Birmingham’s best outdoor drinking and al fresco dining hotspots

The heat’s rising, so what better way to celebrate than with a nice meal and a few drinks in the sun?

The High Field

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Just a stone’s throw from the city centre, with a spacious garden and terrace, The High Field is the go-to place for drinks and dining outside. This family-friendly gastropub offers a variety of traditional pub grub using seasonal ingredients, alongside ales and premium spirits. 

Mailbox

There’s something for everyone at the canalside terrace at Mailbox. Whether you’re indulging in some French cuisine at Côte Brasserie or Cafe Rouge, enjoying an eccentric cocktail at Aluna, or tucking in at Miller & Carter, there’s a wide variety of places to try out whatever your taste. 

Yorks Café at Ikon Gallery

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If it’s lunch and a coffee in the sunshine you’re after, look no further than Yorks Café at Ikon, Brindleyplace. Surrounded by the picturesque cherry blossoms of Oozells Square in spring and summer, sit back and relax whilst enjoying own-roasted coffee, craft beer and stonebaked pizza.

The Church Inn

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Tucked away on Great Hampton Street, The Church Inn prides itself on a tasty selection of soul food, with everything from Seafood Chowder and Fried Chicken to Classic Ribs. If the weather’s warm, the small but inviting roof terrace is open to all to enjoy with an Aperol Spritz in hand (they’re 2-4-1 every Monday-Friday from 5 pm – 7 pm).

The Button Factory

With a relaxed but busy atmosphere, The Button Factory will take you from afternoon drinks to a night out. As one of Jewellery Quarter’s most popular bars, the rooftop terrace is a huge hit in summer and a great stop off for a JQ bar crawl. You’ll have to be there early to get a seat though!

The Bureau Bar & Kitchen

Located in the popular business district of Colmore Row, you’ll find this place populated with after-work drinkers most evenings of the week. Offering a wide range of tipples and bar bites, this chilled hotspot is a hidden gem in the bustling city centre and a great spot to enjoy an al fresco lunch. 

The Canal House

For a drink in peaceful surroundings, head to The Canal House on Bridge Street and watch the world go by. This rustic waterfront restaurant specialises in handcrafted drinks, alongside Sunday roasts and nibbles. 

The Distillery

Tucked away further down the canal just a short walk from Brindleyplace, you’ll stumble across The Distillery, filled with just about any type of gin you can imagine, from Sipsmith Sloe Gin or Monkey 47 to Tanqueray. This huge beer garden is one of a kind in the city centre, and as soon as the sun appears it’s jam-packed so we recommend getting down as soon as you can!

The Farm Inn 

Take some time out at this historic grade II listed farmhouse and barn in Solihull, with a large outdoor seating space and regular live music. This relaxing venue, which is a far cry from the busy city centre cocktail bars, offers hearty food – perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons.

Digbeth Dining Club

It’s the street food phenomenon that takes over Lower Trinity Street every Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Digbeth Dining Club is a fun and casual dining experience with a twist. Expect live DJ’s, a variety of delicious vendors and a bar, what’s not to love?

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