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Flippin' good pinball, craft beer and coffee at Tilt

Written by
Shaun Curnow

Turn back the clock twenty years and your average night out at the pub would likely involve a mass produced Belgian lager, a packet of Frazzles and a game of darts. At Birmingham's recently opened Tilt, you can swap these tired old conventions for a far more creative combination of craft beer, speciality coffee and pinball machines.

Launched at the end of October by founders Kirk Sadler and Richard Kimberley, Tilt has taken over a ground floor and basement unit inside the Grade II listed City Arcade off Corporation Street. An unusual venue, some have said, but definitely grand.


This combination of craft beer and artisan coffee means Tilt has two functions:

During the day, it serves coffee from a rotating selection of coffee beans, which customers can accompany with something from Edgbaston bakery, BAKE.

Later on, you'll find eight draft beers and over 30 different brands of bottled craft beer to quaff, from the likes of Magic Rock, Salopian, Buxton, Tiny Rebel and Beavertown breweries. 

Time it right, and we're sure you can accompany your beer with a slice of cake, if you're that way inclined.


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Many bars are heading down the vintage arcade machine route to keep punters amused while they drink. Tilt, as its name suggests, will be encouraging friendly competition with five pinball tables. And yes, pinball buffs, 'Addams Family' is one of the five.

The founders also hope to turn Tilt into a community hub, with ambitions to become a popular destination for baby groups, book clubs and coffee mornings. Flippin' good fun for everyone, then.

Tilt, City Arcade, Union Street, Birmingham, B2 4TX

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