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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
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Published April 24th 2013
Hello prohibited days
Heaven, I'm in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak ...And I seem to find the happiness I seek, when we're out together dancing cheek to cheek.

Inspired by the time at which Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire were high flyers Ginger's Bar is a nod to elegant (yet prohibited), times where tea dresses, smooth talkers, and exciting cocktails were all the rage.

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The somewhat unusual character of Ginger's bar is reflected in their array of different glassware; try a cocktail in tumbler, a crystal cut traditional whisky glass, a brass or china teacup. Ginger's Bar is all about providing a bespoke experience for the customer who isn't served water from a jam jar, or a shot in a miniature martini glass.

Hitting me with that liquor was the ever-so-competent Daniel Fillipi (yep, he's Italian), who's much more than a bartender. Daniel is a mixologist who has created a menu of exciting and surprising cocktails that will have you hooked.

Be specific in what you want because Danny loves a challenge, and Ginger's Bar aim to please.

It's a light and airy space with a restaurant at the back. If you're thinking of going somewhere for pre-drinks Ginger's is your place. The staff will get you in the mood for a night on the tiles with their expert mixes and unusual concoctions, you're in good hands.
Don't worry if you haven't heard of Koko Konu - it's a less known coconut rum, but a little better than the commonplace Malibu.

The cocktails, which can be tweaked to your taste buds, are one thing: powerful. If you're a bit of a lightweight let the bartender know because they can get a little carried away with themselves as they shake and stir your order.

Every Monday-Friday cocktails before 8pm are £4.50 and there after £6.00.

Ginger's Bar's location is perfect for after-work drinks, the staff are excitable, so if you're feeling somewhat low after work and in 'need' of something strong the enthusiastic, and charming bar tender Danny who throws, tosses, and shows off with his drink-shaking techniques is just what you need. He'll pep you up with a zingy, or mellow, creamy, or spicy cocktail that will have you welcoming the approaching evening.

Try the thyme-infused gin, or the vanilla-flavoured rum. They make the blends themselves so you're truly receiving a tailor-made service that is a Birmingham first. You won't find such cocktails in the bars in the more central parts of town, so enjoy the somewhat exclusive nature of the bar that will have you either swapping stories with the chatty bar tender, or at a table enjoying a few with your mates; don't worry if you all get a bit lively either, they welcome a fun crowd and are slowly becoming pioneers of one of the places 'to be' for that after work period… and for being so daring amongst the otherwise boring bars that litter the city.
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Why? Because you don't get bespoke cocktails everywhere
When: Monday – Closed Tuesday to Friday – 12pm until late Saturday – Open all day last table 9.30pm Sunday – Open for lunch 12.00 – 4pm
Phone: 0121 200 1588
Where: The top of Newhall Street
Cost: Cocktails start from £4.50
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