Birmingham’s newest bars, cafes and restaurants that you need to try

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Whether you’re looking for dog-friendly bar, a chicken & liquor restaurant or a cocktail brunch spot, these are the exciting new openings that have popped up recently in the city.

The Head of Steam, Temple Street

Having only opened this week, the brand new pub in the heart of the city centre on Temple Street is a beer-lover’s paradise. Offering a selection of signature food, a choice of more than 100 types of craft beer, real ale, and world beer from its 43 keg lines, this dog-friendly hotspot will leave you spoilt for choice with almost too many drinks options to choose from. Click here to find out more. 


Okay, so it may not be completely new to the city, but fine dining restaurant Wilderness has moved to Warstone Lane in Jewellery Quarter and you’re going to want to check it out. Described by Head Chef Alex Claridge as ‘playful and provocative food’, the intimate restaurant prides itself on an unrivalled attention to detail. Click here to find out more.

The Rebel Chicken 

The latest addition to Jewellery Quarter’s culinary scene, The Rebel Chicken is a combination of good food, plenty of drinks, live DJ’s and one of the best beer gardens in the city. One for the meat-lovers, you can expect a mouthwatering menu of wings, thighs and even roasts on a Sunday, all in chilled surroundings. Click here to find out more.

Damascena Coffee House

Following huge success in both Moseley and the city centre, the popular independent Middle Eastern restaurant and cafe has opened its doors on Harborne High Street, with both indoor and outdoor seating. We recommend trying a traditional Turkish Mezze (selection of small dishes) accompanied by an Arabian Spiced Coffee. Click here to find out more.

Arch 13

Opened by Birmingham’s oldest wine merchants, Connolly’s, Arch 13 has been designed to showcase and celebrate the space’s lofty arches. Light and airy by day and cosy, intimate and candlelit by night, this is the ideal spot for a romantic date night, with an ever-evolving wine list starting from just £4 per glass. If you like what you taste, check out the wine shop at the back with over 500 wines, 120 gins and plenty more to choose from. Click here to find out more.

The Ivy Temple Row

This one really needs no introduction; with intricate statement wallpaper, plush interiors and a variety of dishes for every meal of the day, The Ivy Temple Row is one of the most exciting new openings for the city in the past year.  If you’re looking for something a little more upmarket but still with a casual dining feel for a special occasion, it also has a private dining room available for larger parites. Click here to find out more.


Local chef Aktar Islam, who grew up in Aston, has successfully created a sleek Indian dining experience like no other. Showcasing the progressive cooking championed by chefs as far back as the 13thcentury, this contemporary restaurant brings traditional dishes into the modern day for a taste sensation. And even if you’re not that hungry, you can still enjoy a tipple or two at the stylish bar. Click here to find out more.


Chicken and liquor are the central focus of this casual dining spot on Lower Severn Street.  If you’re craving a juicy burger, the HotHead Burger will have you drooling, whilst the buffalo wings are another popular choice. It’s also worth keeping your eyes peeled for regular pop-ups with a range of exciting new dishes and flavours, available for a limited time only. Click here to find out more.

Wok to Walk

Proving fast food doesn’t have to compromise on quality, nutrition, or speed, Wok to Walk on New Street is fresh food made to order whilst you wait. Create your perfect wok box by following the three-step-menu: selecting a base of noodles, rice, or vegetables, before adding a range of natural, healthy and fresh toppings that fit even the most complex of dietary requirements. and finally comes the sauce, which completes the fresh, top quality and MSG-free personalised meals. Click here to find out more.

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