As Britain's second largest city, Birmingham is often over-looked, many only thinking of it in terms of the N.E.C. and Balti curries. In reality, Birmingham has more canals than Venice and boasts just as many cafes and restaurants and a growing number of fashionable bars.

Birmingham’s bar scene

An innovative, modern locale by day and a vibrant, buzzing party destination by night, Birmingham isn’t one to disappoint when it comes to the nation’s favourite pastime. In fact, England’s second-largest city is home to a dizzying array of quirky hangouts, cosy cocktail bars and friendly watering holes, ensuring that not a single thirsty soul goes unquenched.

Start your tour of local drinkeries off right by heading to the Jewellery Quarter, an urban hub for the city’s creative elite. Pop into 40 St. Paul’s, purveyor of fine gins and curator of mighty fine cocktails that delight the taste buds and intrigue the senses. From there, strap on your boots and get yourself over to Smultronställe, a rather mysterious bar that likes to keep its cards incredibly close to its chest. Hidden away in the maze of central Birmingham, this illusive hangout’s address is only revealed once you book, making the whole experience that bit more alluring. Finish off the perfect night by dropping in on the speakeasy-style hideaway that is Bourne & Co. an intimate and moody Prohibition-era bar that serves up the classics with an extra touch of elegance.

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