Review: Revolution Birmingham

One of my favourite things about being a bona fide adult has to be cocktails. The combination of taste, presentation and alcoholic goodness makes them a winner for me on a number of levels. However, though I may be an adult, it’s going to be a fair few years before I can spend £8 on a single drink and think nothing of it. At Revolution Bars however, breaking my student budget is not an issue.


Yes, other cocktail bars have happy hours, which is great, but Revs have their own student card, meaning two-for-one cocktails all day, everyday (except after 9pm Sat). The card is a mere £2 and boasts 10 offers altogether, including selected food offers and a discount on their famous flavoured Vodka shot sticks. Although Revs is also a restaurant and a busy nightlife venue at the weekends, this review will be based on my visit on Friday which was for chilled after-work cocktails with The Boyf.

The atmosphere in Birmingham’s Revolution on Broad Street is relaxed yet sophisticated. For 5pm on a Friday it was neither too busy nor too quiet, and the music wasn’t so loud that you couldn’t talk over it. As it was still early in the evening we were served at our table, and the two staff who served us were really friendly, finding the perfect balance between not being at our sides the minute we finished our last sip, and not leaving us waiting to order again for too long.

round one

For our first round, we both chose our sure favourites. The Boyf had a Royal Mojito, which was a classic mojito recipe of rum, sugar, mint and lime juice, but topped with prosecco instead of soda water. It was bursting with flavour and sweeter than many mojitos which meant I annoyingly kept sipping away at it too! I started with the Peanut Butter Martini. Not only is this my favourite from the menu, but it was the cocktail that a friend and I were spontaneously invited to go and make ourselves behind the bar on a different visit. After having made one myself, I can really appreciate the recipe; forget peanut flavoured syrup, this drink is made by straining real peanut butter along with salted caremel vodka, kraken rum, Teichenne chocolate, milk and cream. The drink is also served with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup (see here, for how much I love those things), which was not simply an extension of the flavours but a perfect sweet accompaniment to the strength of the vodka and rum.

round 2

Next The Boyf ordered a Tennessee Mudshake. This drink is heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. It’s like ordering a thick chocolate shake and somebody spiking it with vodka, yet it works. The mix of vanilla vodka, Jack Daniel’s Honey, chocolate liqueur, milk and cream is topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and crumbled oreos. It was by the far the best chocolate themed cocktail either of us have ever tried. I went for The Jammy Bastard which was served in a jam jar glass and was a mix of berry flavoured vodka, amaretto, Chambord, blackberries and apple juice. This was the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavours, but then I am a sucker for any drink that mixes amaretto and Chambord so disappointment was unlikely on that account alone.

round 3

For our final round we ordered a Manhattan and a Pornstar Martini. Unlike most of the others we’d tried, The Boyf’s Manhattan was definitely more a ‘vintage classic’ than one of Revolution’s own fun recipes, but I am told, as my taste buds aren’t quite sophisticated (read wrong, whiskey is just wrong) enough to judge for myself, that it was made perfectly. My Pornstar Martini became a new favourite of mine; made with vanilla and passion fruit flavoured vodka, sugar, passion fruit and topped with orange juice, this was a seriously fresh tasting cocktail. The shot of prosecco was a really nice contrast and added interest to an otherwise straight forward tropical drink.

Overall, Revolution Birmingham has been, and will continue to be, one of my favourite cocktail bars, as not only are the drinks made to perfection, but with the student card, they are affordable too. Although I enjoy exploring the independent bars Birmingham has to offer, Revs keeps me coming back, and chain or not, it deserves to be recognised for it’s great service, great drinks and it’s student friendly ethos.


  1. August 10, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    Wow, these flavour combinations seem crazy for cocktails! I don’t drink, but I really want to have a cocktail for my 18th birthday coming up very soon, so is there anything kind of light but quite fruity that you’d recommend?

    • Emily
      August 11, 2014 / 10:21 am

      Ah exciting that your 18th birthday is coming up! The best thing about cocktails is that if you make them yourself you can adjust the ingredients to whatever suits you, so you can start with less alcohol if you want to and it will still taste great! If you like fruity then you can’t go far wrong with a strawberry daiquiri, which they serve in pretty much every cocktail bar or are really easy to make yourself:

      Hope that helps! Have a great birthday!

      • August 11, 2014 / 1:27 pm

        That does sound like a pretty good one to start off with actually, barely any alcohol in it at all, and I do like strawberries. May have to try that one, thanks very much! :3 ♥

    • Emily
      August 12, 2014 / 10:22 am

      Aw thank you! I’ll head on over to have a look! Really glad you like my blog 🙂 xx

  2. August 12, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    I’m definitely not a youngster anymore, at least if you consider my age, my demeanor hasn’t quite caught up with my years yet. It’s a slow process. Anyway, my point being, I still have a hard time paying $10+ on a mixed drink. In fact, that is why I turned to beer at an early age. I do love them!!–& I love your post and description of each of the drinks you tried.

    Revolution Birmingham sounds lovely!

    • Emily
      August 12, 2014 / 3:34 pm

      Ha yeah I’m not convinced the time will ever come for me either! If only cocktails were as cheap as beer! Really glad you liked the post 😀

  3. August 19, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    Have you tried bodega yet? They do nice cocktails, too 🙂

    • Emily
      August 20, 2014 / 10:06 am

      No I haven’t yet! I’ve heard really good thing about it though! It’s next on my list haha 😀

Let me know what you think!