Bodega Bar y Cantina



Feeling an uncontrollable urge for burritos and tacos that haunts you in your sleep? Feeling a thirst for authentic South American cocktails and beers that cannot be slaked? Then it’s Bodega Bar y Cantina for you. Located on Bennett’s Hill just around the corner from Victoria Square (the location of the Christmas markets), Bodega offers a wide selection of classic South American tapas-style dishes and street-food, along with their own alternative twists on these traditional plates. Whilst the tapas-style presentation is perfect for sharing with friends over lunch, being open 12pm until late, Bodega is also the perfect venue for dinner, offering a variety of larger dishes to sink your teeth into as well as a selection of traditional desserts.


Upon entering diners are instantly transported away from dreary England and into a vibrant and bustling local South American restaurant. With clusters of chillies hanging from the bar, exposed light bulbs artistically spread across the ceiling and café-style seating; Bodega provides an authentic and laid-back atmosphere – making it a firm favourite of those who enjoy spicy and flavourful food ranging in origin from Argentina to Mexico. Huge home-made nachos covered with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and your choice of meat; burritos and quesadillas with a variety of fillings; red wine glazed chorizo; fresh fish of the day marinated in citrus juices and scotch bonnet chillies; tacos stuffed with grilled red snapper, mahi mahi (a local South American fish) and king prawns topped with cheese and chilli-lime salsa – the list goes on, with the extensive range of food allowing repeat offenders to keep their dining experience fresh and new. But don’t worry if it’s your first time; the staff and waiters are really friendly and are more than happy to describe the dishes to you and recommend their favourites.




Honourable mention should also be given to the cocktail menu – a masterpiece of alcoholism that took over a month to create. Made with tequila, rum, pisco, cachaça or vodka, Bodega offers not only a huge range of authentic South American cocktails but also a large selection of their own unique creations; all expertly presented and bursting with flavour. Furthermore, the drinks menu itself provides a short narration of the origin of each of the spirits featured along with a wine menu and a range of authentic bottled beers.


With hot sauce already on the table for the rogues and danger –seekers amongst you and a vibrant atmosphere, Bodega Bar y Cantina is definitely for those of you who enjoy amazing South American food, incredible cocktails and the tapas experience. However, if a night out is more your thing then Bodega hosts a DJ night every other Friday (aptly named ‘Lucha Libre’) in its downstairs bar which, with a 75 person capacity, can also be booked out for large parties wishing to dine in style. Also available is a cocktail master-class (minimum of 8 people) which includes: learning the history of the spirits, learning the tricks of the trade and cocktail-making based games. And now Bodega Bar y Cantina are offering Independent Birmingham Membership Card holders 20% off food 3-6pm (Monday-Thursday) and all day Sunday – so get out there and enjoy! You can check out Bodega and all its events at or on twitter: @BodegaBirm.


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