One of my idols at the moment is the queen of blogging herself, Chiara Ferragni, I just love her style, her lifestyle, her attitude and her very sparkly collection of footwear. I’m like a magpie when it comes to sparkly things, especially shoes and I just could not resist this beautiful pair of glittery slip-ons with her signature flirting eye which came into my possession after a generous black Friday discount at Harvey Nichols. So where does one go out with shoes so sparkly . . . ? Over my upcoming posts I’ll be reviewing places in and around Birmingham in more detail but in the meantime here are some of my favourite areas to go for food and drinks in the City Centre.
Without a doubt the area surrounding Colmore row and pigeon park (brummie terminology for the Cathedral grounds) is one of my favourite places to go out in Birmingham as there are so many good eateries and cocktails bar so you really are spoiled for choice. There is a mix of the more classic and well known and loved bars such as The Alchemist, The Botanist and The Cosy Club that are great for cocktails (The Passion and Basil Fruit Crush at The Botanist is my all time fave) and independent restaurants such as Bodega and Amantia serving Spanish and South American food that is always delicioso.
At just stone throw away from the city centre the Jewellery quarter is a hub of restaurants, bars and of course Jewellery shops and even though it may not be as busy as the city centre it certainly does not disappoint. Two of the best Italian restaurants in Brum (in my opinion) are here, Cucina Rustica and Pasta di Piazza, as well as Lasan, named as Gordan Ramsey’s best Indian restaurant!! Eating here is always a good choice but going out for some drinks can be even better with cool and quirky pubs such as the Lord Clifden and the Rose Villa Tavern. And if you want to extend your night into the early hours look no further than Stirlings Bar or The Vaults.
There’s not a more adpt place to wear my sparkly shoes than from where I got them. The Mailbox is symbolic of luxe, fashion, style and class and makes a stunning location for an evening of wining and dining by the canal. The Gas Street Social is my personal choice for grabbing a cocktail in a chilled yet sophisticated atmosphere and if you want to splash the cash head to the top floor of The Cube to Marco Pierre White’s restaurant for some spectacular views of the city whilst you indulge in fine dining. The view from the top of the Cube is stunning and for anyone who says Birmingham is a S**t hole head up there and I bet you any money your opinion will change.
Such a pretty and perfect place to go out whether it be during the day or at night. With plenty of bars and restaurants, the Ikon gallery and only a 2 minute walk from Broad street for those who want to carry on the night, Brindley Place is one of the most perfect and picturesque locations in the city centre. For great food Bank and Le Monde never disappoint and for drinks, sometimes you can’t quite beat a 2 for 1 deal at the Slug and Lettuce. There’s nothing quite like afternoon drinks by the canal and if you didn’t know already Birmingham has more canals than Venice!!