Birmingham’s independent hidden gems
Best independent places in birmingham
There’s always something fun to do in Birmingham especially this time of year as there are new bars, hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues popping up every week. Unlike in London, all the best thing’s to do in Birmingham are a lot easier to get to.
If you’re not local to the city or simply fancy a night away to make the most of going out, then there are plenty of hotels in Birmingham so that you don’t have to worry about missing your last train home and can instead enjoy a stress-free overnight stay in the UK’s second city with an abundance of stylish, affordable, luxurious and family-friendly hotels to choose from.
There are so many amazing independent places to visit in Birmingham so, I’ve handpicked just a few of my favourite independent places to visit this season to get you feeling festive.
Natural Bar & Kitchen
With the rise in plant-based diets, Birmingham’s vegan food scene is quickly evolving. My favourite independent vegan places are Not Dogs on Link Street within Grand Central & Bullring, The Warehouse Café in Digbeth and Natural Bar & Kitchen opposite The Mailbox.
My most recent vegan restaurant visit was to Natural Bar & Kitchen. If you are looking for Instagrammable food places to go to Birmingham, then this is the place to be! They have matcha and beetroot lattes, amazing sugar-free desserts and a pay by the weight food service as well as a full menu, alcohol licence and regular live music within a cool laid-back environment.
After seeing this insanely good-looking Nacho Plate (£6.95) on my Instagram feed I just had to go and try it for myself. It comes with corn & wheat tortillas, guacamole, cashew cheeze, salsa, jalapenos, sweetcorn and black beans. It’s so damn good and comes without the guilt as it’s a lot healthier than your usual nacho plate overloaded with dairy cheese. For drinks, we opted for sugar-free Karma Kola (£2.90) which taste surprisingly good and strangely a bit alcoholic.
For my main meal, I opted for the festive inspired Christmas Sandwich from the special’s menu (£7.95). It comes with tofu style turkey, cranberries, stuffing, sourdough bread, chips and cranberry jam. While my partner went for something warm and hearty with a Ramen Bowl (£8.75) full of rice noodles, pak choi, bean sprouts, wild mushrooms, spinach, chilli and coriander. Both were flavoursome, delicious and beautifully presented.
If you prefer to support local independents over chains, then take a short walk from the Bullring and visit the Custard Factory its known as the Creative Quarter of Birmingham and is full of independent retailers such as Cow Vintage, healthy food places like Kanteen and entertainment venues such as The Mockingbird Cinema & Kitchen and Ghetto Golf.
Ghetto Golf is somewhere my partner and I have wanted to go to for ages, so we finally got around to visiting by booking our time slot via the website. It costs £10, each to play 18 holes of crazy golf and there are food and drink available to buy so its perfect for a night or day out with a group of friends.
At each hole there’s a different theme, so you’ll spot a full-size bus, an old pub, a Blockbusters store with a spooky surprise and a neon playground. You can watch us play on my Instagram stories.
Digbeth Dining Club
Digbeth Dining Club is a few steps away from Ghetto Golf and it’s the place to be on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening. You’ll find a variety of street food vendors, a buzzing atmosphere and live entertainment. On Friday and Saturday, it’s £1 to enter but was free for us to get in on a Thursday when it just opened at 4 pm.
Each day there are different food vendors, if you check out the hashtag #DigbethDiningClub you’ll see some insane foodie photos that are sure to make you eager to visit and super hungry!
We enjoyed my favourite combination Nutella & Oreo smothered on crepes from a regular vendor Victoria Creperie, for £4.50 and it was delicious.
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Edgbaston Village can be found a short walk away from Birmingham’s lively Broad Street. It’s a lovely village I try to visit often, there are so many luxurious places to go and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. You can get beauty treatments at EF Medispa or Edgbaston Holistic or stay in a boutique hotel with a fancy restaurant and bar at The High Field or The Edgbaston.
Not so far away from Edgbaston’s amazing independents, you can find Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It’s the perfect place to visit this time of year with family as they have recently launched their yearly Magical Lantern Festival. I visited for the opening and had a great time walking around seeing the illuminations. There’s also a tea room, bird cages and four glasshouses showing a tropical rainforest and arid desert.
The Magical Lantern Festival is around till the 1st January and you can receive 20% off when you book online with code NEWS20.
Be At One
The festive season wouldn’t be complete without somewhere to go for cocktails. The newest cocktail bar on the block is Be At One which has recently opened at Brindley Place. They have a menu packed full of amazing cocktails, you’ll be spoilt for choice. We tried the ‘Peachy Blinder’, ‘Kiss from a rose’, ‘Banoffee Old Fashioned’ and the out of this world ‘Blueberry Muffin’ which I have been eager to go back and drink again (but from a pint glass – it’s that delish!).
Be At One also has a really lively atmosphere with the bartenders known to have a little boogie behind the bar, if you’ve not been you can see for yourself on my Instagram stories .
So there you go just a few of my favourite places to go in Birmingham, I highly recommend checking out Birmingham’s independent scene and creating a festive day and night in the city this season.
Disclaimer: The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views and photos are my own.