Cocktail fans, listen up! This one’s for you.

A brand new cocktail bar is coming to Birmingham, and opens on Wednesday 20 June.

18/81 is the new bar concept from Robert Wood (former head bartender at The Edgbaston Hotel and 40 St Paul’s, and owner-operator of Smultronställe) and Joe Schuppler (founder of Independent Birmingham) and is set to be a new destination hotspot for cocktail lovers in Birmingham’s Southside and across the city.


A destination cocktail bar looking to bring something new and exciting to Birmingham’s already brilliant independent bar scene, 18/81 will focus around serving the highest quality drinks, in a laid-back and friendly environment. The menu will focus around a core selection of pre-batched cocktails, where the very best ingredients are combined ahead of time and perfectly diluted, then poured over ice within seconds.

In addition to this, 18/81 will also serve a fantastic range of diverse and high-quality spirits – with a suggested classic cocktail for each spirit category, offering customers a way to enjoy these brilliant (and rare) spirits in style. 18/81 will also serve stunning English wines by the glass, and will have a rotating craft beer sourced from UK-based breweries.


The dedicated and extremely talented bar team have a wealth of experience between them (40 years of combined experience at the very best bars in Birmingham). 18/81 will be a cocktail experience, a destination for cocktail lovers, where you can come and try something new and exciting you won’t taste anywhere else in the city – knowing that only the very best ingredients and techniques are used to ensure that your cocktail is of the highest quality and tastes incredible.

“Having created something unique in Smultronställe, I am really very excited to take the next step with 18/81. We are actively looking to change the status quo of cocktail bars with 18/81, and myself and the team cannot wait to welcome you to our newest endeavour.” – Robert Wood, co-owner at 18/81.


The bar itself will not broadcast its location, merely stating it is on Thorp street. Part of the cocktail adventure is finding it. Once located, customers will then ring a doorbell in order to get let in. What’s more, 18/81 will not take reservations for future dates, only same day bookings via text – keeping 50% of the tables free for walk-ins. If the bar is full, customers will be given a referral card and then texted when their table is ready.

This is huge news for Birmingham’s bar scene, and we’re anticipating great things from this unbelievably exciting new venture. 

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