From boutique pubs to luxury rooftop bars – here are the top places to enjoy a drink in the sun
The Plough Harborne | Harborne High Street
If you’re looking for somewhere that dishes out seriously good food with a comforting atmosphere and relaxed garden area, then you need to make your way to The Plough Harborne. Just a short drive from the city centre, The Plough’s outdoor seating area is the perfect setting for a hearty meal with your family and friends to round off a sun-filled weekend. And, if the weather’s being unkind, you can still make the most of sitting outside as The Plough has a covered area plus blankets and heaters, so you don’t have to worry about catching a chill.
WE LOVE: Staying for dinner? Enjoy Lickin Chicken Sunday Nights for just £12 per kilo every Sunday from 6pm. And if that doesn’t take your fancy, there are plenty of delicious options to chose from on the menu.
The Button Factory | Jewellery Quarter
There’s nothing better than heading to the pub after work – especially when the sun’s shining. Housed in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, The Button Factory reopened its doors last June to a fresh new interior with exposed walls, traditional features and more importantly, its very own outdoor terrace. Filled with plenty of seats and outdoor heaters for when the summer night chills roll in, The Button Factory is a great place to wine and dine.
WE LOVE: From house cocktails to sophisticated G&T’s, you’re sure to find a drink to suit you from The Button Factory’s extensive drinks menu.
The Lord Clifden | Jewellery Quarter
Winner of ‘Best Entertainment Pub’ in the UK for 2015, The Lord Clifden is one of the more quirky beer gardens on our list. Filled with a collection of street art, a seasonal BBQ and so much more, The Lord Clifden’s beer garden is an awesome place to hang out whatever the weather. And, if you’re a beer drinker then you certainly need to take a trip here; with guest ales, tapped and bottled world beers and The Lord Clifden’s very own UAB lager available in both pints and schooners, it’s a great location for a pint in the sun.
WE LOVE: From live music to quiz nights and al fresco parties, there’s always something on at The Lord Clifden to keep you entertained
The High Field | Edgbaston
Boasting a luxury boutique appearance and atmosphere, The High Field is home to a stunning terrace and garden area that provides a beautiful backdrop for soaking up the sun. Offering delicious food all day, draught beers, hand pump ales and a carefully selected wine list, it’s worth the short drive to Edgbaston to get the most out of what The High Field has to offer. And, if you want to enjoy a few drinks The High Field is less than five minutes away from Five Ways train station.
WE LOVE: Quintessentially British, you can enjoy freshly baked cakes accompanied with quality coffee made by The High Field’s barista-trained team out in the garden or on the terrace – the choice is yours. Go on, treat yourself.
The Church | Jewellery Quarter
Take a stroll down Great Hampton Street and you’ll come across a pub with a bit of a twist. Home to one of our favourite rooftop terraces in the city, The Church is known for bringing a little taste of New Orleans to Birmingham with its sticky ribs and mouth-watering burgers. The selection of beverages reflects on The Church’s southern roots that can be washed down in the bar’s roof terrace. So sit back, enjoy the sun and the hospitality.
WE LOVE: Make the most out of the sun and dine outside. You’d be silly not to take advantage of The Chruch’s delicious food.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill | The Cube
Named Best Rooftop Bar in the UK by LateRooms.com Simply the Guest Awards, it should come as no surprise that we’ve listed The Cube’s rooftop bar as one of the best places to soak up the sun in the city. After all, it was the first of its kind to open in the city. With 360 degree panoramic views of Birmingham’s ever-changing skyline, the luxury rooftop bar – which is part of Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill – can be found on the 25th floor of one of the most iconic buildings in the city, offering breath-taking views all year round.
WE LOVE: If you want to take a break from the sun but don’t fancy sitting inside, make your way to the conservatory for a little shelter.
The Jekyll & Hyde | Steelhouse Lane, City Centre
It may be well known for its curious cocktails and gins but The Jekyll & Hyde is also home to a rather lovely beer garden, which can become a bit of a sun-trap if you catch it on the right day. After all, what better way could there be to enjoy a summer’s day than sipping on one of The Jekyll & Hyde’s signature cocktails? Incredibly quirky this bar and restaurant is just a short walk from Snow Hill station and is an absolute must-visit for any gin connoisseur.
WE LOVE: See yourself as a budding mixologist? Why not book a place on one of The Jekyll & Hyde’s cocktail masterclasses.