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

Latest reviews from Birmingham Digbeth

78 /100 43 RIVER STREET, DIGBETH
“Visited around midday on a Saturday in early July. Great brewery taproom overall. Nice range of beers available both on tap and in bottle. Small pours available. Pretty good value. Very tasty pizzas also available - always an excellent option in a brewery taproom. I would recommend a visit.“
Leighton 7 days ago
70 /100 1 REA COURT, 40 TRENT STREET
“Brewery & taproom under a railway arch in Digbeth, but not too far from the city centre. Perhaps 10 of the brewery's beers on keg plus one on cask. There's a smattering of guest beers too. Typical taproom bench seating inside.“
Cheeseboard 34 days ago
78 /100 43 RIVER STREET, DIGBETH
“Nice taproom. Small bar plus bench seating at the front with the brewery at the back. Around 8 of the brewery's beers available on keg plus small pack in the fridge. The pizzas are amazing. Definitely worth a visit.“
Cheeseboard 34 days ago
46 /100 30-31 ALLISON STREET
“If they did one have the occasional tick that doesn't really seem to be the case anymore. I did get one buy it was Strongbow. Corporate style sports bar. Although it was the busiest place in Digbeth.“
BeardedAvenger 35 days ago
64 /100 39-45 MERIDEN STREET
“Funny place. Going for a modern corporate sports bar out front. Clientel seemed to either be middle aged couples or pissheads. But if you go to the loo you go through a side door and find yourself in a very large live venue/nightclub type space. Beer was better than I expected in that I got a new brewery tick (Birmingham) and a mild from Dig Brew. Would drip in if passing.“
BeardedAvenger 35 days ago
72 /100 6 GIBB STREET
“A friendly welcome from Roberto himself. Decent enough array of beers even of they didn't blow me away. Only a couple of other customers on a Thursday early evening. Those spiral staircases must be hazardous after a few beers. But a decent enough spot if in Digbeth. Pity Cult of Oak don't produce in enough quantities to actually have their beers on at his bar.“
BeardedAvenger 35 days ago
70 /100
Anchor (Bar)
308 BRADFORD STREET
“Nice old school pub. Based on previous reviews it's been done-up but that wasn't immediately obvious to me. A good array of local brews on cask and tap. The one issue for me was that the range of beers was not immediately evident. It was only after I ordered a pint that I spotted a beer board around the corner. Would have happily stayed for a few more ticks but my colleagues were off to the next pub after one round. Not particularly busy on a Thursday at 4:30. The other 5 or so customers were obviously locals known to the barman.“
BeardedAvenger 35 days ago
76 /100 1 REA COURT, 40 TRENT STREET
“Very spacious taproom in the arse end of Digbeth but only 10-15 minutes from the centre of town. Nice clear list of beer options on a board behind the bar, mostly their own but some guests and a few cask. Food options but didn't really look. Some nice outdoor seating which worked for me with the sun shining. As this is situated by the railway arches the location can act as either a wind tunnel or a shelter depending on direction. Very quiet at 12:30 on a Saturday even with a grand national event coming up later. Much busier at Dig Brew close by but I liked the place and will be returning.“
dragnet101 118 days ago
60 /100
Autobrew (Bar)
THE CUSTARD FACTORY, 10-11, GREENHOUSE, GIBB STREET
“Found this bar opposite the Custard Factory courtyard entrance on Saturday 29.1.22 tucked off to the side with a lot of seating tables outside the bar itself. Very busy with a good buzz and friendly chap at the bar. There are no real ales, but 8 taps for self service. The barman loads a card with however much you wish to spend so I put £5 on the card. Choose a glass and select your beer, put card in the slot beside the beer and dispense. A counter reduces the value on the card as you pour. No specific quantity poured. I put £2.54 worth in one glass and took it to zero in the second glass. Both were local breweries, Attic Brew Co and Birmingham Brewing Co. Interesting and will have another go. Can't rate a lot on service as I served it and it was very frothy.....Need more practice!!“
gillhalfpint 187 days ago
80 /100 COURTYARD STUDIO 8, SCOTT HOUSE, CUSTARD FACTORY
“Discovered this bar in the Custard Factory courtyard area of Digbeth on 25th Jan when exploring the area and saw the word Beer. No real ale but 10 craft and cider lines, and we found and enjoyed 3 new beers here. Verdant 10 Watt Moon 4.5, Deya No Way Mirror 4.5 and Merakai One Day 12% which was fantastic. We went again on 29th Jan but couldn't get in. Advised best to book in advance for evenings and weekends. It is a gaming cafe/bar with over 100 seats and over 500 games for indoor and outdoor drinking and gaming and serves food. Dog friendly.“
gillhalfpint 187 days ago
80 /100
Kilder (Bar)
5 SHAW'S PASSAGE
“One of the premium craft beer bars in Birmingham. Located in the railway arches close to Moor Street station, next door to and part of the Original Patty Men empire. They have 15 quality beers on tap and four ciders, along with a stellar collection of cans and bottles. It has a rustic, modern looking interior with lots of wood and concrete. Great service. This is probably the first stop on any Birmingham beer tour. Awesome.“
jmgreenuk 242 days ago
70 /100 276 BRADFORD STREET
“Not a Marstons pub anymore. Not one of their beers in sight. Recently refurbished and it’s totally maintained it’s Victorian character. They have 10 keg beers that were not particularly interesting, but there are six rotating cask ales. Not far from the city centre. Well worth coming here for the architecture alone. This is the kind of pub your grandad used to drink in. It’s amazing that it’s survived.“
jmgreenuk 242 days ago
60 /100 39-45 MERIDEN STREET
“They say to come for the beer but stay for the craic but in all honesty the beer was a major disappointment. On my most recent visit there were no cask ales and the keg beers hadn’t rotated in months. They often have beers from Dig Brew which is perhaps the only reason to come here. That said, it’s popular with party goers, particularly during the summer with their outdoor terrace area.“
jmgreenuk 242 days ago
74 /100 6 GIBB STREET
“Finally made it up to Roberto’s place here in the arty quarter of Birmingham that is Digbeth. The bar is on two levels with comfortable seating for 40. The posh seats are downstairs! There are 8 taps and a great bottle / can selection. The focus is on Belgian beers and there is a great selection of locally brewed beers too. It’s just a short walk from the city centre. Ten minutes at the most. Super friendly and knowledgeable staff. A “must visit” for anyone on a beer trip to the city.“
jmgreenuk 242 days ago
70 /100 1 REA COURT, 40 TRENT STREET
“A rather large, modern looking taproom in the brewery with seating for around 50 people. A great selection of mainly their own keg beers and a small number of guests. There are also three rotating cask ales too. Food is available. Friendly staff and WiFi. It’s about 10 minutes to walk here from the Bull Ring, so a taxi isn’t necessary. There are plenty of other bars close by too. Tasters are available. Beers are sold in pint and half pint glasses. No flights.“
jmgreenuk 248 days ago
60 /100
Anchor (Bar)
308 BRADFORD STREET
“Visit January 2008, 2010.“
fonefan 467 days ago
68 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Situated in an old building close to the modern Millennium Point and to the City University Central Campus. Lots of students walking around. The pub could also be called a student friendly site with two adjoining rooms for dining and activities. The main bar room to the front has a L-shaped form with long benches along the walls, dark wooden interiors and etched windows. Ten hand-pumps with four ciders among them. A few canned craft beers in the fridge. No thirds. Well-kept pub. Polite service. Reggae music in the back. (Visited with Finn 03.02.2020).“
Rune 888 days ago
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 911 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 911 days ago
64 /100
Woodman (Bar)
NEW CANAL ST
“Old fashioned pub. Divided. 10 HPs. 4 ciders.“
Finn 917 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 944 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 944 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 944 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 955 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 998 days ago
66 /100
Anchor (Bar)
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 998 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 999 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 1037 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 1282 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 1285 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 1285 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 1293 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 1441 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 1442 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 1760 days ago
50 /100
Anchor (Bar)
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 1875 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 2049 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 2049 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 2055 days ago
52 /100 276 BRADFORD STREET
“Lovely old pub in the industrial part of Digbeth, down Bradford Street, this is a pub that we used to walk past in our younger days. There are 2 rooms, really quite ornate from a time when this was an industrial power house area. The beers were all from the Marstons family, nothing new for me.“
imdownthepub 2055 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 2055 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 2129 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 2185 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 2207 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 2290 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 2337 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 2345 days ago
66 /100 276 BRADFORD STREET
“What a beautiful pub outside and especially inside. Luckily there is usually a guest ale (from Sadlers on my visit). Beer wise not a destination but the building is fantastic. Just a block away from the Anchor.“
b727trijet 2370 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 2395 days ago