As one of the UK's largest cities, it will come as no surprise that Birmingham has a food and drink scene that's second to none. Hidden gems, local hideouts and pioneering ventures are waiting to be discovered on every street, serving some of the finest food inspired and influenced by local ingredients, passionate producers and a vibrant heritage.
For us Wrigglers, it's been an absolute pleasure getting to know the city and the people (from venue owners to locals-in-the-know) that make it what it is. And now, we're inviting you to join us in exploring the very best of Birmingham's local food and drink scene, with some extra-special prices to boot. Who knows, you might unearth your new favourite hangout or two.
Birmingham is home to a seemingly endless number of world-class restaurants. Whatever you fancy - from fine dining experiences, and exquisite tapas, to bottomless dirty burgers, and vegan junk food - you name it, there's someone that's serving it. And with so many quality producers based in and around Birmingham, menus are plentiful with local, seasonal produce of the highest callibre.
Some of our favourites include vegetarian bites at The Warehouse Cafe, an upmarket feast at Harborne Bourne, and next level gastropub grub at Purecraft Bar & Kitchen. And can anything really beat a post-work pizza and pint at the likes of Peacer or Baked in Brick. So, with a whole world of food to explore in just one city, there's no time to waste.
There are few places in the UK that can rival Birmingham's dedication and commitment to producing and supporting street food traders. Locations across the city, such as Digbeth Dining Club, Taste & Liquor, and Hawker Yard play host to regular meet-ups and street food events that see traders cooking up a storm of eats that are inspired by cuisine from around the world. We're talking Thai Street Food from Buddha Belly, Kebabs & Mezze from The Middle Feast, and Mexican Street Food from Habanero. And you're bound to find some remarkable sweet treats too including vegan deep-fried cookie dough from the team at Yo Dough, and mammoth slices of cheesecake from The Urban Cheesecake. If there's a better way to eat your way around the world than at one of Birmingham's street food markets, we can't think of one.
If you're looking for somewhere to grab a coffee, kickback with a slice of homemade cake and escape the day-to-day hustle and bustle, you're in the right place. Birmingham holds bragging rights with its seriously good cafes and coffee houses that extend from the heart of the city to its far-reaching edges.
Whether you're looking for a modern and minimalist speciality coffee place (we're thinking the likes of Ra Coffee House and Faculty, to sophisticated spots for afternoon tea (head to the Edwardian Tearooms), there are a lot of options to pick from. You'll regularly find some Wriggle team members enjoying a cuppa at Lewis's Independent Cafe & Restaurant throughout the week, or tucking into a hearty brunch and cortardo at Can Eat Cafe during the weekends.
With a heap of top notch breweries, tap-rooms, pubs and bars to check out, there are plenty of signs that Birmingham's drinks scene is thriving - and it shows no signs of stopping.
For fans of craft beers, contemporary spaces like Cræft, 1000 Trades and Dig Brew Co. are serving a diverse range of flavours and unique beers made right here in Birmingham, as well as from breweries across the globe. And if you prefer something a little bit more traditional, the real pub scene is as vibrant as ever, with establishments such as The Anchor and The Prince of Wales pouring real ales alongside a bountiful selection of spirits and punchy cocktails. We really are spoilt for choice.
And if you're looking for a lively night out with some live music? We recommend heading to The Dark Horse and The Hare and Hounds for plenty of good tunes and a cracking drinks selection. Cheers!
There's more than just food and drink to sink your teeth into; Birmingham's rich cultural assets are more than worthy of your attention. Whether its catching a show at the Repertory Theatre, or getting your giggle on at Just the Tonic comedy club, there's a lot to keep you entertained. Throw in a few museums, festivals and music venues, and you'll never be stuck for weekend plans again.
The city's mix of modern and historical architecture is a big plus point for us Wrigglers. From the uniquely curved glass of the Bullring building to the town hall's Roman Revivial look, there's a real feast for the eyes every where you look. Take a walk and embrace the visual landscape of the city - it's more rewarding than you might think.
Us Wrigglers never shy away from the chance to appreciate a bit of art. To get our modern art fix, you'll find us stroking our chins at the work on display in IKON Gallery, which features an ever-changing collection of pieces from leading contemporary artists. When our classical cravings kick in, we think there's nowhere better to spend a day than at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery; this popular hangout might seem like an obvious choice, but with its timeless sculptures and stunning paintings, there are clear reasons as to why it's so well loved.
If you fancy taking a look at what local artists are up to, then we can't recommend heading to Grand Union enough. This gallery and artists' studio near Digbeth launched to bring the public closer to local artists, and gives you the opportunity to see new pieces of art created right here in Birmingham, as well as visit the studios and meet the artists.