Less than a 15-minute drive out of the city centre lies Moseley, a leafy and cosmopolitan suburb of the city with plenty of hidden gems.
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Embrace the spirit of Cuba without even having to leave the high street at The Cuban Embassy. With an extensive drinks menu of over 120 rums, this buzzing venue comes to life with live music from all genres six nights a week. Open until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays, its a fun alternative to a night out in the city centre.
This is by far one of Moseley’s most popular pub venues, hosting everything from beer pong tournaments to live music and even rum festivals. The fun doesn’t end in the pub, and if you head out the back you’ll discover a huge undercover space complete with a wine shed, cigar shack, tiki cocktail bar and various snugs to cosy up in if the weather’s a bit chilly. This place is heaving at the weekends, so get down early!
If you’re looking for an evening of relaxed dining, why not tuck into a Middle Eastern feast at this cosy independent cafe and delicatessen. Located in the heart of Moseley on Alcester Road, Damascena is well known for its delicious falafels, soft flatbreads and selection of teas.
Home to our favourite quiz in Birmingham, Rafiki’s Cuisine (if you haven’t been, you need to go), The Dark Horse is a friendly, laidback pub serving smokehouse classics. Head here if you want casual dining, particularly if you’re a meat lover, as you can expect a menu of brisket, ribs and wing platters.
For a chilled dining experience inspired by the street markets of India, Zindiya Streatery & Bar is the place to be, offering a selection of authentic dishes including Pani Puri, Pav Bhaji and Falooda, not forgetting the traditional Lassi drink. If you want to get a bit tipsy, check out the cocktail menu which takes different flavours from all over India, infusing spices like garam masala, cumin and chai for drinks you’ve never tried before! It’s worth noting that food will come out as it’s prepared, so expect different plates at different times throughout your meal.
Having been awarded a Michelin Star back in 2016, Carters of Moseley is popular in Birmingham and beyond for its truly unique dining experience. Owned by chef Brad Carter and opened back in 2010, this fine-dining restaurant is renowned for simple, quality food made from the finest British ingredients. And with Evening Menu prices starting from £45 for 4 courses on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, it’s also reasonable on price.
Following a refurb last year, The Patrick Kavanagh (also known as ‘PatKav’) is the place to be if you want to sit back, enjoy a pint and watch some live sports or live music. With a bold blue exterior and traditional pub feel, it’s a fuss-free choice for a more affordable evening.
The multi-award winning restaurant, which also has restaurants in Harborne, Stratford-upon-Avon and Waterloo Street in the city centre, has a menu packed full of mouthwatering Thai dishes. With a little bit of everything from Thai Red Curry and Pad Thai to Lobster Tail and Spicy Prawn Soup, this is an ideal place if you’re looking for oriental food in stylish surroundings.