The time has finally arrived – the first weekend where we can all go out and enjoy a beer or glass of wine with friends.
The ban on outdoor hospitality has ended as part of stage two of the government’s lockdown exit plan.
Social distancing rules continue – so you will only be allowed to visit outdoor venues in groups of six or larger groups that are just from two households.
But unlike last time, there will be no substantial meal rule, meaning we will be able to pop out for just a drink with friends and family.
There are lots of venues across the city that are offering al fresco drinking and dining opportunities.
Below, we have picked some of our favourite outdoor spots for a pint in the spring sunshine.
The upper end of Waterloo Street, which is closed to vehicles from 11 am every day is now home to a delightful beer garden.
Purecraft bar’s new outdoor area overlooks Victoria Square, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Birmingham Town Hall.
Punters can enjoy a variety of quality craft ales and the pub’s legendary bar snacks, which include sausage rolls and pork scratchings.
No booking required.
30 Waterloo Street, B2 5TJ
The Canal House
Canalside pub The Canal House has re-opened its gorgeous terrace.
The former James Brindley has one of the largest outdoor areas in the Brindleyplace area, making it the perfect safe space to enjoy a beer.
On the menu, enjoy dishes including tapas dishes, burgers, fish, and chips, as well as the Canal House’s famous hanging kebabs.
0121 643 8829
12 Bridge Street, Birmingham B1 2JR
The venue, formerly the Fiddle and Bone, has a massive courtyard – perfect for social distancing.
Mains include burgers, pizzas, and a flat iron steak. The canalside restaurant also serves up Sunday roast and a bottomless brunch available on Saturdays.
The venue posted on Facebook: “In order to serve everyone efficiently in our massive beer garden, we will only be offering app service at this time. To get ahead of the game and ensure you’re not gasping for a pint when you arrive, we would recommend pre-downloading our app here ”
Tel 0121 200 2223
4 Sheepcote Street B16 8AE
The Old Crown
Birmingham’s oldest pub, The Old Crown, benefits from having an ample beer garden.
Menu choices include a variety of burgers, chicken and wings. This Sunday, you can enjoy a roast cooked up by Bop Kebabs.
To book, go here.
Walk-ins for drinks and food from the main menu welcome.
Tel: 021 248 1368
High St, Deritend, B12 0LD
The massive beer garden at Hennessey’s Bar has helped the venue survive the impact of Covid restrictions and is sure to be a very popular choice with diners in April.
It is fitted out with all the mod cons including heating and TV screens.
Dishes available at this Digbeth venue include hamburgers, loaded fries, wraps, and pizzas.
Book here, but walk-ins are welcome too.
0121 643 3436
30-31 Allison St, Birmingham B5 5TJ
This live music venue and bar had a canopy installed last October in its beer garden, but owner Peter Connolly didn’t get much use out of it in 2020 – but 2021 is very different!
As well as live music and booze, there are plenty of good food offering too.
Expect pizza, curries, and stews – just what we’ll need if the weather is not that warm.
0121 250 4241
43-45 Meriden Street, B5 5LS
The Church Inn
Up on this pub roof terrace, tables and chairs surround a central skylight, and punters can sup cocktails and real ale from the bar below.
Foodwide, dishes including mac and cheese and chicken wings from 3pm onwards.
For more info, go to its Facebook page.
Tel: 0121 448 3866
22 Great Hampton Street., Birmingham, B18 6AQ.
This massive pub at the corner of Highfield Road and Harborne Road has a stunning garden space for outdoor dining.
Before the November lockdown, the pub erected a huge teepee at the front of the garden. And now it is getting full use as it’s a very popular spot for dining in the evening.
The Teepee requires a reservation, but you can get walk-ins for the main beer garden areas.
The pub posted on Facebook: “All of our covered dining areas require a reservation. Tables of 2-4 are most likely to be in the tipi (but we can’t guarantee it), and larger tables will be in the covered picnic bench area as the tables are bigger.
“The fairy lights make it magical under the canvas, and the fire pit keeps it cosy. We do still recommend wrapping up warm if you are visiting us after the sun has gone down. We are counting down the days to summer when coats will no longer be required.”
Harborne Road, B15 3DH
This much-loved pub and restaurant on Harborne High Street offers hearty breakfasts, roast dinners, salads and pizzas.
It is a Harborne institution, so it’s always super busy but worth a try. Its buzzy atmosphere is hard to beat.
0121 427 3678
21 High St, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9
The Prince of Wales
This has to be a contender for the best beer garden in Birmingham.
Grab a real ale from the front bar or at the weekend, order wine and cheese from the wine shed, sample a Cuban cigar from the summerhouse or grab a flaming zombie from the outdoor tiki bar.
Tel: 0121 449 4198
118 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8EE.