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A guide to the best hidden bars in Birmingham

There are plenty of bars dotted all over Birmingham.

If it's your first year living in the city or if you haven’t really had time to explore the bar scene in your new city yet. Don’t fret, we’re here to help you out and tell you about some of the best, affordable and most interesting hidden bars in Birmingham.

Gosta Green Pub

Located on the Aston University campus, this student bar offers delicious food and amazingly priced drinks. The newly renovated interior and beer garden offers people a relaxed and warming visit. 

Cosy Club

Cosy Club is a bar and restaurant that aims to serve up a sense of something special with a hint of nostalgia. The building which was previously the headquarters of the Birmingham Banking Company is now an eccentric and family-friendly establishment, perfect for an evening of delicious drinks and food. Admire the cosy atmosphere on a 1930’s vintage sofa whilst sipping on a cocktail.

Buffalo & Rye

Sit in this American style restaurant and bar and admire their raw wood-work and exposed red brick wall interior while enjoying one of their hearty meals. If you’re in the need of some punchy, southern-inspired cocktails accompanied by a relaxing atmosphere then this place is definitely for you.

The Night Owl

This bar in Digbeth hopes to bring Northern Soul back into the foreground of Birmingham’s nightlife scene. Nostalgic by nature, this retro establishment will keep you entertained with an in-house DJ who plays all of the best 60’s, 70’s and 80’s tracks.

Island Bar

A quirky Tiki Bar that offers cocktails inspired by the South Pacific and the Caribbean. A bar at the heart of the cocktail and mixology movement in Birmingham with a charming atmosphere. Island Bar offers its visitors an exotic night out with the chance to dance the night away or join in with one of their cocktail masterclasses.


A quaint little cafe by day and a lively bar at night. This new addition to the City Arcade block mixes a person’s love for beer and pinball. An establishment that aims to nurture the community spirit for people to socialize while playing a game of retro pinball. Experience a wave of nostalgia in arguably one of the coolest bars in Birmingham.

Birmingham Bierkeller
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Have you always wanted to visit Germany but just haven’t ended up going yet? Well, The Bierkeller is a real piece of Bavaria in the heart of Birmingham’s city centre. A complex that comprises three venues, Bierkeller Bar is the number one party destination if you’re looking for that true German dining experience. Serving a selection of the finest draught German beers and regional food to choose from, in steins by staff dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing. A true ‘lads pad’ that has its own sports bar with screens showing back-to-back sports coverage, pool tables and an ‘Around the world in 80 beers’ drinking experience.

The Cuban Embassy

Taking inspiration from the bars of Havana, this trendy night-time DJ bar is one of the most fun bars in Moseley. Part live music venue, part Latin wonderland; this wide-spaced venue is filled with Latin and Latin fusion music that plays into the early hours. With street art inspired walls and Latin street food on the menu, make sure you indulge yourself in this paradise.