We have a pint in Birmingham's unique underground bar among ancient Greek and Roman gods

We paid a visit to Birmingham's popular underground bar - here's the verdict
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Bacchus Bar in Birmingham is one of the city’s most unique venues.

The bar is situated under the Burlington Hotel just opposite New Street station, well hidden underground from the busy streets that surround it above.

The venue, which is part of the Mitchells and Butlers Nicholson's brand, has earned a reputation over the last few years for being one of Birmingham’s best bars, so I popped down on a Friday afternoon to see for myself. Arriving at around 5pm, I walked down into the basement floor of the Burlington Arcade where the venue was predictably pretty busy, with well dressed couples crowding the bar looking forward to that end of the week drink.

The name of the bar itself actually comes from the Greek and Roman god of wine, but the thing that really stands out about Bacchus is the setting and decor. Frescos adorn the walls of the bar and ceiling, with Greek and Roman mosaics through to suits of armour and medieval archways.


It took me around 15 minutes to order a drink, which I imagine is probably fairly normal for a Friday evening.  After ordering a pint of Peroni I managed to find a seat at one of the dark wood tables where I had a browse of the menu. The bar also has a selection of great draught lagers and stouts, and extensive whisky options that include Johnnie Walker, Highland Park and premium Laphroaig. 

And if you fancy a bite to eat, Bacchus also has some mouth-watering food options. The pies are especially popular. They do a steak and ale for £15 and a chicken and truffled oyster mushroom pie for the same price. 

Bacchus bar in Birmingham city centreBacchus bar in Birmingham city centre
Bacchus bar in Birmingham city centre

Bacchus also does a landlord’s platter plate for £21.50, which includes mini chorizos, pulled duck croquettes, boneless chicken pieces, and halloumi fries. Or if you want something a bit lighter and less pricey, then you could have the slow cooked duck for £8, garlic mushroom on sourdough for £6 or the calamari for £6.75.

It’s certainly a very unique venue, and one that has been popular for a number of years in the city now. Bacchus’s decor makes it a great place to visit if you just fancy a drink or two, but they also have a decent food menu with some delicious meals on offer.