Midlands reviewer, Ellen Manning, stops by Verve Lounge in Birmingham. 

Verve Lounge’s canal-side home is the building once known as the home of Brummie nightclub Bobby Browns and while it claims to offer an innovative cocktail menu, it feels like this is less cocktail lounge, more late-night drinking spot.

The cocktail menu isn’t as groundbreaking as it claims, but has a fairly broad selection of classics and its own ‘signature’ serves – of which pretty much half are alcohol free. Bold and perhaps wise in this day and age.

My Original Gangster – bourbon, sherry, Martini and sugar syrup – is not bad. Well balanced, not too sweet. The bar has run out of garnish apparently, though I’m not sure what it would have added except aesthetics.

Verve Lounge isn’t going to be pushing any of Birmingham’s cocktail greats off their perch, but it’s far from the worst the city has to offer. 

SCORE: 5/10

52 Gas Street, Birmingham B1 2JT