The Jewellery Quarter, which is just a 10-15 minute walk from the city centre, dates back over 200 years and is home to over 100 independent specialist retailers and craftspeople.
It is also home to a growing bar and restaurant scene. Read on to learn about some of the great places to eat and drink in this fascinating area.
1000 Trades cater for a variety of cravings: craft beer, cider, natural wine and tasty food. 1000 trades host regular food pop-ups , so you’ll never be bored of their menu – they've had British, Spanish, French, Peruvian and Japanese food all under that one roof. Their Sunday Roasts are legendary, book ahead to guarantee your spot though.
The Vanguard is a cocktail bar and meadery, conveniently located right above 1000 Trades – you go through the same entrance door and walk up the stairs. The Vanguard specialises in Mead, a spirit made from fermented honey, fruits, spices and grains and serves beautiful and creative cocktails.
The Pig & Tail is a beautifully restored traditional pub on Albion Street. The bright and airy bar serves a tapas style menu encompassing brunch, lunch and dinner as well as an extensive craft beer, gin and cocktail selection.
The Wilderness, from acclaimed chef Alex Claridge, is one of Birmingham's most exciting restaurants. The fine dining restaurant is definitely like no other in the city, with creative dishes, drinks (not just wine) pairings and a rock music soundtrack. There's also a seriously talented team in the kitchen, two recent finalists from Masterchef - The Professionals in the last few years have come from the restaurant.
Lucky Duck specialise in Asian-style broths with noodles (homemade of course), but they also make a mean bao bun. Lucky Duck often do themed dinner events, so keep an eye on their Instagram for the next one.
Hen and Chickens looks like a regular pub in a beautiful old building, one of many on that side of town. But, as soon as you enter this place you are completely overwhelmed by the warm, comforting aromas of eastern spices. The pub has a loyal following for their tasty curries and their mixed grills are legendary!
40 St Paul's is a real hidden gem situated on St Paul's Square. The multi award-winning 24 seater gin bar serves over 140 gins, either with tonic or in cocktails. The knowledgeable staff can guide you or you can consult their helpful 'ginopedia' which gives you all the information you will need to pick the perfect tipple.
If you are looking for a tasty pizza with some interesting toppings, independent pizzeria Otto is your place. Start your meal picking at a sharing board of charcuterie or roasted vegetables before moving on to one of their delicious pizzas cooked in a wood fired oven.