The end is in sight, folks. Optimism is in the air! Lockdown is easing (hopefully for the last time) and venues are starting to open up from 12 April onwards, beginning with hospitality venues who have outdoor seating, retail, and services (such as barbers and hairdressers).

To help guide you on your quest to support Brum’s brilliant local independents during this difficult time, we’ve curated a list of the very best bars, pubs, restaurants and coffee shops with outdoor seating (along with retail and services) opening this April where you can enjoy amazing discounts and deals with the Independent Birmingham App.

If you don’t already have the IB App, you can download it here to enjoy up to 25% off (alongside exclusive 2-for-1 offers, freebies, and more) at over 140 of the very best independents across Birmingham and Solihull – all for just £1.99 a month!.

In addition to this guide which solely denotes the independents featuring on the IB App, we’ve also compiled a definitive guide to the very best independent venues with outdoor seating across Birmingham and Solihull, which you can read here.

Note: some of these venues will require advance booking – please check the website of your chosen venue for up-to-date opening and booking details.

Bars and Pubs

CHERRY REDS

Location: 88-90 John Bright Street, B1 1BN

What To Expect: Your family home from home, serving quality, home-cooked food, locally-brewed beers and more.

IB Deal: A FREE pint of cask ale, lager, cider or draught soft drink with your main meal.

Indian Brewery

Location: Livery Street, B3 1EU

What To Expect: Indian street food dishes in a laid-back eatery. Try their famous fat naans (small naan breads loaded with tasty toppings).

IB Deal: 15% Off A Pint Or Can Of Birmingham Lager (anytime) OR 10% off food (Sunday – Thursday)

The Juke

Location: 16 York Road, B14 7RZ

What To Expect: Craft beer bar and eatery where the centrepiece is a rare Rock-ola Regis 120 Jukebox. Expect a range of craft beers, wine and spirits to drink with kitchen takeovers from some of the best street food traders in Brum.

IB Deal: 20% off all takeaway cans (anytime) AND 10% off all draught beers (Sunday – Thursday)

Arch 13

Location: Livery Street, B3 1EU

What To Expect: Neighbourhood wine bar serving glorious wines by the glass or bottle. Enjoy with their epic charcuterie and cheese boards.

IB Deal: 10% off food.

INDIAN BREWERY TAPROOM

Location: Unit 5, Aston Expressway Industrial Estate, Pritchett Street, B6 4EX

What To Expect: Taproom from the team behind Indian Brewery Snowhill, serving Indian street food dishes and their own beers, with a games area and big screen for live sports.

IB Deal: 20% off all Indian Brewery beers and street food.

THE PLOUGH

Location: 21 High Street, B17 9NT

What To Expect: Neighbourhood gastro pub with a welcoming atmosphere, a food menu full of crowd-pleasers and a Brum-famous beer garden.

IB Deal: 10% off food.

PURECRAFT BAR AND KITCHEN

Location: 30 Waterloo Street, B2 5TJ

What To Expect: Craft beer bar delivering an extensive range of great beers and proper food.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill (Sunday – Thursday).

Wine Freedom

Location: 28 Floodgate Street, B5 5SL

What To Expect: Wine bar like no other, set in a cool, industrial warehouse packed with houseplants, serving natural wines.

IB Deal: A FREE extra glass of wine when you book a tasting.

BURNING SOUL BREWING

Location: Unit 1 Mott Street, B19 3HE

What To Expect: Fantastic independent brewery and taproom serving their own distinctive beers, including some pilot brews to sample (with the most popular becoming permanent fixtures).

IB Deal: 50p off each 0121 Brew-one can (see IB App to discover the discount code).

ATTIC BREW CO

Location: 29B Mary Vale Road, B30 2DA

What To Expect: Micro-brewery and taproom serving tasty vegan beers. Dog friendly.

IB Deal: 25% off all take-away cans purchased in the taproom.

CHANCE AND COUNTERS

Location: Courtyard Studio 8, Custart Factory, B9 4AA

What To Expect: Board game cafe with around 500 games to choose from serving draught beer and cider alongside a menu of wings, burgers, tacos and more.

IB Deal: 15% off the bill.

BIRMINGHAM BREWING CO

Location: Unit 17, Stirchley Trading Estate, Hazelwell Road, B30 2PF

What To Expect: Local brewery producing vegan and gluten free Brummie beers using the best ingredients for the best taste and distinctive flavours.

IB Deal: 10% off beer in the taproom.

Grain & Glass

Location: 75 – 80 Vyse Street, B18 6HA

What To Expect: Jewellery Quarter based whisky bar (and home of Birmingham Whisky Club) serving whisky, cocktails and more.

IB Deal: The Club Old Fashioned or The Whisky Drummer for just £5 (instead of £8 – one per visit)

THE RUIN

Location: 92 Floodgate Street, B5 5SR

What To Expect: Quirky pub with electic décor, serving traditional ales and a European-inspired food menu.

IB Deal: 2 flatbreads and a bottle of house wine for £20.

THE NIGHT OWL

Location: 17-18 Lower Trinity Street, B9 4AG

What To Expect: Retro club and live music venue, inspired by Northern Soul and playing the best soul and retro sounds.

IB Deal: 2 cocktails for £10 AND £1 off entry.

STAG DIGBETH

Location: The Custard Factory, B9 4AA

What To Expect: Coffee shop, cocktail bar and barbershop putting its own stamp on Digbeth nightlife.

IB Deal: 10% off all bar purchases.

THE PRINCE OF WALES

Location: 118 Alcester Road, B13 8EE

What To Expect: Vibrant and bustling pub with traditional charm and modern edge, with a wonderful beer garden and Brum-famous Mo-Tiki bar.

IB Deal: £1 off cocktails at the Mo-Tiki bar (anytime, before 9pm) and buy any 3 tacos and get the 4th free at Taconistas (Thursday – Sunday, before 9pm).

THE DARK HORSE

Location: 145 Alcester Road, B13 8JP

What To Expect: Neighbourhood pub serving a wide selection of craft beer, both on draught and by the bottle, alongside food from a rotating line-up of street food pop-ups.

IB Deal: 15% off craft beer and food.

THE VILLAGE

Location: 179 Alcester Road, B13 8JR

What To Expect: Neighbourhood pub with a focus on honest, home-made food and a contemporary, cosy space to enjoy good food and drink.

IB Deal: 10% off food (Monday – Friday).

THE PAPER DUCK

Location: 115 High Street, B17 9NP

What To Expect: Neighbourhood craft beer bar with 18 taps and a fully-stocked fridge packed with cans and bottles, showcasing craft beers from all over the world, as well as local brews.

IB Deal: 2 cocktails for £12 (Sunday – Wednesday).

BRITISH OAK

Location: 1364 Pershore Road, B30 2XS

What To Expect: Traditional pub with a large beer garden, serving a fantastic range of beers and gins, as well as wine and cocktails. Burgers available courtesy of Original Patty Men.

IB Deal: £1 off cocktails.

THE LOFT BAR AND KITCHEN

Location: 143 Bromsgrove Street, B5 6RG

What To Expect: Lively bar and grill offering craft beer and fun cocktails, alongside home-made, comfort food classics, with a heated, weather-proof garden.

IB Deal: 25% off food.

Restaurants

KUULA POKÉ

Location: 16A Colmore Row, B2 5HU

What To Expect: Healthy and tasty eatery offering fresh and delicious Poké bowls, Açai bowls and more to eat in or take-away.

IB Deal: A FREE Miso Soup (vegan or salmon/prawn) when you purchase a Sumo Poké Bowl.

CRAFT

Location: Unit 10, The ICC, Centenary Square, B1 2EA

What To Expect: Relaxed, fine-dining restaurant celebrating the very best that the British Isles have too offer, from spirits to wine, and meat to vegetables.

IB Deal: 20% off the bill (Monday – Friday) [Please mention your IB App at the time of booking].

GAS STREET SOCIAL

Location: 166-168 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, B1 1RL

What To Expect: Stylish, canal-side restaurant known for their weekend bottomless brunches, but also serving great lunch and dinner options, alongside craft beer and cocktails.

IB Deal: A FREE cocktail, craft beer or glass of wine when purchasing any main course (three social plates is equivalent to a main course) – see IB profile for a list of drinks included in this offer.

VIETNAMESE STREET KITCHEN

Location: St Martins Square, Bullring, B5 4BW

What To Expect: Authentic Vietnamese street food style dishes, in a fun and vibrant restaurant space.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill.

INDIAN STREATERY EXPRESS

Location: The Bullring, Birmingham, B5 4BU

What To Expect: Indian street food favourites and home-style dishes available to eat in (indoor and outdoor) at this vibrant eatery, and also to take-away.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill, 20% off Mango Pale Ale Beer, and Exclusivity On Specials (IB Members will be able to try specials first before they go on general sale).

SAINT PAUL’S HOUSE

Location: 15-20 St Paul’s Square, B3 1QU

What To Expect: Boutique hotel, restaurant and cocktail bar with a chic outdoor roof terrace, serving tasty food and a wide selection of drinks.

IB Deal: 20% off food (Sunday – Thursday).

LAGHI’S DELI

Location: 22-24 Islington Row, B15 1LD

What To Expect: Authentic Italian restaurant and deli, serving delicious hand-made pasta, authentic pizzas and more, using the finest Italian ingredients.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill (Monday – Thursday) OR 20% off all take-away pizzas (anytime).

YAKINORI

Location: 26 Jubilee Walk, Touchwood, B91 3HT

What To Expect: A fun Japanese dining experience. Enjoy all of your favourite Japanese dishes in one place – from Bento Boxes to Sushi, and Katsu Curry to Ramen. High quality, freshly-prepared food in a welcoming environment.

IB Deal: 20% off the bill

KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE

Location: 17 York Road, B14 7SA

What To Expect: Cosy and welcoming deli-cafe, serving home-cooked food made from locally and ethically sourced ingredients – expect all-day breakfasts, wholesome lunches and Sunday roasts.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill.

Jamaya

Location: Touchwood Shopping Centre, Solihull, B91 3QW

What To Expect: Jamaican-inspired restaurant serving proper Jerk Chicken and Jamaican fried chicken, alongside fun and fruity juices and delicious frozen cocktails.

IB Deal: 20% off the bill (Sunday – Thursday)

FLETCHERS BAR AND EATERY

Location: 7 York Road, B14 7SA

What To Expect: Relaxed neighbourhood bar and bistro serving a wide range of drinks, with regular live music events.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill when dining.

Indico Street Kitchen

Location: 16 Parkgate Shopping Centre, Stratford Road, B90 3GG

What To Expect: Modern, vibrant restaurant serving traditional Indian street food dishes with a twist.

IB Deal: 20% off the bill (Sunday – Thursday).

Perios

Location: 16 Parkgate Shopping Centre, B90 3GG

What To Expect: Fun and vibrant Tex-Mex restaurant, offering Mexican and Texan style dishes such as burritos, fajitas, tacos, chilli con carne, burgers, chicken, and more.

IB Deal: 20% off the bill (Sunday – Thursday)

Coffee Shops

GORILLA COFFEE CAFE

Location: 14 Drayton Road, B14 7LP

What To Expect: Birmingham’s first premium bicycle cafe, sharing their passion for great food, great drinks, and cycling. Enjoy great coffee, delicious brunch dishes, local beers, and Friday night Italian small plates.

IB Deal: A FREE coffee or tea when you purchase any item from the main brunch menu.

QUARTER HORSE COFFEE

Location: 80-90 Bristol Street, B5 7AH

What To Expect: Birmingham’s first coffee-roastery cafe, roasting beans in-house and serving some of the best speciality coffees in the city in a light, minimal and stylish space. Brunch also available.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill + 10% off coffee beans and merch (excluding brewing equipment and subscriptions, see IB App to discover the discount code).

URBAN

Location: The Big Peg, Warstone Lane, B18 6NF

What To Expect: Friendly, welcoming coffee shop, serving an excellent range of coffees, cakes, breakfast and brunch.

IB Deal: Any medium hot drink and cake for £4.50 (Church St. and JQ).

SAINT KITCHEN

Location: 61A St Paul’s Square, B3 1QS

What To Expect: Laid-back coffee shop serving all-day breakfast and brunch, speciality coffee and tea and a Middle Eastern inspired lunch menu, all cooked on site from fresh.

IB Deal: 50% off a side or salad when you purchase any bagel (Monday – Friday).

Medicine Bakery + Gallery

Location: 69a New Street, B2 4DU

What To Expect: Bakery and coffee shop stocking incredible baked goods including their signature cronuts and serving delicious brunches.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill

LA-POP

Location: 38 Islington Row, B15 1LD

What To Expect: Create your own bespoke gelato lollies by choosing combinations of flavours and toppings, also serving coffee and tea.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill.

WAYLAND’S YARD

Location: 42 Bull Street, B4 6AF

What To Expect: Coffee shop known for their tasty brunches and excellent coffee (their eggy crumpets are a must-try dish).

IB Deal: 10% off the bill.

The Clean Kilo

Location: The Custard Factory, B9 4AA

What To Expect: Zero-waste supermarket offering a wide selection of products to purchase without plastic packaging. Now serving a zero-waste cafe menu.

IB Deal: A choice of FREE zero waste gifts when you spend over £20 (see profile for details)

STAG DIGBETH

Location: The Custard Factory, B9 4AA

What To Expect: Coffee shop, cocktail bar and barbershop putting its own stamp on Digbeth nightlife.

IB Deal: 10% off all bar purchases.

CHANCE AND COUNTERS

Location: Courtyard Studio 8, Custart Factory, B9 4AA

What To Expect: Board game cafe with around 500 games to choose from serving draught beer and cider alongside a menu of wings, burgers, tacos and more.

IB Deal: 15% off the bill.

Twist

Location: 3 Ethel Street, B2 4BG

What To Expect: Fun and quirky city centre café specialising in bubble tea and frozen yoghurt. Enjoy their Taiyaki (fish-shaped waffle cones filled with fro-yo and decorated with toppings), fun character macarons and meringues, ice cream sandwiches and more.

IB Deal: 10% off all drinks

KARIBU COFFEE HOUSE

Location: 110 Digbeth, B5 6DT

What To Expect: East African, family-run coffee shop, serving Fair Trade coffee and tea from East Africa, alongside light bites, cakes and authentic African street food dishes.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill.

CAFEPHILIA

Location: 138 Alcester Road, B13 8EE

What To Expect: Contemporary coffee bar, serving premium quality coffee, bespoke cakes, breakfast and freshly made panini, salads and sandwiches.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill.

Tamu

Location: 606 Bearwood Road, B66 4BW

What To Expect: Coffee shop in Bearwood known for their incredibly tasty brunch dishes.

IB Deal: A FREE hot drink of your choice when you purchase any breakfast or brunch dish.

Retail & Services

From 12 April, retail stores are also permitted to reopen, meaning you can once again visit your favourite independent shops! Here are all of the fantastic shops where you can use your IB App this April (and beyond).

Ten Four Bakehouse

Location: Unit 11, Stirchley Trading Estate, B30 2PF

What To Expect: Artisan bakery with a focus on traditional and simple bakes done well, offering freshly baked loaves, doughnuts, pastries and more.

IB Deal: 10% off purchases (Wednesday – Friday, in-store only).

Loki Wine

Location: Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU

What To Expect: Award-winning wine bar and shop with a fantastic selection of wines to purchase.

IB Deal: 10% off purchases in-store and online (excluding gift vouchers – see IB App for online code).

Liv’s

Location: 32-34 Mill Lane, Solihull, B91 3BA

What To Expect: Norwegian-inspired homeware store with eye-catching displays and offering a range of unique pieces for your home.

IB Deal: 10% off purchases in-store.

Harvest

Location: 34 Poplar Road, B14 7AD

What To Expect: Skincare and lifestyle store stocking their own range of natural skincare products, made in Birmingham in small batches.

IB Deal: 10% off purchases.

1683 Chocolate Place

Location: 1683 High Street, Knowle, B93 0LL

What To Expect: Artisan chocolate shop producing exquisite hand-made chocolate truffles using the best ingredients.

IB Deal: 10% off all purchases.

The Clean Kilo

Location: The Custard Factory, B9 4AA

What To Expect: Zero-waste supermarket offering a wide selection of products to purchase without plastic packaging.

IB Deal: A choice of zero waste gifts when you spend over £20 (see profile for details).

No Basic Boutique

Location: The Custard Factory, B9 4AA

What To Expect: Independent boutique stocking a range of homeware, clothing, plants, jewellery, art and accessories from indie brands and local artists (as well as their own range of No Basic Bombshell products, including their signature Geode Earrings).

IB Deal: 10% off all purchases

Pip’s Hot Sauce

Location: Red Brick Market, 119 Floodgate Street, B5 5SU

What To Expect: The legendary Pip’s Hot Sauce now has a permanent store in Red Brick Market where you can stock up on all of your favourite hot sauces every day of the week. An absolute must for chilli heads.

IB Deal: 10% off all purchases in Red Brick Market + exclusivity on new products

The Chocolate Quarter

Location: 1A Spencer Street, B18 6DD

What To Expect: Family-run chocolate shop offering a wide range of hand-made, artisan truffles, chocolates and gifts.

IB Deal: 10% off all purchases.

Stirchley Wines and Spirits

Location: 1535/1537 Pershore Road, B30 2JH

What To Expect: Award-winning off-licence, known for their extensive range of wines, spirits and especially their stocks of craft beers.

IB Deal: 10% off Growlers fills, 10% off a mixed case of any 12 bottles/cans of beer/cider, 5% off any 3 bottles of wine (75cl or above), 5% off any single bottle of spirits (50cl or above).

Isherwood & Co.

Location: 1393 Pershore Road, B30 2JR

What To Expect: Neighbourhood florist and houseplant shop, stocking fresh, seasonal blooms, unusual houseplants and accessories.

IB Deal: A FREE mini cactus when you spend £30 or more.

Smithsonia

Location: Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD

What To Expect: Independent, family-run gift shop offering a wide range of greetings cards, jewellery and original gifts.

IB Deal: 10% off purchases.

The Workshop Below

Location: 100 Bristol Street, B5 7AH

What To Expect: Independent homeware store, specialising in beautiful and inventive bespoke lighting and lamps.

IB Deal: 10% off purchases (excluding mustard lockers and baskets).

Liquor Store

Location: 3 The Grand, 27 Colmore Row, B3 2BS

What To Expect: Independent clothing store, stocking the best brands in Men’s and Women’s fashion, especially high quality wardrobe staples.

IB Deal: 10% off all purchases (excluding limited release products).

Flowers At Moor Street

Location: Moor Street Station, B4 7UL

What To Expect: Independent florist and gift shop, offering beautiful fresh flowers by the stem, bouquets, houseplants and gifts.

IB Deal: 10% off purchases and a FREE wild stem of the day when you purchase a bouquet.

Driftroom

Location: L5 Linkstreet, The Bullring, B5 4BU

What To Expect: Lifestyle and gifting store specialising in unique and quirky pieces to jazz up your home.

IB Deal: 15% off all full priced items.

Miss Macaroon

Location: 8 Great Western Arcade, B2 5HU

What To Expect: Specialist producer of premium, gluten-free, hand-made, French macaroons with profits going towards training young unemployed people, helping them to gain employment.

IB Deal: 10% off the bill when you spend £16 or more.

The Barber House

Location: Neville House, 14 Waterloo Street, B2 5TX

What To Expect: Chic Barbershop for the modern, well-groomed gentleman.

IB Deal: 10% off all services.

Fixmybrokenmac

Location: The Custard Factory, 4 Gibb Street, B9 4AA

What To Expect: Specialist Apple product repair shop, offering non-part repairs, data recovery, water damage repairs and more.

IB Deal: £50 off non-part repairs (including motherboard repairs and Apple MOT service), 20% off SSD and memory upgrades, 10% off any refurbished Apple equipment, and a free 1 hour express service for iPhone repairs (normally £10).

Rigs Fitness

Location: 4 Willersey Road, B13 0AY

What To Expect: Award-winning, fully-stocked gym with an experienced team of coaches and excellent facilities to help you achieve your fitness goals.

IB Deal: First month’s membership for free when you join OR a 15 day trial for just £15.

Enamel Shades

Location: Unit 14, Stirchley Trading Estate, B30 2PF

What To Expect: Lighting retailer specialising in contemporary industrial lighting and custom lighting solutions.

IB Deal: 20% off purchases and repairs.

Quietude

Location: 1402 Pershore Road, B30 2PH

What To Expect: Lifestyle and well-being shop dedicated to helping you achieve a sense of peace and calm in your life.

IB Deal: 10% off all purchases.

Sweetmeat Inc.

Location: 1420 Pershore Road, B30 2PH

What To Expect: Handmade fudge shop, selling their own incredible fudge and confectionery, cooked in small batches for the highest quality.

IB Deal: Buy 2 bags of fudge and get a third half price (collection at next door’s Chancer’s Cafe).

Shepherds

Location: Piccadilly Arcade, B2 4HD

What To Expect: Barbershop devoted to the very best in male grooming, stocking quality products and offering a range of services.

IB Deal: 10% off all services and 5% off products.

Spectacle Emporium

Location: 2 High Street, B14 7SW

What To Expect: Independent opticians, specialising in quirky frames and designs, stocking stylish, independent brands.

IB Deal: 10% off purchases.

Minima

Location: 98-100 Hospital Street, B19 3QP

What To Expect: Homeware showroom and store, with an emphasis on high-quality pieces with enduring design.

IB Deal: 10% off all purchases.

Connolly’s

Location: Arch 13, 220 Livery Street, B3 1EU

What To Expect: Independent fine wine and spirit merchant, dedicated to sourcing and stocking an eclectic array of unusual and intriguing wines, spirits, craft beers and more.

IB Deal: 10% off the wine of the week.

Zen

Location: 162 High Street, B12 0LD

What To Expect: Alternative therapy shop dedicated to all aspects of spirituality for the mind, body and soul.

IB Deal: 10% off all gifts and jewellery.

Swordfish Records

Location: 66 Dalton Street, B4 7LX

What To Expect: A music lover’s paradise, this independent record store is home to rows upon rows of vinyl records and CDs and is steeped in musical history.

IB Deal: 10% off second-hand/used and vintage LPs and CDs.

Download the Independent Birmingham App now and enjoy up to 25% off (alongside exclusive 2-for-1 offers, freebies, and more) at over 140 of the very best independents across Birmingham and Solihull – all for just £1.99 a month!

Download the IB App here.

The IB App features a list of over 140 terrific independents across Birmingham and Solihull for you to discover and support (with more added all the time), alongside an interactive map, filters (so you can filter by category, day, and area) and a Wish List so you can create your very own bespoke ‘to visit’ list. IB Membership is just £1.99 a month and it helps to keep this vital platform alive and allows us to keep doing what we do best – supporting Brum’s marvellous independents, and shining a light on our wonderful city.