Birmingham Rd, Coventry, EN, GB, CV5 9BA
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Bars & Cafes
Being within spitting distance of the courts and numerous barristers' chambers, this is a popular spot for off-duty clerks and such like attracted by a wide range of wines at moderate personal (or corporate) expense. The décor is smartly done, if nothing out of the ordinary, and there are plenty of comfortable armchairs and sofas to sit on before it gets too crowded later in the evening. It used to be one of the Yates's chain of wine bars, and like those establishments the food here is generally good, if unexciting.
This big Whitbread-owned café/bar/restaurant is one many now springing up countrywide. The décor is bright and modern, with a slightly Latin edge, and the service is quick, efficient and friendly. Modern, world dishes are freshly cooked and served in generous portions - examples include teriyaki fillet with bamboo shoots, chicken and baby spinach pasta and Caesar salad. There are various promotions or gimmicks on a daily basis and a late license allows it to run as a club till 2a at weekends. There are currently DJs every F and Sa playing commercial dance stuff. Popular, therefore, with the 21-35 crowd.
If there happens to be one such pub in all of Birmingham where the lovers of rock can unite and bang their heads away to glory; it is here at Scruffy Murhphy's. Since its opening in 2001, Scruffy Murhphy's has only gone onto become Birmingham's 'Best Premium Bar' and rock pub. In tune with the rock and metal of yesterday, today and the days to come; the place frequently hosts live mic nights and gigs by known and upcoming bands. Entry is restricted to only those above 18 and also you might want to restrict yourself from going in if you are not a fan of rock, because if you are used to head banging, then you might just get a headache.
The Q club is located in what used to be a Methodist Church and has a 3,000 crowd capacity. It has become well known as one of those places to seriously dance rather than just boogie in half-hearted fashion. Music bends towards the eclectic, but techno and hard house are predominant forms. The Q club has been host to celebrated nights such as Atomic Jam and Cream. If that weren't enough, it has also hosted comedians and live bands.
The Square Peg is a good stop for a budget meal, cocktail or drink and a good start to a night out. It offers sandwiches, steaks and has variety in its liquor menu. The staff is friendly and equally quick in serving a more or less crowded place. Located in the heart of the city, The Square Peg is surely a place that at once is classy and spells home comfort.
The Minories is a small indoor shopping arcade just off Corporation Street in the city center. Tucker's is a smart enough place that's a little more up-market than the average sandwich bar or cafe. Sit at modern metal furniture and choose from a wide range of delicacies. It may be a cut above the average, but prices are still reasonable.
Sound Bar has live regular DJ artists playing some nights and live bands playing on others. The trend does seem to tilt towards inviting independent bands who've not been signed by record labels. The bar sees a lot of the student crowd coming here after classes, owing to the special discounts given to students and nurses. The bartenders, waitresses and bouncers are extremely amiable and the overall vibe at Sound Bar is positive and makes one want to return.
Coffee Republic is a slick yet understated coffee house at the top of New Street. This establishment has comfortable armchairs from which you can sit and sip whilst crowds bustle by outside. It has been impeccably designed and has a mouth-watering array of hot drinks, pastries, juices and "freezers". Early bird office types are glad of the warmth this place offers, whilst later it is used by the smart set in search of a quick caffeine injection. It's not the cheapest coffee place in town, but it is one of the most stylish.
One of a dying breed, this is a traditional English restaurant. Because of this it's a popular destination and booking is advisable, but you can be fairly sure of landing a table for breakfast when the place opens at around 7:15a. Main courses are all your old favorites, including steak and kidney pie and spotted dick. Prices are very reasonable and the surroundings are comfortably old-fashioned, so why not do something different and order something typically English?
Enjoy live entertainment, pub grub and variety of drinks at the Old Joint Stock Pub. For more details, call ahead.