Fancy a mid-week drink? Planning to go out this weekend? Why not change things up and pop out for a cocktail...
We’ve pulled together a list of the top 10 places to grab a cocktail in the Midlands and Shropshire:
1. The Libertine Cocktail Bar and Tearoom – Shrewsbury
Hidden away down Butcher Rowe is the social hot-spot of Shrewsbury, The Libertine, which in our humble opinion, easily serves up the best cocktails in Shrewsbury. From the classic Singapore Sling to a Mad Hatters Tea Party, Libertine’s skilled mixologists will craft you the perfect cocktail to get you in the party mood.
Even if you’re not a drinker or happen to be designated driver, you can’t go wrong with a virgin cocktail, flat white or a smoothie!
2. The Jekyll and Hyde – Birmingham
Gin lovers, this one is for you. If you haven’t heard of The Jekyll and Hyde you’ve either been living under a rock, or you just don’t love gin enough to come and find this place. Located on Steelhouse Lane in the Colmore Business District, The Jekyll and Hyde offers a slightly quirky twist to your average cocktail bar and restaurant.
Perfect for a night out at the end of the week, The Jekyll and Hyde has some of the coolest cocktails in Birmingham.
If you’re celebrating why not book yourself and your party a place on one of their cocktail masterclasses in The Victorian Gin Parlour? Or indulge in their incredibly quirky Mad Hatters Tea Party.
So if cocktails in a watering can or a tiny bathtub are your sort of thing, you may want to consider popping in.
3. The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel and Cocktail Lounge - Birmingham
If you’re a fan of The Great Gatsby than The Edgbaston certainly won’t leave you disappointed. With three Art Deco interior cocktail lounges, The Edgbaston’s nationally recognised and multi award-winning mixologists will work their magic to serve you up some seriously stylish cocktails that are fit for the Great Gatsby himself.
Along with their wide range of cocktails on offer, The Edgbaston also has an incredible collection of wines and champagnes to add that extra sparkle to your evening.
4. The Lost & Found – Birmingham
Step into the life of Victorian botanical explorer Hettie G Watson, The Lost & Found is chance for you to get in touch with the explorer in you. Located in Bennetts Hill The Lost & Found is probably one of Birmingham’s best kept secrets when it comes to cocktail lounges and restaurants.
Each room is a site to behold and certainly ticks off the criteria of being one of the most unique places in Birmingham. Whether you fancy a beer, or a sophisticated cocktail, The Lost & Found has a beverage that is guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.
5. The Shrewsbury Arms – Albrighton
As well as being a great place to eat The Shrewsbury Arms also serves up a fantastic range of cocktails. If you’re looking for somewhere to grab a fruity cocktail that sits out of the hustle and bustle of a busy town centre, then The Shrewsbury Arms has got you covered.
Offering a selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks means that even the designated driver can still feel part of the party – even if it happens to be a mix of fruit juices and soda.
6. The Crown at Wergs – Wolverhampton
Fast becoming one of the most popular eateries in Wolverhampton, The Crown at Wergs offers a great range of cocktails. Whether it’s sitting outside in the sun, or in current circumstances, sitting by its crackling open fire, The Crown’s cocktails will provide the perfect start to your weekend!
7. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill – Birmingham
Marco Pierre White offers 13 cocktails and five mocktails for you to enjoy. From the classics including Bellini and Long Island Ice Tea, you can sit and watch the world go by on the highest floor of The Cube with 360 degree views that allow you to look out over the city. In the summer, you can even take advantage of the outdoor decking area.
8. Gas Street Social – Birmingham
Looking for a place to escape the madness of the Bullring? Located just outside The Mailbox, Gas Street Social is definitely worth a visit. With large tables, snug areas and booths, it’s the perfect place to stop for a cocktail and a bite to eat.
Gas Street has a great selection of tantalising cocktails and their friendly and experienced staff will be happy to help point you in the right direction of your perfect cocktail.
9. Nuvo Cocktail Bar & Late Lounge
With stylish surroundings, Brindley Places’ Nuvo is somewhat of a celebrity hot-spot. Serving up a selection of fine cocktails it’s the perfect place to celebrate any occasion.
Nuvo’s skilled mixologists are guaranteed to win you over will their beautifully crafted cocktails made with the finest ingredients.
They even offer cocktail masterclasses, which allow you to learn the tricks of the trade so that you can make your own classy cocktails back at home.
10. The Botanist – Birmingham
Following in the steps of The Lost & Found, The Botanist offers a botanical twist to your average cocktail bar.
With a chic interior design, you’ll find yourself sipping on a cocktail served in a tiny planting pot and nibbling on food served in a potting trowels, bird boxes and tiny wheel barrows. It hasn’t even been open a year, yet The Botanist – located on Temple Street - is rapidly becoming one of the many quirky hot-spots in Birmingham.
You won’t be short of things to choose from as The Botanist offers a huge variety of cocktails; from long, short, martini based, gin based and sharers, you’re sure to find a cocktail to suit you. The Botanist also offers cocktail masterclasses and ale tasting sessions.