Bars & Pubs

The Loft


“I never know what day it is. Never, ever, ever.” – Rihanna.

Located on Bromsgrove Street in Birmingham’s gay quarter, The Loft has been a haven for fun nights out and drinking until the sun rises for longer than we can remember – and with a recent facelift (along with a whole new food menu and a cocktail renaissance), The Loft is ready to herald in a new era of awesomeness. Intrigued? Then read on!


Having recently undergone a brilliant refurbishment (and a rename to boot), a new era is being heralded in by The Loft. Now is the time of gin cocktails and street food. Formerly a place of dancing all night until your feet hurt, The Loft is now a place where you can dance all night until your feet hurt, and then stuff your face with a tremendously delicious array of grub. We’re talking flatbreads (inducing: smoked tofu and roasted veg, wild mushroom and Stilton, BBQ ham hock and pineapple), burgers (the buttermilk chicken with bacon jam being our jam), a weekend brunch menu that’ll reinvigorate your already passionate love for breakfast and, last but not least, a pulled pork and cheese toastie. Yes, our bellies are rumbling too.

In addition to their everyday menu which is filled with hits, The Loft also serves up a very decent Sunday lunch. Choose between rare sirloin of beef, Cotswold chicken breast and leg of slow-roasted pork, then pile on the crispy roasties, Yorkshire puds, cauliflower cheese, braised red cabbage and seasonal vegetables and you’re on to a winner.



So, to the drinks. You may (or may) have heard of the rather brilliant cocktail connoisseur that is Rob Wood. He was the former head bartender and manage at The Edgbaston, created the ridiculously innovative drinks menu at cult fine dining restaurant, The Wilderness, and now has his own hidden bar serving up cocktails in a tasting menu format, Smultronställe. In between doing all of that, he designed the cocktail menu at The Loft. So already you know, these are going to be some damn good cocktails. Choose between cocktail delights such as the ‘Suck & Swallow’, ‘Pink To Make The Boys Wink’ and ‘Ri Ri’s Rum Punch’ and your evening is already getting off to one heck of a start. They even have a cocktail served in a bright red American-style frat party cup, which increases the fun level of this drink by a factor of 10. We recommend you drink many.

IB Top Tip: The Loft also serve cheese boards which are accompanied with celery, apply, artisan biscuits and warm sourdough bread. Your next move, grab a friend, order a couple of cocktails or a bottle of wine and then sink your teeth into a cheese board (the cheese, not the actual board). It’s a bold strategy, but one that’ll certainly pay off.



Another brilliant aspect of The Loft is its rather ace beer garden. Although if you’re tipping back a cocktail or two, then it’s a cocktail garden. We’re pretty sure that’s how it works, right? Anyway, the refurb did not just encompass the indoor decor, it extended to The Loft’s outdoor space and my, it is a wondrous sight to behold. Probably best saved for the warmer months (although there’s something oddly life-affirming and special about wrapping up warm and enjoying a tipple with a loved one or a friend outdoors during winter – or maybe that’s just us), The Loft’s beer garden is the perfect place to drink away any given evening. We highly recommend a visit.


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