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Published November 19th 2013
Independent businesses at John Bright
John Bright St. is often deemed "a respectful entertaining area of Birmingham", for holding important events in Alexandra Theatre and the very conceptual Victoria Pub. The best thing about John Bright is it's just around the corner of New Street. Right in the city centre!
A view of Brew Dog from Cherry Roads
The street was also very popular between the 70's and early 90's, when many of the bars and night clubs were pretty well known in the city, such as DNA club.
In the last decades, with the development of the street as a residential area, it was natural that some establishments would close or move to other parts of the city centre such as Broad Street. But luckily, new businesses such as Brew Dog and Cherry Reds have helped to revitalise this important social area of Birmingham.
One single visit to the street on a cold Sunday afternoon had proved how popular John Bright is nowadays. There were people hanging around bars and more bars, even with the Frankfurt Market being the "main" attraction of the city centre.
The proximity of the businesses make the bar and pub crawls a bit more exciting and I can picture a very nice atmosphere during the Summer with people drinking outside the bars. So, what to look at first?
Its up to you!
Cherry Reds: I had visited Cherry Reds was in Kings Heath before, so I knew it would be a nice experience to visit the new brand establishment at John Bright. To be honest, I couldn't wait to have to indulge in Belgian fruit ale again. One of their specialties!
My favourite Belgian
The difference between both Cherry Reds is the space. The John Brights one is much more spacious but their gorgeous menu and variety of foreign beers, in combination with nice art décor and great tunes, are just some of the many reasons Cherry Reds is in the guide of "What to do When Visiting Birmingham".
Just don't forget to spot the Mary Poppins reference in the place. It's inspiring but very difficult to pronounce!
Brew Dog: Are you interested in ales? Let me rephrase it better: are you an ale expert? If so, your place is just across the road. Brew Dog bars are spread around the country and the John Bright one is the mecca of the craft beer in Birmingham. Brew Dog takes ales to another level. A punk level - that's how they define it! I wasn't brave enough to try one of those beers yet but I have enjoyed every the names!
The Victoria Pub : Not a new venue but definitely an obligated stop at John Bright. And the best bar around the area. Located at the back of Alexandra Theatre.
Cheeky toilet wall at The Victoria
It's trendy without being pretentious. They serve great food provided by the Soul Food Project and stunning cocktails (including caipirinhas) that make this place a true gem of Birmingham. There is so much going on at this place that one single visit is not enough to appreciate the whole package!
The famous northern burger
The Island Bar: It's not at John Bright itself but just on the corner and you can't give it a miss.
The reason? It's another temple for cocktail lovers and Island Bar gives a tropical vibe to the area for sure.
The place is so famous for its cocktails that if you would like to be an expert, they have masterclasses with the best bartenders in the city. Hope you can be brave enough to try a "Zombie". Just check their menu to know what I mean!