The Jewellery Quarter
This unique area dates back more than 250 years and is still home to over 500 jewellery businesses. A designated conservation area with over 200 listed buildings, it has been described by English Heritage as ‘a unique historic environment in England – a national treasure’, which has few, if any, parallels in Europe. The Jewellery Quarter also contains Birmingham’s last remaining Georgian Square in the tranquil surroundings of St Paul’s, with its fine restaurants, bars and galleries.
Not only does the Quarter have a heritage, it also has an expanding, thriving business community, a growing residential population and an established retail sector that boasts over 100 jewellery retailers, specialist retailers and not to mention many up and coming bars / restaurants.
Museum of the Jewellery Quarter
The Quarter is home to the award winning Museum of the Jewellery Quarter which has been voted the country’s ‘best small attraction’ by Visit Britain. The Quarter also houses the JW Evans- fascinating Silver Factory, now taken over by English Heritage one of the most complete surviving historic factories in the Jewellery Quarter.
The Pen Museum
The Pen Museum on Frederick Street is situated in a former pen factory, a Grade II Listed Building and promotes through displays demonstrations and activities the history of Birmingham as the centre of the world pen trade in the 19th Century. The museum showcases many pens used by famous people throughout the years of the pen trade; this includes a pen used by Walt Disney to animate his drawings.
We had a sneak peek inside the newest bar on the block The Pig and Tail which is actually housed in the oldest bar on the block! The George and Dragon pub in the Jewellery Quarter – one of the oldest and most historic in the city – has reopened 20 years later as a new quirky new bar and restaurant.
Its owners are from the critically acclaimed restaurant Pickled Piglet. As well as craft beers and wines, expect sharing platters and tapas style food.
1000 trades, a craft beer and wine venue is now open in Frederick Street in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter. The Grade II-listed premises, which previously housed Caribbean bar-restaurant Diamonds and Pearlz, has been given a make-over, or should we say make-under – given the extent of bare brick walls and mismatched furniture.
But most impressively it sells wine at £2.50 a glass! That’s boxed wine but at that price it’s definitely worth giving a try.
This is a pretty special addition to our bar scene. Go up the red carpet into a corridor adorned with art on the wall and then enter an antiques museum, bar and tapas restaurant. Buy a drink and also receive a complimentary tapas plate. Told you this was special.
The bar at this new hotel is certainly proving to be super popular with Jewellery Quarter residents for drinks at the weekend. As well as a pretty swanky bar, it has an amazing all weather terrace with a separate bar complete with air conditioning.
Formerly Vertu Bar but from Monday, June 20, this place will be exposing its history as a yes you’ve guessed a Button Factory. This corner site in Frederick Street and Regent Street dates back to around 1824. Beers, wines and coffee will be available as well as food with Argentinian influences. And it has a rooftop terrace – perfect for summer drinking
This secret basement bar in Water Street has a private member’s club atmosphere so really makes you feel part of the exclusive crowd. Old armchairs, cosy alcoves and a tiny bar helmed by Marcell Borsos, former barman at Bodega – so you know you’re in safe hands. We absolutely loved their martinis. Booking beforehand is essential.
They show sports and have darts or you can just chill and drink their wide range of continental lagers and best bitters.
Food is served until 9pm which means it’s a good place to be to line your stomach before a long evening.
Just a small walk down the road until you reach The Church Inn and you’ll never feel better after a journey between pubs.
The Church Inn does some of the best cocktails in the city and their brilliance is renowned.
Plenty of New Orleans and Louisiana inspired drinks from Old Fashioned and Negroni through to Sazerac.
Then a little bit of a walk to the Rose Villa Tavern but, you know, a good walk in the middle of these things is important. If you’ve eaten, you need to burn off those calories.
Rose Villa is a Bitters n Twisted venue but they’re neither of those things. The architecture alone is worth a visit but the £4.50 cocktails are also worth indulging in.
Worth noting that 40 St Paul’s is not actually where Google tells us it is, but it’s a 30 second walk closer to Cox Street to get your gin goodness.
This small, incredibly exclusive bar is the sort of place you bring your friends if you’re trying to show off the best sides of Birmingham.
It specialises in gin, but even if you don’t like the stuff, the guys are experts and we’re convinced they can change your mind.
Restaurant bars in Birmingham don’t come much more trendy than Gino. A slick and stylish Tapas bar, Gino is a cool alternative to other drinking holes in the Jewellery Quarter. Not only do they serve a tasty range of Mediterranean and French tapas, they also offer a range of wine and classic cocktails to wash it down with. Home to some of the most stylish DJ nights around come the weekend, whether it’s fine drinking or drinking and dancing in Birmingham, Gino has the whole package.
A relaxing wine bar in Birmingham overlooking the scenic St. Paul’s Square, The Rectory is a nod to traditional drinking and dining thanks to its luxurious mahogany leather dining booths and draped chandeliers. Boasting a menu of what many might see as almost everything, from burgers and sharing platters to belly of pork, The Rectory is the ultimate foodie’s all rounder.
The Drop Forge
Fresh, friendly and inviting, some find it hard to think of anywhere else for lunch in the Jewellery Quarter when Birmingham lounge bar, The Drop Forge is just so inviting. Brimming with history thanks to its home in a converted iron forgery, the promise no less than traditional British classics made just the way that you like them.
The Jam House
One of the most well known music venues in Birmingham doubles up as a restaurant bar don’t you know. Hailed by Jools Holland and other big names in the industry, The Jam House promise a menu of indulgent classics and cleverly crafted British dishes. And for the best seat in the house when the music starts? We couldn’t recommend a balcony table more.
One of the most indulgent basement bars in Birmingham, The Vaults is a romantic and rich dining affair in the heart of the city that is renowned for its blend of contemporary dining with true classics. From brick clad booths to candle lit tables, The Vaults boast a menu of traditional British favourites and stylish, seasonal European grub all year long.
Urban Coffee Company
Urban cafe bar kitchen is the recent re-brand from Urban coffee company because as a company we feel we are more than just the best coffee this side of the moon. We also provide a seasonally changing menu and specials to ensure that our customers always get something new.
Established in 2010 it opened a year after the launch of our sister site and front runner Urban cafe bar kitchen and the rest is history.
Coffee Tales a Haven In The Heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Serving Delicious & Tempting Refreshments.
Our simple but delicious menu is available throughout the day and all our food is available to take out too. Paninis, sandwiches and salads are prepared on request so they are always fresh and we also have a gluten free range of products for those of you on a restricted diet.
Café Neo is a pleasant cafe that serves a delicious array of naughty nibbles and tea and coffee. It’s an ideal place to sit and relax and grab a morning coffee with friends.
At 3 Three’s Coffee Lounge you will find a variety of food and drink to sit down and enjoy in a wonderfully warm and cosy environment. Our range of desserts and food will leave you spoilt for choice and our coffee is to die for with its chocolate and caramel flavour you’ll definitely be wanting another cup.
We have a great passion for cooking and baking. In December 2015 we managed to make our dream a reality and open a brand new café in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
Our aim is to provide hearty food for local residents and businesses in JQ. Most of our fresh vegetables and dairy products are from local organic farm. All cake and desserts are homemade bake freshly by me. pasta and all food, including pasta is made fresh to order daily.
The coolest place to live in Birmingham
Birmingham used to be the workshop of the world.
A lot of the industry around Hockley revolved round the making of jewellery, crafting of metals and the manufacture of small and shiny objects of desire.
The quarter was once a wealthy residential area of upmarket Georgian houses. But during the 19th century workshops and factories sprang up and even homes were converted for business use.
The manufacturing trade declined after the 1920s and new uses have had to be found for the buildings left vacant.
The bigger of the warehouses have lent themselves to loft-style living with developers like Javelin Block creating edgy urban spaces concealed behind exteriors that look unchanged since their industrial heyday.
There are 6,000 people now living in the quarter, who can enjoy its restaurants, bars and cafes.
Much of the social whirl is centred round the St Paul’s Church Square, up Ludgate Hill (many have revelled late into the night enjoying the cheap drinks and judgement-free atmosphere on the dance deck of the Actress and Bishop), and beneath the Square Peg.
The Jewellery Quarter’s planning tracker on its website reveals a full list of applications to create apartments, studios and penthouses in streets all over the area.
House price stats for 2015 in the quarter went from £66k for a studio in St Pauls Square to £690k or a loft designed by Javelin Block in Viceroy House.