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Published October 21st 2012
Eat, Drink and be Metal
So I was 15, lining up outside the old Carling Academy to see any number of my favourite bands, when the line was so long it passed Scruffy Murphy's. I remember thinking, 'Wow, I can't wait to be old enough to drink in there'! It was blatantly where all the cool kids hung out and there were rumours of the very band I was seeing, in there too.
When I got to 18, even though I didn't quite look like I belonged in a Marilyn Manson cover band anymore, I found that all these rock pubs I longed to be in weren't actually anything like I'd expected and most of them were on the verge of shutting down. This was until Scruffy Murphy's.
So Scruffy's is a dark and dingy rock pub, but that's how most like it, and lets face it, it's not like we get to enjoy a beer garden in Birmingham even if it had one, with all the rain. So it's best to stay inside in a very cosy looking Irish pub and eat, drink and be metal without looking at the depressing weather outside.
Scruffy's offers a day time menu and is a perfect place to go and chill with your mates before the heavy drinking starts later on. It also boasts a lot of live music and themed nights, and let's not forget a great range of alcohol.
I instantly fell in love with Scruffy's, mainly because of how friendly it is. I'd previously been in bars, rock bars included, where you get that 'you're not welcome' vibe if you don't particularly 'look' like you should be in there. Over the years I spent my 18th, my 20th and my 21st Birthdays in Scruffy's and it has always been a favourite drinking place with work colleagues and friends, even if metal wasn't quite their scene.