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Bacchus Bar, Birmingham Central, Birmingham

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Burlington Arcade, New Street
Birmingham
B2 4JH
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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

Very curious Nicholson'spub housed in the cellars beneath the Burlington Hotel and arcade, with a theatrical mix of classical, medieval and gothic decor. Standard furniture in a variety of seating areas around the two-part bar counter. The 'house' Pale Ale, Doom Bar, Hobgoblin, Sharp's Sunset Red (£4.45) and Wild Beer Murmur available from five of six handpumps on the main counter (with the other bar closed for a private function) on this visit. Worth a visit to look around, though.

On 8th November 2019 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about Bacchus Bar

Difficult-to-find underground bar (it's in the little gated cut-through that appears to only have steps and posh shops). Head down some stairs where the walls are decorated with scenes of Bacchanalian excess and enter to a wonderfully silly Nicholsons that has been done out as some sort of tour of the Ancient Classics drinking den (or, as put well below “the set of all the MGM historical epics of the 1950’s”). Beyond the ‘wow’ factor as you enter there's actually quite a bit to admire as it’s done very well and it holds a pretty good atmosphere too. Split into numerous sections and levels, each one seemingly zoned for a different time period; there are columns and arches, fake sandstone, paintings of Classical ladies with their boobs out, Renaissance library shelves, the whole works. Six ales at the bar with the usual Nicholsons stagers along with three guests. Went for a half of the Purity which logged in at well-over two quid though was in decent enough shape (NBSS 3). Worth doing this one for the novelty value and beer range, I liked it.

On 21st July 2019 - rating: 8
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Rob Hunter left this review about Bacchus Bar

This one took a bit of finding from street level but persistence paid off. There were five real ales on the hand pulls, St Austell Summer Anthem, Hop Back Summer Lightning, Purity Ubu, Nicholson's Pale Ale and something else I neglected to note. This is a dark dimly lit place with no natural light, definitely an interesting experience with lots of different seating areas to break up the space.

My Summer Anthem was either £2.30 or £2.40 for a half, so a bit on the pricey side, but was otherwise OK.

There is a second bar not in use at the time of my visit yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, immediately to the left of the main bar. I don't think all the hand pulls were clipped but those that were had duplicates of those on the main bar.

On 20th June 2019 - rating: 7
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  • Accommodation : Yes - if you count the hotel it sits underneath - last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 15 September 2019 by Quinno _
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