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user reviews of the Bridge, Birmingham New Street station

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This place has disappeared in the station redevelopment and good riddance.


bjbrummiejohn - 1 Jul 2014 08:31
Your everyday typical train station pub, but with the advantage of every time I have walked past, it not being particularly busy. I get the impression it benefits from being well within the station, beyond the waiting point for commuters. Essentially, once anyone has got this far into the station, they’re more than likely heading straight down to the platform for their train.

So, all in all, nothing special, but a good place to kill the time in between you arriving and your train departing.

Oh, the menu giving a great variety of choice from hot dogs to hot dogs, was slightly surreal I have to agree.

EnfieldTaaaanBlud - 26 Apr 2012 15:12
Station bar, so a place for a quick pint between trains, though I got the impression some of the punters were regulars. No one in there looked particularly happy. £3.80 for a fairly insipid pint. Didn't appear to be any toilets, though there are the ones on the station concourse that cost 30p to enter, which if one were to have session there, could beciome very expensive. There was was a menu on the table which was very minimalist. Bacon rolls available until 11, whilst the all day menu had one item, hot dogs!
son_of_odin - 3 Apr 2012 13:01
Visited this pub last Saturday. It's a typical station bar with no real ales and steep prices. I seem to remember paying over £17 for 4 drinks. That could have been paying the bouncer's wages. Other than that, I don't remember anything of note. Although I was a little under the influence! Will have to stroll in again when sober. Although from what I do recall, I suspect I'll walk straight out.
blue_scrumpy - 19 Jan 2012 22:35
Disagree with the last post.
Do not hang around here,Fosters is £3.50 a pint.
There are loads of pubs within a few minutes walk of the station.
One is even called the Shakespear as well and has SEVEN real ales on sale.
Come out of the station in to New Street and turn left.
You will find in pub in Lower Temple street a minute or two on the left
bjbrummiejohn - 13 Jul 2011 07:33
Now "The Shakespeare" - it's not bad, but no real ale of course, as that would require some effort on behalf of the management (none) and staff (temps). Better than hanging around other parts of the station when waiting for a train!
dpaajones - 14 Jun 2011 10:22
The pub is nice enough inside, but it's way way waaaay too expensive.

It's quite a novelty hearing about platform alterations and other such train delay delights while supping your pint, but it's distinctly average, and not recommended.

My visit here a few days ago yielded no ales (there were three pumps, but all placards turned around), so I (stupidly!) went for a Magners, having just come in from the sunshine and had half an hour to kill thanks to a train delay. £4.40 later, I was not impressed. Ah well....
berkfromtrapdoor - 24 Aug 2010 16:25
It's a pub..right..but..it's actually IN the railway station!

Enough said
getsit - 16 Jan 2009 00:56
What a transformation! What was a disgusting pig sty of a place has done the impossible and become quite a decent place to have one last pint in Brum before getting the train. Nice staff, too. About time and well done.
peterg - 7 Nov 2007 21:59
This pub is now called 'The Shakespeare' and has had a refit.

They charge astronomical prices as it’s on the station and the beer tastes cr*p. I had to ask for a dash of lemonade in my lager to try and make it taste somewhere near drinkable.

If you’re at New St Station and want a drink go upstairs into the Palisades and find the 'Newt', much better than in here.

Delly_WhoRU - 9 Jul 2007 15:41
well i will start with the fact that its a station bar and hence the reason it has no toilet : its for your safety!!

and secondly the bridge is now called the shakespeare bar and has been refurbed has a smoking and no-smoking section....
and the statement about credit card fraud in the bridge up until march 2006 the bar never took card payments so you are a liar!
it also has a screen and is kept tidy with numerous gamblers and friendly atmosphere

so as for the other stuck up ppl who will moan about anything this will be the only true review of the bar as i know these facts im in there all the time

Demon_123 - 26 Aug 2006 13:44
This is the only place on the station you are allowed to smoke---thus above comments slightly unfair----that said it's pretty dire!!!
aberjed - 31 Dec 2005 19:06
Choke on fag smoke,transient moody customers/bar staff no effort whatsoever,you have to be really desperate to go in here.It is either a bad welcome to Brum or a bad departure from Brum,Brum deserves a better station boozer than this,give it a miss.
glenn468008 - 17 Jun 2005 23:12
I love beer.. but I sat on the platform with a bottle Vat69 rather use this 'pub'
TuftUno - 17 Jun 2005 13:42
This place can only be described as desperate, as in your desperate for a Cig or beer. Sticky floors, overpriced and smaller than a toilet cubical.
anonymous - 2 Jan 2005 19:16
knit fog on the fag smoke,totally ugh,use only in emergency.
Glenn - 1 Nov 2004 23:42
it's a pub. in a train station. need i say more. avoid.
Stuart - 24 Jun 2004 14:47
Great if you like ripped seats, litter strewn floor and puddles of stale beer on the tables. :Plus you stick to the carpet, its more fun using the off licence and drinking on the platform!
Colin - 24 Mar 2004 11:03
This pub is fun, just as long as you drink at the same pace as the glaswegians in the cornor. I only experience it in 1/2hr bursts or when I really need a ciggie!
Also good place to swap Virgin Westcoast horror stories with groups of scared Americans.
Richard - the "Men's Room" is across the concourse - but you'll need 20p!!!
Andrew - 13 Aug 2003 13:58
Had my wallet nicked on New Street Station; the information I got through from the bank's fraud dept suggested my cards had been used here to buy drinks and get cashback; as they obviously don't check signatures thoroughly (unless the thieves had managed to perfect a copy of my signature in the 15 minutes between nicking my wallet and using my cards) I'd avoid this place studiously.

Plus, it's in a train station, and is therefore guaranteed to be serving badly kept, overpriced beer to a variety of desperate low lives and assorted others who are waiting for their inevitably delayed Virgin Train out of Birmingham and back to civilisation. Why the hell would you want to go here?
Chris - 20 Jul 2003 22:37
Hi Y'all! A grt place 2 meet people!
Where in hell was the 'mens room'?
Richard (Gordon) Barber - TommyAtkins@navyseals.com - 27 Jun 2002 14:24

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