From fine dining restaurants to quirky cocktail bars – take a look at the brand new openings coming to the city this year!
The Ivy | Temple Row
You may have seen the hoardings appear in the windows of the old Louis Vuitton shop on Temple Row, which will become home to The Ivy Birmingham this spring. Its sister restaurants in Chelsea and Covent Garden are quite a hot-spot for celebrity diners including Harry Styles, Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham. Here you can expect delicious food with incredible service, making it a great addition to the Colmore Business District.
Original Patty Men | Digbeth
Original Patty Men had a great 2017, with a Drake order that can only be described as the world’s biggest takeaway during his stay in Birmingham for his World Tour, and joining forces with the likes of The Plough Harborne and Digbeth Dining Club for Sear & Smoke. This year, the go-to burger joint is expanding its home in Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth to create a larger space for the people of Birmingham to enjoy their mouthwatering patties. Check out the menu here!
The Lost & Found | Bennetts Hill
Ok, so we may be cheating here a bit in that The Lost and Found isn’t exactly a new addition to the city, but the popular bar and restaurant themed around the explorer Hettie G Watson is currently closed for a huge refurbishment, which includes a reinvention of its signature cocktail and food menus, as well as the installation of a new secret mezzanine bar which will only be accessible via a spiral staircase. The Lost & Found is due to reopen on the 2nd of March!
NRI | Mailbox
It seems that the Mailbox is becoming the new hot spot for Michelin starred chefs to flock to. Atul Kochhar’s concept may be facing delays, but 2018 will be the year that the famed chef will open the doors to his Indian restaurant NRI, joining fellow Michelin star holder, Tom Aikens, who launched Tom’s Kitchen – the first flagship outside of London – last January.
Dirty Martini | Bennetts Hill
Looking for a place to spend date night or somewhere to grab a cocktail after work to ring in the weekend? Dirty Martini will be moving into the former home of Brazilian restaurant, Viva Brazil after it closed down last year. Find out more here!
The Wilderness | Bennetts Hill
Known for pushing the boundaries of fine dining to the limit, The Wilderness is on our top spot of places to dine in the city centre this year. The restaurant has closed its doors on its former home on Dudley Street and will be moving into its new space on Bennetts Hill this April. In 2017, The Wilderness – headed up by Alex Claridge – opened Bar Humbug, a pop-up in Jewellery Quarter and recently hosted at a three-night pop-up at the Rotunda, hosted by Junior Chef, Louisa Ellis who was the only female to make it to the final three of Master Chef the Professionals. Take a look at what happened when we visited The Wilderness here!
LVL:1 | The Gracechurch Centre | Sutton Coldfield
LVL:1 opened in Sutton Coldfield’s The Gracechurch Centre at Christmas, and offers the ultimate retro gaming experience to its customers. Here you can grab yourself a drink and a snack from the bar before taking a seat in the gaming chairs and battling it out on classics including Mario Kart, Call of Duty and Street Fighter. At weekends the bar has live DJs and the whole space is kitted out with graffiti street art, gaming booths, a VIP gaming projector room and four pool tables.