Hands up who puts their social media location as the nearest big city to them? I’m one of those people. No one would ever know where I lived if I told them the exact town name so to say I live in Birmingham is just easier. I live about 30 minutes away from Birmingham and i’m usually always there shopping, going out to eat or having a drink.
If you didn’t know, Birmingham is actually the UK’s 2nd biggest city, following behind from London. The transport links are great with an international airport, a handful of train stations and one hell of a big shopping centre. If you ever do find yourself wanting to visit from further afield then there is a massive selection of hotels in Birmingham all via the hotels.com website! There’s a lot of main attractions like the Sea Life Centre & Lego Discovery Centre at Brindley Place, the Bullring and Selfridges for all your shopping needs and Broad Street, your go to place for bars and clubs. Birmingham really has it all to spend a lovely weekend exploring the city.
When going to a big city like Birmingham it’s easy to stick to what you know and go to the mainstream, chain restaurants like Nandos, Carrlucio’s or even Mcdonalds so before me and my Mom went out we did a bit of research to find some places for food and drink which we’ve never been to before. I was kindly gifted the spending money for this blog post by Hotels.com but of course all views are my own!
PennyBlacks – The Mailbox
PennyBlacks is a bar/pub situated at The Mailbox on the canal side, a short walk away from New Street station. They serve cocktails, wines, ales and delicious food with happy hour where cocktails are 2 for 1! We did book a table but at 12:30pm on a Sunday afternoon it was almost empty. For food, I went with beef, pickle and mustard sliders which was £9.99 for 3 burgers and my Mom went for Mac ‘n’ Cheese which came with a bowl of salad and garlic bread for £10.95. The burgers were really delicious and the Mac ‘n’ Cheese which my Mom let me try was honestly hands down the best Mac ‘n’ Cheese I think i’ve ever tried! For cocktails we both went with a bubblegum daiquiri which was £8.50 for the both as it was 2 for 1. The cocktail even had popping candy in which was an added bonus! It’s one of the food venues on the canal side at The Mailbox and you can continue walking along the canal which is a lovely walk.
Dirty Martini – Bennetts Hill
You can’t not go out for cocktails when in Birmingham with the huge range of places to go. Broad street is probably the better option for cocktails and bars but for just a casual couple of cocktails on a Sunday afternoon, we opted to go to Dirty Martini on Bennetts Hill which is near to pigeon park. The interior is funky and the happy hour includes martinis and selected cocktails for half price. We met up with my brother and his girlfriend and we each had a couple of cocktails. The atmosphere in there was nice and the cocktails tasted so nice. It took them a while to make the cocktails but you can see a lot of love and effort went into making them.
Every single year Birmingham hosts a German Market which is lovely to walk around the different stalls and even grab yourself a bite to eat. It is a given that you have to visit it when you come to Birmingham around Christmas time! I couldn’t say no to a banana and Nutella crêpe!
What’s your favourite place to visit in Birmingham?
*All opinions are my own and are in no way biased*
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