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The Bristol Pear

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
The Bristol Pear, pub
Photograph: Sal Maxuda

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Rough 'n' ready student boozer with regular drinks promotions, near-constant live sport, pool tables and lots of noise

Bargain beers and burgers abound at this University of Birmingham staple. As likely to be busy on a Wednesday afternoon as at the weekend, think hotly contested pool tables, footie-filled plasmas and alcoves big enough to hide from both if it's a quieter pint you had in mind.

On the right night of the week, pints start from about £1.50, with higher-end world beers coming in at two for £6.50 all day, every day. At such prices, you won't be shocked to hear that the Pear could do with a lick of paint. But student pubs don't inure because they look particularly pretty – there’s a buzz and history about this place with which the other end of the Bristol Road just can't compete, particularly since the late-lamented Gun Barrels fell to Brum's first Olympic-sized swimming pool. You went down fighting, old friend.


676 Bristol Road
Selly Oak
B29 6BJ
Opening hours:
Daily noon-midnight
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