On the northern edge of Birmingham Canal Old Line (a stone’s throw from Arena Birmingham) stands The Distillery: a cavernous two-storey bar with a lively outside space and feel good vibe.
The ground floor plays host to The Distillery pub. Here you’ll find a huge array of drinks including craft beers (picture Bibble from Wild Beer Co., ) and old favourites (the Guinness is spot on), alongside plenty of ciders, wines and spirits. Whether you’re stopping by during the day or later in the evening, this bar area never fails to provide a great atmosphere; always busy, it’s an exciting place to be, and it’s easy to lose a few hours deep in conversation with mates. This downstairs space spills out onto the courtyard overlooking the canal too; it’s one of our favourite pub gardens in Birmingham, and feels miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.
Head upstairs and you’ll find the cocktail bar which turns out tonnes of classic cocktails (including an impressive pitcher of Aperol Spritz). Up here you’ll also find the Round House Gin team crafting gin in a gleaming copper still, showing that it’s not just The Distillery by name. During the day, the chief distiller hangs around here to share more about the gin making process, and they offer both masterclasses and tastings for those who want to get a hands on experience. Round House Gin is available at the bar too, which means you can enjoy a glass of the good stuff with tonic on the site it’s been made - now it doesn’t get much more local than that.
They do food too. The menu is a colourful array of sourdough pizzas (order the Quattro Stagioni if you’re an artichoke fan), meaty grills and rotisserie plates (it has to be the flat iron steak with chimichurri and fries), vegetarian dishes (grab the BBQ pulled jackfruit and watermelon salad) and soft-shell tacos (crispy fish, with pineapple salsa, avocado, siracha mayo is spot on). There’s also a handful of sharing plates, perfect if you’re soaking up the sun in their courtyard space with a couple of drinks.
But perhaps the most popular time to grab an eat at The Distillery is between 12am and 4pm, when they serve their almighty bottomless brunch. This includes two or three brunch options (including plates of hearty shakshuka and crispy buttermilk fried chicken) with an unlimited serving of Prosecco or Bellinis. It’s a dangerously delicious treat so please drink responsibly!
With a perfect combination of quality drinks and good eats, it’s no surprise that The Distillery is a popular hangout with city locals and visitors alike. If you needed an excuse to organise a night out with your mates, make this it.