If you’re on the lookout for a new haunt to potter on over to post-work, then this could well be it. Situated in the heart of Birmingham’s business district, The Florence finds itself as the home of many “business lunches” (AKA a sly beer with those favourite colleagues mid-week) and Friday night pints with the whole team. But it’s not solely down to its location that makes it a go-to destination for so many hardworking folk - The Florence’s vast drinks selection and dedication to serving quality on-trend eats means that it’s secured itself in a class of its own.
When that thirst kicks in, know that The Florence has certainly got your back. At the bar, it begins with beer; a top notch selection of craft beers (order the Beavertown Neck Oil) and crisp lagers (bottle of Estrella anyone) are on offer, fuelling good times in abundance. They’ve even got Brewdog’s Nanny State (0.5%) for anyone cutting down on their alcohol consumption.
But whilst beers are all well and good, it’s the cocktails here that stand out from the crowd. By taking old favourites and adding a modern twist that experiments with sweet and savoury notes, they’ve created a genius selection of creative drinks. Their outstanding sweet & salty popcorn Old Fashioned is made with an intriguing popcorn infused bourbon and bitters. Then there’s the rhubarb gin sour - a delicate balance of Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin, rhubarb syrup, a squeeze of lemon, and egg white. They know how to mix a mean Spritz too. Order the Lemon Violette for a refreshing post dinner cocktail that’s guaranteed to cleanse your palate.
When it comes to the food, the menu reads like an absolute dream. Across the lunch and dinner menus you’ll find fully-loaded buttermilk fried chicken wraps, succulent steak sandwiches and hearty pulled jackfruit salads. Chuck in a side of rosemary salt fries, pork crackling quavers and salt and pepper squid, and you’ve nailed it.
Stop by on Saturday for the ultimate treat: The Florence Bottomless Brunch. These legendary bottomless brunches give you two hours to indulge in two or three courses of cracking eats (we’d order the dirty jack burger if we were you) and an unlimited glasses of Bellini and Prosecco. But approach it with caution and keep your wits about you - it doesn’t take long for those drinks to kick in!
With it’s entertaining drinks selection and fashionable eats, The Florence has cemented itself as a core hangout amongst local workers and weekend warriors alike. Make sure you pencil in a visit to get a taste of the action.