Comfort Inn Birmingham
Birmingham, EN B5 4DY
Phone: (44) 121 6431134
Fax: (44) 121 6433209
Bars & Cafes
Since opening its doors, Sunflower Lounge has established itself as one of the premier bars in the city. Located right in the heart of the city center, Sunflower has an eclectic and interesting mix of music. Offering great drinks, and warm friendly staff that will leave you beaming through the night, the Sunflower Lounge is one such place where you wouldn't mind dropping in; be it for a drink or for an out and out party! With theme and live gigs happening every night; this is one place where you will never find it too sad or too boring how much every you frequent it.
The Victoria is a popular pub theater that brings forth entertaining shows along with great food and drinks. For details about events and renting the space, check website.
Located at the Holiday Inn, Albany Pub is a great place to catch a rink after work and meet a few people. Do call ahead for more.
The Italian restaurant Filini, located in the suave Radisson Blu Hotel, offers the best of authentic Italian food. Located on the first floor of the hotel, this restaurant spells class and elegance. It offers a scrumptious breakfast menu and a la carte lunches and dinners. The authentic Italian cuisine lives up to its name at this place. The bar inside the restaurant serves as a perfect place to wind up at the end of your meal at the restaurant. It serves delicious cocktails and beverages, and is open from Monday to Saturday, 6:30p to 11p. Call or visit their website for more information.
Big and bolshy, this trendy bar is stylish enough and in the right area to attract young people with plenty of spare leisure time and cash. It comprises one large room, with brick walls, pillars and fancy light fittings creating a slightly pretentious atmosphere. A salsa night runs on a Tuesday, with live bands and tuition and there's regular music at weekends.
This used to be called the Slurping Toad, but the name obviously put the punters off and the bar has now been made-over. The interior seems darker than before, but trendy fittings and wooden furniture remain and the menu seems very familiar too. Jacket potatoes, burgers, wraps and toasted panninis are the norm and coffee comes with free refills. Popular with young people, there is still plenty going for this re-modeled bar.
Island Bar is an irresistible combination of continental cocktails, excellent live music, cool furnishings and boundless pleasure. A wide range of classic spirits offered by the finest bartenders are its major pull. The main bar features live music on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The special attraction of the Island Bar is its cocktail masterclasses and demonstrations that enables you to see the craft that goes behind the making of a drink.
Cocktail bars had a bit of a revival in the late 1980s, but they seem to be few and far between in Birmingham. However, Heroes is a popular venue for those who prefer more exotic drinking and its only real drawback is the fact it doesn't open earlier. Cocktails here start from £1.70 and from Mondays to Thursdays they are sold at special discount prices. Popular cocktails at Heroes include the B52 made with Baileys, Grand Marnier and Kahlua; Monkey Brains, containing Archers and Baileys; and the classic daiquiri. Cheers.
Opposite the Hippodrome theatre, the Old Fox is perfect for a fairly quiet pint either before or after the show. It has two bars, with the public bar being slightly cheaper than the lounge - due no doubt to its dearth of seating and the less well-considered décor. Both bars serve a good range of real ales and lagers, and the food is cheap (though nothing inventive). In short, a good spot for a traditional British pub experience.
Circo's is breathtaking to look at: the décor alone is a talking point as swathes of fabric and spotlights abound. The light meals and sandwiches reflect the glam nature of the bar, with snacks and mouthwatering puddings. Circo's plays hosts to DJs and nights of dance, such as Plastic Fantastic, Bar Bedlam and Funkelicious. It also has the right to boast about being the first bar in Birmingham, something which no doubt adds to its popularity.
Perhaps Birmingham's most eye-catching bar, Bacchus is located underneath the luxurious Burlington Hotel. Its interior consists of a gaudy mish-mash of styles, ranging from Egyptian to Gothic, that is truly breathtaking. Some excellent, if pricey, food is served all day, including duck spring roll to start and braised shank of lamb as a main course. A two-course meal from the à la carte menu costs GBP18. Go, if only to sit in a wrought iron cage and be eyeballed by a suit of armor.
The Coffee Room is a popular choice for vegetarians and lovers of all things wholesome. Meat (such as stuffed chicken breasts) and alcohol are also on the menu, most will be pleased to hear, but there is an unusually large veggie selection - not too common in Birmingham. The interior is functionally neat and tidy, with a certain old-fashioned elegance, and there's a great atmosphere at weekends.