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Utopia The Bar, Birmingham

16 Church Street
Birmingham
B3 2NP

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Utopia The Bar

Attractive city-centre building with some nice stone detailing on the façade and signage proclaiming it to be 'the country bar', so it is a bit of a surprise to find a shiny (a distinctly non-rustic) bar / restaurant within. Modern furniture and decor throughout the various seating areas, with a large part set aside for dining. Once acclimatised, you might to expect to find only an array of fancy keg and lager taps (and there are plenty of those), but there are also three beers on handpump - Theakston Lightfoot, Wychwood Dryneck and Wickwar Falling Star on this visit.

On 4th February 2017 - rating: 6
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Al Bundy left this review about Utopia The Bar

Another pub that looks better from the outside than it is inside. Not the worst but not great either.

On 23rd September 2015 - rating: 4
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Utopia The Bar

If you like a modern bar with a nightclub sort of image then this is for you. Tried a beer from the Warwickshire Brewery, Lady Godiva, which was OK but overpriced.

On 24th July 2012 - rating: 6
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Soup Dragon left this review about Utopia The Bar

A nice Edwardian looking undressed brick corner pub, with some stonework, that was formerly the Cathedral Tavern back in the 80s, but now also occupies part of the building next door that is of a similar period but is a different style.

The interior is modern, with green, white and red walls in the open plan room the is in a U-shape around the central serving bar that faces you on entry. There are lots of dog pictures on the walls, along with mirrors and chopped wood. The seats are a mix of comfy chairs and pouffs. The service was fine, the clientele - busy with city folk and those that like a safe environment - not a chav in sight. The background music was general and the TV had the footy scores on ceefax, which made me feel like i was back in the Cathedral Tavern! It does food but i didn't eat so can't comment on that.

Beer; tap stuff with what transpired to be a good selection; Enville Ale, Timothy Taylor Landlord and Church End Goat's Milk on handpull - sadly the Goat's Milk and Enville were not fantastic.

All in all - not my kind of interior, but many will feel happy here. The beer choice was fine, just the quality on the day wasn't great. It earned itself enough for a return, but the kind of place i would have the one in normally, but if the selection is always that good and the quality improved, i could stop for another modern interior or not.

On 12th December 2010 - no rating submitted
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Utopia The Bar

REVISIT 7th September 2010 - Its had a makeover here an is an interesting place, one of the lounge bars in the Professional Quarter near the Cathedral. I'm not sure I like the look here - its kind of a trendy Ember Inn meets hotel bar sort of interior, if that makes any sense! Modern, there is lots of light, light coloured wood, glass and a polished marbly-high polished wood effect on the verical front of the bar.

Its ok, sleek, clean, spick n span, but not to my taste.

Only 2 real ales, though these were unusual choices which appeals to me, I had a Keltek Golden Harvest from Cornwall, which was excellent quality & a real plus point.


First review:
A fine modern pub in the professional quarter of Birmingham City Centre, its in an area of refurbed bars in old buildings that offer good quality surroundings and beer albeit at city centre prices.

Nice modern, comfortable bar.

Would be good to add as part of a Professional Quarter pub crawl

On 8th September 2010 - rating: 5
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