The Station Bar is a nondescript but comfortable pub that sits cheek by jowl with New Street Station.
The Station Bar is right next to the now-defunct Mitchell & Butler premises, Platform 13 (unlucky for them). Hopefully The Station Bar won’t go the same way, although the location isn’t ideal - it’s not visible from New Street Station and looking out of the window all you can see are the big slabs of concrete which form the side of the building. The decor is nondescript pastel shades, and it falls half way between being an old fashioned pub and a modern bar, with its light beiges and shades of pink. The wallpaper is yellow and patterned, the carpet is mustard coloured and there’s a raised area at the back with nicely upholstered fabric armchairs and a long brown banquette. Magic TV on the plasma screens broadcasts back-to-back MOR music videos.
The Station Bar is mainly populated by people who know it’s here and come regularly—stopping by on their way to The Bull Ring or the station. It’s a fairly good mix of old and young. Although it definitely errs on the more mature side.
You can get Guinness, Strongbow, Grolsch, M&B’s Brew XI on draught, as well as Carling which is the cheapest pint at £2.20. And in bottles there’s Beck’s, Magners, Stella and Coors. This certainly ain’t no cocktail bar and there are just a couple of bottles of wine at around £9-£12 or £2.50 for a small glass.
The Last Word
There’s nothing particularly notable about The Station Bar apart from the fact it’s a bar and it’s near the station. Do yourself a favour and head a few yards down to The Crown instead.