The shortlist is in!

Since announcing the Independent Birmingham Awards earlier this year, we’ve had a tremendous response to this new and exciting take on an awards evening. The IB Awards aim to break free of the traditional, corporate awards nights – creating a fun and inclusive environment which truly champions the terrific independent businesses, in all sectors, that lend our city such a unique character. The special places that are off the beaten track, but forever hold a place in our hearts.

The IB Awards will be a brilliant night of great food, great drink, and great people. It’s an event for the independents, to celebrate their successes and the love, passion and devotion they have poured into their businesses and this city.

We’ve had over 800 nominations for the inaugural IB Awards, showing just how much passion there is for Birmingham’s independent scene. And now we can reveal which of your favourite independents made it on to the IB Awards Shortlist, of which the winners of each category will be announced at the IB Awards on Monday 9 September.

Congrats to all who made the shortlist, the competition was fierce (there are so, so many incredible independents out there doing amazing things in Birmingham). Here’s who made the shortlist:

Ambassador For Brum Award

Katie Rouse

Alex Nicholson-Evans

Glynn Purnell

Aktar Islam

Bite Your Brum

Best Restaurant

Original Patty Men



Harborne Kitchen

Cappadocia Restaurant

Best Cocktail Bar


40 St. Paul’s

The Edgbaston Boutique Hotel & Cocktail Lounge

The Vanguard At 1000 Trades

Nocturnal Animals

Best Retailer


The Clean Kilo



Liquor Store

Best Coffee Shop




Wayland’s Yard

Quarter Horse Coffee

Best Street Food Trader

Low ’N’ Slow

Buddha Belly

The Meat Shack

Original Patty Men

Street Chef

Best Entertainment Venue

The Electric Cinema

Digbeth Dining Club

Hare And Hounds

Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Best Wine Bar

Arch 13

Grace + James

Loki Wine

El Borracho De Oro


Best Fine Dining Restaurant

The Wilderness

Carters Of Moseley




Best Live Music Venue

Hare And Hounds

The Jam House

The Victoria

The Sunflower Lounge

Cafe Artum

Golden Oldie Award

The Electric Cinema

Ju Ju’s Cafe

The Old Crown

Leverton And Halls Deli And Cafe

Island Bar

Best Local Event

Digbeth Dining Club

Birmingham Coffee Festival

Social Circle

Whisky Birmingham

Colmore Food Festival

One To Watch

Asia Asia Food Hall

The Early Bird Bakery

Tiger Bites Pig

Grace + James

Alexander Claridge

Best Pub/Taproom

Dig Brew Co.

1000 Trades

The Prince Of Wales, Moseley

The Wolf

Pint Shop

Legend Of Brum’s Indie Scene


Alexander Claridge

Island Bar

Urban Emporiums

Pip’s Hot Sauce

Congrats to all of our IB Awards finalists! Make sure you all show them some love on social media and celebrate these brilliant indie Brum businesses for the incredible assets to our city they are.

Note: We also have 5 public voted categories (Best Scotch Egg, Best Dish, Best Pint, Best Cocktail, Best Social Media Account) which we’ll be announcing shortly, along with details on how and when you can vote.