The working day is over.
It’s someone’s birthday.
Your gender neutral hamster is pregnant.
Whatever your reason for seeking out an after work happy hour in Brum, there’s plenty of options for you. Like fancy cocktails? I got you. Prefer drinking wine like Keith Floyd? You got it. Want it to include a pizza covered in Gorgonzola? Well.. that’s oddly specific, Sharon, but I can still help you.
Below you’ll find some ace happy hour deals in Birmingham city centre to help you save money and live happy. There’s lots of independents on the list, some of which you may not even expect to offer such lovely treats.
Feel free to come and tell me your favourite (or point out any good ones I’ve missed) over on Twitter.
Nocturnal Animals, Bennetts Hill
This colourful bar on Bennetts Hill has a selection of creative cocktails for £5, available Tuesday to Friday from 4-8pm. This runs alongside their regular cocktail and bar menu. Popular with people who like to have their photo taken in bright corridors.
Chung Ying Central, Colmore Row
Between 4-7pm every day (except Sunday) you can get your paws on 241 cocktails at this popular bar/restaurant. There’s often offers on dim sum at the same time, so ideal for a late afternoon pit stop.
Legna, Summer Row
If you’ve not visited this restaurant yet you’re missing out on one of the prettiest bars in the city. Tuesday to Friday between 5-8pm you can grab £20 bottles of Prosecco and get any spritz cocktail from the menu for £6. You don’t have to book dinner to use the bar but you probably should.
Bar Opus, Snow Hill
From Monday to Friday this bar offers 241 cocktails between 5:30-6:30. Perfect for a quick after work drink before you hop on the train home to your other half/aloof cat/screaming kids.
Noel’s Restaurant, Mailbox
This new canal-side venue not only offers 241 cocktails all day – all pizzas are currently buy one get one free too. The offer applies 12-7pm Monday to Friday, with a selection of classic cocktails to pick from. Take a mate and get a pizza and a cocktail for around £10.
The Ruin, Digbeth
I love this shabby chic pub. Here you’ll find 2 beers or ciders for £6 from 5-7pm Tuesday to Friday. Ideal for after work drinks if you work around the Custard Factory area, and there’s usually some cute dogs knocking around to pet/talk to.
The Rose Villa Tavern, Jewellery Quarter
Happy hour cocktails are 2 for £9 from Monday to Thursday 4-7pm and again from 4pm on Friday until they close on Sunday. You can also find daily food promotions including Wing It Monday when chicken wings and fries for 2 costs just £15.
Island Bar, Suffolk Street
If you like to pretend you’re in the South Pacific, perhaps selected cocktails for £4.50 5-10pm during the week will make you happy. There’s more offers come the weekend in the tiki bar upstairs.
Gas Street Social, Mailbox
Between 4-7pm every week day you can get your hands on 2 for £10 cocktails as well as £12 beer buckets. There’s a sunshine filled terrace to enjoy your drinks overlooking the canal too.
The Loft, Hurst Street
Mondays are usually a bit crap, but this bar will give you two cocktails for £10 all day every Monday. This deal is due to extend to other days – I’ll update this soon.
St Paul’s House, St Paul’s Square
If you like to get started early on a Friday, how about half price fizz at this bar overlooking the square. From 12-7pm you can get a bottle of Prosecco for just £12.50.
Dirty Martini, Bennetts Hill
One of the longest deals available, you can get half price cocktails Monday to Friday all the way from 3-10pm. Another deal that goes down well with regulars is the £12 bottle of wine, available during the same hours.
Opus, Cornwall Street
Selected cocktails are 241 between 5-8pm on weekdays. The rhubarb negroni is superb and the staff are unbelievably nice.
The Victoria, John Bright St
“But Laura, I work at the weekends..” You will not beat me, Sharon – I got you. Just £9 will bag you two cocktails from a selected list Friday to Sunday close from 4pm. You’re welcome.
Rev De Cuba, Temple Street
The happy hour in the downstairs bar here includes 241 on all cocktails and pints of Mahou are just £3.50. It’s valid between 3-7pm Monday to Friday.
Be At One, Brindleyplace
Here you’ll find 241 cocktails Monday to Thursday from 4:30-8pm, except Mondays when it lasts until closing. There’s some weekend happy hours too so check the website ahead of visiting. Heads up, this is much smaller than the venue by New Street.
If you enjoyed this you may like this post on the best beer gardens in Brum. Remember to drink responsibly – unless it’s been one of those days. In which case have another negroni, get a kebab on the way home and remember to have a pint of water by your bed.
Disclosure: This list is not sponsored in any way shape or form, nor is it exhaustive. I’ll continue to add to it when I find HH deals worth talking about.