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The Yardbird is an intimate venue in which you can enjoy the relaxing sounds of live jazz in a laid back atmosphere. The decor and the idea of the jazz club was inspired by venturing across the world and enjoying jazz from all corners.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Sun-Wed 12:00-00:00
Thu-Sat 12:00-02:00

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The Yardbird reviews

By Tom H.

If you want a bar with friendly and well mannered staff then The Yardbird isn't for you. I recently spent a miserable evening at the place where one particular barmaid was patronising, rude and arrogant. Not only that but she frequently ignored various customers, gave out wrong drinks, short changed people and kept everyone waiting to the point that customers were actually walking out. I've been there a number of times and never found the staff to be the most welcoming of people but there has been a serious slide in the quality of bartenders at The Yardbird of late. When compared to other city centre bars you quickly realise the kind of staff employed at The Yardbird are poor. They are people who know nothing about customer service and in fact go out of there way to ruin their customers' experience. Also, trying to contact the manager to complain is a minefield in itself. The phone line is permanently engaged and I tried ringing fifteen times. It's clear that The Yardbird is willing to take their customers for granted and treat them appallingly. Therefore, I sincerely recommend that for a good night out in Birmingham, go anywhere but The Yardbird.

By Julian H.

Awful service. Rude staff who verbally abuse customers and then if you challenge them they refuse to serve you. Do not go to this bar. I hope the manager reviews these comments and does something constructive.

By Colin S.

I think The Yardbird must have an upper age limit.My wife and I(48 and 58)visited the german market on Friday 30/11/2012 and noticed that there was a live band at The Yardbird.Being music lovers we decided we would check out the band and stay if we liked them.We found a good seat next to two young guys who seemed like they would be good company,and i went up to the bar.After standing there for approx 15 minutes and witnessing the barman serve 3 customers who came after me,I finally got his attention.When I complained that I had been kept waiting for so long and pointed out that he was not doing his job properly he flatly refused to serve me and spoke to the young girl who was serving.After standing there for another 5 minutes I realised that I was not going to be served at all.Therefore leaving us no option but to go elsewhere,and when I related this to the my wife and the guys at the table ,they said it's because of your age.So ,obviously this barman took a dislike to me immediately I got to the bar,otherwise he would have spotted me as being next to be served.

By E.

The Yardbird gives you the only way to listen to jazz: live and in a low lit room.

The Venue
The Yardbird is situated in a rather strange place. Nestled by Paradise Forum, close to the start of Broad Street, you really feel that it should be down a back ally somewhere, not next to chain pubs near one of Birmingham’s busiest pedestrian routes.

Inside it's exactly as you imagine a jazz bar should look. You sit around circular tables in front of a small stage behind which there is a bare, red brick wall. It also has a couple of comfy dark brown leather sofas which you can sink into.

The Atmosphere
The place is almost intimidatingly arty, the people here seem to know a lot about music (in fact if you go to one of their jam nights you will see audience members just getting up and playing). It's a great venue though, and is small enough for you to feel close to the band even if you are sitting at the back of the room. Just lean back and let the music wash over you.

The Music
It is a jazz bar but they also have soul, funk, hip hop and nu jazz mixed in there. Definitely worth checking out is the Thursday night jamming session, it's free and is exciting to see people just going for it, but any night is good. They clear a space on Saturdays to make a dance floor in case you fancy a boogie.

The Food
The food at the Yardbird is your typical no nonsense British pub grub. The menu is a bit sparse with only a handful of dishes to choose from for each course.

As a snack, the nachos are a good option for £5. The crunchy nachos come topped off with a mountain of melted cheese and a drizzling of sour cream and guacamole. Depending who you’re sharing with and how many courses you are going for, you could easily share amongst a small group of people.

Main meals are around the £5 mark, with lasagne and minted lamb burgers being a favourite. Both come accompanied by homemade fat chips. The portions are plentiful and definitely value for money, but a lack of garlic and seasoning means the lasagne isn’t particularly flavoursome. The minted lamb burger is another mammoth affair. Again, you get a lot for your money, but a sprinkling of seasoning here and there would help bring out the flavours.

For those with a sweet tooth you have a choice of two puddings: jam roly-poly or cookie cheesecake. Both cost around the £3 mark. The cheesecake is light, creamy and chocolaty. The drizzling of strawberry sauce makes for a nice combination and this is a highlight.

The Drink
The bar selection is not particularly good. It doesn't do cocktails or anything fancy, like. It just has beers, wine and spirits. A bottle of the house wine costs £10 and tastes pretty good. They always run a few promotional drinks that are quite cheap, normally a spirit mixer and certain brands of bottled beer. In all honesty though, you come here for the music and the vibe, not the food or drinks.

The Last Word
This really is a place to go for a guaranteed good night out. One of Birmingham's less mainstream venue, it feels like you are stepping back in time to a golden jazz era.