Venue guide: Dares Bar, Birmingham

Born and brewed in Birmingham in 1927 by Dares Southend Brewery in Balsall Heath, it made sense that Dares beer revisited its roots of Birmingham, whilst opening its doors to the modern world. Combining good music and good beer, Dares Bar is the perfect place to kick back in the heart of the city centre.

Venue Information

The first to open in 30 years, Dares Bar is home to Dares Ales – a line of hand crafted and hoppy beers and ales from the Davenport brand. Being one of few bars sprouting up across the Midlands, this venue is perfect for the craft beer connoisseur. Their frequent bookings of local live music and 50’s/60’s “Rockabilly” nights will make that beer go down even smoother in their rustic and intimate venue.

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Getting to Dares Bar

By car

Dares Bar is easily accessible by M6, M5, M40 and M1. Once in Birmingham, follow the A38 through the city centre and turn into Wrentham Street, which leads into Kent Street before reaching Lower Essex Street where Dares Bar is located. Dares Bar is nearby popular clubs Amusement 13 and The Nightingale.


There are several car parks nearby, as well as designated spaces on the road.

By public transport

Dares Bar is located on Lower Essex Street, in amongst Birmingham’s Gay Village and Chinese Quarter. It’s less than 10 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street and less than 15 minutes walk from Moor Street Station. Birmingham City Centre is connected with bus routes from all main suburban areas around the city including Kings Heath, Moseley, Edgbaston, Erdington and Sutton Coldfield. For more information on public transport in the West Midlands, please visit

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