Terrace Tipples on the Town
Outdoor terraces to explore in Birmingham
Generally in this country - and consequently in Birmingham - we have to endure far too many months of unwelcome cold, grey clouds and rainy commutes. It’s a little unfair.
So naturally when the sun arrives – when we get that first seeming glimmer of what looks like sunshine through the treetops, our entire outlook on life changes. The tops on every convertible are down (probably blaring Ministry of Sound’s Ibiza special); the ‘guns’ and ‘pins’ come out to maximize the tanning opportunities daylight hours now present. We’re wearing sunglasses in the shade and even carrying around mini-fans as if we’ve been transported to Sub-Saharan Africa – all overarched by complaints that “it’s just too hot”.
Probably the most telling sign of the advent of sun is drinking in the daytime – well - just because we can. You might not head to the nearest pub at 12pm in miserable weather, but sunshine means you can have a beer, cider or G&T in the afternoon and not even feel ashamed. And something the Visit Birmingham team are proven guilty of: you also find yourself going 'for one' (or five) after work as you increasingly feel the need to pay tribute to the sun while it lasts. All hail the sun.
If the above sounds familiar - whether you’re visiting or working in Birmingham, or simply enjoying a staycation – we’ve compiled a list of top venues where you can enjoy a tipple al fresco. From pub gardens to restaurant terraces and cafés, Birmingham can help you make the most of the brief UK summer *faze out with Bob Marley’s Sun is shining*.
The Church Inn
22 Great Hampton St. Birmingham, B18 6AQ
The Church Inn is a unique pub in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, which extends up to a rooftop southern-feel terrace. The menu is American diner soul-food meets French bistro, alongside classic and less well-known American-inspired drinks.
Café Opus at Ikon
1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HS
Café Opus was voted by Stylist magazine as being one of the country’s top 18 venues for al fresco dining. The award-winning Opus brand is synonymous for locally sourced, fresh British produce, and Café Opus celebrates quality food once again with its café classics. What better way to enjoy the weather than on the terrace of Ikon Gallery, sipping tea? Based in Birmingham’s Brindleyplace, with world-renowned artwork on show, visitors can make an entire day of their visit.
Resorts World, Sky Bar
Pendigo Way, Birmingham B40 1PU
Resorts World’s Sky Bar is an exclusive, high-end venue, specialising in worldly cocktails. It boasts a unique selection of vintage champagne, fine wines, and rare Japanese whiskies. Located on the very top floor, this offering is the pièce de résistance of the many bars and restaurants available at Resorts World. Customers can step out onto the terrace, overlook the entire city and enjoy a beautiful sunset view. A little further from the city centre; this venue is certainly worth the commute this summer.
Park Regis, 1565′ Restaurant and Bar
160 Broad St, Birmingham B15 1DT
Birmingham’s Park Regis is located on Broad Street and the first European venture for the hotel group. The 1565′ Restaurant and Bar offers superb cuisine as part of breakfast, lunch, or dinner which also includes an a la carte option. The restaurant located on the fourth floor, opens up onto a spacious terrace overlooking the city – watch the world go by whilst enjoying a range of classic and signature cocktails.
The Lord Clifden
The Lord Clifden, 34, Great Hampton Street, Hockley, B18 6AA.
The Lord Clifden is known for being a bit quirky, for its displays of urban street art and imported premium lagers. It’s also known for having one of the biggest and best beer gardens in the city. With a Fussball table, the latest sporting fixtures displayed on flat-screen TV’s, a DJ and a coal-fuelled BBQ – the Lord Clifden offers an epic outdoor space, perfect for long lazy days in the sun.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
The Cube, 200 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1PR
Perfect for a more sophisticated affair, Marco Pierre White’s incredibly stylish rooftop bar sits on the 25th floor of The Cube, next to the Mailbox. With 360 degree panoramic views overlooking Birmingham in all its glory, this terrace boasts one of the best views in the city. With live music playing every weekend, this bar is ideal for a classy summer evening.
Pitcher and Piano
The Water's Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HP
With a beautiful terrace overlooking the canal, Pitcher and Piano is in the heart of Birmingham’s lively Brindleyplace, surrounded by a plethora of bars and restaurants. Pitcher and Piano is sure to be a crowd-pleaser throughout the summer months, accommodating both lazy afternoons and wild nights out with a range of sharable food, a distinct beer menu and tasty cocktails.
Fleet Street Kitchen
Fleet Street Kitchen, Fleet Street, Islington Gates, Summerrow, Birmingham, B3 1JH.
Located on Summerrow not far from Mechu and Apres, Fleet Street Kitchen has a smart outdoor terrace area, which can accommodate up to 40 people. The wine list can be enjoyed with unique water-side views of Birmingham’s 18th century canal, making this another ideal venue for the summer heat.
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