Birmingham is a city with so much to offer that sometimes, you don’t quite know where to start! There are so many quirky bars, eateries and places to visit that trying to squeeze everything into one visit can sometimes be a challenge. Hey, even if you’re a local, you probably haven’t even scratched the surface of the city yet! And in my opinion, few things say a good drink in the city, like a drink or two on a rooftop terrace or beer garden. So, I reminisced about all the fun times and created a list of the best rooftop bars in Birmingham. These are a must-visit for when you’re in the Midlands!
This article is written by Faraway Lucy writer, Hope Titley.
1. The Canal House
Address: 12 Bridge St, Birmingham B1 2JR
Phone number: 0121 643 8829
As the name suggests, you’ll find The Canal House overlooking Birmingham’s famous canals in the Gas Street Basin. You’ll have to be quick if you want to get a table, as this place is popular for a reason and in the summer tables get snatched up fast! Bars are a dime a dozen in this area, but The Canal House offers a rooftop terrace that’s perfect for soaking in the summer sun while you catch up with friends over a cocktail or two. (I recommend the Garden Spritz!) Head over on a Sunday for their Sunday Sessions. Here you can catch live music along with a classic roast dinner! Which, to me, sounds like a pretty perfect way to spend your Sunday!
2. Sky By The Water
Address: Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1PU
Phone number: 0121 273 1043
Head up to the fifth floor of Resorts World, and you’ll find the rooftop restaurant and bar, Sky By The Water. Boasting a modern twist on traditional French and British cuisine, it’s easily one of my favourite rooftop bars in Birmingham. The bar has a smart-casual dress code, making it the ideal place to celebrate or have an excuse to dress up. What better way to celebrate than with decadent desserts or a classy afternoon tea paired with champagne?
Fancy making the evening a little more unique? Sky By The Water has its very own secret garden! Equipped with covered garden pods, you can have a cosy evening if you’re after a little more privacy. The secluded rooftop terrace is the perfect spot for dates and that long-awaited catch up with friends. Their garden pods are bookable online, but don’t worry if you can’t nab one. The outdoor glass bar is open to everyone, and their very own bespoke Tanqueray butterfly makes for a top selfie opportunity.
3. The Night Owl
Address: 17-18 Lower Trinity St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AG
Opening its doors in 2015, The Night Owl became one of the first Northern Soul clubs in the Midlands and has been going strong ever since. The bar is home to everything retro and soul, with live music to keep you going through to the early hours as the bar becomes a nightclub. Throughout the night, you can boogie to a mix of soul, Mo-town, funk, disco and good old Britpop (just to name a few) as they expanded their music genres to have something for everyone.
Once you get there, you can either join everyone on the sprung wooden dancefloor below (perfect for all those acrobatic dance moves), head over to the bar for a drink, or take the stairs up to the mezzanine above the dancefloor for a birds-eye view of the party!
Did I also forget to mention that they have a gorgeous beer garden, fully decorated by hand? This may be more your vibe if you are more of an early-riser than a night owl. During the day, you can enjoy street food, drinks and bottomless brunches in the beer garden. Live DJs are also there to provide a backtrack to your day if you still want to have a little dance.
4. The Mill
Address: 29 Lower Trinity St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AG
Phone number: 0117 925 9273
Any Birmingham native will have heard of The Rainbow, The Custard Factory, or can tell you the best spot for a rave. The Mill is another one of these places.
A relatively new addition to the Birmingham music scene (as of late 2018), it has become home to raves and day festivals alike. The Mill is a multi-story space that promises good music and good vibes throughout the year. But you don’t need to wait for a big event to experience it. Head to The Mill’s massive 2,475 square-foot open-top roof garden, situated against the Victorian railway arches, to watch the sun go down over the city.
If you’re in the mood for a more exciting evening, why not see what events are on and have a little boogie? This summer, it will be home to the Beer Central Festival, and music acts like The Skints. Festivals on a rooftop? That’s got to be one of the most fun things to do in Birmingham, right?
5. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill
Address: The Cube, 200 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1PR
Phone number: 0121 634 3433
Possibly one of the most famous rooftop bars in Birmingham can be found nestled at the top of The Cube in the Mailbox district. And with 360-degree panoramic views of the city from the highest floor, it’s famous for good reason!
Marco Pierre White combines refined dining with stunning views for an evening of class. The restaurant is famous for its steaks as well as their signature cocktails, all designed by Michelin Star chef Marco Pierre White. Like Sky By The Water, you best dust off that smart outfit as their dress code is smart. Leave the trainers at home, yeah?
Not only does their rooftop terrace offer unparalleled views, but it also has heaters for the winter and retractable covers for the summer. So no matter the weather, you can enjoy everything the terrace has to offer. I’d recommend heading there on the weekend to catch some of the live music they have every week.
6. The Church Inn
Address: 22 Great Hampton St, Birmingham B18 6AQ
Phone number: 0121 448 3866
If you have the time, head a little out of the centre until you get to the Jewellery Quarter. Historically known as the UK’s centre for (you guessed it) jewellery, the Jewellery Quarter has become a popular, bustling hub for tourists and locals alike. The restaurants and bars here are no exception either. The Church Inn has been in Birmingham for over 100 years, and it doesn’t look like it will be going away any time soon.
Now serving freshly baked sourdough pizza along with any drink of your choosing, you can head out to their rooftop terrace to enjoy your evening, whether it’s the middle of the day or at golden hour. They also serve their very own “Frenchmen Street Blend of Quarter Horse Coffee” for when you need a little pick me up.
7. The Button Factory
Address: 25 Frederick St, Birmingham B1 3HH
Phone number: 0121 236 4653
This pub is another one to visit in the Jewellery Quarter! The Button Factory is, in their own words, “The Jewellery Quarter’s hippest hang out”. Not wanting to remodel the old, historic buildings completely, they simply restored and expanded them to keep the cosy and welcoming feel of the past while creating a space that could fit everyone.
Now, you can visit their expansive, first-floor roof terrace and watch the world go by as you enjoy your food or drinks. The balcony is a total sun-trap, making it the perfect place to catch up with friends and to top up your tan while you’re at it! Why not treat yourself to one of the best bottomless brunches in Birmingham here while you’re at it?
8. Malt House
Address: 75 King Edwards Rd, Birmingham B1 2NX
Phone number: 0121 633 4171
To find the Malt House, you’ll want to head a little further along the canals. A laid-back pub that’s a favourite amongst the locals, here you can enjoy a craft beer or ale (most of which are usually local) or peruse the menu for something tasty.
Tradition is their thing, and you’ll find it in everything from the food to the decor. The Malt House was once a malting, a place where grain was used to make things like whisky and lager, so they have kept with the tradition in this classic pub!
The Malt House boasts canal-side seating, both above and below, with more than enough space to accommodate everyone. So whether you just want to be outside or have more of a view of Birmingham’s famous canals, there are plenty of options!
9. Birdies Bar
Address: The Custard Factory, Gibb St, Deritend, Birmingham B9 4AA
Okay, so technically not a rooftop bar. However, Birdies is basically a tropical holiday in a bottle, with decor that makes you feel like you are in the Bahamas. And with it being an outdoor bar, I think it’s earned an honourary place on this list of rooftop bars in Birmingham. In the heart of Digbeth, next to the infamous Ghetto Golf, you’ll find Birdies Bar. It’s an explosion of colour and summer vibes, with giant palm trees and tropical decor that will definitely get you feeling like you’re on holiday.
Sometimes, you need something for when you’ve had one cocktail too many, and at Birdies, no one goes hungry. With comfort food options for every kind of eater, it’s sure to go down a treat. One of the best things they have on offer is a bottomless brunch, which can, of course, be your classic prosecco. But if prosecco isn’t your thing, you don’t need to worry, because they offer a Keggie of beer as well! Who said bottomless brunch was just for the girls?
10. The Garden Bar @ The Big Birmingham Bake
Address: 110 Floodgate St, Deritend, Birmingham B5 5SR
This one is a little different. The Big Birmingham Bake‘s creative people have come together to create a vast, 3,000 square-foot outdoor bar and garden, perfect for post-work drinks and socialising. Book yourself a time slot for free in advance. You don’t want to miss out on getting a space at this one of a kind space! If you want more than the usual allocated two hours, just drop them an email, and they’ll do their best to accommodate you.
While you’re there, not only can you enjoy all the drinks they have on offer but there will be free cake making the rounds so you can truly feel like you’re treating yourself! You won’t feel limited to just going in the day either. The Garden Bar is covered and has both heaters and blankets for when the night turns chilly, and you want to cosy up and get warm.
11. Pitcher & Piano
Address: Brindley Pl, Birmingham B1 2HP
Phone number: 0121 643 0214
Perfectly placed right along the edge of the canals, Pitcher & Piano is one of the best rooftop bars in Birmingham to enjoy the happy hour. It’s a popular place to visit after work, as the great prices and the view from the terrace create an atmosphere that is both chill and buzzing with life simultaneously, as people flock there to enjoy their evening.
The slightly eclectic but still modern interiors give Pitcher & Piano a little charm that draws you in for just one more drink. Speaking of, their drinks menu is something to behold. My favourite is being able to order a sharing cocktail which can serve up to four people. (You have to order the Bombay Paradise!)
12. The Gentleman & Scholar Pub and Terrace
Address: 2 Bridge St, Birmingham B1 2JZ
Phone number: 0121 643 1234
The Gentleman & Scholar lives up to its name. With plush interiors, crackling fireplaces and original artworks decorating the walls, it truly feels like you’ve stepped into a gentleman’s study. You’ll find this pub in the Hyatt Regency Birmingham hotel. But don’t worry, you don’t need to be a guest to enjoy a drink here. So whether you’re staying the night or just visiting for the day, it’s the perfect spot to grab a nightcap.
Enjoy one of their fine wines, or even treat yourself to a glass of champagne before you head up to their heated terrace and enjoy the evening. Their large terrace can be enjoyed all year round making it one of the best rooftop bars in Birmingham for the winter months. It has a cover and heaters to keep you sheltered from the elements!
13. 1565 Bar and Terrace
Address: 160 Broad St, Birmingham B15 1DT
Phone number: 0121 369 5555
Located on the fourth floor of the Park Regis Hotel, 1565 Bar and Terrace is the perfect place for everything from catching up with friends over a morning coffee to sitting down for an important business dinner. Make sure you head over for 4 pm – 7 pm to catch their Happy Hour, where you can get a selection of cocktails for just £5 each! Ideal for students and anyone looking for somewhere lovely to sit, without breaking the bank!
The terrace is the best place to sit back and relax, enjoying the sunshine while you can. But there’s no need to leave once the sun goes down and it starts to cool down. Grab one of their many blankets and stay warm under the terrace heaters.
14. The Wellington
Address: 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5SN
Phone number: 0121 200 3115
The Wellington is a true labour of love for landlord Nigel Barker, who, upon his frustration at not getting a pint of real ale in the city centre, vowed to open a real alehouse one day. The Wellington was the result, and the popular pub has been thriving ever since.
The pub is well known for having sixteen pumps to serve you the best local ales throughout your visit. Though they don’t serve food here, they more than make up for it by allowing you to bring in whatever food you’d like to enjoy with your pint. Of course, one of the best ways to truly enjoy everything this pub has to offer is by heading up to their roof terrace. It’s the perfect hideaway from all the usual city hubbub!
So there you have it: the 14 best rooftop bars in Birmingham! With the beginnings of spring beginning to show, I, for one, cannot wait for the whole summer season to come around. Thankfully, there isn’t much longer to go! The thought of evenings spent in the park or on a rooftop bar, soaking in some glorious sun, is definitely one to look forward to! Hopefully, this list will provide you with some much-needed inspiration for planning the next big meet-up. Let us know which rooftop bars in Birmingham are your go-to and if we missed a particular fave!
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