New Bar launch: Be At One Cocktail Bar, Birmingham. 


Be at One is a new underground cocktail bar that’s just opened in the lower part of Piccadilly Arcade, opposite New Street Station in Birmingham City Centre.

Be at One has 150 cocktails available on its menu. They fall in four types, classic, signature, modern and virtuous and Virgin. 

Be at One is located in the former Churchills basement snooker club in Stephenson Street at the back of Piccadilly Arcade, and will open on Friday May 13th.

The bar is part of a chain which currently has 31 venues across the UK including Bath, Bristol and Cardiff and 19 in London.

Be At One’s original bar was opened in 1998 in Battersea Rise, London.

The bar will be open until 3am every day except Sundays (12am close).

you can expect great service, an unbeatable party atmosphere and a pretension-free attitude! 

On the menu you will find concoctions such as Banana banchee, Brazilian monk, Japanese slipper, Russian spring punch, devil in disguise and flame haired vixen. 

Be At One will be the only bar in the arcade which also houses Faculty Coffee and 16 Bakery. 

Ruth and I visited for their press launch on the 11th May. Here are some of the photos. Apologies for the darkness of them. 

It was an impressive evening. 

   Margarita and Negroni.

 A Perfect Negroni. Probably the best I’ve had in Birmingham. Full of Campari depth. Perfection and deeply Italian, just needed some Aperitivo snacks.

I also tried a top notch and my new favourite cocktail a Rob Roy.
Made from Beautiful Scotch whisky, sweet vermouth, and Dash of angostura Bitters. Well recommended, whisky lovers try it. 

The Interior, dark but cool and funky style with a large island style bar and lots of red. 

It has Bustling but fab service and bar staff that know their way round their drinks. 

One of the bar’s quirks is a slightly sloping ceiling, from the days 100 years ago when The Picture House cinema was above.

The 34-page menu has 150 cocktails in it. Roughly £8.50 a cocktail. Some less expensive, some more. 

 Ruth’s  Vesper cocktail. 

Originally in the James Bond book Casino Royale  and became his signature cocktail. Gin, Vodka and Kina Lillet. Top notch, she said and her new favourite cocktail. Ruth enjoying her Vesper cocktail.

Photos above from the press launch on May 11th.

There is a Happy Hour enables you to buy one cocktail and get one free for a partner.

The hours are from 4.30pm til 1.30am Monday to Wednesday, 4.30pm till 3.00am Thursday to Saturday and Sunday 4.30-Midnight. 

For a list of their cocktails

You can find Bar At One on the New Street Station side of The Piccadilly Arcade B2 4BJ.

Drink Photos courtesy of Be At One. 

Thanks for reading, 

Andy 😊

All drinks in the photos and mentioned were complimentary from the press night. 

 Be At One Bar at the foot of the arcade, near the station and next to Cafe Nero.



#Coffeetime: Faculty in Piccadilly Arcade Birmingham city centre

Faculty is a small, charming and hip place in picturesque Piccadilly Arcade in Birmingham City Centre off New Street and near to New Street Station.

Faculty is a focused coffee and tea shop serving brewed drinks to have in or to take away, fresh home made cakes, coffee beans and equipment.

It has a simple and quirky decor and signage which allows the quality of the ingredients to shine. They have a small hot drinks menu.

I recommend the coffee. On the two occasions I have been I have had a Cappuccino and on this occasion a Flat White, both excellent.

The Flat White, was superb, smooth, with a good back kick of coffee, with the roasted beans giving it a quality finish.

The cups that it was served in was pretty with a delightfully decorative spoon. Lovely:)

I had it with the Monte Carlo cake, (see picture) which was a kind of viennese whirl with a shortbread topping, which was extremely good.

I’ve also enjoyed a superb chocolate brownie. The cakes are all home made and fresh and change often, the quality of care and the ingredients shine through in the same way as the coffee.

The room is made up of old school desks and seating and has a quirky character that is endearing and makes Faculty different to other coffee shops in the city. It’s that quirkyness that gives it a unique identity and reminds me of some London coffee bars, that are very hip and happening places to be.

The staff and owners Geoff and Lucy are very friendly, welcoming and passionate about their product and are happy to chat to the customer. It is this welcoming attitude which is valuable in attracting repeat customers and making for the unique atmosphere of Faculty.

They also serve tea, though I didn’t try any on this occasion I could see that they encourage you to let the leaves brew correctly, using a timer that they give with the sparkling pots.

For me what makes Faculty one of Birmingham’s best Indie coffee shops is that they really care about the product, how it is made, what kind of beans they use, their suppliers, their cakes and how they look and taste and the welcome.

The space is small, but big on ideas and exceptional in every way.

Suppliers: Square Mile Coffee roasters
Waterloo Tea.

Coffee and tea shop
Piccadilly Arcade
B2 4HD

open 8am-6pm Monday-friday
10-5 Saturday
11-4 Sunday













Disclaimer: I paid for the coffee and cake myself. The views expressed are my own and are honest.