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Best of Brum

Whether you’re visiting our wonderful city, moving here as a student or you’re a local looking for somewhere new, team Grin have put together a list of places you need to visit! Everyone has contributed to this so it’s very extensive: strap in!

Juju’s Cafe
Juju’s is a family run cafe offering cosy home-cooked food with fantastic views of the canal. Don’t miss their Sunday roast!

Coconut Tree
An explosion of Sri Lankan flavours perfect for sharing (or not). The menu is full of gorgeous small plates with plenty of veggie and vegan options.

Rudy’s Pizza
A firm grin favourite that has seen repeat visits for our team socials. Easily some of the best pizza in all of Birmingham. Make sure you check out the specials board when you visit!

There is a definite OTTO/Rudy divide in the office. OTTO is another incredible pizza place in the Jewellery Quarter. It definitely wins points for it’s intimate setting.

Hockley Social Club
One of Digbeth Dining Club’s sister venues, Hockley Social Club is home to a rotation of fantastic vendors: it’s tough to choose just one on a visit. They also have great cocktails and often host live music and events.

Freshly made pasta, beautiful charcuterie PLUS limoncelo slushies! Trentina regularly put on showcases where they serve dishes from specific regions of Italy – a great opportunity to try something new.

Medicine Bakery
Extravagant pastries and a fantastic brunch spot too! Medicine has two cafes in Birmingham (one on New St and one in the Mailbox). The New St location has the added bonus of being filled with plants and artwork from local artists.

If you’re an avid meat eater, Fazenda is for you. All you can eat freshly grilled meat carved at your table, Fazenda gives guests the chance to experience reimagined food from the Pampas in Argentina and Brazil.

On our very own Fleet Street sits Itihaas, an award winning Indian restaurant with a focus on fine dining. If you’re looking for all the goodness of a fantastic Indian Takeaway with some added fancy-ness, Itihaas is a great place to try.

Sushi Passion
Recognised by the All Japan Sushi Association for authenticity, Sushi Passion is one of Brum’s best spots for sushi. They started out in the indoor markets and can now be found in Great Western Arcade.

The Red Lion
There are a number of fantastic roast dinners on offer in Brum and The Red Lion in the Jewellery Quarter serves one of the best! It has a great beer garden too.

Indian Brewery
The Masala fries and Indian Fish & Chips are a must try from Indian Brewery. Innovative Indian street food, craft brews and a cool venue beneath the arches – what’s not to love?!

A hidden gem tucked away in Ladywood. Run by a family from Bologna, Gustami is the perfect place for authentic Italian dishes. Their fresh tortelloni is a must have!

Moseley’s ‘by-the-slice’ heaven! Peacer is a vegetarian New York style pizza joint with flavour combinations that are to die for. They have vegan options too!

Tiger Bites Pig
A tiny, intimate gem just down the road from Grand Central. Tiger Bites Pig serves incredible fresh bao buns inspired by East Asian street food. They also offer Bao Kits so you can make your own!

Saint Kitchen
Just around the corner from our office, Saint Kitchen serves the best bagels in Brum. Their menu changes frequently but look out for the potato bhaji bagel: unreal!!

Oodles Chinese
Providing secret recipes with Indo Chinese inspired fusion, Oodles is the perfect spot to pick up some noodles.

Digbeth Dining Club Tour
If you’re missing the Digbeth staple that was DDC, you can still catch them on their summer tours – from Warwick Castle to Edgbaston Cricket Ground and plenty in between, Digbeth Dining Club host pop up events all the time. You can also catch them in Longbridge at Herbert’s Yard and in Coventry (as well as at Hockley Social Club of course!)

The best Korean food in Birmingham! Good value Korean food cooked by people who know and love what they’re doing.

Chung Ying
Chung Ying has been a staple of Brum’s Chinese Quarter for over 30 years! It prides itself on being key to the development of thriving Chinatown.

Soho Tavern
Tandoori grill with a variety of veggie and vegan options – you don’t see that every day!

Lulu Wild
An intimate but contemporary Chinese bar and restaurant with fantastic food, cocktails and a famous bottomless brunch.

Indian Streatery
Headed by an all-women team of chefs, The Indian Streatery is home to a family of foodies who started as street food traders almost 6 years ago. They worked the street food scene in Birmingham and around the UK and became firm favourites.

One of 14 Gustos across the county, if you fancy a posh Italian, head to Gusto by the cathedral!

Fat Hippo
Fat Hippo is a group of independent burger restaurants, based in locations over the UK. Looking for the best burgers and dirty fries? Try Fat Hippo!

Zindiya is an Indian Streatery and bar created by husband and wife team, Ajay & Shivani Kenth, who have planned this venture since their teenage years.
Their concept was to create an immersive experience of India – drinking chai or Limca, eating chaat and gol gappe – in a casual and fun environment.

The Wolf
Equal parts cool and cosy, The Wolf is one of the Jewellery Quarter’s best beer spots. If you’re a craft beer fan, The Wolf is for you! They also serve fantastic food which is half price on a Tuesday!

Another grin social favourite! A fantastic drinks selection for beer lovers, cocktail lovers and spirit lovers alike. Sommar has a couple of locations in the city and more keep popping up. Check out the canalside location for authentic brewery vibes or the Victoria Square location for comfy seats!

The Botanist
A gorgeous venue with intriguing decor and amazing cocktails. You’ll also find live music and pretty great food too.

The Alchemist
The Alchemist has a huge reputation for its weird and wonderful cocktails. They certainly have the wow factor. They also offer mixology masterclasses if you fancy giving cocktail making a go.

Mee Cha Bubble Tea
If you’re after something… well… less alcoholic, give Mee Cha a go! Mee Cha is a local, family-run business selling bubble tea & frozen yoghurt, plus a variety of other flavoursome treats.

The Old Crown
The Old Crown is Birmingham’s oldest secular building and has existed since 1368. Having stood the test of time during the English civil war the pub & events garden now stands proud in the heart of Digbeth.

The Victoria
The Victoria dates back to the 19th century, a city centre based venue that oozes character. There’s even legend of a resident ghost! They offer a range of live entertainment nights including comedy, live music and burlesque.

Wayland’s Yard
After fantastic coffee? Give Wayland’s Yard a go. They have their own speciality medium roast which is a must try.

The Church
A gorgeous rooftop and the friendliest staff! The Church is a fantastic little pub situated in the Jewellery Quarter.

Arch 13
Wine and cheese!!! Plus a cool location under the arches and a specialist wine shop.

The Ruin
Inspired by the ruin bars of Budapest, The Ruin is one of Digbeth’s gems. Quirky interiors and a great atmosphere.

Henman & Cooper
A unique city centre rooftop, eclectic decor and a vibrant atmosphere. If you’re after something a little fancier in the city, give this a go.

Loki Wines
Another one of Birmingham’s brilliant wine bars. They offer wine tastings and masterclasses so keep an eye on their events page.

The Canal House
One of Brum’s best beer gardens. Fantastic views of the canal, a great building, hanging kebabs, live music every so often – The Canal House has it all!

The London & North Western
Because sometimes you just can’t go wrong with a Wetherspoons!

Flight Club
grin have visited Flight Club twice on our socials and it’s such fun every time! Great darts games and great cocktails!

The full arcade experience plus themed cocktails, incredible decor and of course… dance mats! If you’re into games and arcades, NQ64 is a must visit.

Escape Hunt
One of Birmingham’s best escape rooms with plenty of games options including Virtual Reality. If you’re after something a little different, give this a go.

Indoor Markets
You can’t beat a wander around Birmingham’s Indoor Markets. International cuisine and ingredients, meat and fish, clothing, household goods: it’s an adventure every time!

Chance & Counters
600+ board games, plenty of drinks, plenty of food, proper espresso and cosy vibes. If you’re a board game lover, Chance & Counters will be up your street.

Roxy Ballroom
Roxy brings the playground to the bar, with a huge variety of games all under one roof. There’s bowling, batting cages, shuffleboard, pool, beer pong, darts and more!

The Electric Cinema
Birmingham is home to the UK’s oldest working cinema! The Electric has been around since 1909 and it’s still a fantastic place to catch new releases as well as screenings of older films too.

Birmingham Bouldering Centre
There are a couple of avid climbers in the team (and a few others than join in every so often too) and Birmingham Bouldering Centre is a favourite.

The Floodgate
For the competitive sort, the Floodgate offers a host of quirky games including table golf, curling and baseball batting cages!

Karaoke Box
If you’re looking to sing your heart out then book yourself a room at Karaoke Box. It is absolutely the best place to end a night out.

The Mockingbird
An independent cinema showing new releases and hosting special cinema events. You can even book out a screen for a private event.

Drink & Draw
Flic Blades of Drink & Draw hosts tonnes of events across the city in some gorgeous venues. Some highlights include ‘Doodles & Dumplings’ at Blow Water Cafe in Kings Heath, ‘Collage & Cocktails’ at Cafe Artum in Hockley, ‘Stretch & Sketch’ at I AM YOGI in Moseley and of course the classic ‘Drink & Draw’!

Candlelight Concerts
Candlelight Concerts host beautiful events across Birmingham in amazing venues such as St Philips Cathedral and Birmingham Botanical Gardens. They come up with fantastic themes too – check out their upcoming events.

Golf Fang
Mini golf but make it bigger and better (and a bit more adult!). The venue is a sight to be seen, inspired by street art and pop culture – there’s a lot to take in.

Broadway Plaza Bowling
Classic bowling, cheap drinks, slushies, arcade games, karaoke. Who needs the bells and whistles.

Botanical Gardens
Surround yourself by nature at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens. It is one of the UK’s most significant historic Botanic Gardens which has remarkably remained intact since 1829.

Ikon Gallery
The Ikon Gallery is a gallery of contemporary art, located in Brindleyplace which is completely free! They host plenty of exciting exhibitions so check out their ‘Whats On’ page.

Red Brick Market
The ultimate independent shopping experience, Red Brick Market is home to stalls from tonnes of sellers and creatives. You can spend hours and hours browsing its wonders.

Winterbourne House
Experience an Edwardian historic house and garden nestled in a leafy corner of Birmingham.

Glee Club
Birmingham’s Glee Club is truly the city’s comedy hub. It’s a staple for renowned comics as well as a great place to find new talent!

Birmingham’s Hippodrome is home of the Birmingham Royal Ballet as well as a variety of other performances including touring West End shows. If you love a good musical, you can count on the Hippodrome for a big show!

The Alexandra
Another must-visit for theatre lovers, The Alexandra was built in 1901 by William Coutts and throughout its vast history, has become home to first class entertainment.

While Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is currently closed for renovation but they are still working hard on pop up exhibitions and partnerships so keep an eye on their website to stay in the know.

Parkside Gallery
One of BCU’s exhibition spaces, The Faculty of Arts, Design and Media has a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year.

Moseley Festivals
Moseley Folk Festival and Moseley Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival are both lovely days/weekends out for music lovers. The perfect festival if you don’t fancy camping!

Coffin Works
Hear us out… the idea of a coffin museum probably sounds a bit strange but the Coffin Works is home to rich stories about the workers in Birmingham. Truly unique!

Midlands Arts Centre
Cinema, theatre, dance, music, comedy, talks, workshops, exhibitions and more. Midlands Art Centre has lots going on for everybody.

We’re always on the look out for more places in Birmingham to visit! Where have we missed?