The Best Restaurants in Birmingham for Parties


If you’ve got a special occasion looming, and you need a midlands-based venue in which to assemble a posse of revellers, then you’re in luck: there are plenty of restaurants in Birmingham for large groups to celebrate in. Let’s run through some of the town’s most eye-catching venues – whether for a 100-strong wedding reception, or half-a-dozen friends crowded around a miniature birthday cake.
 

Jamie’s Italian


The Birmingham branch of Jamie’s Italian is open-plan and boasts a little balcony overlooking St Martin’s Square, making it among the best restaurants in Birmingham for parties. What better locale could there be in which to chow-down on high-quality Italian cuisine in the company of friends? If you’re just looking to assemble a few like-minded diners and head out for a quick bite in the middle of the day, the lunch menu is short and sweet, and provides an excellent balance between familiarity and luxury. Would-be patrons are advised to sample an antipasti board or two – they’re something of a signature for Jamie Oliver’s restaurants.
 

Bistrot Pierre


This dainty little French-style eatery is to be found on Gas Street. It’s one of the many canal-facing restaurants in the vicinity of the symphony hall, and so it’s an ideal location for a pre-show meal. The décor is classic, with glossy leather, exposed brickwork, and hardwood floors in abundance, while the menu provides a great deal of depth while maintaining a consistent theme. Whether you’re after boeuf bourguignon or croquettes de poisson, you’ll find it at Bistrot Pierre.
 

OPUS


Right outside Snow Hill Station you’ll find OPUS. It offers a contemporary dining experience, and yet blends in just enough tradition that you don’t feel lost. If you’re planning a big celebration, then be sure to ask after a private room – there are two of them, each similarly proportioned with room for thirty-two at round tables, or seventy if you’d prefer a stand-up drinks-only reception. If you’ve got more than two-hundred people to squeeze in, you can even book out the entire place – and thus this ranks among the best restaurants in Birmingham for large parties.
 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens


After something a little different? Edgebaston is home to the city’s botanical gardens – an impressive complex of greenhouses, hedges, and perfectly-manicured lawns that’s home to some seven-thousand different varieties of plants. It’s a popular location for wedding receptions and other private parties, and so if you have a big day to celebrate, it’s an obvious choice. For obvious reasons, the gardens are best enjoyed during summertime, when the things growing there are a great deal more colourful, and the sunshine a great deal more plentiful. Naturally, the botanical gardens are not to be confused with…
 

The Botanist


Increasingly, we Britons spend our downtime quaffing gin. And with good reason; it’s a great deal less expensive than either vodka or whisky, and it’s a fantastic base for the sort of aromatic, explosive cocktails served at the Botanist, on Temple Street. It’s a great place to enjoy drinks and a meal, with the ‘hanging kebabs’ being particular favourites, and if you’re so-inclined you can enjoy a cocktail, ale or gin masterclass for around £25 per person.
 

The Rose Villa Tavern


If your tastes tend a little more toward the homely, then you’ll want to consider a visit to the Rose Villa Tavern. You’ll find it in the Jewellery Quarter, built into a Grade II listed building. The menu is bursting with American-style options, with burgers and beer available in abundance. But with more than a hundred different vodkas on offer behind the bar, including a few British offerings, there’s plenty for just about everyone with an appreciation of great food and drink.
 

The Vaults


Staying in the Jewellery quarter, we find the Vaults. The interior is a thoroughly trendy affair, with exposed brickwork, wooden flooring and purpose-built furniture providing the perfect setting in which to tuck into a three-course menu. Table space is limited, and the restaurant is only open between Wednesday and Saturday, so be sure to book in advance if you’ve a large party to accommodate. For special occasions, why not book a cookery or wine-tasting class?
 

Harvey Nichols Restaurant and Bar


In the Mailbox you’ll find several offerings from Harvey Nichols. There’s a wine shop and a food market where you’ll be able to pick all sorts of extravagant ingredients. But it’s the restaurant and bar that’ll provide the biggest draw for would-be partygoers. The restaurant provides a seriously stylish environment in which to enjoy a range of well-executed favourites. You’ll be able to enjoy a degree of privacy thanks to leather banquette booths, or even more if you choose to hire out the private room.
If you just fancy a round of drinks in the bar, however, you’ll be able to enjoy an enormous range of spirits and cocktails – all of which are displayed in oval-shaped display cabinets overhead. With a selection of dishes from the restaurant being available in the bar, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy a perfect evening out.

We’ve run through some of our favourite restaurants in Birmingham for large groups, but if you’re looking for something a little different, why not read our round-up of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Birmingham. Perhaps love is in the air? We’ve got you covered with our favourite romantic restaurants for a date, too.
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