There are plenty of restaurants and bars in Birmingham that offer covered terraces and rooftop seating, so you can take in the views of the city when you’re enjoying a good steak or a glass of wine. Here are 10 of the best rooftop bars in the city that you’ve got to check out at least once.
Situated in Hockley, this bar dubs itself a ‘pub with a twist‘. Focusing on Deep South culture from New Orleans and Cajun Country, it’s offering goodies that you just won’t get anywhere else in the area. Items like mint juleps and mango wings are the order of the day here.
To get the full experience, you’ve got to try their rooftop terrace. The pub blends original features of the building with new and quirky design, giving you an experience like no other. This design extends to the rooftop, where you’ll feel like you’ve been transported far away from the bustle of the city. With a chilled out and sophisticated atmosphere, it’s the best place to go for after work drinks or meet friends for dinner.
On the rooftop, you can see all the sights of Birmingham’s iconic Jewellery Quarter. It’s a view that not a lot of bars can offer you, so what are you waiting for? A Banoffee Flip cocktail in the sun is just what the doctor ordered.
Looking for bar canopies that are tucked away, far away from the busy streets below? You’ve got to visit The Wellington. From the street, you wouldn’t even know that there’s a rooftop terrace on this old-fashioned pub. The canopy sits high up, surrounded by lush greenery that screens you away from the rest of the buildings near it. It’s really a secluded place to enjoy an ale. In fact, The Wellington is known for its huge selection of ales, making it the best spot if you’re a real ale fan.
The pub, in general, has a very relaxed vibe. There’s no fruit machines or other loud distractions. Just you, gorgeous Victorian styling, and a lovely spot to relax as the day passes you by. The pub doesn’t’ do food, but you are happily allowed to bring in takeaway food if you want to eat. The pub will even provide plates and cutlery, so you can enjoy alfresco dining on their rooftop.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
Sitting atop The Cube in the Mailbox district, you’ll see that The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill has amazing views. It offers a full 360-degree look at the city below you, and there’s no other view in Birmingham quite like it.
With a contemporary feel, the bar gives you the best place to go for a bite to eat, have a romantic meal, or get drinks with friends after work. As the sun begins to set, you’ll see all the lights of Birmingham below you, as well as the boats idling along the canals. It’s a unique sight that you’ll want to experience.
Even if you’re seated indoors you’ll be able to enjoy the view, thanks to windows stretching all around the building. As it’s located right at the top of The Cube, there’s nothing impeding your view. There’s nothing else quite like it, so you’ve got to try it out when you’re in the area.
Sky By The Water
This unique establishment is located in Resorts World Birmingham, which is home to all kinds of dining and entertainment experiences. If you’re looking for a unique place to relax under restaurant canopies though, you’ve got to try Sky By The Water. This restaurant is located above the rest of Resorts World, giving you a surprisingly far view into the cityscape.
The atmosphere is very relaxed, offering you the chance to come in and enjoy afternoon tea, or a drink late into the night. The experience changes with the time of day, so the view you get in the daylight is totally different from what you’ll get at night.
If you’re staying at Resorts World or attending an event in the area, you have to experience Sky By The Water at least once. The cheerful modern décor is bound to brighten up any day. Whether you sit indoors or by the balcony, you’ll be able to see for miles.
1565 – Park Regis
Who says you have to only enjoy rooftop terraces in the summer? At 1565 – Park Regis, you can enjoy the views from their terrace at any time of the year. Their location is perfect for spotting the sights of Birmingham, as it’s all laid out beneath you.
In the summer, you can soak up as much sun as you want, while enjoying brunch, dinner, or even an evening nightcap. In the winter, you can still enjoy the terrace thanks to the heaters outside, working to keep you warm. After all, why should you miss out? There are even blankets available for you to borrow, you can stay outside and stay warm, even as the temperatures drop.
Located at the end of Broad Street, Birmingham’s dedicated nightlife centre, you can start or end your evening there. What could be better than taking in the sights from the terrace, and then heading back to your hotel room in the Park Regis?
The Button Factory
This is another Jewellery Quarter restaurant that offers you a unique place to relax on a sunny day. The building has been restored to its former glory, allowing you to come inside and get a coffee or a meal at night, along with cocktails.
The terrace offers you a wonderful place to sit, with its retractable canopies and grassy ground. It feels just like sitting in a local park, as you’re able to watch the world go by while you enjoy your coffee or cocktail. As the Button Factory is located in the heart of the area, you can see so much as you’re taking your time with your drink or meal. With the shade structures in place too, you’re never in the sun if you don’t want to be.
This space is a little quirkier than most, and it gives you somewhere just that little bit different to take in the sunshine. If you want a cocktail in the sun, it’s where you want to be.
The Canal House
Birmingham is famous for its canals, and there’s no better place to enjoy them than The Canal House. This venue sits right on the canal and is easily reached from the city’s nightlife centre. The unique rustic appeal evokes an earlier time in the city’s history and provides a space that you won’t believe is in the city centre.
The terrace is spacious and offers amazing views of the canal basin. It’s a world away, and you’ll love being able to grab a pre-show meal before heading to the Symphony Hall or Arena Birmingham. Even if you can’t get a seat on the terrace, you can take in the views from their beer garden.
If you want to go somewhere that’s a little out of the ordinary, and that offers views of one of Birmingham’s greatest attractions, then The Canal House is the place to go. Whether you’re getting a drink or a full sit down meal, you can enjoy that rooftop terrace.
Any one of these bars is perfect for a cup of coffee, some brunch with friends, or an evening drink with a loved one. Whatever you want to do, try one of these bars out. Their unique rooftop terraces give you views that you just won’t get anywhere else.