Everybody knows that Bird’s is the word!
I’ve been banging on about Alfie Bird’s for a while now, and on Thursday night, I set off after work for their opening night. Thursday was a night for invited press, Custard Factory tenants and VIP guests, so there was plenty of free alcohol flowing and lots of nibbles being passed around. Despite being based at my work, I’ve deliberately stayed away from the work in progress to get the full hit of how cool the space is all at once. Worth it. The guys are still waiting on some last bits of furniture, but oh God, is Alfie Bird’s cool. Retro wallpaper, mismatched restaurant chairs, egg chairs, murals…even the doors in the loos are cool! If you ask me, they’ve pitched it just right. Everything from the decor to the prints to the logo is perfectly matched, and has a quirky angle without being try-hard ‘wacky’.
On arrival, I was given a goody bag, stuffed full with delights. Sweets, popchips (neither survived the night!), a badge, tickets for later events and vouchers for the pizzeria. Ta very much! We were given a few drinks from the cocktail menu to taste. I had a vodka based Elderflower fizz, a tequila heavy something or other, a Bellini, and the above orange concoction which the barman created on the spot for us. The cocktail list is great; again unusual without being weird. They’ve got a HUGE selection of high-end tequilas, so a lot of the cocktails are tequila based. Don’t be put off if you’re not a tequila fan though; neither am I, and I enjoyed everything I tasted. I’ll be back soon to taste their Rude Cosmopolitan, which is served in a teacup.
There was a lot of live music going on across the two live music spaces (The Loft and The Oobleck), including a cracking ska band, The Beat Goes Bang. The place was absolutely rammed, but the vibe was great. All four floors (and The Oobleck next door) have a slightly different feel to them. The overall vibe is coherent, but the different spaces allow different groups to naturally gravitate to what suits them, whether it’s the large bar in the pizzeria, the cocktail lounge or dancing their faces off upstairs in The Loft.
I sampled some of the food and was thoroughly impressed by the lot. The menu on their site is well worth checking out. Their range of pizzas is unusual again, but all sound delicious. I definitely need to try their burgers too. I’m sure you’ll be seeing plenty more Alfie Bird’s coverage from me, as I love the space, and will be in there plenty from work!
Huge congratulations, Alfie Bird’s, for a brilliant first night. I hope you soon take your rightful place as the place to be in Brum. What are you waiting for? Go and find out precisely why Bird’s is the word.
*I was invited to this event as part of my job at The Custard Factory, rather than as a blogger, but I love these guys, so wanted to shout about it. All opinions are totally my own and honest, even if they did ply me with cocktails.