The Jam House is backed by ex-Squeeze keyboarder and TV presenter Jools Holland. The club is spread over three airy floors, the top one being an open-plan restaurant serving modern world cuisine. The menu is set, although it changes regularly. Music, however, is the driving force with live acts nightly, and even a traditional Louisiana gospel brunch on Sundays.
A flashy, stylish bar and restaurant for the new millennium, Sobar brings utilitarian chic to the Arcadian Centre. It calls itself a Noodle Bar, a phenomenon springing up more widely these days, and serves deliciously spicy, genuinely fast food to business people and the fashionably lazy alike. It has a bright, clean and nice interior and you can choose to eat at tables or at the well-stocked bar. Either way, you can see your meal being cooked and it arrives with frightening haste.
Queen's Hall is a spacious entertainment venue in Nuneaton. It largely promotes bands playing various music. It is extremely popular with upcoming as well as established bands. The two bars are well stocked with an extensive cocktail list. Several events of Music festivals like Bloodstock Open Air, The Rock and Blues Custom Show are held at this venue. It can hold approximately two-fifty people. The website lists the event details.
Cox's Yard is an ideal place to experience Stratford from medieval times right up to the present day. This former historic timber yard has been sympathetically restored and transformed into an unique leisure venue. Today it includes a traditional English pub, cafe, and stage for events.
This pub, boasting "fine inn keeping at its best", is the place in which to meet some lively local characters. It's also the place for Sky sports on a wide-screen TV, a quiz on Tuesday nights, music on Thursdays (listen out for local bands, duos and solo performers) and darts every night. Definitely more of a place to drink rather than eat, the choice of ales includes Banks and Pedigree, although there is some bar food like sandwiches and jacket potatoes, as well as tea and coffee. Note that there is a patio at the rear of the pub that is ideal for warmer days.
Taking a leaf out of the literary classic of the same name is this quirky joint situated in Birmingham. The Jekyll and Hyde is sectioned into two similar yet characteristically different areas - while one of them is an edgy bar named Mr Hyde's Bar which serves eccentric cocktails made with gin, the more composed version of Dr. Jekyll resides upstairs and presents to you aesthetically crafted gin cocktails in tea-cups, watering cans or whatever the bartenders can get their hands on. Food makes an appearance too, with gourmet burgers and delicious pies soaking up this gin obsession. Even if you are not a gin lover, go to this place for the thrill of the theme. Who knows, you may discover that your alter ego is a hardcore gin lover!
If there happens to be one such pub in all of Birmingham where the lovers of rock can unite and bang their heads away to glory; it is here at Scruffy Murhphy's. Since its opening in 2001, Scruffy Murhphy's has only gone onto become Birmingham's 'Best Premium Bar' and rock pub. In tune with the rock and metal of yesterday, today and the days to come; the place frequently hosts live mic nights and gigs by known and upcoming bands. Entry is restricted to only those above 18 and also you might want to restrict yourself from going in if you are not a fan of rock, because if you are used to head banging, then you might just get a headache.
Set in the same space as a former Victorian Bank, The Old Joint Stock Pub has a quirky decor involving the bar constructed right in the center of the pub, large windows allowing you to watch the hustle and bustle of the city outside while you listen to live music. They also have on offer a variety of snacks to go with the drinks in case you get hungry. Not only are the dishes reasonably-priced, but the upbeat ambience and funky decor make this place a great deal if you are on a budget. For more details, call ahead.
The Botanist is a laid-back yet modern restaurant and bar. Located at a walking distance from the New Street Station, it acts as a perfect place for daily commuters to sit back and relax. Their cocktails include a wonderful mix of flavors and food menu is extensive with specials like Pork Crackling, Malaysian Vegetable Curry as well as savory Chicken Hanging Kebab to sweet Banana and Coconut Kebab. This flawless combination of good food and drinks makes Botanist a must visit.
A sister pub to the nearby Shakespeare, The Troc has a more pleasant ambiance thanks to a cosier interior. Alcoves and a wider array of seating make this a comfortable place to chat your way through a lunchtime session, and there is now occasional live music for a more raucous evening out. The normal range of beers and lagers is available at reasonable prices. The food is cheap and cheerful but unsophisticated - pie and chips, curries, salads and burgers.
The owners of Bodega Cantina Y Bar have traveled widely all over Central and South America to compile a menu that blends the best of cuisines from Cuba, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico. They have proved that a gourmet experience needn't always be serious and succeeded in creating an atmosphere that is fresh, fun and light-hearted. The dining room walls are adorned in a range of bright colors and festive occasions see the downstairs Sugarloaf bar decked up and ready for dancing sessions. Every Friday, DJs and bands play groovy hip hop, funk and soul hits while guests tap their feet. Add to this mix colorful cocktails and dance classes and you have a recipe for undiluted enjoyment at this South American food and beverage haven.