Where John Bright St merges into Station St, you’ll find The Victoria pub in all its gaudy glory. Dating back to the end of the 19th century, this used to be an old theatre pub, but in recent years the team behind Bitters n’ Twisted have given it a new lease of life by transforming it into a lively contemporary watering-hole with its own live music venue.
If you’ve never ventured inside The Victoria before, you’re seriously missing out. Decorated in bold patterned wallpaper, highlights of purple and deep blues, and eccentric artwork with Victorian motifs, it has a gutsy look about it - and we mean that in the best way possible. It’s unlike any venue we’ve seen in Birmingham, making for an unforgettable experience. The venue rotates around a 360 degree bar, which separates itself into two spaces: the larger bar area you enter on the way in, and a smaller more intimate backroom. This means, there’s always ample space to seat and room to squeeze in on the bar.
When it comes to drinks, The Victoria is packing the lot. Real ales play a big part of what’s going on, with casks stocking the likes of Purity, Banks’s, Firebrand and Sadlers. You can be sure to get your craft beer fix too, and they offer a big selection of changing cask, keg and bottled craft beers from Hellish Good Beer, Beavertown and Burning Soul.
With a bar as big as it is, you’re in good hands when it comes to their spirits selection, and they use them to their advantage to turn out great cocktails and spirit mixers. They’ve also got a soft side for whisky, with a large selection of varieties from different regions of Scotland, as well as English, Irish, Welsh, Japanese, American, Dutch and Indian whiskies. Needless to say, the volume of the bar ensures that they’ve definitely got your favourite tipple lurking somewhere.
Head upstairs and you’ll discover their live music space, with its nook bar, sizeable stage, and plenty of space to stand a spectate. Here, touring indie, heavy metal and punk bands stop off during their UK tours, packing in the crowds and playing loud; mixed with a craft beer or two and you’re in for a winning show. They also host some regular events with local musicians, quizzes and more. Head to the calendar on their website if you want to see what’s coming up.
The Victoria offers everything we want from a modern pub: quality drinks, live music, and plenty of space to get all your mates together. This is a real gem on Birmingham’s boozy scene, and one not to miss.