A good pub is an absolute essential for any student, and Birmingham certainly has its fair share of them. Whether you’re looking for something quirky, some delicious pub grub, or just a good old place to drink, Birmingham has the pub for you. Here are the best pubs in Birmingham.


Bacchus Bar Birmingham
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Just a short walk away from Birmingham New Street, this charming pub is right in the heart of Birmingham. Boasting a range of cask ale and gins, this pub has a range of options for you to try, and you’re bound to find something you like. Enjoy a drink and some delicious food in their unique rooms, from medieval taverns to Egyptian hideaways. No matter where you are, this is a must for anyone looking for that unique pub experience!

The Old Joint Stock 

The Old Joint Stock Birmingham
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This truly unique pub is a must-visit for a fan of the arts. This Grade II listed building not only houses a fantastic bar and restaurant, but it also has a 100 seat studio theatre. They put on a variety of productions throughout the year, so you can enjoy quality entertainment whilst partaking in your favourite tipple. This city centre pub is definitely one to put on your list!

The Wellington

Right in the heart of Birmingham city centre, this is a great venue for that classic pub experience. Settle down with some friends for a selection of award-winning ales, beers and whiskies whilst taking part in one of their regular quiz nights. Whilst no food is served, you’re welcome to bring your own, or even attend one of their popular “cheese nights”. A favourite among locals, The Wellington is bound to give you that cosy pub feeling!

The Jekyll & Hyde

The Jekyll & Hyde Birmingham
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Located in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, this unusual pub will surely be an experience to remember. Just like its namesake, there are two separate bars in the venue; Mr Hyde’s main bar and Dr. Jekyll’s gin parlour. You can sample anything from your staple drinks to weird and wonderful creations. Additionally, if you venture outside there is a Wonderland courtyard, perfect for enjoying those summer drinks. This is the perfect pub for anyone looking for the extraordinary!


The BrewDog Birmingham
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A particular favourite among students and the young population of Birmingham, BrewDog is a pub for those looking for a bit more out of their money. This company is active within the community and is passionate about spreading positivity to others. On top of this excellent incentive, they have a great selection of beers for you to try – including some of their own brews – and some of the best pub food in Birmingham, including some great vegan options. This is a must for anyone looking to do some good when they head out for drinks!

The Old Crown

Opened in 1368, The Old Crown is Birmingham’s oldest pub, meaning that it has a special place in the community. Boasting a large beer garden and a charming interior, this venue offers a classic pub atmosphere, serving great drinks and reasonable prices. It’s also known for its delicious Sunday roasts, so make sure to head there for some top quality grub!

The Rose Villa Tavern

Rose Villa Tavern Birmingham
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Known as “the jewel of the Jewellery Quarter”, The Rose Villa Tavern is a popular pick for the youth population, as it mixes tradition with contemporary styles. Visitors can enjoy some fantastic cocktails here, as well as all your classic drinks. If this beautiful pub wasn’t enough, there is also an upstairs venue that you can rent out for parties, or enjoy some local comedy. This is a great pub for a cool and casual night out!

The Shakespeare Inn

The Shakespeare Inn Birmingham
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The Shakespeare Inn is a classic Birmingham pub due to its proximity to New Street station. This authentic and friendly pub will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, and is the perfect place for some good old-fashioned pub grub! With a wide collection of draught beer, there’s bound to be something for everyone at The Shakespeare Inn. Also feel free to sample their delicious food and have a cosy lunch!

The Peaky Blinder

Peaky Blinder Birmingham
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A must-visit for any fan of the Birmingham-based show. Visitors can enjoy cocktails, whiskey, and other popular drinks from the 1920’s. All the staff wear the signature flat caps, and there’s even a speakeasy bar hidden away behind a bookshelf if you can find it. This is perfect for those who want to try their hand at this famous gang, and is a favourite among locals and tourists alike.

The Trocadero

Originally a fire station, this authentic venue was opened as a bar in 1912 and is therefore steeped in history. Its busy city centre atmosphere makes for a great social space to meet with friends. The Trocadero is famous for offering a range of five cask ales, with new additions every now again, so each visit is slightly different. There are even rumours that the owner haunts the pub, so it’s well worth a visit!