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Preview: Burns’ Bar
TV Editor Matt Dawson previews the diverse drinks menu offered at Burns’ Bar in the Jewellery Quarter, prior to its public opening on the 14th February 2018
While walking down Vyse Street in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, you could hear the striking sound of bagpipes through the evening air. This was not some opportune busker, but a signal heralding our destination, since it was Burns’ Night (25th January) and the opening of the Birmingham Whisky Club’s newest bar - Burns’ Bar - dedicated to serving the Water of Life. Soon to be opening to the public, the owners have transformed part of the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter into their pop-up bar in time to celebrate Scotland’s most famous son.
“Burns’ Bar will be open permanently to the public in the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter from 14th February 2018
Upon arrival, we were greeted with a single malt Glen Grant that was smooth and easy to drink, which was just one taster of over 100 varieties on offer from all over the world - all regions of Scotland, American bourbons, and even whisky from Japan. Prices started from £3.50 a dram right up to £50 for the higher quality spirits. Their range will expand to over 300 types of whisky when it fully opens, alongside its own tasting room. The building itself has a prestigious heritage, being a converted jewellery factory now educating the public about Birmingham’s industrial past.
However, the interior design of Burns' Bar felt a little lacking, almost as if some parts of it were incomplete. The walls were quite sparse despite some tartan bunting, and they probably could have done with some more elaborate furnishings to add that missing homely touch. The Scottish elements were a little disappointing, as apart from the bagpiper (who went home surprisingly early) and some functional but otherwise forgettable smoked salmon canapés, you’d be forgiven for just thinking it was an average bar in Birmingham. But the wood panelling on the front of the bar was very much appreciated and reminiscent of whisky barrels, and the staff more than made up for any shortcomings, contributing to the buzzing atmosphere.
“I was impressed with their cocktail menu given that they didn’t advertise them as their speciality, and at £7 each they were reasonably priced
For those who are not the biggest fans of whisky, Burns’ Bar might not be for you, but even with their preview menu, they had a surprising amount of alternative drinks options. This included: gin, vodka, rum and Scottish liqueur from £4; barrel-aged beer from Scotland or locally sourced from £4 a bottle; wines from £6; and mixers and tonics to be added to drinks, or drank by themselves from £1.50 each.
I was impressed with their cocktail menu given that they didn’t advertise them as their speciality, and at £7 each they were reasonably priced. I tried an Afton Water (a mixture of Glen Grant, ginger beer and grenadine) that had all the spices of the ginger beer, but a nice warm aftertaste brought on by the scotch. Although there were only four cocktails on offer, it was only their introductory menu, so here’s hoping they expand on that when they open next month.
Burns’ Bar will be open permanently to the public in the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter from 14th February 2018.