From unique fashion boutiques and beauty parlours to sensational street food stands and cocktail bars - no idea is too big (or too small) and that is proven everyday with the passion, determination and success showcased by the Independent Birmingham businesses we love so dearly.

Highlighting just a snippet of Birmingham’s ever expanding home-grown talent, we have listed a selection of 50 independent brands in the city that demonstrate how lucky we are!

1. The Electric Cinema  

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The UK's oldest working cinema... 

2. Purnell's Bistro & Ginger's Bar 

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An exquisite bistro and cocktail bar in the heart of Birmingham city centre offering a menu loosely inspired by rustic British fare.

This restaurant holds all the passion and great quality food from Glynn Purnell’s Michelin starred restaurant @purnellsrestaurant, but without the whacky experimental element, and of course the price tag! Instead, @purnellsbistro offers a more simplistic British menu at a more affordable price but, without a doubt, with all the flavour, great quality and attention to detail that is delivered at the Michelin star more on our blog! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป link in our bio! • #bham #birmingham #foodreview #foodreviews #instafood #reviews #ilovebham #ilovebirmingham #birminghamfoodfanatics #foodie #foodies #bhamrestaurants #birminghamrestaurants #bhamreviews #birminghamreviews #bhamfoodreviews #thisisbham #birminghamfood #bhamfood #bhamfoodie #review #restaurantguide #visitbirmingham #lovefood #foodforlife #foodography #Purnells

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3. Bar Opus 

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A city bar serving delicious lunches and bar plates to accompany a fabulous cocktails and wine list.

4. Bone Head  

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Fantastic fried chicken and craft beer - a perfect combo! 

5. Medicine Bakery And Gallery 

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An artisan bakery, café and gallery in Birmingham baking a unique mix of breads, cakes and pastries daily.

6. Adam's 

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A contemporary British fine dining restaurant serving modern dishes created to the very highest professional standard in stylish surroundings.

7. Staying Cool 

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Stylish, central apartments in Birmingham’s city centre with spectacular skyline views.

What side of the Rotunda are you on?

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8. Buffalo & Rye 

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An American inspired menu with top quality meats grilled, smoked, slow cooked and fried to perfection! Also one of the most extensive selections of whiskeys and bourbons in the Midlands!

9.The Edwardian Tearooms 

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A beautifully renovated tearoom located in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. 

10. Gas Street Social 

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A casual setting all about sharing and socialising, with large tables, intimate booths and a cosy ‘social’ area.

11.The Meat Shack 

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Burger heaven, made by only using the finest and filthiest ingredients!

12. The Indian Brewery 

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Awesome craft beers, innovative Indian street food and a second to none unique experience. 

13. 40 St Paul’s 

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World Gin Bar of the Year - serving 140 different gins! 

14. BLOC Hotel 

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Efficient, sleek and beautifully designed rooms located in Birmingham’s cultural heart - The Jewellery Quarter. Also Bloc’s very first hotel! 

15. Digbeth Dining Club 

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A multi award-winning street food event that transforms unique venues throughout the Midlands into vibrant, street food destinations.

16. Mockingbird Cinema And Kitchen 

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Situated within Birmingham’s iconic Custard Factory offering a unique cinematic experience.

17. Harborne Kitchen 

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A contemporary, playful, inviting and exciting culinary experience.

๐Ÿ“Harborne Kitchen

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18. The Plough  

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An independent eatery serving freshly cooked comfort food, pub classics, stone baked pizza and a vast range of healthy options to suit every taste.

19. Simpsons 

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An informal, contemporary and elegant restaurant that reflects the spirit of fine dining today.

I promised there was more.. . Merryfield Farm Duck - Malt, burnt onion puree, offal ragout, sherry vinegar ๐Ÿฆ† . Gariguette Strawberries - Strawberry & white chocolate mille-feuille, basil ice cream ๐Ÿ“ . Soufflé - Lemon meringue pie soufflé, hazelnut ice-cream (not mine, but delicious!) ๐Ÿ‹ . #simpsonsrestaurant #birmingham #michelinstar #michelinstarfood #food #foodporn #feedme #eatingout #noms #timetoeat #chefclub #lovetoeat #chefs #diningout #finedining #finedininglovers #wineflight #sommelier #beautifulfood #tastingmenu #diningexperience #dishoftheday #chefskills #theartofplating #redwine #beautifultables #souffle #millefeuille

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20. Carter’s Of Moseley 

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Menus developed by following the natural rhythms of the season with a focus on nature, wild foraged flora and fauna. 

21. Zindiya  

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An Indian Streatery and bar designed to take customers through an immersive, cultural journey exploring Indian cities in a casual and fun environment. 

22. Midlands Arts Centre 

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A creative centre, offering a jam packed programme of theatre, dance, independent cinema, music, spoken word, comedy, exhibitions and special events, as well as a wealth of practical sessions. 


23. Asha's  

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Situated close by to Birmingham's vibrant cultural mix and business district, Asha's serve up authentic tastes of India.  

My favourite Indian restaurant ever ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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24. Cherry Reds 

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An independent bar supporting local brewers, providing delicious fresh drinks, milkshakes and fresh food cooked to order.

25. Grand Central Kitchen 


A small, friendly independent restaurant offering a variety of quality food. From full English breakfasts and baguettes to jaket potatos and burgers with a selction of drinks to wash it all down. 

26. Island Bar 

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Believed to have the most comprehensive spirit and liqueur collection in the West Midlands, mixing up homemade, award-winning and classic cocktails. 

27. Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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One of Britain's most successful producing theatres, having achieved national recognition and prestigious awards for the quality, excitement innovation of its programme. 

28. Mellow's  

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Always fresh, always mellows... a multi-award winning, modern infused restaurant with a authentic taste of the Caribbean.

29. Purecraft Bar and Kitchen 

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Crafted beer, real good food and top people in a fantastic democratic environment.

30. Serve 

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An amazing space worthy of the glorious game of Ping Pong with a late lounge vibe.

31. The Jekyll and Hyde 

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A cross between a Victorian-inspired Gin Parlour and raucous shenanigans and games.

32. Zen Metro 

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An award-winning Thai Restaurant serving a fusion of traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in Birmingham's Business District. 

33. The Oyster Club 

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A menu focused on Seafood and a stunning Wine List.

Dining at the @the_oysterclub Birmingham last night ๐Ÿ˜โฃ โฃ Do you like Oysters? Tell me which wine you would pair with them? Let me know in the comments below โฌ‡๏ธโฃ โฃ The restaurant is the brainchild of the fantastic Adam Stokes of @restaurantadams ๐Ÿด The relationship between the two is clear to see; the attention to detail, professionalism of the staff, quality of the produce and ultimately the outstanding finished product ๐ŸŸ โฃ โฃ The Oyster Club offers a casual and relaxed approach to dining. With an Oyster Bar which offers an array of fresh, delicious Oysters, a menu focussing on Seafood and a stunning Wine List. A comfortable bar offers customers a walk-in option, allowing you to pop in for a few Oysters after work. Alternatively you can book in advance to celebrate a special occasion in the restaurant ๐ŸŽŠ โฃ โฃ For food we had six Jersey Rock Oysters, Crispy Squid, White Crab on Toast, Octopus Salad, Seared Tuna Sashimi and Wagyu Burger ๐Ÿ„ โฃ โฃ Andddd for wine ๐Ÿ˜‹ We had 2013 Blanc de Blanc @hattingleywines 2017 Chablis Les Vaillon Bernard Defaix, 2015 Meursault Jean-Michel Gaunoux, 2016 Chorey Maillaird and 2014 Barolo Fontanafredda ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น โฃ โฃ Is the Oyster Club cheap? No, and it’s not supposed to be, so don’t expect it. What you do get is value for money, it was an outstandingly good experience. The food is, in my opinion, faultless. An absolutely refreshing addition to Birminghams culinary offering ๐ŸŒƒ โฃ โฃ #wine #vivino #winelover #wino #vineyard #winereview #winesofinstagram #winereviewer #wineporn #winestagram #sommelier #winetasting #winelover #winelovers #wineoclock #wineoftheday #winery #cheers #wineworld #winenot #winetime #winegeek #barolo #chablis #oystersandwine #oysters #birminghamfoodies #birminghamfood #birmingham

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34. The Indian Streatery 

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A traditional, authentic Indian menu not forgetting their street food roots.

35. Ikon Bookshop 

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Birmingham’s only specialist art bookshop, stocking a wide range of books, cards, artists’ multiples, magazines and gifts for the art and contemporary culture.

36. Ju Ju’s Cafe 

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Brunch in style with Ju Ju's signature frying pan Hash's and Breakfast Cobs...delish.

#eatwithfilippoy #breakfast

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37. Anderson and Hill 

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Expect everything from dry goods and A&H-branded coffee to a selection of top-notch cured meats, cheeses, delightful Italian baked goods and a full lunch-menu too!

38. Bodega Cantina 

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A vibrant and quirky restaurant serving a mix of South American food and drinks.

39. Saint Pauls House 

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Located in Jewellery Quarter with a stunning restaurant, bar and boutique hotel.

40. Kongs 

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Tunes, craft beers and games! (Table tennis, table football, arcade machines and pinball - something for all)

41. Baked In Brick 

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From formal dining to street food, Baked in Brick's first ever permanent restaurant is located in Brum - Custard Factory!

42. Dig Brew Co 

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A unique craft brewing project based in Digbeth.

43. The Prince of Wales 

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An award-winning pub in the heart of Moseley, offering a unique atmosphere and experience. 

44. Dark Horse Moseley 

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Slow cooked American BBQ goodness with a fantastic selection of craft beers and live music.

45. Loki Wine 

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The most awarded wine Merchant in Birmingham with up-to 40 wines to taste.

The consumption of wine is changing, bars and retailers are at the heart of this change โค๏ธ โฃ โฃ As investment floods in to Birmingham, the city is changing. Great wine is synonymous with vibrant culture, amazing food and social dynamism ๐ŸŒƒ โฃ โฃ What’s your favourite wine bar outside of London? Let me know in the comments below โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธ Mine is @lokiwine in Birmingham ๐Ÿขโฃ โฃ Loki opened its first branch in the city in 2012, since then Loki has expanded, now boasting a further branch in Edgebaston ๐ŸŒฒ โฃ โฃ Lokis owner, Phil, worked his way up in the wine industry with stints at Oddbins and Wine-rack. Loki flies in the face of industry tradition by encouraging people to try, sample and discover before purchasing ๐Ÿ‡ โฃ โฃ The wines on tasting are consistently interesting, vibrant and diverse in flavour-profile and budget ๐Ÿ’ฐ โฃ โฃ In my opinion, what makes Loki different is the staff. All of the staff at Loki love wine, whenever I visit they are keen to speak to me about my latest trips, tastings and wine experiences ๐Ÿ‘ซโฃ โฃ Loki has 72 wines available to taste 7 days a week. The enomatic machines ensure that every wine they serve is done so at the optimum temperature, and with as little interference from the atmosphere as humanly possible ๐Ÿท โฃ โฃ Personally I think Loki is the leading wine retailer and bar in Birmingham, if you happen to visit the city please pop in and taste, Loki also offers tasty meat and cheese boards so you won’t go hungry ๐Ÿ˜‹ โฃ โฃ #wine #vivino #winelover #wino #vineyard #winereview #winesofinstagram #winereviewer #wineporn #winestagram #sommelier #winetasting #winelover #winelovers #wineoftheday #winery #cheers #wineworld #winenot #winetime #winegeek #winelife #winestore #ukwine #birminghamblogger #birminghamfoodie #brumfood #birminghamfood

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46. Tiger Bites Pig 

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Chinese bao buns and rice dishes to tickle the taste buds. 

47. Pint Shop 

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After falling in love with Birmingham's people and vibes... Pint Shop was created - the latest addition to Brum's extensive craft beer scene.

48. Yorks 

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Birmingham’s new-generation coffee shop, all-day café and social space serving fantastic soul food.


49. Wayland’s Yard  

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A dog friendly coffee shop serving up breakfast, brunch, lunch and sweet treats.

BAKED EGGS ๐Ÿ‘€ ** For coffee lovers a trip to Wayland’s Yard is a must. Opened in 2016, this café has become very popular thanks to its excellent breakfast, brunch and lunch menus. ** The Warrior Breakfast is enough for the most hungry visitor whilst a range of cereals, modern twists on brunch egg classics, pancakes and hot dogs plus many more choices complete the menu. * * There is also a Coffee School for people looking to learn – details are on the website. Wayland’s Yard is on Foregate Street near the railway station – ideal for commuters and visitors to the city. ** Sow #TheFoodieCard and 10% off the bill Mon-Thurs @waylandsyard Worcester. ** Photo credit ๐Ÿ“ธ Wayland’s Yard ** #pershorepatty #worcsfoodiecard #waylandsyard #worcester #bakedeggs #foregatestreet #breakfast #coffeeshop #brunch #independentcoffeeshop #specialitycoffee #onepanmeal #supportlocal #worcesterfood #brunchgram #lunch #flatwhite #foodie #forkyeah #barista #coffeegram #worcesteruk #espresso #worcestercity #coffeeschool #coffeelover #pancakes #mondaymood #eatlocal

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50. Snobs 

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Bar and grill by day, Indie club by night! Playing a mix of alternative bangers.

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