The Cosy Club reigning high on Bennetts Hill demands attention, thanks to its 1830's original features that make the former Midlands Bank building beckon the hungry customer.
Well hello there
My friends and I fell into the Cosy Club after a long afternoon catch-up, so we were pretty chilled, almost all laughed-out. We wanted somewhere with an easy vibe, to sip cool cocktails, where we could virtually be ignored - left to talk more, and only beckon our waiter or waitress as and when we wanted more drinks. So you see what kind of mood we were in; the three of us were more than competent at ordering more drinks if we were inclined that way and really had more to talk about over tall, cool glasses of bitter, sweet, tangy liquid.
And oh did we find somewhere perfect for the occasion. The Cosy Club is a warm venue, plush and upholstered seating makes it a comfortable place to lounge, but the high stools and tables to the right of the bar make it ideal for post-work drinks, as well as an unpretentious cocktail bar, perfect really. Oh and there's tables around the back of bar for diners, or as we saw, a cute couple sharing dessert.
Prawn linguine and perfect mac n cheese
Speaking of which, my friends and I weren't hungry, we'd eaten earlier. But as my wise and sober bestie pointed out "that was hours ago", and not looking at the menu was a moot point. So, menu in hand, I was torn between the mac n cheese, the fresh bread with prawns and a few meaty dishes, I chose the seared tuna. I really really enjoyed it. Fresh tuna, sweetly-pickled carrot and a little chilli, it was just what I needed.
Oh and I needn't have been concerned about not ordering the other dishes because my friends chose those instead. The mac n cheese was bloody glorious - I do adore glorified comfort food. The bread had been freshly-baked too. We were all very happy with the food.
I'll also quip that the staff didn't annoyingly ask us how the food was until we'd definitely swallowed a portion of our meals, and left us well alone, which we really appreciated. I do like attentive staff, but also love staff that recognise when a table wants to be left alone.
Speaking of the service, when we were torn over drinking or not, they didn't pressure us into buying alcohol, and smiled widely when we picked our virgin cocktails, which were a snip at £3.75 each (!) But if you are in the mood for liquor, The Cosy Club has after-work drink vibes and members-club qualities; a chaise lounge, plush sofas, pretty seating and a grand bar. It's a mix of grandiose, kitsch and modern, reflecting Birmingham for what it is: an amalgam of eclectic as 'normal' folks from with Midlands.