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Post Office Vaults, Birmingham

84 New Street
B2 4BA
Phone: 01216437354

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Danny O'Revey left this review about Post Office Vaults

The former Royal Mail cellar bar, the name and badge outside mean its currently a little confusing and may appear to be connected with the adjoining Post Office (in fact they have had someone in trying to pay his car tax at the bar!) if you can find it at all.

The bar is one room and is fairly small and pokey. It is set out with just a few wooden tables/chairs against the walls and in corners and is therefore not the most comfortable. In fact it seems arranged to accommodate groups of drinkers standing sampling the ale, rather than the likes of me on this occasion popping in on my own for a quick drink on the way home from work, or a small group wanting to sit & have a drink. Thats fair enough I guess and the size of the place does limit what you can do. However, on my visits the main group tend to hang around the bar meaning its difficult to see what beers are on offer - a beer board would help here.

The other issue for me on a personal level is the lighting. Its very bright all through, perhaps over accommodating the lack of natural light, perhaps Health & Safety?, but I prefer cellar bars a bit more dark and dingy, the sort of place where you could have an illegal card game in the corner, or come to plot bank raids, that kind of thing!

However, there is a good range of beers and ciders and the choice of house real ale of Hobsons mild and Salopian Gold to me is quite inspired! And the quality of beer is absolutley excellent and the knowledge of the staff spot on. It is also very close to the Victoria Square entrance to New Street Station, just down Pinfold Street and centrally located in the City.

Therefore, like the nearby Wellington, not an alrounder for me, but there is enough here for me to keep going back, at the right times and each time I do it does seem better than the last.

On 9th February 2012 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Post Office Vaults

This is a relatively new, single room bar near the Town Hall and a short walk from New Street station. Having wandered around the surrounding streets looking for the pub, getting confused by the signs on the neighbouring Post Office buildings, I finally found the entrance on Pinfold Street, although there appears to be another entrance on New Street itself. The interior is surprisingly simplistic with bare floorboards and a clean looking red and white colour scheme. There is a great deal of open space and I got the impression that they hadn't yet figured out the best way to set the place up. In fact, I counted just six tables in the whole pub, which meant that most people were stood up - many crowding the bar. The walls are nicely decorated with a mix of old photos of Birmingham and various adverts for foreign beers, whilst the room's focal point appeared to be a bar billiards table close to the stairs that lead to the main entrance.
Although the pub seems to specialise in bottled beers, as evidenced by the unusual array of glassware many of the other customers were drinking from, there are eight hand pumps to keep the ale fans happy. House beers are Hobson's Mild and Salopian Oracle (£3.10) and guests on my visit were Nethergate Old Growler, Milestone IPA, Beowulf Glutlusty, Dancing Duck Gold, Thornbridge Kipling, and Byatt XXXmas Ale. I tried the Salopian Oracle, which was wonderful and an inspired choice for a house beer. The pub doesn't do food, but posters encourage customers to bring their own, with plates and cutlery supplied on demand. One table of people had brought a cheeseboard with them, which they were enthusiastically pairing with their beers.
Considering that this place only opened a week or so before Christmas, they seem to have hit the ground running and although there is some room for improvement, I hope they make a great success of it.

On 27th January 2012 - rating: 8
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Soup Dragon left this review about Post Office Vaults

A city centre pub that has two entrances, one down a flight of steps the other around the corner at ground level. The frontages are in red and white, with pilaster features, with exposed brick upper.

The interior is a straight room with the serving bar to the side, looking slightly 60s with it's wood veneer. The decor looks like a light grey lower wall, with white upper and some red, with a white and part chocolate ceiling and a wood floor. Photos of old Brum and some mirrors adorn the walls, along with continental drinks ephemera and there is a bar-billiards table. There was no TV that i saw and no music. The service was functional, but i think the fact that the place was rammed as it was opening night mean't they had little time. The clientele was mainly blokes and clearly real ale fans. Some interesting 80s Christmas jumpers were on show - i had forgotten what space invaders looked like.

Beer; Freedom stout and lager on keg, an array of bottled continental beers and 6 handpulls. Whittlebury Santa's Tipple, Abbeydale Oh! Santa, Wood Farm Rucking Santa, Nethergate Old Growler, A Solopian brew (which had finished) and Hobson's MILD. The MILD was tasty, but served without a head, like the real ale places in Brum seem to do now.

A great place, rammed to capacity as it was opening night. I will be returning.

On 23rd December 2011 - no rating submitted
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Gill Smith left this review about Post Office Vaults

Really enjoyed opening day here and sampled our way along the guest beers from Whittlebury, Beer Geek, Oakham, Abbeydale, Nethergate, and Saltaire breweries. The regular beers are the Hobsons Mild and Salopian Oracle. They have a massive range of Belgian beers too, and we couldn't resist trying the Het Anker Gouden Carolus Tripel and Hopsinjoor. At 9% and 8% they went down very well, and the website will provide a full listing of the beers available shortly. The pictures around the wall were of old Birmingham prints and the decor complemented by the foreign beer signs. Not overdone, so looks neat and tidy. The bar billiard table should prove popular as it is something not often seem around the pubs these days. The doorway from New Street is at the top end next to Greggs and opposite the Halifax. Stairs are pretty steep here, but there is another easier entrance at the rear of the building. No food served but you can bring your own in. Staff are friendly and know their beers so you get any assistance needed to help you choose. A selection of real ciders also available.

On 18th December 2011 - rating: 9
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Andy Ven left this review about Post Office Vaults

I popped in at lunchtime, on opening day. I had never been in the premises before when it was open under its previous guises and I was surprised how compact it is. The refurb is smart and they have put in a lot of work to sand the wooden floors.

Handpulls include the 2 permanent ales of Salopian Oracle and Hobson's MILD plus 6 guest ales. The MILD was spot on. There is also a choice of continental lagers and 50 bottled beers.

The entrance on New Street (next to Sandhu News) leads down some stairs or there is another entrance around the corner. There are no windows but it has a good feel to the place and no doubt it will be on my list of regular lunchtime haunts.

On 16th December 2011 - no rating submitted
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