Summer has landed and across Birmingham, as soon as evening hits, offices are emptying onto the pavements, with thirsty workers looking for somewhere to enjoy a few drinks in the sunshine. Outdoor drinking away from the dust of traffic can be tough to find in the city centre, but if you know where to look, there are some excellent spots to enjoy a summer pint.
The Wellington’s terrace is one of the best kept secrets in the city centre. The terrace on the first floor is a real sun-trap and is hidden away from the bustle of the street outside. The Wellington has a large list of real ales and is known for excellent whisky options. They don’t serve food, but you’re welcome to bring your own or order food from elsewhere to enjoy on the terrace.
If you’ve ever tried to get a table at one of the canal-side pubs on sunny day, you’ll know that you need to be very lucky to find a space to sit. Get off the beaten track and try The Flapper. This live music venue has a large, two level beer garden right on the canal. During the day, it gets a lot of sun, and you won’t have to fight for a table.
The Shakespeare Inn
Just off Paradise Circus, you’ll find The Shakespeare Inn. Behind the pub, there’s a small, but pretty, beer garden. Expect a traditional pub atmosphere, with a pubs classics food menu and an excellent real ale list.
The Old Joint Stock
Ideally located for the offices around Colmore Row, The Old Joint Stock is home to a small but perfectly formed beer garden. While you’re there, enjoy a pie, or just one of their large range of beers, spirits or artisanal soft drinks.
Jekyll and Hyde
Looking for spirits rather than a pint? Head to the Jekyll for one of their range of around eighty gins, or a creative cocktail. At the back of the bar, you’ll find the garden, which is painted in an Alice in Wonderland theme.
The Gosta Green has one of the largest beer gardens in the city. This pub, popular with students, serves up delicious burgers, real ale and crafted cocktails. The beer garden is looking good after the pub had a major refurb in 2017. Expect cute cabins, a big screen for sport and funky artwork.