probably the best place in Birmingham we've visited.“
Iznogud 304 days ago
64 /100 116 COLMORE ROW
“Cool Thornbridge bar, with a dozen or so taps. No flights, just half pints for reasonable prices. Large place with tons of seating and it sure does get busy in the evenings. Friendly service. Not close to a top spot, but it’s a decent choice for the centre.“
mcberko 306 days ago
80 /100
Stable Birmingham (Restaurant)
UNIT 1 ORION, 115 JOHN BRIGHT STREET,
“Right next to Brewdog and a pretty kickass place to have cider. Lots of taps, but with a poor system to display - you have to squint to see what’s on - no menus or screens. Flights of 5 x 1/3 pints available for £10, not bad at all. Friendly service. If you’re into cider, this is a mandatory spot. Large vegan food menu also.“
mcberko 306 days ago
76 /100 116 COLMORE ROW
“This is a newly opened (Dec '19) bar just off Victoria Square, it must be directly behind the Purity Bar on Waterloo Street. I believe it was a coffee place before this. It's big and roomy, although pretty full while the Christmas Market is on in full swing. It serves mostly beers from the Thornbridge range at the moment, which is okay because it is quite extensive anyway, I think they will get guest beers on when it settles down. There is a long bar to the right, seating goes way back into the area where there is a kitchen producing pizza's. There is also a pool table downstairs near the toilets. Well worth a look.“
imdownthepub 319 days ago
60 /100 32 GREAT WESTERN ARCADE
“This is a bar inside a rather smart shopping arcade opposite Snow Hill Station. As you enter the bar is on the right hand side and seating on the left and through to the back, I believe that there is further seating upstairs but I didn't investigate. There are mostly Craddock's Brewery beers available with the addition of a few more from Hobson's, there are also Craddocks on keg. There is an unfinished, slightly industrial feel to the place and it was a touch cold in there on my visit despite it having a good crowd inside. Not sure it will be a regular on a Birmingham crawl but I will pop in from time to time.“
imdownthepub 319 days ago
50 /100
Old Royal (Bar)
53 CHURCH STREET
“In the grand buildings on the west side of Snow Hill Station, this pub occupying a corner has a fairly standard chain style traditional-modern interior but a long enough row of cask pumps to warrant a look, although that doesn't necessarily mean something interesting will be found. Serves food. Visited in 2017.“
ManVsBeer 335 days ago
56 /100 LOWER TEMPLE STREET
“Outside the entrance to New Street Station, this small Nicholson's pub must get a lot of single use traffic inside - I was with my suitcase before catching a train! Purposeful, but not that large in an open plan commercial unit with a selection of the current brews from this chain. I did find something new here though. Has daily chairs and tables put out front.“
ManVsBeer 335 days ago