Located on Alcester Road (Moseley), The Dark Horse is a vibrant pub dedicated to providing the locals of Moseley (and those beyond) with the three main staples of life: craft beer, American smokehouse food and live music.
Formerly a pop-up pizzeria (who remembers Mo’ Dough?), The Dark Horse is sister to the Brum-famous institution known as The Prince of Wales and a stalwart of Moseley’s independent scene. Hugely popular, bustling and lively – this is a place for great food to be consumed in large quantities and delicious craft beer to be quaffed, all amidst the good company of friends. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
So let’s talk beer. At any one time, The Dark Horse has over 50 different craft beers (10 on draught) with the line-up of diverse beers changing regularly to keep things fresh and exciting. Rock up to the bar, order an old favourite or something new and exciting (most likely with a snazzy label) and enjoy the tasty and wonderful world of craft beer. Indeed, because The Dark Horse are also believers of that age old adage that variety is the spice of life, they hold regular tap takeovers from prominent breweries (both local and across the country) to offer you an array of the newest and most exciting beers to be found in Brum. But with all this beer drinking, you’ll need some grub to line your stomach, right? Right! Well, luckily for you, The Dark Horse have you covered on that front too.
Food, glorious food. The Dark Horse specialises in American smokehouse cuisine, and they nail it. Hush puppies served with jalapeno jelly, chicken wings, chilli poppers, Rocky Mountain oysters, huge racks of ribs, beef brisket, fried chicken, hog shanks, epic burgers, wild boar hot dogs (yum!) and more. But what really (and we mean REALLY) grabs our attention, and makes our bellies rumble in sheer anticipation, are two things: their huge BBQ platters (our fave being dubbed ‘The Second Coming’) and their loaded fries (we recommend the ‘Slaughterhouse Fries’, topped with pulled pork, beef brisket and cheese – we’re drooling just thinking about them). On top of ALL that, there are sandwiches (Philly Cheesesteak, anyone?) and pizzas. So, that’s your (and our) meals set for the whole next year then. We’ll bring our stretchy pants.
Last, but certainly not least, what pub would be complete without live music? And The Dark Horse provides just that, and more. Every Friday evening The Dark Horse hosts live local (and national) bands, giving you FREE entry so that you can come and support Birmingham’s ace independent music scene without breaking the bank (more money for food and drink, are we right?). In addition to live music (also on Saturday nights), The Dark Horse host regular comedy nights (the monthly comedic awesomeness that is Wax Elephant), Rafiki’s Cuisine (every Tuesday), as well as their open mic night every Wednesday. So enough to keep you well entertained while you’re stuffing your face and drinking your fill of beautiful craft beer.
The Dark Horse is a fun and unique experience which leaves a lasting impression on all who visit. We’ll see you there. First round on you, yeah?
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