Now, I apologise that I’m a little behind the times at the moment. There are tonnes of exciting new things planned for Birmingham over the next few months and apart from telling you about Marmalade, I’ve not been very good about getting the news out there about them. I’m so snowed under in the day job that I’m constantly chasing my tail keeping up with the blog too. There’s been lots of tit bits of leaked info about new openings for Brum and I’ve got press releases coming out my ears! The guys over at Out in Brum have done a brilliant job rounding up all the news in one of their recent posts, so I’m just going to tell you about a few things that have piqued my interest!
1. GAS STREET SOCIAL
The above is an artists impression of the new Gas Street Social, set to open in March in the location of the old Bar Room Bar. With an urban and industrial vibe, they are planning on serving up a range of sharing dishes, grazing boards, small plates, stone-baked flatbreads and locally sourced meats and seafood, along side a speciality drinks menu and hand crafted cocktails. Gas Street Social will feature large sharing tables, intimate booth areas and a cosy ‘snug’ area, and heading into the weekend, the venue will provide late night drinks and dancing until 2am complete with the world’s first DJ Kitchen (now I’ve no idea what this might be, but I’m intrigued…!) Follow them @GasStSocial on twitter to find out more!
2. THE DRINKS BUS
Taking al fresco drinking to the next level, the Drinks Bus is about to take the Midlands by storm. This 1977 Open Topped Bristol Bus comes with a downstairs dispensing bottom deck with 20 taps including real ale, and a versatile top deck, with options for a bar, seating or even a live stage!
The Bus is available fully stocked, with various drinks packages including bespoke cocktails, or for dry hire, the perfect addition to your event! Follow @TheDrinksBus on twitter to make sure you don’t miss the Bus!
With several restaurant already across the south of England, Cau, a restaurant inspired by the cuisine of Buenos Aries is rumoured to be coming to Birmingham soon. With an interesting looking menu, this is one I’ll be intrigued to try. Follow @Caurestaurants to keep up with the news.
4. THE BOTANIST
A new opening for the Living Ventures and New World Trading Co in the CBD, bringing a wide selection of food and cocktails for us to try. If I’m honest I’m most excited about the cocktails – this brand is also behind one of my favourite places, The Alchemist in Manchester. Its only a hop skip and a jump from my best mates flat in Spinningfields in Manchester and so I’ve spent a fair few nights drinking their wares and its fabulous!
Another new addition on the food scene, opening on Bennetts Hill soon is this Spanish & Mediterranean Restaurant. With the Chefs having pedigree in both San Carlo and Cucina Rustica, I can’t wait to see what they have on offer
6. 130 COLMORE ROW
Lastly, and certainly by no means least, its the new opening from the Lasan Group, headed up by Akhtar Islam and Jabbar Khan. Following in the footsteps of the uber successful Lasan, Raja Monkey Cafe and Fiesta Del Asado, I cannot wait to find out what they’ve got up their sleeves for the place.
So thats a quick run down of a few things that have excited me, but there are plenty PLENTY more including Master & Margarita at the Cube, Cosy Club on Bennetts Hill, Big Papas residency at the Sunflower Lounge and the opening of the EVERYMAN cinema (which looks fab) and will be a big rival to my favourite, the Electric Cinema. There’s so much going on that there really is something for everyone to enjoy! If you know of any other new openings or exciting projects you think I should know about, please do feel free to contact me about them on email at email@example.com or on twitter