Colmore Business District (CBD) is the commercial heart of the city – with high profile professional services, retail, bars, cafes and restaurants galore.

CBD is one of the most desirable business addresses in the city, with historic architecture situated alongside modern developments. The area is well served by public transport: New Street station is just five minutes’ walk away and Snow Hill station is in the east of the District.

 

CBD’s impressive coffee shops and cafes include the independent Urban Coffee Company and Café Costes. As well as serving great coffee, Urban Coffee Company holds events such as book clubs and live music nights.

Art lovers, be sure to pay a visit to Whitewall Galleries, bringing you the finest artwork from around the world and don’t forget the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), housed in a landmark listed building, with over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography. BMAG attracts approximately 700,000 visitors a year, 50% of whom are from outside the city.

Over Indulged? Health du Vin, part of Hotel du Vin, is the place to be with a high tech gym and health spa offering a collection of treatments for the face and body.

Eat & Drink

The opulent surroundings of the The Old Joint Stock Pub & Theatre provide a fantastic location for entertainment, overlooking Birmingham Cathedral. The theatre hosts an excellent range of shows, including music nights, comedy nights and plays. Nearby, the Michelin Star restaurant Purnell’s offers some of the finest cuisine. Or why not try Opus Restaurant, which has an outstanding commitment to seasonality and freshness.

Fancy a film night? The Juniper Cinema in the Jekyll & Hyde pub’s Gin Parlour shows classic and contemporary films every Monday.

The Bureau, Colmore Row

About: This smart bolthole in the heart of the city’s financial district takes the space occupied by the former Bar One Ten, and even earlier than that the Scottish Union and National Insurance Co offices. It’s a grade-II listed building packed with period features and has real warmth and charm. Downstairs there’s another bar which is available for hire for private events.

Why it’s so good: Has to be the building’s character. After a few minutes here you can pretend to be an expert on the finish of aged Aberdeen granite or unique sheen to rare Italian marble.

Pure Bar and Kitchen, Waterloo Street

About: This newcomer, a joint venture between Purity Brewing Company’s Paul Halsey, Simpson’s chef-patron Andreas Antona and former Mitchells and Butlers director Martin Hilton, is housed in a lovely Grade II listed building that had been empty for years. Think modern pub with great grub.

Why it’s so good: Expect craft beers and simple but high-quality food made with top-notch ingredients and served in stylish urban surroundings.

Purnell’s Bistro & Ginger’s Bar, Newhall Street and Purnell’s Restaurant, Cornwall Street

About: We’ve allowed a double entry from Birmingham supercook and TV chef Glynn Purnell. Gingers is the place to entertain if you’re watching the budget, but still keen to impress. Push the boat out and it has to be Michelin-starred Purnell’s on Cornwall Street for some of the best, most innovative food you’ll ever try.

Why Purnells is so good: The men from Michelin know their stuff and Purnell’s has held its star for four years running.

The Wellington, Bennetts Hill

About: For a down-to-earth, sticky-carpet alternative to Colmore Row’s swankier venues, where if you tasted all the guest beers on tap you’d never get back to your desk in a straight line.

Why it’s so good: They take their real ales seriously here. Better free-up your diary for the day.

Fumo, Waterloo Street

About: If you fancy some after-work wag-spotting, head to this sister venue to long-established San Carlo’s. Get past the petulant Italian waiters and supermodel cloakroom attendants and you’ll find some great wine.

Why it’s so good: The exquisite chichettiItaly’s small-portioned answer to Spanish tapas.

Opus, Cornwall Street

About: Cornwall Street is the place to be for the best in modern British cuisine and Opus is rarely found wanting. Chef director David Colcombe takes seriously his commitment to fresh, sustainable produce and has won awards for this. It’s a Birmingham Post favourite.

Why it’s so good: Ticks all the boxes for business… great restaurant and plenty of private dining and function options.

Metro Bar & Grill, Cornwall Street

About: The daddy of all of Birmingham’s business district bars. Some company execs might as well have a desk here, but it seems to do the trick and many a deal has been sealed within these four walls, particularly on a Friday afternoon. A smart bar at the front leads through to an equally-smart restaurant serving a great selection of dishes including the best fish finger sandwich you’ll taste for miles around.

Why it’s so good: Great beer selection. Good food. Always a vibrant atmosphere. It just works.

Primitivo, Barwick Street

About: Primitivo is one of the most underrated independent restaurants in the city centre, serving decent Mediterranean food in a great location on Barwick Street. Should the redevelopment of Snow Hill rail station ever go ahead it’ll be in a prime spot for more passing trade.

Why it’s so good: Something of a stalwart in the Colmore district, for good reason.

Also worth a mention:

Hotel Du Vin Bistro, Church Street – has upped its game with new and improved menus. Utopia Bar, Church Street – great location for ease of post-work gatherings. The Old Contemptibles, Edmund Street – one of the best pubs in the city centre with great guest ales and welcoming atmosphere.

Art Lovers

Art lovers, be sure to pay a visit to Whitewall Galleries, bringing you the finest artwork from around the world and don’t forget the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), housed in a landmark listed building, with over 40 galleries to explore that display art, applied art, social history, archaeology and ethnography. BMAG attracts approximately 700,000 visitors a year, 50% of whom are from outside the city.

Birmingham Cathedral

Birmingham Cathedral is located within beautiful grounds that form one of the only green spaces in the city centre. The cathedral, designed in 1715 by the English Baroque architect, Thomas Archer, is open and staffed every day of the year. Birmingham Cathedral holds a range of events throughout the year, including impressive concerts.

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