Birmingham is a fantastic city. Bustling, a lot of culture and some of the best shopping and dining: Birmingham is a great destination for a day or weekend out! Whether you are staying in a Birmingham airport hotel and just visiting for the day, or have more time to explore Birmingham, it has lots to offer.
Now that I have a little four legged monster called Monty in my life, it takes a bit more planning to visit a big city. You can’t just pop into any restaurant for lunch or dinner! I love reading articles and online guides about which places are dog friendly, but couldn’t really find a lot of information about Birmingham. So here’s my dog-friendly guide to Birmingham!
The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
BrewDog – 81 John Bright St, B1 1BL
Amazing beers, tasty food and they love dogs – what more could you want! Birmingham’s BrewDog has a chilled out atmosphere and nice staff behind the bars. When we asked if we could take Monty inside they didn’t simply say ‘yes’, they said ‘yes please!’. With their Paws of Fame board and dog pawties (complete with dog-safe cupcakes), this bar couldn’t get more pet friendly if they tried!
I had a tasty cider, although I have to say I wasn’t very impressed with the cider choice, there were only 2 or 3 options. We both had the Clucky This Time burger with fries and a side of cauliflower wings (these were insane!). As soon as we had ordered the staff brought a dog water bowl over and gave Monty a little cuddle. He was very happy in this pub!
Frankfurt Christmas Market – Victoria Square, New Street
After lunch we decided to walk to the Frankfurt Christmas Market that Birmingham have on every year. This year (2019) it runs from 7 November until 23 December. It is absolutely massive! There were more food stalls than I could count and the atmosphere was buzzing! The market is dog friendly, as in you can take dogs around the market. In terms of how much your dog will enjoy the market… I don’t really think they will.
We walked around the stalls on a Wednesday afternoon and it was quite busy, with lots of loud noises, bright lights and smelly foods. Although it really depends on what your dog is like, I think they won’t necessarily enjoy the market – they will just tolerate it.
Purecraft bar & kitchen – 30 Waterloo St, B2 5TJ
If you do decide to take your dog for a stroll around the market or are just near the area, Purecraft is a great little place nearby! Located just around the corner of Victoria Square is this bar & kitchen. As you can tell, we like a beer or two. This place was right up our street. The beer list is absolutely massive and although we only tried 2, they were delicious. A perfect place for a refresher.
We asked beforehand whether Monty was allowed inside and again we were greeted with a very postivie and happy response that they would love to have him. They brought over a water bowl and gave him a stroke and cuddle, so lovely! I can image Purecraft gets quite busy on the weekends, so if you do want to bring your pooch on a weekend day, I’d recommend getting there quite early to grab a table by a corner so your dog doesn’t get too much stimulus.
Other dog friendly places in the city centre of Birmingham:
- The Botanist (in the bar area). We went in and the staff were lovely and very happy to have Monty, it was just too busy for us to sit down anywhere! 14-16 Temple St, B2 5BG
- The Rose Villa Tavern, 172 Warstone Ln, B18 6JW
- The Physician, Harborne Rd, B15 3DH
- Boston Tea Party, 190 Corporation St, B4 6QD
- Wayland’s Yard, 42 Bull St, B4 6AF
If you have any more suggestions please let me know in the comments below!