Dating back to 1398 and tucked opposite New Street Station in the Burlington Arcade, this pub is pretty easy to miss. But first-time visitors to Bacchus Bar are always in for a treat, as the descent underground and bizarre interior leave a lasting impression. While it’s not quite Crystal Maze Medieval Zone, once you’re familiar with its whereabouts it’s a perfect place for a catch-up; for starters there’s next-to-no signal, plus it has a warren of nooks and crannies.
As quintessential Brummie experiences go, few are as authentic as a lazy afternoon spent at the pub. Whether it’s a cheeky half of local ale you’re after, some delish gourmet grub or just pints, pints, pints, these brilliant pubs in Birmingham can deliver. Packed with character and personalities, they’re perfectly suited for a quiet afternoon with a board game or book. And to hobnob with locals as evening descends, there’s nowhere better.
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